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Reviewed November 2, 2019

Eight of us were dining for the first time at Nations Cafe. We had reserved a space for us and were there at noon on a Sunday's when they opened. We were seated immediately and our drink orders were taken. One beer was ordered and...seven had bottled water at $1 per bottle. My choice was the Assorted Meat Stew for $16.99 with plantains and Jollof rice as my sides. My wife chose the Curry Fish (tilapia) for $15.99 and plantains and green beans as her sides. Service was excellent and the food was very good. Each order was prepared separately and delivered, in the same sequence as the orders were placed, over a fairly short period of time. Since the four couples ordered together, the food for each couple arrived close to the same time. We spent two hours dining and chatting and saw no other customers during that time. This is a gem hidden in plain sight at a very busy intersection - Northrodge and Roswell.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed June 19, 2016

Wide selection of West African and American food. Curry chicken and grilled fish were both tasty and well prepared. Quality meat and ingredients - spot on. Now for the service: order three entrees - one each for me and my two sons, two sides we...wanted were unavailable so waiter suggested fried rice and plantains. 50 mins later (real - not exaggerated) got one entree with steamed rice no plantains. 10 mins later one more entree. we ate family style but my boys went away hungry. 30 mins later waiter returned and asked how our meal was. His reply to our lack of food - it's been a busy day. paid the bill in cash - when I got the change he'd rounded our bill up. One last surprise - the waters are $1 each. Shame about the epic service experience because the food really does seem good. Instead go to Ike's Cafe in Norcross - better food, service, and surroundings - totally worth the drive. For a nice extremely casual to-go lunch on Saturdays go a mile up the road to Viko's grocery and carry out a container of wache and fish. note - they sell out by 1pm.More

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

Seclusion in the midst of a very busy area. When we visited , we were two of four customers. The service was lovely and the food was good. We had red wine with our meals. I recommend the curry chicken.

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is definitely the best African restaurant I have ever been to in the US period! Please try the vegetable soup (Edika-ikong). I can't comment much on the service like the previous waiter, because I didn't go there expecting first-class service. (I walked in like...I was going into an average road-side buka in Nigeria, so what kind of service would I be expecting?) But Adeye's service was okay to be frank; she was polite, and all. The snail platter (appetizer) came with some do-do (fried plantain), and it just set the tone for the rest of the evening. The cat-fish pepper soup was again excellent. However, the best part was the vegetable soup (efo/edika-ikong). Gosh, it was just too good I couldn't believe it was same ol' spinach! If you ever go to that Sandy Spring area of Atlanta, or to the lousy Nigerian Consulate office on Roswell, don't leave without stopping by! I'm definitely coming back sometime soon!More

Date of visit: December 2014
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Reviewed May 23, 2014

I came here to celebrate my mom's success in passing her real estate exam and expected to try some west african food. By far the worst restaurant EVER! I have never had such bad service in my entire life! We first came and stood there...waiting for someone to seat us, but it took so long that we just decided to seat ourselves (That should have been a sign for us to leave right then but unfortunately we stayed anyway). We sat down to notice that the table was dirty and switched to another table just to find that it was also dirty (even the salt and pepper shakers had food residue on them). But of course, being the patient person that I am, I decided to wait around longer for the waiter to notice us. We waited and then got tired of waiting so we flagged another worker to see if we can get some service and he told us he will get the waiter. Then the waiter finally got to our table after 20 minutes of us waiting (keep in mind there were only 3 other tables being occupied). The waiter, Okon (I only know his name from the receipt since he didn't formally greet us) said "So do you know what you want?" I responded "We don't even have a menu." He proceeded to give us the menu and walked away immediately. After we got finished looking at the menu and figuring out what we wanted to eat, we had to wait even longer for Okon to come back and take our order. We even noticed a couple waiting at their table before we came in and still weren't greeted, but they were smart enough to leave after waiting for so long. To my surprise, the food came out in reasonable time. It is a custom with african dishes to eat with your hands (I didn't mind this because I am from Philippines so we eat with our hands too). However, the utensils were dirty, so even if I didn't want to eat with my hands, I still couldn't eat with the utensils they provided. We proceeded to eat the food and surprisingly both of our meals didn't taste bad. We got the check after we finished eating and the total was $33.15. I usually leave 20% for decent customer service but since it was very bad customer service I left 12% ($4.00). The transaction cleared on my account 2 days later for $53.15. Instead of Okon taking the $4.00 that I gave him on the receipt, he took $20 as a tip for him. WOW! After all this, he still had the audacity to take $20 from me! Ridiculous! I even called the restaurant about this but of course they didn't answer their phone and the voice mail was too full to leave a message. Words cannot describe how pitiful this restaurant is. I only give them a one star rating because the food was decent, otherwise I wouldn't give them any stars at all. I recommend to stay FAR away from this restaurant, don't waste your time nor your money.More

Date of visit: May 2014
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We were recommended to this restaurant by a friend from Nigeria when we were looking for an authentic African restaurant. Just so you know, the owner/chef owns the other Nation's Cafe in Atlanta. We walked in, and the place was nice. The chef, Chef James,...came out to our table and was very helpful in recommending certain authentic dishes. For an appetizer, he brought out a sample platter so we could figure out what food we liked. It included plantains, goat meat, and hen (all of which are very common in Africa). For our main course, we got a dish of shrimp and hen served with a butter and herb rice and spinach. We, also got a goat dish along with a beef dish. It was all delicious! While we were there, the consulate general of Nigeria showed up, confirming the authenticity of this restaurant. We had a nice time.More

Date of visit: June 2013
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