Swahili Village The Consulate

4.8
113 Reviews
$30 and under
African
Swahili Village Restaurant and Bar offers authentic Kenyan meals and Kenyan ambiance. Venture in and be transported to a city in Kenya. Karibu. We serve nyama choma, tilapia, samosas, imported beer, and beverages.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 113 people are saying
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vipSherifaP
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance!

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Quen
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal, the food was delicious, the music was upbeat and the ambiance was refreshing. Swahili Village is a vibe!

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joshuaw
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, welcome atmosphere, friendly staff.

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Nashfood
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is AWESOME and the service is terrific. Our server was able to help us navigate what we'd like to eat and WOW. We had the lentils (great vegetarian option), the beef cubes which were so much better as in excellent than expected and the whole fried tilapia. All were amazing. The beef samosas were also wonderful.

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vipPatrickF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place and real authentic food. No complaints at all. Would go again.

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Madisons
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere is great, will definitely be coming back! Try the chicken curry and the plantain/greens. Amazing!!!

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DANITAG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!!

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vipChristopherB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Everything we tasted was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening; great food. We had the Shared Platter and enjoyed the food

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DelonN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing food and decorative touches! Would definitely suggest this place. A bit pricey, but worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful doesn’t get any better

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ForrestS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner while visiting our daughter at GWU. I was looking for flavors that were different from what our kids normally enjoy (American and Italian). Our server, Moshi, took wonderful care of us. She recommended appetizers and entrees that helped us experience great new tastes. My teenage son said it was the best meal out that he could remember. I would love to come back here again!

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KgomotsoS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a good friend for a Birthday lunch! The service was awesome! Miso da was our server and he was just amazing; funny, personable, great bartender and very attentive! We got to meet the owner along with some very essential staff members! We will be back! The restaurant is a much needed setting for downtown DC! Gotta love Kenyan cuisine!

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vipdeerobeats
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waiter David was fantastic — a real keeper. Knows the menu, very conversational without being over bearing. Just awesome. And the food— OMG! So good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday! We dine at the Beltsville location quite often over the past few years but never been to the DC location...we are now love the DC location more and will visit again soon! The ambiance is very nice and upscale, food is still great but smaller/better serving sizes than MD location. Pricing is a bit more compared to MD and you have to pay for parking (about $3 for 1.5 hours), but the vibe is different and worth the extra money.

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Blessing
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met some friends here for an early lunch and as always The Consulate (lol) didn’t disappoint. Being a Nigerian, I appreciate the African ambiance and Afro Beats music playing in the background….the playlist was fire.
The staff was friendly and we even got to sample two wines that had just come on the menu.
The food. The Food! The wings is probably my favorite thing on the menu…well done and full of flavor. I’ve had the Samosas (another favorite of mine) and practically all the beef and goat dishes. Everything is delicious.

This will definitely be my go to place for my Nigerian/African friends coming from out of town when we want to go out and experience a bit of the motherland. Muah.

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LoriP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food and drinks were great! Would definitely recommend to others.

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CL1900
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Where do I begin? EVERYTHING we ate was incredible. If you’re into spices and spicy food, this is your go to. Goat stew, The Snapper, baked wings, the drinks, the ambiance, you really will enjoy yourself. Looking forward to going back really soon.

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Carmen
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time trying African food and it was amazing! Everyone had the tilapia! Some had the whole fish and others had the fillet. We also ordered curry goat for the table yo sample, which was also great!

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vipDani
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was our first venture in true African cuisine - Kenyan. The food was excellent - moderately spicy, huge portions, and very creative. Our server was great and gave us lots of good advice on what to order, the vibe was very lively particularly considering it was a Monday night, the dj was amazing and the African music was energizing. Would definitely recommend and would definitely return!

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Libeatz
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First off lets start with how phenomenal the customer service and the hospitality is at this place. The place is so diverse and welcoming. Me and my girlfriend which now my wife to be went there for our anniversary and I planned on proposing to her so I let the manger and the waitress know and they went above and beyond to make this moment special for us. Overall amazing environment and good vibes!! Highly recommend this place. Oh and the food was bomb!!

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PatienceM
Springfield
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

A taste of home is what that was! Excellent food! Great ambiance. Missed Kenya!!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my friends here from out of town and they loved it!! Could not stop raving about it.

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siempretengohambre
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Got the tilapia in coconut curry, spiced rice, plantains, cabbage, cornmeal, pea mash, and bread. All good, but for me personally there was something lacking in the punch of those flavors.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and service

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FoodieInDC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the service was great!! Will go again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family has such a good dinner tonight. The food, ambiance and service were great. The samosas, chicken and goat curry and tilapia full fish curry dish were delicious. The portions are large and perfect for leftovers….the food is well seasoned and have a depth of flavor. This restaurant is well worth the visit and if we lived in DC, we would be back on a regular basis.

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vipDocsd
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Loved it.

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Rylee
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, I will definitely be going back!

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vipJohnU
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious authentic East African cuisine. Flavors reminded me of my study abroad home stay in Kenya. Absolutely will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff was very welcoming upon arrival and even while I was waiting on the rest of my party to arrive.The service was great I believe our Hostess name was Remi and she was amazing so sweet and caring.The water was not free lol but it was all worth it.The food was great it came out right away and was hot . I ordered well I believe we all ordered Nyama Choma which essentially was Suya and As sides we had Jollof and Plantain and it the meat was so tender and the Pepper once added to the food made it even better.The drinks were good as well.We will definitely be back ‼️

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Highly recommended!

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Singh
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, outstanding ambience and a warm, welcoming demeanor adopted by all the staff. Having grown up in Nairobi, I felt very much at home at Swahili Village. Sad to have missed out on my favorite Tusker Beer, which had sold out at the time of my visit.

My only suggestion for management would be to look into the dessert menu - I see scope for Swahili desserts like Mkate wa Sinia, Kaimati, Mahamri, Kashata, and the likes.

I definitely recommend this restaurant

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DanP
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very tasty, the service was great and we would recommend it to anyone!

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garzend
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service but the cocktails are all sugar bombs and overly sweet (even though I was assured by the server that they were not). Also, they have a DJ playing music, so my guest and I were both practically shouting at each other. We didn't mind so much, but wanted to let others know what to expect.

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vipJosephineA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, but definitely not the last! From start to finish, everything was EXCELLENT, and an a propos finish to our DC tourist day! The food was very tasty and I loved the fact that it was not oily. We had the platter (grilled goat, chicken, beef, collard greens, spinach, chapati), added sides (plantain and rice) and for starters we got chicken wings and the best samosas I have ever had, quite frankly! The meat and chicken were very well seasoned and cooked to perfection. The hot pepper was HOT, but flavourful and went with everything. I loved the mango lassi and finished it faster than I imagined! We were thrilled with the overall quality of the food, the quantity, and the attention to detail and the service. Our waitress, Remy, was absolutely the best! She was attentive, knowledgeable, courteous, professional, quick and ensured we were happy campers at every juncture. That she even asked whether the spicy tea was to my liking (because I had insisted on Tangawizi tea) scored her additional points! I was glad I had the opportunity to let the manager know how happy our party was with Remy, and loved the manager's instant praise and accolades. The ambiance was warm and friendly, and took me back to my continent. There was a homely and welcoming feel and the background African music was not overbearing or out of place, so while bopping and wanting to get up and dance, we were still able to converse comfortably and not feel like we need to shout to be heard or perk up our ears to hear. Lastly, I loved the decor and the layout of the restaurant and the way it is appointed and decorated with Africa art. Swahili Village is now among my favourites and I will make that trip to DC to eat there again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is very chick and love the interior design. Definitely gives me classy vibe and the food was delicious. Love the Afro beats playing on the tv and service was topnotch.

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Mkmc
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I have ever had. The service and staff from host to bar tender to owner were incredible. The food was excellent. An awesome experience!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, amazing food, beyond exceptional customer service. What more can you ask for? The owner came to our table. It was an excellent experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

great authentic kenyan food

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Swahili Village The Consulate is rated 4.8 stars by 113 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.