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Daikaya Izakaya
Daikaya Izakaya

Daikaya Izakaya Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://daikaya.com
  • Email: info@daikaya.com
  • Phone: (202) 589-1600
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Monday - Friday 11:30-2PM
    Sunday: 11:30AM-3PM Brunch

    Dinner:
    Sunday and Monday: 5PM-10PM
    Tues/Thurs: 5PM-11PM
    Fri and Sat: 5PM-Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Katsuya Fukushima
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between G and H
  • Public Transit: Across the street from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, servicing, Green, Yellow, and Red Line trains.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available around the neighborhood. There are also 3 garages within 2 blocks of the restaurant.
A word from Daikaya Izakaya
Reservations are for the upstairs Izakaya only and not for the Ramen shop.

The Izakaya is a full service restaurant featuring small plates of Japanese tavern fare, as well as a full bar with cocktails, wine, beer, and a large selection of sake and Japanese spirits.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Some friends and I went to Daikaya to celebrate an engagement - maybe not the best venue for the occasion, but there is a lot to like about this place. Our waiter was great - did an excellent job with the drink selection and with describing the food. We ordered the Japanese mountain yam - our waiter warned us that it was a combo b/t okra and Asian pear. Great description, would not order again. The grilled avocado and pee wee potatoes are outstanding! Order them! Didn't love the enoki mushrooms. The miso salmon was delicious. They were out of Tuna Poke. While my friends enjoyed the hambagu and chicken kara-age, they were disappointed that the restaurant was out of beef tenderloin and other first choices. Definitely will try again."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My friend and I actually ended up in the wrong restaurant. We'd seen the menu online, and so when I made the reservation I thought it was for the ramen part of the restaurant which is downstairs. However, when we arrived we saw only a sign pointing upstairs for Daikaya Izakaya, so that's where we went. Baffled by a menu we were not expecting, we still ordered six or so dishes that looked appealing. Overall the food was good. I'd say the tuna, the pork and brussel sprouts skewers and the wasabi tako were the best, though the portion of the wasabi tako was disappointingly small. In fact, all the portions were too small for my tastes (and the price). The service was OK. It was hard to understand the waitress in the noise."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "for dinner with this restaurant - pretheatre. We live on Q St just off 14th St and have been spoiled by restaurant choice and quality the last few years, after years of wandering all over town. So, we don't get around town as much as we used to for new places and Daikaya has taken us a while. We were really glad we finally got there. The food was great. Menu isn't phenomenally deep - unlike Zaitinya for instance - but 9 of 11 small plates were solid goals and the others were good if not exciting. Service was excellent and knowledgeable; wait staff operated as team and all were attentive. Looking forward to going for lunch."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "As much as I'm over the small plates trend at restaurants, I really loved this place. Good cocktails and a bunch of cool stuff to try. Since some of the ingredients are unfamiliar it was nice to be able a few new things. On another note, the pork and brussel sprouts skewers are awesome in a major way - we got a second order. I hope these are available year round. I would say if you come starving, you should not expect the meal to be cheap, per se, if you want to feel full when leaving. Small plates + Japanese food does not add up to a hearty meal. One tip is to order a rice ball or two. They were delicious and cheap and a good way to feel full at the end of the meal."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Having different servers meant they didn't know what we'd ordered previously, and the staff liked to hype up how good the food tasted without being able to explain what the dishes were. The food portions are small, but the mentaiko rice was the best. The others were okay."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Loved the interesting and well-prepared food. Noise level way too high, almost had to shout . Tables way too close together upstairs, bar too close to dining area. I probably will not return because overall the dining experience is not pleasant although the food is wonderful."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Delicious food, excellent service. My friend and I spent many years in Japan and loved Daikaya (though it's definitely more upscale than your typical rowdy izakaya in Japan). The flavors in the innovative dishes definitely took us back to Japan. The decor is interesting, and we even liked the small touches of Japanese radio/TV programs playing in the restrooms. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I ordered taco wasabi for 6 bucks. The portion was so tiny, I was seriously confused whether they had delivered another tables leftover... The whole portion wouldn't even be one tablespoon full. Tapas, it said, but more like "Taste" one bite. Service and ambiance saved the experience."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We had a wonderful lunch and all the dishes that the waiter recommended were great! Even the hot tea was wonderful! Can't wait to try the noodle shop downstairs next time."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The atmosphere in this establishment is amazing. Great selection of Sake and other spirits. I like the fact that you could order many spirits by the bottle. The food is like nowhere else with the authentic Japanese tastes. The service is friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. I have never been to Japan, but if I had, I would imagine my experience would be similar as in Daikaya Izakaya. In one word: Awesome!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "...from start to finish! The hosts, server, and bartender were all GREAT - and THE FOOD! The food was OUTSTANDING! You MUST have the poached egg and Chesapeake Korokke, the Sisig and the french toast. Go there now - make it a priority in your life!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I came here with my family (party of 6) on a Saturday night and enjoyed everything about it. Our waiter helped us order, taught us how to properly pour sake, and cracked jokes. The music was a bit loud when we sat down, but he had it turned down as soon as we asked. There are options for food adventurers as well as the more pedestrian eater: elegant meats and unusual textures are offered alongside the "hambagu" and witty takes on Japanese street food. My one regret is that we had a 7:45 reservation: a few popular dishes had sold out by the time we arrived. We did snag the last order of takoyaki (pancake-like octopus balls), though!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Made for a really fun Saturday night - my friends and I were impressed."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were actually interested in trying Daikaya for ramen, and we did not realize that only the upstairs Izakaya restaurant took reservations. However, Izakaya had a very interesting menu of grilled / Japanese tavern items that are not commonly served at most other establishments. So we kept our reservation at Izakaya and had an excellent time. A few items that we found unique were the cucumber salad and the grilled avacado and worth another visit; the Japanese hamburger, while good, reminded us of meatloaf. Portions are small, akin to tapas / mezze. So after were were done at Izakaya, we wend downstairs to Daikaya. By that time the lines had disappeared so we put our names down, went to walk around a bit, and then came back for great ramen."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Tapas like dishes. Everything was wonderful. Tried 9 different dishes including grilled avocado, two types of oysters, cabbage and pork roll, miso salmon, beef tongue, sautéed edamame, crab croquettes, and onigiri rice ball and all were outstanding. Dessert was some sort of ginger ice cream and while fine was nothing special. Although I've never been to Japan, the ambiance was what I would imagine a neighborhood Tokyo restaurant to feel like. Dinner for two with two rounds of drinks was $100."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My husband and I ate here before a show at the Wooly Mammoth. Love the decor, but the tables are a little close together. It is not the widest space, so they are clearly trying to maximize the tables. The menu is small plates, Asian-style. Great deals on happy hour menu until 7 from which we chose street-style octopus and sake--both excellent. The food was quite good, although I had 2 dishes which just didn't work for me. Upon seeing this, they asked if I wanted to try something else, but we did not have time. So they took those dishes off the bill. I think they truly want everyone to have a great experience and work with you to get that result. Excellent addition to Penn Quarter."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We headed to Daikaya to soak up some Japanese Izakaya vibe we have missed and to celebrate a birthday. The server was knowledgable, vivacious and offered the Birthday Girl a Sake Bomb. Her very first ever in life! The Kara-age is a favorite and the Lamb Neck, braised to perfection, was a wonderful surprise from the kitchen of Chef Katsuya Fukushima! Bully or should we say Bulli or Banzi! Great freestyle food, delicious!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I read about this site prior to planning a DC trip cause i wanted to find a great brunch spot, they wrote that the French Toast was amazing, it was. As our server Ryo? I'm sure i'm butchering it, described that the menu was small plates, me and the girlfriend got the chicken and waffles and the Chesapeake eggs Benedict then split the french toast for dessert. everything was great and the flavors were amazing. they also have an amazing local coffee that was amazing and added perfectly to the meal."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Went for bunch and was not disappointed! Great good and drinks and cool vibe."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Excellent as always. Creative menu, superbly executed, never disappoints. Finished the night by heading downstairs for ramen."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Went for the first time last week after reading all the buzz about this place. I was not disappointed! The food is excellent and reasonably priced. The wine list wasn't very long, but we ordered a bottle of wine that was delicious and also well-priced."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I have wanted to try the izikaya for a while, but it didn't fulfill our expectations. The food was decent, but not wowing. Highlights include the pork rice ball, the pork and chicken cabbage roll, and the tuna poke. Low lights include the grilled oyster and the tofu rice ball. Serhoce was superlative. The restaurant was overpacked and really, really loud on a Saturday night. We want to back to try the daikaya."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "On our first trip to Washington, we wanted to try out the best it had to offer. Daikaya Izakaya lived up to all it's hype. From the menu, we tried their greatest hits, or at least the selections that garner the most comments online -chawanmushi (delicious savory custard), the grilled avocado (smoky and citrusy), crab croquettes (very interesting, crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside), fried garlic (we could have eaten this alone and been very satisfied), the cod roe spaghetti and the chicken kara-age. Each on its own was a unique flavour excursion. We also were able to discover Japanese whiskey thanks to the recommendations of the very personable waitress."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Daikaya Izakaya was a great place to eat. Small, but with a great energy about it. The food was excellent; mostly small-plate style with each one being around $5. However, everything was so good that my bill ended up being a bit more than I anticipated! The waitstaff was amazing, both with the recommendations and the pacing of the meal (they can take your whole order upfront and then bring out dishes as they are made or as you wish). Other than being a little noisy, everything was excellent!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Aside from the authentic Japanese "izakaya" (local tavern) food, which introduce amazing new flavours to your tastebuds -- the service is interestingly and amusingly knowledgeable in the art of "fine sake appreciation" (ask the server the story of the "Otter Fest" sake name!)"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We live just few blocks away and this is one of my favorite places to go to dinner with my boyfriend. The music is awesome and I love the atmosphere; very sexy!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "When we made a reservation, we really wanted to get noodles. We didn't realize there were "two" restaurants. Our reservation was for the more formal upstairs which is all small food plates. The food was good but not necessarily outstanding. We were disappointed there were only a few rice/noodle dishes available which is what we really wanted. Overall it was a good experience and a place worth trying. We would go back to try the noodles but we probably wouldn't go back to the upstairs. Can't wait to try the downstairs noodles!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Had the brunch there and it did not disappoint. They put a Japanese twist on American brunch favorites, everything was awesome."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Every dish we ordered was well presented and tasty. Ambience was fun. Excellent sake. What not to love?"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food, great energetic ambiance---would make it a weekly dinner place if I could."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I expect a lot from restaurants in DC, because there is so much competition. The service is just okay, not amazing. The ambiance is really very good. But while the food is tasty, it's just absolutely not worth it. The tuna poke is too tart and one note. The French toast is unbelievably delicious, but far too sweet to eat more than a few bites. The fried chicken and waffles is fine, but I've had better. Etc, etc. We tried a number of their cocktails, but they weren't remarkably different in taste despite the descriptions. The grilled avocado is literally just a half an avocado with grill marks and some vinegar... I mean, the food is fine, but we're talking 6-12 dollars an item, they're impossibly small portions, and they taste average."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Way too noisy. Didn't much care forbthe ambiance either. The appeal to the over 50 crowd is limited for these reasons."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Enjoyed my time there, was able to visit both locations. Food was delicious.....loved the Spicy ramen."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food and vibe -- recommend cream croquettes and fried garlic."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This place has amazing food but I left not full after spending too much money! Be prepared"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The waiter I had gave great choices and was very funny. It was a very enjoyable time."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Everything was fresh, delicious and unique. The service was prompt and personal - they kept things moving without making you feel you were in a rush. It's a popular place, so it can be noisy. Not a romantic spot, but we still had a romantic date."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Dined as one of a couple. We had no difficulty ordering enough small dishes to fill us up. The selection was broad and the quality of the food was excellent. There was one that was not to my liking but that was because of personal food preferences -- and the waiter had warned me (politely) about the dish ahead of time, anyway. As for the waiter, he was over-enthusiastic about explaining all the details about the dishes. Service was good, though there were a couple times we tried to get the waiter's attention but could not. This is a very small space; I would not recommend it for large groups. There are a couple booths which can comfortably sit six persons. I had a cocktail which was over-named but decent when it arrived. Just a bit pricey."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I went for my 18th birthday last Saturday and even as a teenager, I enjoyed this adorable place immensely. It's situated right across from the Verizon Center and perfect for a pre-Verizon-Center-event dinner! A bit on the expensive side, but appropriately priced for quality. The food is primarily tapas, so it leaves you feeling perfectly filled. I highly reccomend the grilled mushroom & quail kabob! If you've hit all the tapas you're looking to try and are still hungry, I recommend the rice ball. After all was said and done, I received a happy birthday multiple times from the friendly staff along with two desserts (by accident!). Much more to say but not enough space! NOTE: Do not get a rice ball before you've tried everything else first!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had several small plates and a couple of drinks, and everything was delicious. Our server was also very well-versed in the menu."
    Dined on 2/26/2014