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Daikaya Izakaya
Daikaya Izakaya

Daikaya Izakaya Details

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

    Sun/Weds: 5PM-10PM
    Thurs: 5PM-11PM
    Fri and Sat: 5PM-11:30PM
    Happy Hour: 5-7PM Mon/Fri
  • 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
  • "The food is good, but they are mostly small plates, and ordering up enough small plates to fill you up can get a bit costly. My favorite are teh pork and brussel sprout skewers which are amazing. The food here isn't traditional Japanese food, rather Japanese small plates with a bit of a twist. I wish they had a few more option on the rice and noodles."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Interesting decor set the tone for an unusual and delicious dining experience. Not the usual miso, sushi, seaweed. Service (Thomas) was excellent. And a real plus for me..great Japanese beer"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A bit noisier and more cramped than we would have preferred, but those were our only complaints. Food was terrific, with some revelations on the menu that we'd never encountered before. Like grilled avocados. Other favorites were the tuna poke, wasabi tako, and both zucchini and pork/brussels sprouts in the kushi menu. Would definitely go back, and bring friends to introduce them to it."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Daikaya Izakaya is a wonderful restaurant and we really enjoyed our meal! Tom, our server, was fantastic and we asked him to just order whatever he thought we might like--it was amazing!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to dining at Izakaya after reading all the reviews. Unfortunately I would say that the food was just average. Some of the dishes were better than others, but it seems that for the most part they were under seasoned and lacked that just right flavor. The grilled avocado was recommended to us, but I didn't see where it was anything extraordinary. The chicken thigh and the roe spaghetti were probably the best dishes. Service was good and the ambiance fine. Not sure I'd put it on a "must dine" list."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My husband and I came here for a date night before a movie. Reservations for 6:15 on a Wednesday night were wide open...which was just perfect. The service was fantastic. Each dish was delightful and we left feeling pleasantly full. The Miso Salmon was our favorite; it's fresh and light. We did not get a chance to try the pork or the duck...we will be back though! We really enjoyed our experience."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I've tried to get a table for one here during my last several trips to D.C. and was finally successful on a Monday night. My waiter, Tom, was very attentive and remarkably helpful with his suggestions. I started with baked oysters and was rewarded with a melt-in-the-mouth treat. The grilled avocado is a "must have" and Tom was very helpful in selecting an appropriate sake. The chilled cucumber and chili strings paired with Japanese hambagu on red wine sauce was sublime."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Impressed by their Japanese-influenced take on brunch dishes like chicken and waffles. Favorite dish was the poached egg and Chesapeake korokke, which was a melt-in-your mouth crab croquette. An excellent balance of savory, sour, and sweet. Be sure to indulge in the french toast for dessert - it is heavenly. Only downside is there are not many interesting lighter brunch items to balance out the richness of most of the dishes offered."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have dined at the upstairs restaurant several times. The majority of the food is creative and tasty (although we have been disappointed by the cold specials, such as the duck over cold noodles and the kale with cheese). However, the last 3 times they have been out of various specialties like the chicken wings as early as 8:00pm on a Saturday night! That's ridiculous."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is the 2nd time we've gone and this time I brought 6 guests with me. Again we were fortunate to be waited on by Tom. He knows his food, patiently explains what you might expect and guides you to both comforting choices and ambitious plates. He was as helpful and patient with my 9-year old daughter as he was my 95-year old grandmother. The food was wonderful, thoughtful and impeccably presented. Go ahead, try the beef tongue skewers and if fresh Japanese scallops are available, savor the perfection. We tried 16 plates in all and every one found a fan at the table. Go, eat, share, enjoy We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our server was a bit pushy and wanted to choose the wine for us."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Dishes are way too small for the pricing. One thing is tapas, the other is small plates, and then these...We had to turn the first one back because it was cold (lamb doesn't taste good cold). There is no option to get Ramen from below and that could have filled us a bit!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Right around the corner from Harman Hall AND offering the convenience of a reservation, Daikaya Izakaya was perfect for a relatively quick meal before a 7:30 show. The menu has a variety of small plates, ranging from veggies to rice balls to grilled skewers. Everything we ordered was good and came out quickly. The Moscow Mule on draft was a hit, as was the soft-serve ice cream (especially the version topped with lime/avocado sauce and toasted coconut). Service was friendly and efficient; the decor was a combination of dark wood, great lighting, and cozy spaces. I'll definitely be back, and also look forward to trying the (non-reservation) ramen counter on the ground level."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We went to celebrate my fiancé's birthday, and the food was fantastic, the service was incredibly quick and the servers were very attentive - the restaurant itself is simply gorgeous. I couldn't recommend this spot more for dates, casual dinners, anything."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Tried Daikaya for the first time this weekend, and was underwhelmed. The server did well because the hostess seated a steady wave of people in her large section and she never missed a beat. The cocktail list was interesting on paper but not notable in execution. The housemade cocktail ingredients did not standout. My foray into a small draft beer section found what looked to be a six ounce pour of an Allagash Wit, small for the $9 price - more like a glass from a flight. The food, a Japanese/Western fusion, also looked better in description than taste because many of the dishes we tried were under seasoned or just bland. The vegetable dishes were the best we tried. Better choices in the area."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I was excited to try Daikaya Izakaya for lunch because of all the buzz but was really disappointed. I got the chicken rice bowl and it was very ordinary--chicken marinated in a sweet sauce on top of plain rice. Maybe the other dishes are better."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had a reservation at 7 pm and arrived a few minutes before 7 pm. The server told us to order drinks immediately to benefit from happy hours reduced price (beer at half price). It was really nice of her to offer. Service was very quick and efficient (maybe not so busy on Monday night?) . We sat at one of the booths and we could converse without shouting, which was very nice. The food was innovative rather than authentic ((the fusion of Japanese Izakaya food with different accents) and probably geared more to young clients. Overall we enjoyed our dining experience and would like to go back."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I got hooked on Izakaya joints in Asia, so was excited to try out DC's take. I went here for dinner on a Wednesday night, and it was so good (the grilled avocado is especially sublime), I came back for brunch on Sunday. It was, without a doubt, the most innovative, interesting and delicious take on brunch I've ever had. Too many great restaurants treat brunch like a throwaway. Izakaya's Asian reinterpretation of some classics (chicken and waffles where the waffles are filled with red bean paste...if you haven't discovered red bean paste, you're missing out), plus several wholly unique dishes. And the brunch cocktails were also unique. Service was fantastic, decor was very cool, the noise level was totally fine both times too."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "1st time there, it was great. The waiter was very good as making some suggestions. Very diverse menu, I've never been to Japan but my husband lived there and said the food was authentic to what he rememebred. We'll be back"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a delightful dining experience. Our server Tom was fantastic and helps us try different things from the menu. Highly recommend having the staff choose some dishes if it is your first time dining here. They will help you make the most of the experience. This is a dining destination. Must try the Grilled Avacado, Chicken Kara-age, Hamburgu, and Pork and Brussel Sprout skewers! Can't wait to return and try more items on the menu."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I usually hate tapas restaraunts. They charge you an arm and a leg, and frequently skimp on food. This place was great. My date and I each spent 20 dollars and were very satisfied with the skewers, dishes, and dessert we had. This restaurant is doing interesting things with vegetables, and I highly advise the grilled avocado. Trust me. Just go."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "And I wasn't disappointed in the slightest! Daikaya Izakaya offers some of the best Japanese tavern eats and shochu I've had in a while. Recommend camping at the bar if at possible. The staff will make your visit an utter joy."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The drink menu was a bit different than what's posted on their website brunch menu (no Rikey-san or Yamahai). The Yuzu-lemonade is not very sweet, almost bitter because of the yuzu, which was refreshing. Their take on "Chicken and Waffles" was playful, using the Japanese taiyaki and kara-age - it definitely works and the wasabi butter was pleasantly integrated. The French toast is understated in description, but exceeds expectations - soaked overnight in cream....definitely got to have it! The "Hapa loco moco" pays homage to the Hawaiian dish, decent but very beefy and the gravy was a bit sweet/overwhelming. We got two orders of each onigiri which were good and the pork belly skewers which were tasty!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "it was the perfect place the take a date and be happy"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I really appreciated all the unique flavors and dishes served here. Loved the grilled avocado, the pee-wee potatoes, japanese yam, the rice ball with sweet soy, the baked oysters, the mushroom special and the salmon. The grilled oysters were very plain. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food tasted great but for the price, I thought the portion sizes were a little too small. I left feeling unsatisfied. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great place, but OpenTable reservations don't work. I made one for 6:00 on Friday and the resturant had me in for 7:30 on Saturday. Luckily they had a table."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I was invited to dinner at Daikaya by a collegue. His is Japanese and had been impressed by their menu. We were quite pleased to find the authenticity he was looking for. I was new to this form of Japanese cuisine. It was excellent! My first bite was the rice triangle with the surprise inside - can't remember what it's called. It was delicious - especially after the server explained how to eat it. My collegue ordered everything and we were happy with each successive morsel. I will be back! "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Daikaya's lunch bowls were a little on the small size, but for $14 it wasn't overpriced (some establishment charge this for their apps), and it was tasty. Plus we had enough in the budget to get an app and a dessert. So all in all, a good outing. I"ll be back."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The small plates were spectacular - Sisig, Korokke and "chicken & waffles" were all delicious. Portions were just the right size. Coctails - bloody mary and mimosa - were well balanced and on-point for taste. What a great way to start the day in DC!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The Japanese version of tapas served at this restaurant is creative and well thought out. The small plates are complex with layers of flavors. We had the eggplant, which was excellent, the pork sausages, which had a great sauce, very fresh and tasty raw oysters, and the sashimi. Plus we ate some great desserts. The plates are small, but each morsel is delicious. The food should be savored here as it is prepared with great care. One can have an excellent dining experience without any carbohydrates, which is good for those of us who trying to avoid carbs. The decor is very stylish. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful in recommending dishes. There are many sake choices. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We were three friends meeting to catch up. The attentive service and creative food selection made for a really fun, relaxing special evening. Looking forward to next time."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Awesome style of dining. You order tons of small dishes ranging from around $3-$9 so you get to try pretty much everything you want. Everything is very reasonably priced and the service is very quick and friendly. Gave my date and I a ton of time to chat between dishes (they don't bring you everything at once which is great)."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "What a wonderfully unusual setting. And an eclectic Asian fusion memo with great choices, although somewhat limited. The food was very good, definitely fit for a foodie. The rice bowls we had, one with chicken and the other eel, were excellent. Even the iced tea with a hint of ginger was really good. My only complaint was that the portions were small, barely enough for lunch and so it seemed pricey for such minimal portions. And this isn't just by American standards. I've been to Japan several times and do not recall such small portions unless part of a several-course meal. I was also surprised that it was less than half full for lunch. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "If you are making a reservation, note that it only applies to the upstairs "Izakaya" section, and not the downstairs "Daikaya" where ramen is served. You cannot order ramen upstairs. The idea is to put your name in downstairs where you can't make a reservation, then hang out upstairs until you are called. Izakaya has some interesting beers, but the food is nothing to write home about. The restaurant has bought into the "small plates" scheme in which you overpay for what are basically very small appetizers. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The portions at Daikaya, even for small plates, are tiny...leading to a very expensive dinner if you hope to get full. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was good, not great. Skewers were probably best menu option. Interesting, eclectic ambiance and music. Service was solid."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our meal was outstanding, with a good variety of food off the menu that everyone shared. Our slightly later dinner reservation (9pm) meant that we missed out on some of the specials, which was disappointing, but the ones we were able to order were delicious. Our waiter was relaxed (seemed like he was having fun!) and had great recommendations. This was our second visit, and I'm sure we'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The selection of food, from beginning through dessert, was very different from anything we have had before (and we eat out a lot). Everything we tried was delicious. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great proximity to theater. Wonderful Gluten Free choices. One of the most enjoyable dining experiences ever in DC. Taste and presentaion were superb. Happy hour wine prices were nice--helped to offset the shock of $12 coffee for 2. Overall, highly recommend D.I. And think it's the most interesting and tasty GF restaurant in town!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014