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Sumah's West African Restaurant & Carryout

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Logan Circle/ Shaw
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1727 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3105
202-462-7309
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 6
    Very good
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
West African Treat

Very clean, delicious food, great service and reminded me of being in West Africa. Commfortable and pleasant atmosphere, maintaining the culture of West Africa, sharing a sampling of the entrees for first comers. This visit was certainly a real treat and I look forward to another visit. Well worth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Forestville, Maryland
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Forestville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Very clean, delicious food, great service and reminded me of being in West Africa. Commfortable and pleasant atmosphere, maintaining the culture of West Africa, sharing a sampling of the entrees for first comers. This visit was certainly a real treat and I look forward to another visit. Well worth the money. Cheers to Sumah's.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This was my first visit at Sumah's, I also pass it on my way to Howard University so I decided to stop in. My best friend is from Liberia and I have always been a fan of Casava leaf and okra, its delicious! I can honestly say the customer service was EXCELLENT! I felt comfortable and at ease as they... More 

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Pristina, Kosovo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I worked in Sierra Leone for over two years and after I left I never thought I could find really a place that served the great West African food that I loved so much. I saw Sumah's featured on CNN's Focus on Africa and being in town for business, I had to check it out. OMG!!!!!! If I closed my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Came for dinner. Very good food. Large portions. Friendly people and great service. Don't let the appearance of the restaurant fool you. It took a while to get the food but it was worth the wait. Free sampler plate was a great idea since this was the first time I've tried west African food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Best surprise of DC, a taste of the citie's diversity. The sauces are a explosion of flavor, completly diferent of everything I've experientes before. If you are adventurous and like new experiences, that's your place in DC!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

After living in Ghana a couple years ago, I had been begging to find a West African restaurant. On a trip to D.C. I found this place and decided to check it out. First off, it's less than a block away from the Shaw-Howard U Metro stop on the Yellow Line, making it easy to find. Upon arrival we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

The restaurant is an excellent place to enjoy west African food. The establishment is a short walk from the Metro. You are greeted with a smile. Even though we had African food before, the owner brought out a sample platter. I chose the cassava and peanut butter sauce. Delicious! It was a very filling meal. The owner brought out large... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Don't let the exterior fool you. The atmosphere is very laid back, but the food quality is high. You will not leave hungry.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I am West African, and its hard to find a local restaurant that serves good African food. I stumbled upon this place while browsing the net. I had the tomato stew with spinach and beef w/ jollof rice.....so bomb! My friend had the peanut stew...which was also tasty. Since then I have suggested to other friends who have visited the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Wanted a different type of cuisine while in DC so went to Sumah's. TA descriptions were accurate - don't think I'd have gone in had I not read the reviews. We had never had this type of food before, so they brought us a sampler with all of the 7 sauces so we could try and figure out what to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1727 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3105
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Logan Circle/ Shaw
  • Neighborhood: Logan Circle/ Shaw
  • Phone Number: 202-462-7309

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 to 15
  • Cuisine: African
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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