Best Japanese Restaurants In Washington Near Me

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1. Rakuya

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921 reviews
Rakuya
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1900 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 265-7258

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Danny Chong: Food here was delicious. There were a lot of actual Japanese people here. Not that that means anything itself but always a good sign. The lunch sets were great - the cod and eel was yummy. I do wish the protein portion was slightly bigger.

Julie: Big menu. Great happy hour. Nice interior and ambiance in general. Favorites include the mussels, age dashi, kara age, salmon apple crudo, white tiger roll, sake don buri... never really miss here. REALLY must try some of the ramen, nearly mugged the guy next to me for a taste of his...

Traveling Clown: Prompt service. The food was very good and the cocktails delicious! Had the Nigri sampler. Highly recommend if interested in trying different fish.

M. M.: If you know Japanese food then this place is not recommended. The tempura was served cold and the batter was thick. The miso soup tasted like instant soup. The salmon was ok but overall this place is not worth recommending. I'm sure there are better Japanese restaurants in the area.

Ben C: My go to sushi place in the area. I’d recommended taking advantage of their happy hour menu from 4-6 to get good value on their appetizers and sushi rolls. I really enjoy the grilled salmon harasu roll as well as the takoyaki and steamed shumai.

Fei stetzwa: Delicious sushi. Hide your white shirt if you order the curry noodle soup. Scrumptious cocktails, outdoor seating in Dupont Circle what more could you ask for.

Hudson Harris: As an outsider to DC, the modern industrial, atmosphere of Rakuya instantly drew me in. The menu was extensive yet easy to choose from for those who don’t often dine in Japanese restaurants. The sushi rolls were PHENOMENAL, and of course you can never go wrong with any of their Ramen bowls. I was very excited to see Japanese beers on the menu as well. Cheers!

Scott Matus: One of the best spots for sushi and Japanese fare in the city. Always fresh, high quality ingredients, all at reasonable prices for what you’re getting. Brunch menu is awesome and a has particularly good deals for bento boxes that will absolutely leave you feeling full. Plenty of outdoor heated seating.

S. K. Hill: Rakuya saved the night! We went to a very horribly ran Asian Night Market event in downtown DC. We left and decided to go to Rakuya near Dupont Circle. JACKPOT! Best decision we could have made. The extremely polite and friendly staff served us well. Their “Mocktail” Strawberry Lemonade was absolutely good. The Calamari with the Cucumber Sauce dip was outstanding. The Karaage Chicken rocked! I am not a vegan, but I loved the Vegetable Tempura. Finally the Shoyu Ramen was DELISH! Every piece of food I ate at Rakuya was extremely tasty and well prepared. It is safe to say that I will be patronizing Rayuka often. Well done!

Lauren Thai: one of the best Japanese places we've been to in DC! The udon was the perfect consistency and everything was well cooked. we will definitely come back again! super happy with our meal. service was also friendly and tried to be attentive even though the place was packed.

2. Yosaku Japanese Restaurant

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212 reviews
Yosaku Japanese Restaurant
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 4712 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20016

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 363-4453

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Lani: I was hoping to find a gem but unfortunately this was not it. The miso had no flavor and the sushi just tasted stale. I have no clue what was on the roll either.

Jonathan: Everything we ordered was delicious (but a little rice heavy) and came out quick. Based on how busy they got, extra waitstaff would be beneficial.

Lauren E. Dunlap-Videla: Great service, the waitress was very accomodating and very nice. The fastest we ever had Sushi deliver to the table. Food was awesome!!! The environment was intimate and quiet. They have Happy Hour Sushi everyday from 5-7:30, too bad we got there late, but it was worth it. Whenever we come back to Washington DC, we're definitely coming back. Highly recommend it.

Kelly Primrose: This is the real deal if you're looking for really authentic Japanese food! There are some dishes here that you wont easily find at your average Japanese restaurant, like sukiyaki or unagi. Definitely worth it to come here!
Response: Thank you for great review and 5 stars

Mio Nonaka: Reasonable Japanese lunch at $9-12. On Mondays you'll get happy hour price all day, sushi (nigiri) $1 each. Sushi is a bit dry but ok. Shimesaba sushi (mackerel seasoned in vinegar) is my favorite. Nabeyaki udon was great! One of the pitfalls was the bathroom. It was clean but the whole area near bathroom was stinky. Another was that they had hot tea but served us cold water without asking.
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Joseph Schachner: Delicious food and attentive service. Outdoor seating! What more could I possibly ask for?

Noam Kagan: I really hate to be a hater of a restaurant that has been in buisness for so long, but honestly, this meal sucked. Well, there goes my 80 dollars. The appetizers were “fine”. Just “fine”. The salad looked as if it was only there to show looks, it tasted old. However, I will give them this, the dumplings were pretty good. Tip: the kitchen closes at 9, the restaurant itself closes at 9:30. Now, back to the food. The sushi came, and every single roll was quite bad. The crunchies in my tuna, and salmon roll were stale, and tasted frankly like wood. My brother, with his crab roll, had to literally remove the crab from the roll, it was, yes, that bad. This continued on for every single roll. The stalking owner proceeded to stare at us for almost every single second of our meal. Every. Second. We then took a trip to the restrooms, which included two doors: The front, which you lock, and then an oddly placed second door, as if you needed it. Well, we definitely got privacy in the restroom at least! Just DONT go here, please. We went here because of the positive reviews, but PLEASE, just don’t risk it with this place.

MadFranMan R: Yosaku. is one of the, if not the best sushi restaurant in the metro area. I travel from Wheaton / Silver Spring and I always think the trip is worth while. The tuna cuts are fresh and tender. The tempura, light an flakey. We've never been disappointed with a meal. The staff is friendly and accomodating.
Response: Thank you for five star rating.

Anna Ma: My favorite sushi spot (pre-COVID). As a student at AU, this was walking distance from the Wawa bus stop so I used to go every weekend to catch the 5-7pm deal. They were always so kind and started to remember me and my order really fast. Always clean, always speedy, and the sushi was delicious (the price definitely makes everything taste better too). It's hard to get affordable sushi in DC, but this place is IT. Hope I get to come back soon :))))))

Nancy Cosner: Very very good. Sushi fresh and tasty. Ramen one of the best around. Staff kind and cordial. Would recommend
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3. Sushi Taro

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Sushi Taro
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1503 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 462-8999

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Elena: Had a wonderful dinner here celebrating my husband's birthday - we opted for the full experience and enjoyed a variety of tasty dishes, from raw fish/sushi, to cooked. There was ample food, to be sure! Servers were wonderful and helpful, even our kids had a lovely time and found plenty of dishes to enjoy.

Julia Schwartz: Sushi Taro was an absolutely lovely experience. I went with my brother who lives about 5 mins away while I was in town visiting. The service was impeccable and the food was fantastic. It was right after the snow storm and I was happy to see how many other people were still getting out and dining. My brother and I split everything and it was to die for. I know this is kind of random, but one of my highlights of the meal was the spicy mustard they served with the duck. I seriously could drink that mustard. I can’t wait for my next visit!

Michael B: This place is a very traditional Japanese sushi restaurant. The dishes are beautiful, the hospitality and service is too notch! I went here for my birthday and it was incredible! I loved the little green tea pudding they gave as a gift, it was the perfect treat to end the meal!

Daphnemels Melodia: Highly recommend. I had an amazing experience at Sushi Taro. Booked a reservation for our wedding anniversary and the restaurant made it really memorable for us. Our orders were: Sushi tokujo, Tai Zohsui and a raw octopus tentacle dish. Service: Excellent. Tara was our server and she’s attentive to our enquiries. She also patiently explained the names of the dishes to us (we showed her google photos). They were quite flexible with my request for no tamago, include uni and roe sushi. Dishes: Excellent. The sashimi slices on the sushi and octopus tentacles was fresh. The porridge had this umami flavour, simply delightful. Each dish was also plated in a pleasing manner. Price: $$$$ as what google dictates. But it’s worth it. Experience: Excellent. The restaurant surprised us with a matcha dessert at the end of our meal to celebrate our anniversary. The mochi was soft and chewy, the brown syrup paired well with the ice-cream and jelly cubes. I really appreciated the kind gesture and extra mile that Sushi Taro went for us. Thank you (:

Miguel Curiel: Some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. Don’t be fooled by the small and shady entrance: the place is spacious and nicely themed. Also, it is located on 17th street food corridor which is youthful and picturesque. Lastly, everything we ordered was absolutely delicious which explains its Michelin level ratings!

Hannah: Wow!! When we first walked in I was a little surprised that this place was a Michelin star. We came during restaurant week (menu attached) and every single dish was absolutely amazing! The freshest & most delectable fish my tastebuds have ever experienced, they were literally dancing. Decor was simple but elegant, was a nice environment and good service. This restaurant is definitely deserving of their star & highly recommend !

Heather Leiss: Delicious kaiseki menu. Some of the best sushi we've had. Also a filling amount of sushi on this tasting menu. Can't wait to try the omakase table next time!

Wendy Gao: For a Michelin star restaurant, this was a disappointing experience. The website isn't very useful. I tried to make a reservation for omakase 30 days in advance (as stated on the site), which I had to do through EMAIL instead of a reservation site, only to be told that all the slots are booked. So I guess if you'd like to have omakase, make sure to do it well in advance of 30 days. Instead, I settled for a table reservation. The restaurant is located in a not very easy to access location from the subway, so I recommend ubering from the subway - it's a long walk! The service was not that great and not very prompt. There was not much interaction with the wait staff, they just placed the food and left. We ordered a la carte (the servers gave no recommendations or guidance). The food was good but not mind blowing great. Overall, there was no wow experience or feeling that I was being taken care of during my dinner. It was more of any other fancy date night restaurant that you might go to than an actual Michelin star place, which was pretty disappointing. I recommend if you're looking for a place with good service and experience to go to Sushi Nakazawa instead.

Salman Haji: Delicious food with lots of variety! The menu is intimidating for someone who has even a basic understanding of Japanese food, but our waitress was super kind and patient in explaining everything to us. Definitely loved the dessert and tea options too.

Love EJ: Here for anniversary dinner but no one asked for dinning purpose today. Nothing special or photo taking moment happens today like other fine dining restaurants. Kaiseki was 120 per person. We added some other food as well. All the food was good but service was not that attentive. If you want to be American style wow moment, you would probably be disappointed. Food is really good from appetizers to desserts. Sushi fish today was somewhat not that fresh. Lagging time between dish to dish was pretty long. I would do la carte only next time.

4. Kotobuki

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216 reviews
Kotobuki
Location
4.9
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.8
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 4822 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 281-6679

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Mike H: Nice little authentic Japanese eatery. Chirashi and Unagidon were both excellent. Kamameshi is their real specialty, and it comes with sashimi and 3 side dishes. I do not recommend Chicken Kamameshi, though, unless you are OK with ground instead of diced chicken. Their sushi is also quite good in ingredients but a bit lacking in craftsmanship.

H D: Best sushi happy hour in DC and some of the best period. The best eel I’ve had, and definitely try the spicy white tuna roll. Amazing hidden gem.

Cameron Palmer: Hidden little gem of a place that's actually been around forever. Friendly fast service, but more importantly, fresh, delicious, neatly prepared sushi. This place is all quality and no flash. If you've ever been to a slick DC resteraunt and wondered if you are paying more for the marketing and hip decorations than for the food, this is your spot.

T C: The price has gone up a bit but still a great sushi restaurant, always fresh and good quality fish. Love that they don't pack a huge piece of rice for the sushi and it shouldn't because you are supposed to eat the sushi in one bite. The restaurant also server rice in a pot (Kamameshi Set) which I also recommend.

HK: A small cozy authentic local place. Absolutely love their eel Kamameshi!

Mike Ragusa: Amazing food, great service. Walked in on a whim and found a new favorite. If you are in the area, it is a must stop by

David Moore: I love this place and I'm so happy they pulled through the pandemic. The cozy dining area always makes the meal feel relaxed and intimate and the sushi is some of the best in the city. They have a pretty standard assortment of rolls and nigiri and will also make temaki upon request (the menu also has a few other things, dumplings, noodles, grilled meats, etc, but honestly, the sushi's so good I've never ordered anything else) Such a great spot, definitely have plans to visit a few more times this summer.

kjhlkjh kljhlkjh: An absolutely amazing gem of a restaurant. If you want quality japanese cuisine in a cozy environment -- hit this place up. You will not be disappointed.

Alexander Tieger: Great local spot, worth the drive where ever you are. Whole restaurant seats around 20 people. Simple priced fair and delicious sushi

Mike O'Neill: My wife and I always get the chirashi sushi whenever we try out a new-to-us sushi restaurant and the one we had here was one of the best in the DMV that we've tried. Very nice service and the food was ready promptly on time. We'll be back!

5. Momiji

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987 reviews
Momiji
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 505 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 408-8110

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ALEXXXANDRIA 1313: I WAS CRAVING SUSHI AND HAD SEEN HIGH REMARKS ABOUT THIS PLACE ON SOCIAL MEDIA SO I WENT. EXPECTING TO SIT DOWN AND EAT THEY’RE ONLY OPEN FOR TAKEOUT! BUMMER! BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP ME FROM GIVING THIS PLACE A GO. I ordered 2 rolls, an avocado salad, eel + ikura + mackerel sashimi and shrimp/veggie tempura. Everything was great. 10/10 for Presentation!!! They even have alcohol for sale (TO GO). Definitely adding this spot to my list Hopefully they return to dine-in service soon because if their TO GO looks/tastes this good I could only imagine how the experience is sitting inside the place enjoying the food.

Majo Lares: The sushi was great! We ordered different times of sushi, and all of them were good and fresh .

Mischa: As far as sushi goes, the prices are fairly good, and the quality and taste is also good…I just wish they would have more Japanese craft beers! This place is nice, though, so try it if you like sushi and or sake!

Patrick Savoia: Nice little sushi place where you can expect to get a good meal. Staff is usually very friendly and the service can be quick. You won’t be disappointed when you leave.

Luna BD: I came 2 years ago to DC and found this place. Now that I came back for 3 days, I had all my meals there. That is how much I liked it. Rolls are filled with fish rather than too much rice. Perfect ratio. The Capital roll was my favorite: filled with 4 types of fish and covered in avocado and eel. Delicious. Will be back when I'm in DC again and will definitely recommend to anyone that likes sushi. Service is very fast. The temperature is cold but I guess that is good for the fish, so bring a jacket if you need to.

Christoph Reiner: The food was outstanding. We couldn't have been happier with the quality, freshness, and portion size of the sushi. We went for the sashimi boat and every piece of fish was excellent and generously sized. The restaurant only offered take-out at the time of our visit.

Amritha: Was @ Momiji for lunch on a Sunday. We, a party of 2 walked in during late afternoon and were seated right away. Service was good and the food was also good. Would visit again. Ambiance and decor : 4/5 Location and access : 4/5 Service: 4/5 Food taste and quality: 4/5 Cost : $$ ($60 for lunch for 2 with drinks) Worth the $ : yes We ordered cold sake and it was really good. Appetizers were tasty. Loved the sweetie rolls sushi from their signature sushi list. Did not like the “dynamite” sushi rolls much. Must try their white tuna for appetizers. Would visit again 👍

Gabriel jimenez: I order the Rainbow and the crazy roll. I recommend this place.

Ekaterina Mateorova: It was delicious! A huge portion of the freshest fish! the quality of the fish is at a very high level. This portion of Chirashi dinner can feeds two. It is so difficult to find a good restaurant when you have a trip. Momiji was the best chose for my family yesterday.

Louis C: Went here because of the high rating.Fast service, reasonably friendly. Not sure why they’re still closed inside.The sushi was not very good though. Nice presentation but it was mostly flavorless. Texture was ok. Really a pretty “meh” meal overall. Try someplace else imho.

6. Sakana Japanese Restaurant

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330 reviews
Sakana Japanese Restaurant
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.3
Parking
4.2
Wifi quality
4.2

Address: 2026 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 887-0900

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Linden Yee: The sushi is always really fresh and tasty, and the bill is always reasonable. I really like the bento boxes. The salmon roll sometimes comes raw and sometimes comes cooked which is confusing but both are good. Good for carryout or a casual sit-down dinner.

Neil Anstey: The cutest hole in the wall joint. Loved everything we got (sushi) and the service was very good. Places like this make DC special to visit.

Simon Atapan: Just amazing! If you have been to Japan and you eat sushi, do not skip SUSHI (rice&fish) here! The Japanese chef/owner knows how to make the perfect sushi rice here which is so hard to find nowadays (most Japanese restaurants here owned by other Asians). For those who says the food here is bad, I suggest you travel to Japan and find out what the REAL LEGIT sushi supposed to taste like, HERE!

Cadye Murphy: No frills high-quality sushi! We eat here at least one time (sometimes more than once) each time we visit DC!

Hanna Ozbeki: got the spicy tuna, sakana dc, yellowtail roll, and green caterpillar rolls - all were great ! would definitely come back for quick and cheap sushi!

Sam Y.: It’s a nice little spot with decent food, but nothing impressive (so far).

Arman Barbuco: The food are just ok. My friend complain that his soup taste just water. Mine was fine. Nothing special with my Katsu Don. This place was our second option because the first one was full. The service takes awhile maybe because they don’t have enough staff. Anyway, we tried and I don’t think we will return.

Gia lam: Ordered the sashimi entree. Tiniest pieces of fish ever. They gave me only 1 slice of salmon and the worst is they put imitation crab meat. I understand they charge $18.95 for the entree but this was offensively ripping off the customer, esp when the fish was not that fresh or thick.

M planetmike: Neighborhood gem. There is more to be said for a consistently good restaurant at a reasonable price. This is actually rare for a sushi restaurant. I come here for the sashimi but there are hot dishes as well. From outside, one can easily walk by this relatively small space. Inside, the long and narrow restaurant gives it a cozy feeling even without booths or partitions.

Julia Gao: The waitstaff was really nice!! We had a party of 11 that grew into 13, but they were very accommodating about it. Two of us showed up more than half an hour after the rest, but they didn't mind and brought all our food out together (I think). The waitress made sure to refill our waters and was v nice and willing to split our check person by person even though we had so many people. She was great :-) the food was also tasty & v affordable, especially for a place in DuPont

7. Umi Japanese Cuisine

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265 reviews
Umi Japanese Cuisine
Location
4
Price/Quality
3.9
Service
3.9
Parking
3.9
Wifi quality
3.9

Address: 2625 Connecticut Ave NW 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20008

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 332-3636

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Alexandra Wisbiski: My favorite sushi restaurant in DC! Affordable prices, good quality, and friendly workers! Great location to either get carryout and take it to the park or zoo or to eat at after the zoo. Just wish their carryout radius were bigger! It's okay though, just means I venture out more to get it!

David Zeledon: Easily one of my favorite sushi/Japanese restaurants in DC. Near the National Zoo by the Woodley metro this is a true neighborhood gem with great quality with fresh ingredients and they do not hold back on the meat, plus friendly staff. I’ve been coming to this place since 2014 and each time I dine or carry out food they do not disappoint.

Bailey: First night visiting DC, we came to Umi. Overall, it was a good experience. The service was not exceptional, but not bad, either. Our appetizers were delicious, and the entrees were fairly good. I had chicken fried rice, which was good but needed some special sauce (I stole my mother's) and had a few too many onions for my taste. My dad had sashimi, and he liked most of the fish on it. My mom had the chicken katsu, which she really enjoyed. Salads were dressed with a very interesting dressing that started off sweet and ended smoky. The highlight was definitely the appetizers, though. We had pork gyoza, which was the perfect balance of chewy and crispy. We also had rock shrimp, which were delightful. Extremely crispy with a strong umami taste and a touch of heat at the end. Highly recommend them.

Leon Yogi: I've been ordering pickup from here for years. The masterful chef makes each order look like a masterpiece painting!

Charles Sekafetz: Walking around trying to find a reasonably priced meal in this area I stumbled upon Umi's. Up the stairs and into a quiet little dark sushi joint I went. I got there early before the lunch rush came in I suspect, just minutes after opening. The tables hadn't been set yet. That was how early. I ordered a Miso soup and a Fantastic roll. The soup wasn't ready so they asked if I would like my roll first. That was nice and I opted to do that. It was excellent. The special wrap and the plating made it visually so eye appealing that I felt bad eating it - to a point. Delicious. The miso was about on par with any other place and to do it again, I might opt for another starter instead. Would I recommend this place? Absolutely. Will I come here again in the future. Absolutely. Service staff were pleasant. Big bonus around here.

Beth Gardner: Really good food! Didn't realize there was no dine-in option until arriving, but the carry-out food was excellent. Great service and friendly staff.

Action Combat Tutorial: I knew they were getting some bad publicity but I figured I would try them out and give a fair review. I found the food to be average at best and over priced. Theres also what looked like bug didnt stick around to figure out. For the price, I wasn't expect drunk-night quality food. Horrible experience

Becca Doermann: Delicious sushi! The Mexican roll is our favorite but all of their rolls are amazing!

Jeff Vaughan: I like the location, close to the Marriott hotel and Metro Station. The sushi was delicious and the service was friendly. The dining area is small, so this place is good for smaller groups and individuals.

Meredith Fennessy: Delicious fresh sushi. Best sushi I’ve had in a long time. Their hand rolls are amazing.

8. Donburi

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284 reviews
Donburi
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 1134 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 296-7941

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Rose Muise: We both ordered the Sakedon and did all but lick the bowl clean! The simplicity and cleanliness of the first floor gave me the sense that my food was about to be GREAT- and I was entirely correct. I ordered to go and then got delayed on my way out the door so my food sat for an extra 15 minutes before I got to it. I was nervous about how the salmon would taste with the delay, but the way that the bowl was packaged with the fish separate from the rice was the perfect level of protection. The quality of the food was excellent for the price. Every component was intentional and with the perfect ratio. The salmon seemed to be great quality so there was no need to hide it under piles of unnecessary toppings. I am truly looking forward to coming back to try out the rest of the menu.

Hilda Kroll: I really enjoyed the Ebi Katsudon. The shrimp was delicious, the rice piping hot, and the egg well cooked to order. Very nice staff. Seating is up a flight of stairs.

Naile Ruiz: The katsu coating was a little too flakey, but I enjoyed the dish! The curry was very runny and flavorful. The radish cut the strong flavor gracefully. Enjoyed it! The restaurant is located on the second floor and they're doing construction on the building on the right so if you're not careful you might miss it. Contact-less ordering is done whe. You walk in. There are tables for indoor dining one or two flights up from that floor.

Mohan Sun: We got dinner here and the food is very solid. We ordered pork butt and mixed katsu don. Both are very flavorful and perfectly cooked. A big shoutout to the staff too. I forgot my purse there. They called and waited for me even though it already passed the closing time. Very nice and hardworking folks. I would definitely go back.

Sharon: Delicious! Nice fast dining experience and incredibly yummy :) Staff was also so friendly. Loved the variety in my meal as well, I will definitely be back! Just note this was the perfect amount for me (a pretty small person), but might not be enough for someone with a larger appetite.

Onyinyechi A: The 3 star rating is about my entire experience. So first when you walk in and have two digital kiosk to fill out your order. You then pay and go up either one or two floors and pick a seat. Unbeknownst to me, I then had to go back downstairs and pick up my food. I assumed they would at least bring it to the table or call my number but instead after waiting some time I saw others heading downstairs to go get their food. Then there are no condiments on the 2nd of 3rd floor so if you need more soy sauce or salad dressing you have to go back to the first floor to get it. The table was sticky, the bench seat moved with you. The food was good but the experience was lackluster. If I come back here I will just get take out. At least when I get home everything will be on the same floor.

Mr. R: For any of those who love "coco ichibanya's curry in Japan, this place isn't quite it, but its the closest I've tasted whilst in the continental United States thus far. Give them a try!

Grayson: Great tasting food, very small portion size. $20 + tax for this… Most Japanese restaurants in DC offer more sashimi along with rice and miso soup than Donburi for the same price. Picture is without any bites taken.

baba stephan: Nice meal, but a bit expensive , small portion, 20$ for a meal and a coke add 10% tips and you serve yourself... it should be around 12$ it is the real price all around the world... even less in Japan

Derek Kim: Very good signature dish! Salmon tasted little off but everything else was good!

9. Sushi AOI

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691 reviews
Sushi AOI
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.4
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 408-7770

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Annie Sri: The location is fantastic at the city center.The food was delicious. The sushi is a perfect dish. My favorite was roll combo special. The staff is very friendly and gives some good recommendations. If you are in the area. I would recommend this place.

Arnold Flores: Sushi was delicious. Chicken teriyaki same as anywhere else. Enjoyed the rolls very much washed down with Saporo Beer. The meal was enjoyed by myself and 2 European friends. The day turned interesting because my friends decided to pay for lunch. We finished a nice meal and used the nature break room. My friend walked out first. The waitress asked my friend if service was good. He said "very good." She asked the question many times and he answered many times "good!" He was annoyed after the umpteenth time. I heard the entire conversation walking out. The waitress then asked me "was the service good?" I agreed and said yes. She asked me the same question again and again. I asked her "what is problem because you keep repeating yourself?" She showed me the bill. My friend left a $4 dollar tip on $100 lunch bill. I offered to pay the 15% and she refused. I explained to her that Europeans do not pay tips and this is their first experience in USA at Washington DC. She did not understand and seemed annoyed. I left her extra cash. Would have left more, but was annoyed by passive aggressive questioning. The repeated questions were like being interrogated under lights in smokey room. Communication is important. Waitresses were annoying passive aggressive. They did a superb job on service. Overall good experience sitting outdoors dinning with great sushi. Loved it.
Response: Hi Arnold! Thank you so much for your 5 star review and a very detailed script of your experience dining in with us today! I’d like to first apologize for any passive aggressiveness your party received or might have felt. That would be the last thing we would ever want you to feel! We do understand European culture and are very adamant about our customers having the right to choose how ever much they want to tip even if that means nothing at all. We just wanted to make sure you received the best service that you deserve! I will use this as a learning experience and make sure nothing like this every happens again! Thank you again for choosing to dine in with us. We look forward to seeing you again! Sushi aoi

Julian Fishov: Ordered take away. Order was ready 5 min before promised. Very friendly staff, opened the door for me, greeted me and grabbed my order right away. Miso soup was good. Sushi was delicious, the only place I know in dc that has real caviar sushi. Excellent sashimi Fish was fresh and the flavors were really good. Prices are on the higher side comparing to other sushi in town.

Enrique Dentone: I absolutely love the food here. Spain (our server) was amazing and really added to the dining experience. We got the sashimi dinner and the 3 roll combo and it was all delicious. I highly recommend eating here!
Response: Thank you so much for your review! We look forward to seeing you again!

Kitty L: Had a salmon (sake) don and a scallop nigiri. Salmon was of good quality and so was the scallop. Its a shame that the rice was soggy and not of good quality. Not sure if it's a thing in Washington DC or maybe I was unlucky. I ordered a takeaway from another local sushi place and the rice was also too soft.

Traveling Foodie: Great sashimi here. Outside seating is really nice and the staff is efficient and attentive. Food-Get the sashimi. The miso soup taste exactly like what you think. The sushi rolls are about the same as well. But the sashimi is thick and yummy.

Kim Nguyen: Came here for a quick lunch before leaving DC. The service was exceptional. We were able to get seated quickly. The food quality was good as well.
Response: Hi Kim, We really appreciate your positive review and photos. Looking forward to serving you again!

Alisa Viwatdechakul: The sushi was very good, great plate presentation. The fish is also fresh and the sushi roll specials are very good. the location is close to the city center and walking distance from chinatown. the best part was the service!!super friendly staff! will come back again if i find myself in the area!!
Response: Alisa! Thank you for your 5 star review! We look forward to seeing you next time!

Karen Lickteig: Came here for lunch on a Tuesday with a group of 4. They were pretty busy and service was attentive, but quite slow. Took a while for our order to come out, so don’t come here if you’re looking for something quick. Sushi was quite good, but I’d say portions were on the smaller side for the price.

c Harvy: It was cold and rainy, this little Japanese style restaurant warms you right up with there house hot saka, and katsu curry along with hot miso soup or roman bowls. The store is very busy with constant shuffle of poeple in and out. A little pricy for comfort food standards.

10. Izakaya Seki

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Izakaya Seki
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 1117 V St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

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Elias Chelala: Delicious Japanese restaurant with friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere. We came here on a Friday with no reservations and the hostess was gracious enough to find us some bar room. The food was delicious and prepared in a quick manner. In addition, the hi-balls were very refreshing and strong. I lived in Japan for three years and it's nice to find a restaurant in DC that makes you reminisce the countries delicious cuisine. I highly recommend visiting this restaurant. I will be coming here again to try the rest of the delicious items on the menu. Thanks again for the extremely satisfying experience. Dōmo arigatōgozaimasu!

Da-Wang Wu: A very nice Japanese restaurant. We made a reservations several days before our visit, and it had cancellation fee and also requirements for customers to show their vaccination record. The food was very good in general, and they served dishes very fast. I would recommend to order 2-3 dishes every time to keep the path more relaxing. It’s a bit pity that they don’t really have dessert menu except complimentary ice cream, but we enjoyed the ice cream anyway. Highly recommend!

Eunice Ng: Cozy. Has classic Japanese おつまみ (otsumami, small plate for mainly drinking occasion). I am so glad that they maintained everything Japanese way - My boyfriend (European) asked for burger, mayonnaise for dipping grilled squid and vanilla flavoured ice cream and they got non of these, which is amazing!!!

Tiffany Leung: One of the best meals I’ve had since moving to DC. I recommend asking the server to choose a couple dishes for you. And if you’re still not sure, definitely get the scallop carpaccio and Japanese sweet potato. This place reminds me so much of my dining experience in Japan. Great find!

Jo Ro: WONDERFUL! I asked the server to pick for me, and he did a wonderful job. I had beef tongue, 3 different types of pickled vegetables, 7-type sashimi, and a warm oyster. All some of the best I‘ve had. The sake selection is also varied and sophisticated. I hate to write reviews like this, because it may mean it will be even harder to get a table the next time. 😉

S G: I so wanted to love Izakaya SEKI but our experience fell short of the magic we expected. Upon arriving at the restaurant we noticed right away the signature red lantern was missing from the front; a minor detail but as it turns out a sign of things to come. We were greeted rather rudely by a gentleman who immediately made us feel bad for the 8:15p reservation we made (because other times weren’t available). We asked to be seated at the bar and they obliged. We perused the menu but decided to ask our server for suggestions instead. She was sweet, charming, knowledgeable, and attentive in a very traditional Japanese way. We ordered 7 very interesting dishes ranging from grilled short ribs to fried fish bones. The sashimi was amazing but everything else lacked creativity and nothing was plated in a manner suggesting a quality DC eatery. Overall, these 7 interesting dishes and two glasses of wine cost $175 before a substantial tip. Not too pricey but definitely not cheap. Is it worth the money? Right now it’s not. I may give it another shot but I’ll navigate the menu myself; after looking at it again this morning it appears our lovely server may have been a little too experimental. We missed out on some yummy looking stuff.

Sam Goldmsmith: Fantastic restaurant. Really amazing food. Always something new and exciting to try. I also recommend the hi-ball!

An “Jane Doe” Ame: Emailed them with a request, owner called back almost immediately! Got some food to go and they were QUICK!! Amazing accommodation, phenomenal service, cute restaurant. Bento boxes are incredible. So tasty. My special treat spot. 😍

James Lee: Their food and service used to be a lot better years ago. I used to go there quite often and over time, they slowly diminished in service, taste, and quality of ingredients. Such a shame...I thought that I could expect a Japanese place to maintain a greater dedication to improvement, but alas they did the opposite just like many places in this city, they start good to great and end more on the bad side which is where they are heading.

Tyler Whitford: Perfect atmosphere, nice Sake selections, even better food, and attentive service. The Mustard Tuna special on 1/14 was one of the best dishes I’ve ever had - full stop. Will be back, will bring friends!

11. Torai Sushi

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Torai Sushi
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 751 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 525-2053

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Evita Pass: This is a small place on capital hill I went to for lunch. The ramen was simple, delicious, and fulling and the unagi with cucumbers was great as well. I'll definitely be coming back to try other items they offer.

Lani: Tried this place and it was great. The miso soup was SO GOOD!! Usually miso is just miso but this miso had me wishing I bought more lol. The sushi was great. Wish I had tried it sooner.

Charlie Turner: This place is criminally underrated. The fact that the objectively terrible sushi restaurant two doors down is busy all the time, while this gem is mostly quiet is a scandal. Fish quality is outstanding. The dine-in atmosphere is really chill and cool. Not pretentious at all. Great service and talented chefs. Don’t sleep on Torai Sushi.

Tammy Cho: Sushi is great. Not bad service just zero service. We ordered ramen and never received it until 55 minutes later. Order MIA. We were the first customers in the restaurant and people who ordered after us finished before us.. Things to note: 1. Self serve only for menu, ordering, and paying 2. Very small space

Ricardo M Gonzalez: The best place in Navy Yard for suchi... great service, food and they staff is super friendly

Alison Neary: I’d been to Torai Sushi once prior to COVID, but once we started getting takeout from them in the age of social distancing, we were blown away. Ordering online is extremely easy and the time estimate they provide you is actually accurate. Whenever we’ve ordered from them, they’re super quick - no longer than 20-25 minutes. I will recommend doing takeout from them (whether we are in a pandemic or not). They are definitely a hole-in-the-wall spot and don’t have a ton of seating inside, so don’t go with a big group. Usually when we order from them, we’re in a sushi rut and go wild ordering 7-9 rolls at a time for the three of us, and they display them so nicely on a tray every time. The rolls are great for the price and we appreciate the time and effort they take in making our sushi beautifully displayed - it’s like we got catering for our own little sushi night. Definitely check this spot out!

Claire Silberg: I was enticed by the reviews. Ive been on the hunt for the best sushi in DC but continue to be disappointed. The rice and soy sauce was not quality. Sushi just okay. If you've had sushi in NY or LA, don't bother trying this spot.

Xavier Agnelli: You walk in to the tiny and hidden Capitol Hill gem at the end of Barracks row, across from the USMC Commandant’s house and think to yourself, is this place going to be any good? Rest assured this place is wonderful. I have to say, this place is more than worth the visit. The Korean Husband and wife owners are both incredibly friendly, and the Sushi is the best Sushi on Capitol Hill, unless you want to shell out a bunch of clams over at Sushi Hachi, which is fantastic, but significantly more costly than Torai. Also the selection Sushi at Torai is much more extensive and imaginative. Sushi Hachi is the best sushi on Capitol Hill, but you pay for it and it’s far less imaginative with a much smaller menu. Torai is the best sushi on Capitol Hill for the price and it really is number two after Sushi Hachi.

Caitlin Kinsey: This place was amazing. The chirashi bowl was really fresh with thick, quality cuts of fish and the rolls were equally as incredible. I also got a spicy poke bowl with ahi tuna and loved it.

Brian Wilson: Really enjoyed our meal here. The rolls were complex and flavorful, the poke bowl was bigger than expected. The Yellowtail Belly sashimi was the best. But the part that I will go back for is the intimacy, the handful of small table, the proximity to the chefs and the quiet ambiance that allows a conversation.

12. Toryumon Japanese House

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444 reviews
Toryumon Japanese House
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue NW #0001, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 785-4600

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Elizabeth Dou: This was the perfect place to stop by during such a cold and windy day. The food came out hot and everything tasted fresh. There was a lot of flavor and sizable meat portion within the ramen. We only ordered one sushi roll and it was just okay. It was missing something maybe it needed more sauce or something. We ordered strawberry mochi for dessert and it was absolutely delicious. This place had a great atmosphere and our server was friendly. I’d definitely come back and try other things on the menu.

Liliya Susong: Great food, everything was very fresh and very tasty (note that whatever is marked “spicy” on the menu is not terribly spicy in fact). Served very fast too. The restaurant was clean, casual but cozy, with a true Asian vibe and friendly staff. We absolutely enjoyed our dinner here and will definitely bring the guys more business.

Promiti Ghose: Absolutely love this place! We were visiting and found this place right by the Marriott. Friendly servers and great food. Good comes in quick. They have a bar and serve alcohol. Noticed they also served take away . Highly recommend for a good sushi , Asian food place

Ryan Beigel: Super yummy! I got the winter chicken ramen which was good and not too salty (I've had very salty ramen at other ramen shops in Dc). The noodles were chewy and delicious. The sushi was fresh! We shared a yummy roll (that's the name). The service was fast and pleasant. The place was clean and it was bustling with people but they sat people quickly. We'll be back

Sisi: I am and was a regular customer during the pandemic— before they had opened back up the restaurant in person. And let me just say that this is most definitely one of my favorite sushi spots in DC. In my opinion, better than the sushi they serve in Chinatown. A few key points to keep in your mind when you come to this restaurant. 1. Very clean! 2. Definitely try the speciality sushi rolls, they are amazing (tried the Toryumon, Truffle, and Dragon rolls so far!) 3. During rush hours, you may not able to have a waiter fast enough as you were during there chill hours. Thanks for reading my review! You should definitely come to this spot!

Jennifer Parker: This place is UNREAL. For the price, the sushi rolls are MASSIVE and delicious! You definitely get the a lot of bang for your buck. We also had several appetizers, which were all amazing. We will definitely be back...I'm excited to try the ramen next time!

Rodney Houston: I really like this place. They have got the freshest sushi I've ever tasted. It's like they have the fish still alive in the back waiting for you to order. Please excuse the photos, I was really hungry and everything looked so good thar I started digging in before I snapped a pic. The food is presented beautifully.

George Zoto: Great place with the best ramen 🍜 I've had in town. Highly recommended. Their mochi and red tea are also delicious 😀

Chris Nicholson: Would have walked right past it if not for Google maps. Below street level. The staff is exceptional. Friendly attentive and make sure everything is the best it can be. Order a bunch of different things which range between solid to good to great. Pricing was pretty reasonable for D.C. as well. Would definitely stop in again.

Zoe Rabago: Great spot for sushi/ramen/other Great price for the portion they give you Was seated fast with reservations Friendly staff Attentive server Good food

13. KAZ Sushi Bistro

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KAZ Sushi Bistro
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 1915 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 530-5500

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S.K. Tan: My chicken bento box was really good. The sushi rolls was more like 4/5 stars for me (it could be just that little bit fresher IMO even though there’s nothing wrong with the quality). The service was excellent. If it was just $5 - 7 less per pax for the meal, the value would have been excellent. I am rating it 5 stars even though 4.5 stars is what I would have rated.

원오직나만: Good sushi, true to traditional style. Grilled octopus was also excellentHad to order uni separately because it was not included in any set menu

Jeremy Ferre: The service here was absolutely perfect. They were all so kind and even put a candle on the dessert for my friend's birthday. And the food is delicious!! Lots of options, including vegetarian rolls. We enjoyed our visit here.

Bibiana Oe: The restaurant was super accommodating in moving reservations when I called that same day. Ordered the special clam miso soup, seaweed salad (could be shared between 2 people), sashimi moriawase, and a spicy tuna roll. The host was aware it was my brother’s birthday and even sent over a beautiful, complimentary green tiramisu sponge! A delicious, super satisfying meal with a beautiful ambiance that would be great for dining in! All waiters were in masks and tables were distanced enough from each other. Highly recommend!

Jeff O: Great quality, recommend the KAZ Tasting 0011 & just keep the experience going until you're done. Service is pretty slow, at least when we were there but we got what we came for in the end.

X Z: tried out every interesting thing on the menu! Haven't splurged in a long time so it's definitely worth it... also love that cherry blossom colored sake set, it's just wonderful

Tamekia Buckner: Amazing Sushi and Sake, servers were gracious and helpful with our selections, everything we had was amazing, vegetarian options available for my hubby !

Jon B: The place had excellent sushi. Very authentic and disciplined to Japanese standards. While we understand how tough it is with labor, our wait staff member was a still a little green and could have been a little more attentive. She was very nice and cordial but it took her about 12 minutes to greet us and ask us for drinks or waters. I think she missed a few things on the order too. The sushi was amazing however. The kanpachi was insane. The seared scallop melted in our mouths. The salmon with the lemon zest was incredible. I could have ordered another two rounds of their sushi at the sitting!

zbigniew grzegorczyk: Grilled baby octopus was very good and from there it was downhill. Crispy Salmon roll had large chunks of a hard very hard /orange reddish veggie that overwhelmed both the texture and taste of the salmon in the roll. The only flavor to the grilled scallop nigiri was the sea salt. Good service. Interior atmosphere bland and uninteresting. First sushi restaurant we tried in a visit to DC. Underwhelmed. (And pricey!)

Gabrielle Nico Reyes: One of the best sushi bars in DC. Amazing and well crafted nigiri.

14. O-Ku

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512 reviews
O-Ku
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 1274 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM Fri

Telephone: (202) 888-8790

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Bobbi DeAnda: Would be a 5 star, but the service was not up to par. Our server Peter was amazing, but it took literally an hour to get my food. My husband got his food and waited for awhile to eat together but I told him to go ahead and eat because it was clearly taking a while…he was literally done with his meal by the time I got mine. Had they discounted it or SOMETHING, I’d give 5 stars, but going out to dinner and eating separately is just not the experience I expect for that caliber of a restaurant (and prices). That aside, the food was SO GOOD. The table side lobster was absolutely delicious.

Aminah Imani: Nice ambiance. It was nice and quiet but a good amount of ppl in the establishment. The service was superb. It was my sisters birthday and the staff all signed a birthday card for her and brought out a treat. The food was delicious and well seasoned. I would definitely come back here.

Jinny Trang: O-Ku has top-quality sushi worth trying, especially if you’re traveling and seeking for distinctive places to eat. Certainly not your typical, run of the mill sushi establishment. The menu is diverse and appeases to those who favor more authentic, “exotic”, Japanese-style sushi such as myself. I also dined alone and felt well-accommodated. I wish I came hungrier. My server Vivian was so sweet, personable, and attentive!

Krishna Bhavithavya Kidambi: Made a reservation on Christmas eve. There is parking in the front and also street parking. Make sure you arrive on time (we went a bit early and had to wait). There is a 2 hour time limit for your dinner. The ambience and the decor was nice. All the staff were wearing masks and the service was very good. There were a lot of items on the menu. Here are my recommendations: 1. Salmon Usuzukuri - The salmon melts like butter and it was very good. 2.Scallop Kun - Exceptional. It was hard to pick it up from the plate. 3. Curry Noodle - A MUST. One of the best udon I had. It is on the spicier side. The curry had a good flavor and creaminess to it. 4. Citrus Kai - The scallops and shrimp combination was great. 5. Baller Status - It was ok, but I would not get it. I had better wagyu. 6. Premium Makimono - I would get it. Huge portion and its filling. The flavor profile and the combination was very good. 7. Yuzu Fuego - It was spicy and a good flavor. It was presented well. 8. O-ku Chocolate Deluxe and Newyork Cheese Cake - I would get the chocolate cake. Both of them were good. But they were out of Tartlette and Coconut Gelato. Oh and btw do get the Yuzu soda, it goes very well with any meat dish. They have a good selection of Japanese Whiskey. Overall a great place with good food and service.

Maggie Howell: Really was stunned at Oku’s level of perfection. I now understand the hype and why it’s so difficult to get a reservation. We started with the pork dumplings and had the most delicious bottle of wine (Alexander Valley Vineyards Cab Sav). Dumplings were delicious and had a great pan fried crunch, the dipping sauce was incredible as well. I am a huge yellowfin fan and had to try the Yuzu Fuego…not exaggerating when I say it might be the best yellowtail/roll I’ve ever eaten and I eat a ton of sushi. It was so fresh and practically melted inbetween bites. We also tried the Wagyu skewer (to die for) and the vegetarian sweet potato Harvest roll - which actually surprised me, I enjoyed it! We then ended with their brownie ice cream dessert and it was of course delicious. I am dying to go back as soon as possible. Thank you Oku for one of the greatest and most memorable meals in DC.

Faith Mitchell: Visited O-Ku yesterday and it was delicious! We went during happy hour and they have some pretty good specials - especially for them to be serving craft cocktails. The drinks and sushi were delicious. My favorites were for sure the peso for your thoughts drink and the firecracker roll. The service was wonderful as well. This place is very popular and I will be back. I walked in and unfortunately did not get to go to the rooftop bc it was packed! Definitely suggest making a reservation ahead of time.

Doug Christenson: Worth driving into DC for great Sushi. The food is excellent and so is the wait staff. It's been hard to find good staff since COVID, but O-ku has been able to maintain their quality. Excellent selection of Japanese whiskey and Sake.

R W: Bar service was first rate. Ambiance and aesthetics are extremely nice. Food was average at best and over priced. Host were very pretentious and rude.

Lauren Pitman: Our server Wesley, was awesome. The food was good though very small portions for happy hour small plates. Sushi was fresh and very good quality. Cocktails on point particularly the Sugar & Spice! Loved the decor, music, the complete chill atmosphere!

courtney: this place is so good! i wish the portions were a little bigger bc everything was so flavorful! you never want the dish to end! (pictured is the chocolate cake with ginger ice cream which was very good) also i highly recommend the garden flight sake!

15. Shibuya Eatery

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88 reviews
Shibuya Eatery
Location
3.8
Price/Quality
3.8
Service
3.9
Parking
3.8
Wifi quality
3.8

Address: 2321 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 450-2151

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Saminda Wijegunawardena: Really solid spot overall. Excellent cocktails (the Spanish Magic was perfectly balanced), finger-licking good skewers (sampled both the chicken thighs and the pork and they were dusted perfectly with the rub), tender and well grilled and seasoned eggplant, and competent sashimi. I would say the sashimi was the only thing that could use some improvement, it just wasn't as fresh as what you would expect for a $52 12-piece. I think you're better off getting a few small plates and a couple of maki rolls here. We dined in the cozy and dimly basement at the sushi bar. It's got a cool feel to it though others might find it a bit too cramped. Service was wonderful, our hostess was very friendly and helpful throughout the night.

Isabelle Ku: Oct 2021 More of a 2.5 stars. Good food, friendly service, but very disappointing portion size. This place is a multi-floor building, with the bar upstairs and the sushi in the tiny basement. They have a wooden structure set up on the sidewalk where you can order and pickup drinks and food. The street parking in front is currently blocked off to allow for outdoor dining. We mainly came because we were interested in the Temarizushi box set. The presentation was very pretty and the fish quality was good. But these decorated rice ball sushi are very small. One is about the same size as two nigiri and the fish are sliced VERY thinly. Definitely NOT worth $44. The staff were friendly and all wore masks. I did have to wait a few minutes for my order since they didn't have it ready on time. Most likely won't come again.
Response: Temarizushi is by definition “decorated rice ball sushi with thin slices of fish” as our menu states. It’s supposed to be this way. If you’re looking for a higher ratio of fish to rice, then we would recommend ordering nigiri. Our prices are representative of the high quality fish which is flown in fresh from around the world. This particular menu item takes in upwards of 15 minutes to prepare because of the skill involved. We would love to invite you back to try other items we offer. Please reach out to us directly to arrange another visit if you’d like!

Amanda Blake: I rarely post negative reviews, but I got the basic tonkotsu ramen with chashu pork, and none of it was right. The pork didn't have a sear or any caramelization. The broth was so flavorless it was practically water. There was also shredded lettuce for some reason?? And the seaweed was just two giant blocks. It was aggressively bad and more expensive than other, better ramen I've had in DC. I'm not a ramen expert or anything, but I lived in Korea and visited Japan several times, and I can tell you to take your money elsewhere. The service was also terrible, but that was Death Punch's fault.

Matthew Nguyen: Decent Japanese cuisine with a passionate chef, but waited almost 45 minutes for our food. Would give this place a better rating, if not for poor service and inattentive staff members. Recommend ordering delivery than eating in.
Response: Our apologies for the delay but it was Restaurant Week and we were incredibly busy and still struggling with staffing issues. We hope you’ll still support us in the future!

Bailey Nickoloff: This is more of a 2.5 rating. We had the tonkotsu and miso ramen. The broth was sub-par as it had little flavor and was more watery than creamy like other places that serve these types of ramen. The seaweed was chewy and rough, and they provided napa cabbage—which I’ve never had in ramen before. We also had the onigiri with pickled plum. I thought it was just OK while my partner liked it quite a bit. I would have liked an actual plum and not the paste. Maybe ramen isn’t their specialty, but seeing as they charge similar prices for ramen as other restaurants in the area, I would just skip this place and go to another nearby joint that does it better.

Anthony Rivera: Normally I take pics of my good but I was so hungry I went straight in. The Wasabi fries and sauce were amazing but the chicken sandwich was not hitting. It was greasey, was topped with this beat like coslaw that also didn't taste that good. With this combo the sandwich was falling apart and sliding everywhere. If I had to come here again I'd get the fries Brussel sprouts and white rice they were slammin'. The service was good and after paying for me and my brother and left a tip on 2 tabs we noticed they still charged a service fee. I'm visiting from NY and we don't even do that unless it's for delivery. Don't get why but I know it rubbed me the wrong way. Would not recommend.

Sam: I used to love this place, I recently ordered the bara chiraishi again. It came with mostly rice, a few pieces of eel, and a minimum amount of salmon. It definitely wasn't worth $45. I never had this issue before. So I called and was given the excuse that they ran out of the normal containers.... it was the same amount of food... no... it wasn't. The container was mostly rice. They threw a bunch of mint on the top. So mint and rice with a tiny bit of fish... if you run out of ingredients, that's fine. Don't rip people off and keep it on the menu for the day charging the same price for a container full of rice and mint.
Response: We'd like to apologize for the bad experience you had. We contacted Door Dash directly and had them issue a full refund for the order, which included the Bara Chirashi + the two items. We hope you'll give us another opportunity to win your business back. Please email info@ironworksdc.com so we can send you a gift card for a future visit. Thank you

Eric Tan: Food was okay. Fish was very fresh. However coming with a family the food was very pricey. The servers were helpful.

Jeremy Peterson: The interior of the restaurant doesn't really indicate you're in a Japanese restaurant. Also, both the upstairs (Shibuya) and the downstairs (a different Japanese restaurant) are serviced by a single kitchen so the overall speed of service is slower. My ramen was quite good but I wouldn't rate it higher than a 4 for the less-than-ideal amount of protein and the lack of depth of the shio miso (broth), which gets muddled by the rest of the dish instead of enhancing/balancing it. On its own, the shio miso is tasty.

Rachel Mangum: I enjoyed the food and the atmosphere on each floor. The waiters and cooks were all exceptional. Shout out to Daniel and Mike.A good bunch of vegetarian options.

16. Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant

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Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant
Location
4
Price/Quality
3.9
Service
3.9
Parking
3.9
Wifi quality
3.9

Address: 465 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 414-7066

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Rachel L: Wow. We received a recommendation from a friend to try this place out and I’m so glad we did. The sushi was so amazing and so fresh. we got several rolls and ate every single piece!! The service was awesome and the ambience was great. The drinks were also very delicious. I can’t wait to go back!

Manae Young: Do not come here if you want to eat good sushi. It is over priced, fish was not fresh and portions were so small. We got the spicy salmon roll and if you look at the picture, you can see it’s mostly rice and avocado… Rice was hard, flavors were plain and boring, sushi’s were tiny. It was the worst restaurant experience I’ve had in a while :(

Sam OB: Very tiny and cozy place but one of the sushi place. Miso soup was good and the rolls are very fresh and delicious. Definitely will come back.

JC: Definitely one of the best sushi I have ever had. Chef Wei has the best Signatures

Joe Yerardi: My friends and I came here for happy hour on a Friday and ordered exclusively off the happy hour menu. I had the eel & cucumber roll, the spicy tuna & avocado roll and the crispy shrimp tempura & avocado roll. My friends also got the vegan BBQ roll and the tuna avocado roll. All in all, we liked our meal. The rolls were good, if not great, and the price (at least for happy hour) was right. The service was solid. I'd certainly come again for happy hour though it wouldn't be my first choice for a non-happy hour sushi dinner.

Michael Brown: We stopped in right before they closed. They were cool about it and gave great service. The miso soup is better than most if not all places in DC. I think the rolls are a bit pricey, but I’ve never had a bad one here. They also have a good happy hour for food every day.
Response: Hi Michael. Thank you so much for your kind words. It is our honor to treat every guest with hospitality and care no matter what time they arrive. We hope to see you again soon. - The NAMA Family

Jared Rovira: Have never left a 1 start review before but, it’s 8-10$ rolls and nigiri for for 20+ dollars. Find a better value at nearly every other sushi place in DC. Atmosphere is cool but not worth the premium. Did not have sashimi but saw a piece that also looked hilariously small for the price. Cut of tuna (bluefin) was delicious everything else in nigiri plate was meh and one of the nigiri pieces from the 35$ chef’s selection was tamago. Cmon. F tier because of quality/price ratio. 5 star reviews have to be fake or never had actual sushi before.

Carlos Holden-Villars: Old hard cold rice, gray and squishy shrimp tempura that appeared to be 7 days old. The fish was not tender; taste of sea lacking. Overall, a pathetic dining experience. Would expect better from a place that charges $20 for special maki — ridiculous.
Response: Hi Carlos. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your experience. We take pride in the freshness and high quality of our food. We would never serve hard rice or week-old shrimp at Nama. Is it possible you reviewed the wrong restaurant? We would appreciate it if you could email us at namadc@schlowrg.com to talk about this further. Thank you, Sherry (Manager)

Jeff Bredt: A prime example of first impressions. As soon as we walked in, I could see that the floor was unswept and hadn't been cleaned...in a while. It takes some time for that sort of grime to build up. It didn't get any better when we were sat next to the window, where we could admire dead flies on the inside window sill. When we lifted our water glasses, they stuck to the table and required a jerk to pick them up. Not a good start. Although we were the only table in at the start of the night, our server seemed distracted and rushed every word out of their mouth. Regarding the food, the 'Namaste' roll and the Hamachi small plate were notable. The rest (Chef's Selection, crispy shrimp roll, over-dressed Crab and Cucumber salad) were middle of the road- meaning that none of them really "popped," and at that price point, one does expect the flavors to the there. For the price, there are much better options in DC for sushi, sashimi and rolls.

Brian Redder: I received so little food. If it wasn't take out I would have sent it back. My nagiri was so thin is was barely a bite. Not worth it at all. I ordered over $30 worth of food and all of it came in one tiny take out container. Wish I could return to get money back because I feel so ripped off.

17. Kofuku Ramen & Sushi

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375 reviews
Kofuku Ramen & Sushi
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.2
Parking
4.2
Wifi quality
4.2

Address: 815 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 842-5088

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Inawis Neupane: We went here for some good Japanese food and we were not disappointed. It was a little expensive than the regular japanese places I have been to but the food was really good. I had Gyoza, sushi and ramen. There was very little to complain about.

Rachit Agarwal: Great tonkatsu ramen. First snow of the winter.. I was cold and hungry, walked into this place, and was so delighted. Surrounded by places that were closed because of the snow.. Kōfuku was open! Got the kofuku tonkatsu ramen to go and it was delicious :)

Rachel L: I have been craving sushi and stumbled upon this place. Our food came out very fast and it was pretty yummy. The sushi was fresh and the fried rice was delicious. It was quiet, clean and our server was kind. Not too pricey and actually decent sushi.

Donnell Lyons: Kofuku Ramen & Sushi, was a good experience. The ramen was good, the gyoza was great and the teriyaki chicken was outstanding. The place is small, but the ramen made you for it, but it needed more miso. Overall great food and customer service.

Amanda Prichard: This has been my go-to Ramen place for years now and I love it. The food is delicious and there's rarely a wait (other ramen restaurants in the area tend to have needlessly long waits).

Chris Crocitta: This place requires two seperate reviews. The sushi is esquisite and delicious! The ramen not so much...it lacks flavor and pressence. Overall pretty good place, especially for the sushi. Very fresh and yummy

Thomas Corcoran: あなたの料理は私の子供時代を思い出させた I grew up over in Japan and this was spectacular. It took me back to my childhood. Service was great and server was exceptional. I had my meal modded to extra fish cakes and no egg. They had no problem doing it for me. The spicy miso broth was full bodied and the balance of spices masterful. When an inspired chef believes that they are creating edible works of gastronomic art... this is the quality and experience that results. Thank you. I will be back.

Candace M.: I had the Bento Box (Salmon Teriyaki) and it was delicious! I can with a group of people and we were all satisfied with the meal. The staff we nice and frequently asked us if we were good and refilled our glasses constantly. It's a small place so the whole group of 9 people weren't able to sit together, but it was the lunch rush. Definitely plan on coming here again!

Randy Adam: This restaurant is not open to the public for eat in seating. It is also not occupied with employees.

Htoo Myat: This place offers very good value on sushi specials, convenient for office drones and workers in the area for a quick lunch. Look for their 2-rolls and 3-rolls special. A lot of Dupont Circle and Chinatown Asian restaurants tried offering this kind of special before but they usually either charge too much, make very small rolls or just poor quality. This place offer regular sized rolls of good quality for their fair price and quick! Their ramen on the other hand, hasn't been impressive. I have made better flavored ramen out of instant ramen bags. To be fair, some instant ramen bags are very good but if I'm paying around 15 bucks, I expect more. The price is quite alright but because it's so mediocre, I feel like I should be paying less. I have also tried their bento box. It's pretty good but not a good value compared to sushi. In my opinion, there's just not enough food for lunch.

18. Sushi Hachi

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Sushi Hachi
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 735 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 450-6452

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Philippe Jacques Kradolfer: Sushi Hachi is a small quaint restaurant! It is nicely setup with good food and great service. A nice touch to get started were the compressed towels that rapidly expand when adding water. There is a small tray with the compressed towel and water...cute detail to wipe your hands as you sit down at the table. The sushi is good but not great. The price is on the higher side considering the quality. Nice atmosphere and great service making the whole experience a good one.

TexCat: One of the BEST sushi restaurants I’ve ever been to. Everything was great - from the restaurant decor, ambiance and vibe to the food and drinks. Friendly attentive staff. LOVED the ‘Dreams Come True’ cocktail. Ordered a selection of nigiri, sashimi and the hachi roll. Everything was delicious. We were able to relax and take our time. HIGHLY recommend

Brian Glover: The food was excellent. The experience was meh. You have to scan a barcode, then order and pay online. Ordering sushi on my phone was awkward. Since the whole table places their order on a single device, they have no idea who is supposed to get which item, so plates are mixed up. Not a big deal, but kind of annoying. They also brought everything out way too fast. Before we knew it we had soup bowls, an appetizer plate, and the main plates cluttering the table. Let me finish my delicious miso soup, man.

Lorena Be: The Sushi was absolutely delicious! Well, I love the setup of this wonderful restaurant. They had cute Halloween decorations up and also other Little touches such as compressed pellets that expand rapidly when wet to wipe your hands prior to eating making the experience more enjoyable. Ordered the Chef's Sushi Platter which includes miso soup, Edamame, snapper ceviche, 3 piece nigiri sushi, 4 piece yellowtail cilantro roll. Also ordered Alaska Roll 8pcs which consist of Salmon/shrimp tempura/avocado/eel sauce. In addition, ordered a 5 piece Prime beef on an Ishiyaki grilling hot stone which is a fun way to enjoy your food. The sushi was absolutely succulent and by far the best I’ve had in Washington DC. Video on location is up on below social media. IG: FoodieFortLauderdale TIKTOK: FoodieFortLauderdale YOUTUBE: FoodieFortLauderdale

John Dabbs: Pretty good. Scallops were nice. Prime beef wasn’t bad and uni was just alright. Service was average. The wet towels are a nice touch and tuna was good

Parker Kelley: Very great experience here! There was a little bit of a wait when we first arrived but we were seated in a timely manner. I was a little confused with the ordering process at first but then it was very easy as we ordered from our phones! I had the Hachi roll & Volcano roll (highly recommend)! I’ll definitely be back!

brianlidawg: Excellent quality fish, great service, and all at a reasonable price. Excellent ambiance for a dinner with friends or if you feel like having sushi in general. Get the sliced steak to cook over the hot stone its super cool to do! 10/10 would recommend!

Ana Gallardo: The sushi here was delicious! My mom & I just wanted a light lunch & we left there so satisfied. I enjoyed the atmosphere & staff. Great spot.

Natalia Lucio: Awesome place! The food was simply delicious, you can tell the ingredients have excellent quality. The service was very good, Zac was super caring. We went to celebrate my husband's birthday and they even gave him complementary dessert with a birthday candle in it, so thoughtful! We will definitely come back for other occasions. The price is fair, and the ambient is very cute. I recommend ordering the scallop sashimi!

Joey Minervini: Really just average food. Tempura was sufficient, but lacked a little salt and sweetness in the sauce. Sushi rolls were skimpy with the rice and small. Ngiri was really thinly sliced. The busboy came to remove dishes *the instant* a plate was empty - really annoying. Come for dinner - it will be ok. But just ok.

19. Tono Sushi Restaurant

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Tono Sushi Restaurant
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.1
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 2605 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 332-7300

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Jessa L: Absolutely fantastic happy hour (shhhhh don't tell!) $4-5 boozy drinks and $2 per 2 pieces of nigiri! That fish tastes fresh and sizes were decent. Excellent customer service even tho they were busy. Highly recommend

Rakhshanda Khan: The food was amazing, we loved the Sushi, soup, Ramen, and Noodles dishes. Would love to visit again. Wholesome food.

K R: Been coming to Tono for a few years now, usually for the Happy Hour Sushi. The price has gone up from $1 to $2 for certain items, but is still quality. The restaurant, at one point, did have two floors, but since reopening after COVID generally just see the downstairs open. Very friendly staff and large selection of sushi, noodles, appetizers or main entrees. Great little spot about a half block from the Woodley Park Metro.

Aly Galik: Our sushi was fresh and delicious. Staff was super friendly. Went for the $1 nigiri on happy hour which is a great deal so I’ll definitely be back!

Rosie HK: I’ve been ordering and going to this place for years. It is my favorite sushi in the city! M was our waitress for this particular occasion and she is the sweetest person ever! My favorite rolls are the Alaskan, Mexican and Bagel. And the gyoza is always delicious too. I got ramen for the first time and it was a nice hearty portion bursting with good flavors. I can’t recommend this place enough!

Alejandra Zegarra Blanco: Great sushi place. My waiter was very nice and friendly, it made our experience enjoyable. I will definitely come back to this restaurant.

Collin Inglut: Sushi was just alright, nothing special. Wasn't as fresh as I thought it would have been for the price. Ordered the Super-Jo sushi (chef selection). Should have ordered the normal Jo-sushi. Soy sauce was very salty. Best part of the meal was the miso soup. Waited over 90 minutes for my order when I was told 50 minutes! Will not be going back!

Caroline Miller: The sushi is very so so (a bit below grocery-store sushi) but the location and service are nice.

Arthur Upchurch: I love good sushi restaurants and this one is okay. I sat at one of the dining tables instead of the sushi bar which was full. I can tell that the owners are in tune with the seasons as evident with their December roll. It's a neighborhood establishment and the staff provided a comfortable dining experience. If I lived in Woodley Park, I would visit at least 2 to 3 times a month.

Ryan Rotundo: Tono Suhsi provides a great experience for those looking to have sushi, noodles, or other Japanese cuisine in the District. The service was fast and friendly, and the food came out in a reasonable time and tasted amazing. Would definitely recommend.

20. Sushi Capitol

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295 reviews
Sushi Capitol
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 325 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 544-9888

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Sam M: One of the better sushi spots in DC near Capitol Hill. This place is tiny! I definitely don’t recommend this place if you are planning to visit this place with a big group. They have several tables and you can also sit at the bar. I ordered sushi and sashimi gold platters. The place was packed and took a while to get both orders. The quality of sashimi and sushi were pretty good. I wouldn’t say this place is better than sushi taro or nakazawa, but it is still good for the price even though their price went up dramatically since my last visit. I was frustrated that they didn’t serve the sushi right away and waited until another sashimi platter to be made. They should’ve just served it right away. Other than that I had a very pleasant experience and the staff were friendly and accommodating throughout the dinner service.

Savanah Ferguson: Best sushi I’ve had in DC. Great atmosphere, BYOB, and extremely friendly staff. This is the perfect date spot! We came here two nights in a row because we liked it so much!

Rachel Fetrow: I have had many wonderful in-restaurant experiences pre-pandemic, and I was thrilled to see they survived this long. However today I ordered takeout from Sushi Capitol for the first time - ordered 3 servings of omakase, miso soups, and one seaweed salad and had it delivered via Uber eats. Sadly, they fail to tell you when ordering delivery that the omakase platter has dramatically changed. Instead of what was previously a 3-piece appetizer + ~20 pieces of top notch nigiri, I received an 8-piece roll of ground tuna (something I would never order if given the choice), 9 pieces of nigiri, egg and fish eggs. The nigiri is still good, and good quality, but I paid exactly the same price $50 ea for these platters, plus a delivery premium to receive a far inferior product both in size and quality. I understand that restaurants have had to cut costs because of business being down due to the pandemic, and I probably still would have bought something, but I’m writing this review primarily because they don’t tell you what you’re paying for before making the purchase for delivery. The sushi was delicious in spite of all this, so I still recommend, just be aware what you’re buying.

Scott Matus: Stiff competition with Rayburn Cafeteria sushi, but this takes the cake. Prices are commensurate with quality, so thank goodness for that MRA increase. Helps ease the pain of those long markup days when you start questioning the decisions in life that brought you to this moment.

Riley Chu: Amazing experience! Great food and awesome staff. Cooks were so friendly and one even helped me learn how to use chopsticks!! The owner is a very kind man. My family had a great time. Definitely recommend:)

Tracy Huang: My favorite place to get sushi in DC. It is decently priced and so easy to miss if you just walk by. Super low key place, but their omakase is my go to for small celebrations and I get takeout when I have sushi cravings. The owner/manager is this super friendly Turkish gentleman. His father in law (Japanese) is the main chef. They've opened up other locations on Conneticut and in Chinatown (under different names), but this spot on the hill is my fav. Have been coming back for years and I really hope they stay open with the same quality for years to come!

Igor at skvltd.media: Great hidden sushi spot with chef's choice and regular offerings. Chefs' knifework is fantastic and the dishes reflect their skills fully.

Jay Doppio: Wow! Best sushi I've had in the US and at least as good as most of the places I went to when I lived in Japan. Service was great. Sushi was super fresh. All of the fish was amazing. Best uni I've had since I was last in Japan. Best anago I e ever had. I've been to all of the top sushi places in DC and this one, by far, is the top one. I highly recommend Sushi Capitol. I cannot wait to visit Sushi Capitol again!

Laura Hergert: I order take out from here at least once a month (probably more during these quarantine times). I typically get the Sushi Gold (and a spicy yellowtail roll) and I’ve never been disappointed. The fish is always super fresh and the flavors are incredible. The staff is super kind - I love the cute messages on the take out bags!

Holmes: Top notch! I had passed on trying this place because there's no good place to order online, but finally stopped by in person for take out. Their menu is extensive and full of what you expect from a proper sushi bar. The service was enthusiastically friendly and helpful. Whoever was at the door deserves a raise. The sushi is *excellent* and I cannot stress that enough. Flavorful, well made, and proper proportions. I splurged on the O'o Toro sushi and was not disappointed. Highly recommend. It's worth the stop.