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“So, so excellent!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Smart Village

The Smart Village
Ranked #233 of 479 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating
Somerville, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“So, so excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Cheap and very tasty. Casual atmosphere, tasteful decor, pleasant and quick service, and food so much better than Habesha! The selection and preparation, even on the combos, was indeed slightly different than your typical Ethiopian place. Altogether awesome.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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16 reviews from our community

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great Ethiopian/Eritrean with a Casual Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

I've always been a fan of Smart Village since my first visit. This last visit was excellent--probably the best food I've had there yet. Of course the Shiro and the Veg Platter are excellent and the Barbecue Chicken (Kuku Choma) is really good.

I like that Smart Village is a bit more low key then other Ethiopian places in the area and I always feel comfortable lounging at an outside table for a few hours working or talking before or after my meal.

Visited February 2013
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Thank AdamERWhite
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Level Contributor
15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is my best Ethiopian Restaurant. I cannot even compare it to Habesha. This is a great place, that has great value for your money.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Sue O
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Nairobi, Kenya
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141 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“An excellent addition to the Nairobi scene of Ethiopian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Although the Smart Village passes for an Ethiopian restaurant, the food is really prepared and served in the Eritrean style by the family running the establishment.
I had dinner there with friends and the taste of the food, while indeed in the Ethiopian mainstream, was nevertheless slightly - and refreshingly - different. Especially the njera did not have the extremely sour taste that is typical of Ethiopian food at other restaurants around Nairobi.
Good quality matched by more than decent prices made the experience a very enjoyable one.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Giorgio B
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