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The Smart Village

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Elgeyo Marakwet Road | Kilimani, Nairobi, Kenya
254 020 386 2440
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Service by Feisa was like the best service I have seen in a while.. Very polite and patient person. Ask for him when you go there. I believe all the others are as nice, but he was the one who served us the time we were there. Loved the juice, loved the softness of the meat (Zigni). The anjera was... More 

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Thank Jn P
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I really enjoyed my visit to Smart Village. They served the darker Injera bread made out of teff flour, much more nutritious than the white Injera. There was plenty of space in the restaurant and it was quiet enough to have a good conversation with friends. Finally, the bill at the end of the meal pleasantly surprised us :)

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Nairobi, Kenya
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78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Great Eritrean food. Service is also great and the bakery also has great pastries. Very nice place to just hang out with friends or go out for a meal. Food is served on time and always busy so best to go early not to miss out on a place to seat/park

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1 Thank smwelu
Nairobi, Kenya
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Smart Village is good - if it were the only Ethiopian restaurant around it would be outstanding. But it's not. Habesha is just up the street, and is a better meal. If you need to bring a large group (15+) Smart Village is undoubtedly the better choice since it will be less crowded and has more open space, and it... More 

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Thank WeldonWK
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014 via mobile

Smart village is by far not as atmospheric as Sabrina's but the food, service and authenticity are just so much better. Moreover, their injeera is not from plain rice flour as is in Sabrina's, but half half teff-rice, making it much more tasty. The surrounding is a little parking-like, but the coffee and food more than make up for it.... More 

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Thank Jana D
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We went to Smart Village for lunch It was my third visit and I liked it as usual Ordered a plate with a variety of Wat (stew) and extra injeras. My favorite is Shiro which I have to order aside from the platter. It is great with the injeras! The price is reasonable and the service is okay... Their food... More 

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Thank Wendy M
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We went to Smart Village for lunch.... It was my third visit and I liked it as usual... Ordered a plate with a variety of Wat (stew) and extra injeras. My favorite is Shiro which I have to order aside from the platter. It is great with the injeras! The price is reasonable and the service is okay... Thier food... More 

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Thank Wendy M
Nairobi
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Great food but they don't have a credit card machine, so had to spend an unnecessary 400 shillings to get a taxi and run to to an ATM and get cash to pay them. I hope the restaurant can move into the 21st century and have card machines oir stop lying that their machine is "not working".

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Thank Ken M
Nairobi, Kenya
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This has been my favorite Ethiopian restaurant since 2009. The first time I visited the place I became addicted. They make their Ethiopian dishes very well as compared to other restaurants that offer the same type of food. Unlike other Ethiopian restaurants, Smart Village does not focus on Ethiopian food only. They have a variety of food, from goat meat... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Visited this nice if somewhat barebones interior restaurant several times over the years and the both food and service has always been excellent !

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
African, Ethiopian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Monday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Elgeyo Marakwet Road | Kilimani, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: 254 020 386 2440

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?