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Swahili Village

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10606 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705-2131
+1 240-965-7651
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Catonsville, Maryland
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have always been a fan of Swahili Village, but the NEW location and restaurant is gorgeous! The Kenyan artwork and ambience is fabulous and the food and service is equally as great. Very homey and terrific Kenyan fare! Highly recommend!

Thank Mutanu
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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96 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The chapati with red beans was absolutely delicious. The seasoning was delightfully, well balanced. The chapati went very well with the rich flavored beans. I will dine-in next visit and bring family/friends along for a treat!

Thank lovelylanna
New York City, New York
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Leaving DC after a day of sightseeing, history and RAIN, we were driving up route 1 and came across a sign for East African cuisine and decided to stop The Mbuzi Choma with pilau and ndizi kanga/ Grilled goat with rice and fried plantain...A+ Definitely on the must visit again list

Thank Chris S
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34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit-great tasting food, variety provided- for the adventurous; pleasant staff, can get crowded on the weekends Definitely recommend

Thank Mbuina
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I met some friends for dinner and Friday night. The food was pretty good. I had the appetizer combo A combination of Bhajias, 1 Samosa, and 1 Sausage and for my entrée I had Tilapia cooked in Coconut milk curry and plantains, I definitely plan to return.

Thank byron l
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

I and my family travelled from VA to MD just to have dinner in Swahili village. The staff was not friendly at all. We felt invisible and to make the matters worse they served us warm food . We had ordered a platter worth $ 75 excluding the little appetizers . The point is not about the money but the... More 

Thank Rachael M
Rochester, Minnesota
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

Went with the family. The kids ordered whole deep fried tilapia for $19 it was delish. My husband ordered the stew but was very disappointed with the small portion he got for $17.50. He is Kenyan. He said the flavor was good but portion was bad. He kept saying "nothing spectacular" I ordered the spinach and mukimo since I'm vegetarian.... More 

Thank mafutagirl38
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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173 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Was visiting Washington DC briefly and my brother took me to Swahili Village and the food was fantastic. I decided to try as many things as possible and everything was really good. Sambusa, Ugali, Nyama Choma, Chapati, Fish, Plantain, you name it. All was very delicious and cooked to perfection. The place, even though small but had a very nice... More 

Thank Gureni L
London, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

We visited Nairobi about 30 years ago. We were taken back in time where Kenyans congregate and eat large amounts of food. Our little family of 5 had the large platter for 5 that included fu-fu (corn meal mush), goat, beef, spinach, collard greens, chopped tomatoes with onions and cilantro and flat bread. The beef was overcooked and a bit... More 

Thank Raymon N
Silver Spring, Maryland
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

I've had a review of Swahili Village sitting on my coffee table for over a year and last week, when my first choice for lunch fell through, I decided to check it out. I'm glad I did. The owner says he opened Swahili Village because there are few restaurants serving eastern African foods in the Washington, D.C. area, foods different... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10606 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705-2131
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Beltsville
  • Phone Number: +1 240-965-7651
Swahili Village Restaurant and Bar offers authentic Kenyan cuisine and Kenyan ambiance. Venture in and be transported to a city in Kenya. Karibu. We serve nyama choma, tilapia, samosas, imported beer, and beverages. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

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