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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
  • "Small plates so go only modestly hungry/willing and able to savor the flavors. The eggplant with a lamb sauce, miso soup special, mushroom and tofu, and the salmon were all stand out. Yes I just mentioned everything we ordered! Interesting and dynamic decor, well worth it."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Decent food but service was less than desirable. I had reservations for 815 in the evening. We arrived at 805 and was told that they are clearing tables and to please have a drink at the bar. Twenty minutes later after seeing two tables get cleared with 1 seated and 1 open I asked the if our table was ready. The answer was no, when asked about the open table, she replied that they were 'saving it for a table for 3' . After another 10 minutes I was left with ordering from the bar when they finally offered the table to us. While the food was good I do not intend on coming back here again."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The downstairs Ramen bar has the best Ramen I've had outside of Tokyo! The upstairs Izakaya has a different menu and was equally amazing! We had lunch at the Ramen bar twice and the Izakaya once on our three day trip!!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The food is interesting but delicious. The jalepeno beef tounge was excellent! Our waiter however was horrible. The restaurant was nearly empty and he was inattentive and rude."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "I was very disappointed. The quality of the food is so-so, at best. The portions are very small. The four of us ordered a bunch of little plates -- octopus, edamame, mini domburi, chilled cucumber, chawanmushi, chicken thigh. Except for the edamame, the amount of everything else was measly. Yet they were not cheap. A small portion of chawanmushi was $7.75 each! The service was fair. The food came out in dribbles, and after the server said we had gotten everything, 10 minutes later someone brought out the two domburi. It would have been ok had the food tasted wonderful. Portions in Japan can be quite small, but when they're tiny and not very good and relatively expensive, that's three big reasons not to go again."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Not since visiting Kyoto last year have I had such an interesting and tasty meal. Aside from the excellence of the food, our server, Tom, was fabulous - a really knowledgeable guy who guided us through the whole experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This restaurant is truly amazing. We stumbled arcoss this restaurant during DC Restaurant week and we will be adding it to our list of places to frequent. Additionally, our server, Tom was knowledgeable and fun! I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was my third time eating/drinking at the Izakaya. The RW menu was such a knockout. Initially I was disappointed that the menu was different from what was published earlier online, but I loved every dish I shared with my dining companion. The peewee potatoes were so amazing I can't stop talking about how delicious they were. I can't wait for Chef Fukushima to write a cookbook for all the magical, delicious concoctions coming out of his kitchen. I also love their beer selections - especially Jolly Pumpkin and Unioncraft beers. With the ramen shop downstairs and Izakaya upstairs, Daikaya is now my favorite restaurant in Penn Quarter (sorry, Jose Andres!)."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Fantastic food, very different from what you would find at local Japanese restaurants. The service was awesome! Thanks!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Amazing: Grilled avocado; Smashed Pee Wee Potatoes, Fried Garlic Good: Miso Salmon Lackluster: “Hambagu” Japanese-style beef hamburger steak; Onigiri rice ball (Abura-miso pork and sweet miso filling) It looks from the way I've grouped these that I don't like Japanese food, but I do! There is surprisingly more umami goodness in the avocado, potatoes and garlic. The hambagu, salmon, and the onigiri rice balls are disappointingly bland. Great sake and killer environment. Plus, the food is basically Japanese tapas, so once you know what you like, easy to order it again. However, there should be more hits. Service was a little slow, but waiter was knowledgeable. Good date spot."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food was good, nothing amazing to want to return again. Service was good...host was great, waitress seemed a bit rushed and was always spilling our drinks on the table. she was nice, attentive, but again seemed rushed when she stopped by. Favorite dish would be the grilled avocado."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Not just a gimmick, these Japanese small plates are truly satisfying and inventive. Noisy, but bearable, and full of energy."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Cold Ramen was great for lunch on a hot summer day."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I went to Daikaya Izakaya as part of a group of 4 during Restaurant Week, but we decided to just order from the full menu, which was great with many offerings at reasonable prices. Food - The food was spectacular.The best were (in no particular order) 1) pork and brussels sprout skewers, 2) Japanese eggplant, 3) crab croquettes, and 4) fried garlic. Dessert was also great. Get the soft serve! It's an awesome treat. Service - All of our food arrived promptly and the service was decently attentive. Since we were there during Restaurant Week, it was packed so our server was being pulled in a lot of directions but she did a great job and had good sake recs! Ambiance - Perfect izakaya feel! I would definitely go back and you should too!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Very noisy. Food was great. Highly recommended. Comprehensive menu."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Japanese tapas were interesting and some better prepared than others. Great service. Overall, a good experience. Will definitely try again and visit the ramen house."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The food was delicious and surprising! The waitstaff was extremely helpful and friendly--they offered awesome suggestions, explained things to us, and were generally very helpful. A wonderful experience I can't wait to repeat!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We tried the pre-fixed menu. It was quite expansive and good bang for the buck as the quantity goes but was not flavorful food. Overall I would rate it as an average place to eat. Service was outstanding but that was the only high note if the meal."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "My dining experience at Daikaya / Izakaya has always been pleasurable. The menu is fit for foodies and people looking to explore Japanese-centric cuisine."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "What a treat to find this wonderful little restaurant in Chinatown. Everything was perfect- even the noise was tolerable because the wait staff accommodated me with a quiet location. I'll be back again and again."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "After having an excellent brunch here, I decided to try the 7 course restaurant week menu. What a great decision! Every dish was fantastic and unique. Juicy beef tenderloin cooked perfectly, creamy grilled avocado with perfect accompanying flavors, miso salmon with a pea puree that complimented the fish perfectly....the list goes on. The waitstaff and hostess were also very friendly and helpful. There was a selection of unique happy hour drinks (you wouldn't think red wine and ginger beer would go together, but it does!), and my only negative would be that the drinks are quite small. The atmosphere was very nice, although the 80s and 90s music was a little strange and didn't quite seem to match it. Overall amazing experience, though."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Nice cocktail list as well as an interesting list of Japanese beers and whiskeys. We really enjoyed the crab croquettes, the beef tongue, chicken livers, oysters, and potato chips. The service was fine, but you really go to a place like this for the drinks, food and a vibrant vibe."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal! Restaurant is super loud though."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Tom the server was outstanding! The food was amazing. Very good vibe."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This place is great if you are a foodie or someone eager trying something new. I cannot imagine in either case you won't find things on the menu that want you to come back the next day for more. Most things at Daikaya seem to come with a twist: from the decor and ambiance (cosy and intimate, yet open and sharing) to the food. It offers some traditional Japanese food in a tapas / to share-style. Whereas in Japan many dishes are very delicate and subtle in flavor, at Daikaya, strong flavors can not be avoided. But what a delicious combinations! Assisted with a great sake (rice wine) list, this is a great evening hunt. The food and ambiance wants you to stay way into the night."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I'm not sure how this ended up on a Washingtonian best restaurants list. It is good, but not that good. The decor and ambiance were top notch, the food was good (but not great). My friend and I had the vegetable curry bowl and the katsu curry bowl. Both were good. The service was friendly, helpful and attentive."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The small plates are very small portions and you need to order and spend quite a lot to satisfy a normal appetite. The quality is very good and consistent. The servers are knowledgable and the hand held devise they use makes ordering and settling the bill quick and efficient. I don't mind an energetic and vibrant restaurant/bar scene but this place needs some acoustic tiles or something to absorb the noise pollution , you cannot hear your dining companion talk! I feel it's a good quality place and could be a good value if they had food menu items that were a little more substantial."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Amazing dishes, great space, and definitely have the grilled avocado, among many others!!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We have eaten Izakaya food in Japan and in the USA and we were disappointed, particularly at the attempts at putting a twist on traditional dishes. The Salmon was well cooked on the outside, raw in the middle. The Kim-Cheese didn't work at all - like a soggy sour sandwich. The tofu and mushrooms was great, but had fish stock (not dashi konbu) in which meant it was unsuitable for vegetarians. One dish was served, and then the server came back and told us part of it was inedible. And why no noodles? Every Izakaya in Japan serves then, and they serve them downstairs? Frustratingly the chef could clearly cook, but the menu was a mess, and they just sent out dozens of Hamburgo pretend Japanese hamburgers, which isn't really Izakaya at all."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Food was decent, but nothing special. Good range offered on the menu, but everything was bland and didn't have any flavor subtlety. The server kept trying to upsell us, and to hurry up our eating. "Are you done yet? Are you done yet?" Very annoying."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite places for brunch in particular. Daikaya's upstairs izakaya has the actual best French toast I've had in my life (even though it's not technically French toast) which goes great with their high-quality (and French pressed) coffee. The service is always perfect, every single dish on the menu is delicious, the atmosphere is lovely, and the drinks are phenomenal. It gets a bit crowded around dinner time. I haven't had the pleasure of trying the Ramen place downstairs, although it smells fantastic and I've heard good things - but if you're reserving a table, that's not where you'll be going anyway, as its seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. If I worked closer to Chinatown I'd do lunch there once weekly."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We had an amazing dinner! Each course was delicious and graciously presented. Our server was so knowledgable about sakes and helped us pick a great bottle to go with our meal!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Has a bunch of small plates and you need to get a wide variety of them."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "perfect for happy hour and snacking with drinking...fantastic group venue."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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