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Kushi Izakaya & Sushi
Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatkushi.com
  • Email: info@eatkushi.com
  • Phone: (202) 682-3123
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am, Sunday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Darren Norris
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer full catering services for your corporate and private events. We bring our quality and unique atmosphere to your office or home. Available items range from sushi platters, bento sets, onigiri rice balls, kushiyaki skewers and kobachi platters.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Street
  • Public Transit: Mt. Vernon Square Metro
    Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Kushi Izakaya & Sushi
Located in the heart of the Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood in D.C. is Kushi, an izakaya and sushi restaurant serving some of the best Japanese cuisine in the city. Izakaya - a traditional Japanese restaurant serving grilled items created from the highest quality ingredients (many of which are flown in daily from Japan) - is represented well here, as Kushi uses a deep charcoal robata pit and smaller yakitori grills to create its delicacies. The grill counter is located in the main dining area and has 30 seats wrapping around it. To complement the grilled meats and vegetables, Kushi presents a fantastic array of fresh sushi and unique concoctions ranging from small-batch sakes and shochus to Japanese microbrews. Focusing on organic and sustainable ingredients, Kushi also puts an emphasis on fresh and delicious seafood. The restaurant features polished steal, reclaimed woods and warm lighting. Kushi offers seats at the grill counter, sushi bar, regular bar and dining room.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My first visit to Kushi was a good one. The waiter was excellent (Carlos was his name, perhaps?). The sushi was well made, savory and had a great consistency and temperature. The eel roll was particularly excellent. Good atmosphere. Drinks were well made and were delivered quickly as was the food. The pork skewer was kind of amazing. Flavorful and cooked right with the just the right combination of fat and meat on each bite. The ceviche needed more bite, and it had too much cucumber and veggies, which didn't allow one to really enjoy the actual seafood in it. Overall a great place."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The food was great. Our waitress was awesome... the happy hour menu was kind of limited but everything we ordered was awesome! I def recommend this restaurant!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We came in before a show at the Verizon Center. The wait staff were extremely nice and attentive, even asking us as the beginning of the meal if there was a certain time we had to be out by. The food was also great. In particilar the eggplant starter and pork belly skewers were absolutely excellent."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "With the exception of the very bland chawanmushi, the old bay scallop, inari (simple but excellent), ,pork belly (excellent), scallop sushi, masago nigiri, salmon tartare, maguro, and kamonegi were fine. Certain to return whenever I am in DC."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Came here with a friend for his Bday and we had a good time overall. They have a good choice of beers and cocktails, food was good but we were expecting more not the casual DC tapas serving scene."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Menu always has new surprises and adventurous foods to try. The wait staff is good and always accommodating for gluten free. We always enjoy coming here."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have been going to Kushi since it first opened and loved it. So I was really excited to take my friend visiting from West Africa and whom wanted sushi. We sat for at least 20 mins before I had to ask someone to take our drink order at which time we put in a couple food orders too. When the sushi started arriving the runner wasn't sure what he brought out to us, no one brought soy sauce or asked if we'd like any and our drinks never came. I finally told the Manager what was going on politely and he said they were understaffed. I get bein understaffed but it was not packed. We got some wrong food but i chose to not brig it up"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Very tasty food and a good selection of Japanese flavors; my gin and blackberry cocktail was very good; our server was friendly. It was a quiet night because the weather was snowy, and we were very happy to be cozy inside with delicious things to eat."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Were staying in the neighborhood & our 9-yr old grandson wanted sushi. Boy are we glad he did! Everything about this store-front restaurant was just delightful. Creative cocktails, lovingly handcrafted exceedingly fresh food, even surprisingly inventive & tasty desserts! Have not eaten at other DC sushi houses, but it would be hard to imagine many any nicer that this! A true keeper!!!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The service at this restaurant was some of the worst that I have had in recent time. The waitress was slow and unresponsive, and when she messed up our bill, neither she nor the manager were apologetic. In fact, I was told (when I was charged $259 for a bill when I should have been charged a fraction of that) that the mix up "shades of gray," and that it would be fixed. Rather than be fixed, I woke up the next morning and had been charged twice. I will never go to this restaurant again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Sushi was fresh. Skewers were flavorful. Great service. Definitely would go back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This place used to be better. The food is still really good but the ambiance has sort of died down...."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Be sure to ask the server if they have anything off-menu. The live scallops were out of this world. Also, dont miss the duck breast with scallions..."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The service drove us crazy! Despite repeated requests using please and thank you, we could not get Sweet and Low or spice. They only had red pepper flakes for spice, which is totally inappropriate for some foods. Why not Sricacha chile sauce? For the prices they charge, they can afford to provide a decent hot sauce. Server seemed to be on another planet altogether. My guests asked for tea - we got a very small pot with two truly gigantic tea bags (which would be appropriate if one were making gallons of tea). After wondering why the tea was so strong, we looked in the pot and found the two gigantic bags. A small tea bag would have been sufficient for a small pot, not two gigantic ones!!!! Wait staff here is the worst in DC!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Always enjoy sitting at the sushi bar to watch all the action."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Sushi was fair. Very small choice on rolls and the rolls were average. Service was great and it was pretty quite for sitting next to the bar. This is a sushi place you would go to if you are in a pinch. Not a place you go to if you really like grat sushi."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The food ranged from not bad to very good. We really liked the smoked salmon and spicy tuna rolls, and the pork belly skewers were great too. The one downside is they were out of the 2 drinks we actually wanted to order, so we tried a couple others, none of which were that good. They were all wayyy too sweet and syrupy. This was soon after a big snow so its probably not their fault for being out of some ingredients, but it would have been nice if the backup choices had been better. The place itself has a cool vibe to it although they were playing music a little too loud in my opinion (and I'm not exactly a volume-sensitive person). I would definitely come back again though and maybe just stick to wine with my food!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Kushi is my go-to for Japanese bar food and A- sushi. Little pricy ($100 for two without drinks) but fun decor and inventive menu that changes frequently keeps me coming back."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We had actually eaten a late lunch and had early dinner reservations, so not much of an appetite. We nevertheless found a great selection of Japanese "tapas" type food and had a light but great tasting meal that absolutely filled the bill."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great food at a decent price. The food can be ordered a la carte which is nice if you want some of everything but it can get expensive so beware. Highly recommend the sushi and the duck."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "All the items that I wanted to order was not available because the grill is not ready for lunch, only for dinner. When I tried to order one item that was written on the wall, that was not available either (another grilled item). So I ordered all the items that was listed in the lunch menu & guess what, the croquette was not available either. Pretty funny."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "We love yakitori/kushiyaki, but haven't had options in DC. The drinks & the staff were great. The decor is casual-cool, not fancy. This is an Americanized place in decor & food/bev options. Tasty though. The yakitori was limited & did not include options like skin, chicken "oysters", heart, & a host of other skewered, charcoal-roasted delicacies, but the beef short ribs were fantastic--savory, meaty, & drenched in a sweet teriyaki-type sauce. Spicy tuna handroll, fried chicken (tenders), & the seared tuna were terrific w/ avg small-plate size portions. Happy hour until 8pm (on Sun at least) & the drink & food specials are worth a trip--get the lychee martini & oysters for 50 cents. A good deal for yum, just don't expect authenticity."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "We had the chef's tasting menu and it was excellent. There were a lot of changes on the menu since the last time I went, so I was a bit sad to see my favorite dishes gone, but the food was better than ever before. And the cocktails are amazing."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Sushi, sake, oysters, and happy hour appetizer menu all were good, and prices matched the quality. Unfortunately, my girlfriend wanted vegetarian, and aside from a cucumber roll and an asparagus side, there were no other options for her. Good service"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Kushi used to be great. The food is still good, but the service and the ambiance were definitely lacking."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Kushi has good sushi and sashimi. And it has plenty of choices for people who do not like "cold, dead fish." It even has quite a respectable steak for people who had to be dragged there kicking and screaming. Two different grills. Terrific, personalized service. There are lots of different sakes, the grape wine list is very limited and could stand a good deal of improvement."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "You pay for the ambiance more than anything. Some dishes have some deep flavors, while others I could have made myself. Sushi as always is fresh and good. I've never had a bad experience with their fish."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "I've been there few times and I really liked the food the service. Nice and friendly staff. first time I had to wait for about an hour for walk-in table but for my next visits, I've reserved my table in advance and every thing was great. I recently figured out that one of the rooms wall is painted by Kelly Towles, famous local graffiti artist. It's very nice and cool design on the wall and lights."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "The food at Kushi Izakaya & Sushi is really quite good: sushi fresh, the barbecue tasty. But even at a time when the room was 3/4 empty, the service achieved Fawlty Towers levels of comic incompetence : one dinner arriving well in advance of the other, orders scrambled, table forgotten, bill impossible to get, etc. It wasn't just the waiter - who was perfectly pleasant through the shambles - the whole back of the house seemed a mess. As for the room …. I'll just say I've eaten in airport food courts that I liked better."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "They run out of saki. But very inexpensive oysters helped."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Excellent sashimi, soups, salads - my Japanese friends were very impressed!"
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Went here for a friend's birthday. I'm not a big fish eater, so I tend to get sushi rolls. I got the spicy tuna and California roll (I know - not real sushi) but they were good and I appreciated the freshly grated wasabi and ginger (not dyed pink - yay!). My friends tried much more adventurous dishes and while they felt they were tasty, they didn't find a significant difference in taste between this and a cheaper restaurant. Nice to try, but probably wouldn't go back again - mainly due to high prices."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "This is a fun place for the ambience, but the sushi here is poor quality. The cuts were not what I would consider 'sushi grade'. I'm generally not a very picky person. However, I even ended up picking some black stuff out of the salmon in the nigiri that I ordered. There was also a green shimmer on the salmon that made me feel it wasn't very fresh. I ate the food and did not complain but likely will not go back. I've had much better sushi elsewhere. Other things on the menu, such as the Agedashi tofu, were very good. However, when you go to a sushi restaurant, you generally go for the sushi so unfortunately the other menu items are not enough to make me return here."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Ordeted sushi and a few other small plates. The shrimp tempura sushi was all tempura, the yellow fin rolls were mixed w mayo and only the salmon roll wa more authentic. The other small plates were avg. Load music and tbe extended happy hour made this place more of a night spot mssking as a restaurant rather than a higher end dining experience its prices appeared to be commanding."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Even with reservations we had to wait 30 min for our table. The service was slow; food was not good. Expensive for what they offered. There was a private event so the restaurant was working 1/2 capacity - but charging full price. I do not recommend it."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Loved the restaurant the way it was... It was a balance of raw and cooked_one room dominated by the cooked kitchen, one by the raw kitchen. Both were open to public viewing, with a surrounding bar around each, where diners could sit eat and watch. Each kitchen was also in sight of the other. Great energy. Now the two kitchens are crowded into one. The staff looks crowded. Less theater. The area where the raw bar once dominated has tables, but without the energy. Food was good. Not amazing. Menu is simplified, without much discussion of ingredients, difficult to see if old favorites are still there. Sake menu remains good. The less expensive bottles are yummy. Staff remains great, very attentive, worth tipping generously."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Wonderful Service And Awesome Food But Be Ready To Pay Around $50 A Person."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "The food is always great when we come here. Service was could have been better. But when coming to restaurants like kushi you don't come for the service you come for the food. The food is always excellent!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Very happy with this place. The sushi is reasonably priced and tastes excellent. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. The Japanese ribs are excellent, too."
    Dined on 10/10/2013