Safari DC, an East African restaurant that offers authentic East African food now under new Managment in Petworth

4306 Georgia Ave, NW

From a press release:

“Petworth’s restaurant landscape is a kaleidoscope of culture, with everything on the menu from Asia to Africa. Teeming with diversity, it can now boast another rare gem in its growing nightlife offerings – Safari DC, an East African restaurant that offers authentic East African food.

With its succulent flame-grilled meats, sumptuous fried fishes, and uniquely seasoned rice, Safari DC provides a terrific introduction to some of the foods unique to the East African region and highlight the chef’s passion for tasty fare.  With hopes to providing a glimpse into the contemporary side of modern African cuisine and drink, Safari Restaurant DC plans to utilize its patio seating area for fun outdoor activities that will make you feel like you are in East Africa. Safari DC is offering people a chance to sample Kenyan and Tanzanian food as a delightful precursor to the Folklife Festival scheduled to take place at the Smithsonian later on this month. The Folklife Festival will feature Kenya and China this year.

Photo via Safari DC

The restaurant is under new management, and the owners are excited to be in Petworth, a neighborhood that they feel has a rich sense of history and a diverse, close-knit community. It echoes of the African values of family and togetherness; a strengthening of community through cooperation and mutual support. There are three floors (two for dining) and an upper room for events. Out back is a breeze-filled patio with ample seating and a view of tree-lined streets. There are several televisions where people can watch the games, and a bar that also offers a television and several different types of alcohol.

Take the journey into new cuisine that is difficult to come by in the DC metro area. Safari DC the only East African restaurant in the DC area that offers Kenyan and Tanzanian food. The restaurant is open from 4 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday through Sunday.”

17 Comment

  • Sounds interesting!

  • Their ugali and sukamawiki was the real deal last time I eat there.

    • Love to hear this! I can’t wait to go to this place. I wish I had known about it sooner. Somehow I missed it. I looked on their Facebook page and they have a few photos that make their chapati also look exactly like what I used to eat in Tanzania. Delicious!

  • Sounds like the food is getting better reviews, and the menu has moved past just being Ethiopian dishes. That said, if the patio was really going to remind me of eating in East Africa, it would be cinderblock, 9 feet high, and topped with broken glass and razor wire.

  • Interesting. I’d be willing to check this out, but had never been before. They are in a great location, however, I don’t really see the neighborhood clamoring for East African cuisine (see the Crane & Turtle post). A restaurant with a more popular cuisine may do better than this, but I wish them success.

  • For good chapati and beef samosas/sambusas, I’m definitely in.

  • Good news, I gave up on this place ten years ago; it never seemed to be open. With new management I’ll give it a try.

  • Great news, bring on the East African food. But with US beer 🙂 welcome back!

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    Who is managing this place?

    (William and Alice were friends of mine, as were many of the regulars. I would love to reunite with some of them. And I wonder how William and Alice are. And where they are.)

  • Love the place, good food, great ambience and good service. Just what Petworth needed

  • The GA. Ave – Upshur NW area needs a shot of high-density, market-rate residential, esp on GA Ave.It’s walkable top metro and more pedestrian traffic would bring a needed boost of $ to the area.

  • This certainly sounds better than my eating experience in East Africa (mostly Uganda). Our daily meal was either “food with meat” or “food with beans” and sometimes was just a matter of choosing the pinkish sauce or the brownish sauce.

  • I had no idea they were there–will check them out!

  • The food was really good, I had the pilau and beef stew. Nice serving and good price!

  • Was there last night , amazing. I had nyama choma, ugali and sukuma and it was amazing , reminded me of my peace Corp days in naivasha.

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