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Swahili Village OTS, Newark, NJ

Swahili Village OTS

4.7
4.7
44 Reviews
$31 to $50
African
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    African, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, East African

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am Thu–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 am

  • Phone number

    (973) 494-7379

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Middle Eastern

  • Executive chef

    Chef Alfredo Hernandez

  • Catering

    www.swahilivillages.com | 202.798.7701

  • Private party facilities

    www.swahilivillages.com | 202.798.7701

  • Neighborhood

    Newark

  • Cross street

    Corner of Center Street and Mulberry Street

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit, Light Rail, Amtrak

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 44 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was really delicious especially the desserts (I celebrated a birthday). The service was very good, ambiance was super lively & overall we had a great evening! Would have preferred a different place of seating for 2 because we were right next to the DJ but it definitely did not ruin the night.
  2. NB

    NormanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Swahili Village was better than expected. the food was fantastic, and the service was great. I would recommend this venue for couples, small gatherings, or wedding receptions.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to the DC location for many years; but this was a new vibe we needed. Great food, friendly service, and very reasonable in cost.
  4. JF

    JoyF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was lovely & well made albeit portions left something to be desired. Will return!
  5. S

    Sharon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time and I bought my client for her birthday. She loved it. I will be back!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff and the food was great.
  7. D

    Dezlova

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food is very tasty, but is a bit over priced. The service was great.
  8. PL

    PeterL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great menu and very attentive service staff. Will be back.
  9. AA

    AnyiatehA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was good, customer service excellent. It was my first visit there and I am still looking forward to come back.
  10. JC

    JosephC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st time Being at this Restaurant. Overall experience was great. The Food, The Drinks, The Service with our Waiter Paul Was Great & Fun 🤩 Yes u will go back.
  11. BK

    BeverlyK

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fun vibe, beautiful decor. They need to iron out some kinks in the kitchen and bar. Our main courses came our before our appetizers and sides were mixed up. Read your bill carefully since we were charged for a top shelf liquor that we didn’t drink. They fixed the bill. We will go back! Excellent staff.
  12. L

    Lily

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and our waitress’s service was impeccable! She def made my 21st birthday a good one!
  13. OS

    OrangeSquared

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Newark’s excellent and extraordinarily diverse dining scene has a new star: Swahili Village. It is a must-go destination, offering a unique menu and dining experience, built upon recreations of traditional dishes with a nod to the global African diaspora and its evolving culinary influences. Signature cocktails are delightfully fresh, including a Flaming Margarita developed from a homemade recipe and a sophisticated gin-based creation, The Chapman. The menu ranges from seafood and chicken to meats and vegetarian offerings. Goat prepared either grilled or in a delectable stew with pungently piquant spices prove the kitchen’s authenticity, accompanied by delicious variations on sides like sautéed spinach, collard greens, and beans and rice that bring the entrees home. From the friendly greeting at the door to the warm invitation to come again, the staff’s hospitality is gracious, genuine, and professional. The flexible layout can accommodate either a quiet rendezvous or an office party. The restaurant is ideally located, right across the street from NJPAC and within a few blocks of other cultural anchors like the Newark Museum of Art, Express Newark in the distinguished Hahne & Co. building, Clement’s jazz club, Rutgers University - Newark, and the newly renamed Harriet Tubman Square. Swahili Village gives foodies a new reason to love Newark.
  14. SC

    StephanieC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was fantastic although I wish there were actually Kenyan desserts to try out. Other than that, a great place to dine an experience their food.
  15. HN

    HaroldN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I celebrated my wife 66th birthday. She was very happy with the ambience, the food, the service it was exceptional and Black owned operated...we loved it
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  17. GA

    GodfredA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, great location with its own parking garage.
  18. SJ

    StephenJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and service. would recommend to a friend
  19. V

    Valentina

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Ambiance was amazing! Service is a tad bit slow, but I've come to expect that from restaurants that automatically add gratuity to the check. However, if you love flavorful African cuisine, I'm sure you'll love this place. Great place for a date nite. And the drinks are pretty strong. 9/10 would recommend!
  20. S

    Sammy1019

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, lovely ambiance. Staff was courteous and friendly from beginning to end. Service was amazing and the food is delicious! I will certainly be back and would recommend to all.
  21. V

    Victor

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was very slow. They have issues with handling large parties
  22. TB

    ToniB

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent, and our server Lavender helped us navigate the menu and decide what to eat. We ordered several dishes and there was not a bad one among them. The cocktails were also quite good. We were only there for dinner, but the vibe in the other parts of the restaurant seemed great. I will certainly be back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a pleasure to be there. The staff is amazing. The food is divine. Thank you and I am definitely coming back
  24. C

    Cher

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience4
    The food is good but the drinks severely pale in comparison and are overpriced (for reference, I paid $28 for an amateurly made margarita that was more sugar than anything). Needless to say I was very disappointed with the drinks and will stick with the Tusker Lager if I return.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location. Service was great. Food was amazing. Highly recommend😊
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty food with a wonderful cultural flare
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I have visited the DC Swahili Village which seems to be more established. My biggest complaint will be that staff and servers had limited knowledge of the food menu. Maybe this will improve with time?
  28. BB

    BxBee

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to dinner at Swahili Village before a show at NJPAC. The waitstaff were very attentive and the food and drinks were delicious. I will definitely go to Swahili Village again.
  29. TR

    TomR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences we've had in a long time! The staff was amazing and so welcoming. The food spectacular. And to top it all off the location is amazing, within easy walking distance of the Newark train station and right across the street from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Here's an idea for an amazing night: take the train to Newark, have dinner at Swahili Village, catch a show at the New Jersey Center for Performing Arts...then after the show, come right back to Swahili Village for drinks at their fantastic bar !
  30. DC

    DanielC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    I knew more about the menu than my server. The food was delicious though.
  31. TS

    TheodoreS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I hope all will support this first class establishment!
  32. R

    Ralpflorrin

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came with a party of two on a Saturday night. It was active and but not overwhelmingly so. Was easy to make a reservation on Opentable and was seated promptly as we arrived. The ambiance and music playlist are top tier. They have a mixture of afrobeats and African tunes which felt like home. There is a full bar, lounge seating and restaurant seating. Our server, Deej, was attentive and helpful. No real parking around the area but I believe they offer a valet option and there may be a parking garage option - which I didn’t utilize. Will be back!
  33. NA

    NANATESS

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food is overpriced as compared to DMV area.
  34. N

    Nari

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My friend had a birthday dinner at Swahili on Saturday night and it was beautiful. We had samosas and bajias for appetizers and for the entree we had the red snapper with jollof, plus lentils with chapati and Nyama bites. Then paired everything with a Cabernet! Looking forward to going back again.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and attentive servers.
  36. S

    Sonya

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Service in the main dining room is not great but the food was delicious, the portions were appropriate too. The bar is big and comfortable enough to enjoy the full menu and the service there is much better. The bartenders are all friendly and attentive.
  37. TA

    TokunboA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    As always, outstanding food, customer service experience and great ambiance❤️
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks. Full bar and great decor! I highly recommend it and wish them well.
  39. MM

    MwariM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Place is gorgeous. Food was ok, service could be better
  40. FV

    FrancescaV

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and great service. Took some time but it was nice to be able to sit and relax. It was pretty loud but the music was good.

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  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Swahili Village OTS offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 494-7379.

Swahili Village OTS is rated 4.7 stars by 44 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Swahili Village OTS

2 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corner of Center Street and Mulberry Street

  • Neighborhood

    Newark

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am Thu–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 am

  • Cuisines

    African, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, East African

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit, Light Rail, Amtrak

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Middle Eastern

  • Executive chef

    Chef Alfredo Hernandez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (973) 494-7379

  • Catering

    www.swahilivillages.com | 202.798.7701

  • Private party facilities

    www.swahilivillages.com | 202.798.7701

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