Kith / Kin
Celebrating his heritage ranging from Nigeria and Jamaica, to West Africa and the Caribbean, to New Orleans and New York, and now immersed in The Wharf of Washington D.C., Chef Kwame finds his culinary impetus in everywhere he's from, everywhere he's been, and the influence of those who know him best.
We invite you to share in the story. To indulge in flavors with substance. And to take a seat at the table. Because this is a place where all are friends and a member of the family.
Welcome to Kith/Kin.
My bestfriends Birthday wouldn’t have been complete without bringing her to try Kith/Kin! She loved her food and as always, as did I.
Our experience was excellent! The food was delicious, the ambiance was great and our server, Travis, made the night. Travis was friendly, educated about the menu, helpful and made my husband feel special on his birthday! I would recommend this restaurant and encourage everyone to request Travis!
The service was spectacular, our waitress gave us very detailed descriptions of all of the menu items and recommended top dishes. We also appreciated that the chef/owner walked around to the tables to talk to all of the guests. The food was unlike anything we'd ever had. I highly recommend the goat roti, the mushroom flatbreads, the jerk chicken, and the cauliflower with scallops.
The entire experience was superb. Great, interesting food; spicy but never too hot for my taste. Bold flavors. Will return when next in DC. Wine list could use a little work.
I thought the experience at Kith / Kin was just "fine". Traffic getting to the Wharf is awful on a good day and so I had to drop my wife off so she could check in for our reservation while I searched for parking since we were running 10 mins behind. When I found a spot and got to the restaurant she was seated in the holding pen as they would not seat us until I arrived - which was fine. But then we had to cash out for the drink she had ordered, instead of having that drink transferred to the table - the entire arrival experience was just a bit too unpleasant. The hostess didn't seem to know what she was doing and the host in the holding pen seemed equally confused about what was going on - would expect more from the restaurant staff and employees at a hotel like the Intercontinental. The food was fine - brussels sprouts were on par with what you'd get elsewhere, tasty but not memorable. The scallops were good. Jerk chicken - and this is going to sound odd - but it tasted almost exactly like a hot dog. Oxtail was fine but way too fatty. Service was slow so no time for dessert. Wine selection very slim. Cocktails - just fine - nothing incredible. If this restaurant were in the suburbs I think I would have been more pleased but DC has such great food that this seemed like a corporate imitation and not something truly authentic.
The food was excellent overall. The ox tails needed a little bit more spice, the goat roti was sufficiently spicy and the texture of the road he was nice. They gave me a complementary birthday cake :-). Lastly the dessert was a cinnamon puff donut with chai ice cream. The only complaint is that the doors were open during a 90° hot and humid summer day, so the temperature was quite uncomfortable. I can’t wait to come back and try the rest of the menu!
Not one complaint! The ambiance, staff, and quality of food was incredible. The care that goes into every flavor is impeccable and the chef, a James Beard award winner, certainly lives up to his reputation. This is an excellent choice to celebrate a special occasion or to treat yourself to a great night out!
Fabulous food! An interesting variety of spices and flavors. The burger was excellent!
The food and service is exceptional! I will definitely patron Kith and Kin again.
This restaurant, unlike many others, lived up to its hype! The food was current yet with an innovative twist based on the chef's background. The ambiance was relaxed and enjoyable, no rush at all, and the waiter was super informative and helpful.
The sharing portion size were perfect! The snapper was so good. The brussel sprouts were scrumptious.
Atmosphere was nice. The service was great, extremely (and respectfully) attentive staff! Totally enjoyed the Red Snapper - awesome presentation! Libation, sides and dessert were only ok. Would definitely give Kith/Kin another try.
It was great. Everyone was polite and accommodating. Food was delicious and well plated. Look forward to coming back for dinner.
Everything from start to finish was amazing! Our server Chanta was passionate and knowledgeable. She made awesome suggestions. We had the Brussels, oxtails and red snapper. Everything was perfect. We can’t wait to come back and try everything else!
My twin sister asked for a non-spicy dish. They sent her a meal that was spicy, she could not finish it.
We celebrated our anniversary and had a wonderful time. Great food, great service, great ambiance!
We had a wonderful experience from beginning to end. The food was interesting, delicious and portions were appropriate. Our waiter, Sisay, was attentive, helpful and enthusiastic but not overbearing. Our family of five will definitely return again!
Celebrating our anniversary. Realized that we enjoy the winter menu much more than the summer (too much shellfish). My wife has a shellfish allergy so her options were very limited.
On previous visits the bartenders and servers were great and helpful, this time our server was a bit snarky.
We still love this place.
I was on a date with my wife and mentioned it in my reservation. I was hoping to get a good table but it was not all that. I figured that’s just the setting at the restaurant. It was our 1st time. Our waiter made our experience interesting though :)
Kith/Kin is a gem in DC. Our server was extremely helpful offering suggestions and was very patient during our indecision. Portions here are fairly large for a fine dining experience- for two people, we ordered two appetizers (uni escovitch, charred brassicas + scallops), two entrees (jerk chicken, jollof rice) and dessert (habanero peppers) and had to bring leftovers home. The flavors are spicy (not for the faint hearted!) and adventurous. It might seem a touch expensive but you get huge portions for each dish.
They served Michael a very dry chocolate cupcake for his birthday. The service was nice, but food was just OK.
My 1st issue was that our table for 2 was the size of a tv tray. I had to send the oxtails back because of a gluey tasting sauce. My wife had the shrimp and they were over seasoned and tough. We left hungry. I will not return.
We had the brussel sprouts, cauliflower and scallops, jollof rice, goat roti, braised oxtails, and mushroom forest dishes. The brussel sprouts were flavorful, but too charred. If they were crispy on the outside, the dish would be perfection. The goat roti was authentic tasting and the best entree dish. My disappointment was the braised oxtail. As someone who grew up eating them, the flavor was limited to the perimeter of the oxtail, leaving the rest to be basic taste-wise. The jasmine rice was a dud. Someone in our party was allergic to shellfish, and they made a wonderful substitution in the jollof rice to allow everyone to enjoy it. The mushroom forest appetizer was vibrant and rich. It was the best appetizer we tried. The cauliflower and scallops were a close 2nd. The drinks were delightful. If you love spicy food or rich, flavorful spices, then this place is for you. If you don't agree with spices, then this is not the place for you.
Great experience with my mom and 6 month old baby. I’m dairy and gluten free and the waiter was very accommodating.
This is one of my go to restaurants because I love the ox tails!
Travis is an excellent employee from the beginning of my experience when my group arrived and the maitre'd had stepped away, throughout the meal since he happened to be our waiter, till the end where we parted with hugs because that's just how welcoming he was. Who hugs a waiter goodbye? Exactly! Peomote him through he is a gifted people person so don't promote him and take him away from customers. When I come back I'll be looking to sit in Travos's section.
And yes the food was good. A little hevy salt on the fish on the jollof rice though.
We spent $97 and left starving. It was a damn shame. I’m
OUTSTANDING Cuisine and phenomenal customer service!!!!
The brassica and scallops with the multicolored cauliflower was excellent. Brussels sprouts were a bit salty and with the lime even worst...Too charred for our taste. The uni escovitch was a welcome replacement to the brussel sprouts. Drinks were well balanced and flavorful. The Caribbean mule was unique...the spiciness of the ginger beer with the floral hibiscus and passionfruit meld well on the palate. My second drink was the banana daiquiri... not too sweet with the Brazilian liquer...While it was a win with then bacardi, I could not help but imagine it with a nice cachacha... hmmmmm.... banana caipirinha anyone? The papa bois was a big hit with the hubby, but the Caribbean Belt packed way too much heat for his palate. Now to the entrees... the jerk chicken was well seasoned. The cabbage side was heavily salted. The rice was undercooked and a little sweet. We are accustomed to the Caribbean rice with coconut milk, but not so sweet. The jollof rice was good but the rouget again was on the salty side. Desserts...we loved the elderflower snow (like a sorbet) of the haberno peppers. However, this snow may have been better if served by itself. As presented, the elderflower snow overpowered the tres leche component of the dessert. It was difficult to appreciate the different milk flavors or the usual moist texture of the cake. Different plating may have better captured the desired flavor profile. The caribbean rum cake was good. Standard item for Caribbean fare. Food did not deliver as i I hoped for given our love for African and caribbean. The service was excellent. Bartender excellent. Chic atmosphere. Overall good.experience.
I was disappointed with my entree order. My sister and I traveled from New Jersey just for dinner at Kith/Kin and planned the rest of our trip around it. I was most disappointed with the Goat Roti. The sauce the goat was in had lots of flavor but the meat was not tender and hard to chew. The roti itself was undercooked and still doughy. Substituted it for the rice and peas which was ok. It taste like coconut flavored white rice and there wasn't much flavor to it otherwise (also not many peas in it). Ordered an Old Fashioned and it was ok. Had the soft shell crab as an appetizer and that was good. The coconut bread taste more like a brioche roll instead of actual coconut bread. The pepper sauce condiment placed on table was really good. My sister ordered the Monkfish and enjoyed it but was not impressed. The best part of the meal was dessert. The "habanera peppers" dessert was amazing! The structure, flavor and layers were delightful and refreshing. It was the only thing we really enjoyed and were impressed by.
Service was a bit slower than I would have liked. But the food made up for it
The food was absolutely delicious and I say that without any exaggeration!
good food, good service, nice place.
We had 3 great vegan dish.
It is really worth it !
Being allergic to chicken and shellfish, my diet is fairly limited. I informed the waiter of my allergy and it turns out that the only thing I could eat was the snapper (the most expensive item on the menu), without any sauce. There were several options, but literally everything is made with the same chicken based spice cube. They did offer a hamburger as an option, but I declined; I could have gone to Shake Shack for a burger.
If their menu does not support any vegetarian options or the kitchen is not flexible enough to work around food allergies, then Chef Kwame may need to get a little more creative and inclusive with his menu.
Waited for 10-15 minutes for water. Had to ask for drink menu. One of our appetizers showed up after our entree (had to ask for it). Presentation/plating of entree was mediocre at best. Dessert was served with a completely different type of ice cream, and the waiter never told us there was a substitution from what was on the menu.
Great experience! Great food! Service can be a little faster
Huge asterisk on this. If rating solely in food and table service, this is a place not to be missed. Hostess needs to be fired, however. I don’t say that lightly. We were 15 minutes late for our 7:15 reservation. We walked in right at 7:30. Mea culpa. The hostess proceeds to tell us that because we were 15 minutes late she cannot seat us. She needed to check when she could seat us. She’s holding a tablet by the way, so it shouldn’t have been difficult to know. She goes away and comes back to tell us she could seat us at 8:30, an hour later. We pause to consider this. We ask to speak to a manager. She says she’ll get one, but it will be a few minutes. Now mind you, not only is no one waiting to be seated, nor does anyone else come in to be seated, with or without a reservation, but she is as unfriendly about this as possible. Yes, we should have been on time, but that happens sometimes and there was traffic. My point is that while I get maybe we can’t be seated right away, c’mon, this is the hospitality industry, don’t be so bureaucratic. A few minutes pass and the same unsmiling hostess comes back and says they can seat us. As another, far friendlier and smiling hostess guides us to our table, we pass not one or two but at least 6 empty tables (4 were tables for 2) and seated next to an empty table for 2. The table next to us remained empty until 9. Really? Why the games? To teach us a lesson?
Ok enough of that. Our waiter was amazing. Food not to missed: mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, scallops, and, of course the goat. So good. So good that it made us forget the hostess. Well, not totally since I had to write this. I do hope Kith and Kin will talk to staff about welcoming your customers, even those who are so rude as to be a little late.
Second visit to the restaurant. Staff is amazing, the food selection is carefully prepared and extremely flavorful. The appeal is both the interesting mix of ingredients and the artful presentation. Would recommend .
abysmal service. fantastic food and drinks...the food almost makes the neglect worth it.
The food tasted awesome but it took forever to come out. There was a long delay between ordering and getting the appetizers and then an even longer stretch before we got our entrees. I wish there had been better communication about what was going on because nothing was said to us and we had to flag down our waiter and ask. The restaurant was busy but by no means packed. We were not expecting this to be a 3 hour dinner.
We really liked the food but this is a very different experience than the last time we visited.