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Sumah's West African Restaurant & Carryout

$$ - $$$
Logan Circle/ Shaw
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1727 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3105
+1 202-462-7309
11:00 - 22:00
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Silver Spring, Maryland
1 review
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Very unhealthy food to say the least. The food was very salty, with lots of "red" cooking oil i.e. Recipes for hypertension and coronary artery disease which could lead to heart attacks. i have eaten Serria Leonean food before and their cooking is very poor. In my container of cassava leaf soup, it was half cassava leaf and half red... More 

Thank vicvic2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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342 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Been a couple of times to this place. The food is tasty, but for lunch it is a little bit on the expensive side. I like their greens cooked with meat. Specially, the spinach, lady fingers, and a tomato based dish with meat. They serve healthy portions. The food is oils, as this gives the flavor. The interior is spartan... More 

1 Thank Sundncr
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2015 via mobile

The service is real, you feel very welcomed when you come in, immediately we were offered the sampler, which was explained to us, a little taste of what the menu offers, i decided on the special, which was the goat meat, my friend got the tomato sauce and spinach, which all the entrees are basically a plate of food, served... More 

Thank Angel M
Quito, Ecuador
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2015

I am very familiar with food from other West/Central African countries and living overseas, this is the one kind of food I miss so, whenever I pass through DC, I am always excited to find a great restaurant with similar dishes. Off the bat, as another traveler said, go for the food, not the ambiance. It seems as their name... More 

Thank BNO-Panama
Flagstaff, Arizona
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153 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2015

The food is incredibly tasty, and very unique in flavor. Since we had never eaten this type of food (from Sierra Leone), the owner gave us a small sampler plate. Since we liked all 6 samples, he then created a large dinner plate with all of them. It included 4 different kinds of meet (all but pork). Don't expect a... More 

Thank Charlie T
Boston, Massachusetts
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229 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2015

Sumah runs a little neighborhood gathering place for West Africans, but with his excellent food and welcoming manner he has attracted a wide range of customers in search of something different. The restaurant seats 20 at simple formica-top tables, and the food is served in styrofoam containers which can double as a doggy bag. The pictures don’t do justice to... More 

Thank canadensis
1 review
Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

This place was great. This was my first time trying African food. It was so different than what I am used to. I am so glad we got to go here. The place is slightly out of the way from central DC and isn't fancy, but it is the experience we were looking for. The owner helped us get a... More 

Thank Jennifer M
Forestville, Maryland
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2015

Very clean, delicious food, great service and reminded me of being in West Africa. Commfortable and pleasant atmosphere, maintaining the culture of West Africa, sharing a sampling of the entrees for first comers. This visit was certainly a real treat and I look forward to another visit. Well worth the money. Cheers to Sumah's.

Thank Vataf
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 June 2015

This was my first visit at Sumah's, I also pass it on my way to Howard University so I decided to stop in. My best friend is from Liberia and I have always been a fan of Casava leaf and okra, its delicious! I can honestly say the customer service was EXCELLENT! I felt comfortable and at ease as they... More 

1 Thank Jessica S
Pristina, Kosovo
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2015

I worked in Sierra Leone for over two years and after I left I never thought I could find really a place that served the great West African food that I loved so much. I saw Sumah's featured on CNN's Focus on Africa and being in town for business, I had to check it out. OMG!!!!!! If I closed my... More 

Thank Chaz1906

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1727 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3105
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Logan Circle/ Shaw
  • Neighbourhood: Logan Circle/ Shaw
  • Phone Number: +1 202-462-7309

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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