Mate
Mate

Mate

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.matedc.com/
  • Phone: 2023332006
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Batkhuu Odonchuluun
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We now bring everything you have enjoyed to your door! Whether it is a business function, home entertainment or a special occasion, you can count on the quality, flavors and service at your home, office or final destination. wwww.latinconceptscatering.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Our unique space offers multiple options for gatherings and receptions. Our team has a stellar track record in organizing events of all sizes, and our attention to detail all but guarantees a fun and successful event no matter what the requirements. Maté offers semi private spaces as well as full restaurtant buyouts with capacities ranging from 10 to 250 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Newsha 2026770529
  • Entertainment: Maté Music Weekends: Join us for a party every Friday and Saturday night with drink specials and DC"s best DJ's.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: K & 31st
  • Public Transit: The Foggy Bottom-GWU metro station, located on the blue and orange metro lines, is a short 15-minute walk to Georgetown.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Mate offers valet parking for all private events. Public and Street Parking available.
A word from Mate
Maté is decadent, lush and entirely unexpected in historic Georgetown. We serve only the best quality ingredients in our innovative sushi rolls and specialty cocktails. All red décor, very luxe Panton spiral lamps, red Luna chairs, a sleek aluminum bar and a Latin inspired sushi menu are brought together to create a sophisticated and seductive atmosphere for Washingtonians.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Mate reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (11)late-night find (9)special occasion (7)vibrant bar scene (6)romantic (6)fit for foodies (5)good for groups (4)neighborhood gem (4)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Drinks need improvement
    MKVaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had the chef's selection plate and it was nice; however, as a drink I ordered pisco sour. The pisco sour came well short of what it suppose to taste like. I would not ordered it again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mate
    werundc
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was good--we had a strange experience with the waitress because she asked if we would like refills on our sodas and then ended up charging us for them! So be aware of that.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great SUSHI
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Good service................be sure to try the volcano roll it was awesome!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    HfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I went to have dinner with some friends and we have a great time: incredible music, the food was good and the drinks were off the hook! Just found out it's also a party lounge with a DJ at night so I might check it out soon !
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased!
    Kristina
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I had a wonderful time! The service was wonderful! The servers were very patient with me and my party! The servers were also knowledgable about the items on the menu. Our server made some lovely suggestions and everyone in my party was pleased with their meal! Thanks Mate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi Lovers Dream
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was easily the best sushi I've ever had. All of the rolls were unique and full of flavor. Plus the service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average says it all
    bigspender
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was adequate but after being seated the wait staff did not seem particularly interested in taking care of our party of five. And although they only serve Sushi the menu was limited.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happy hour hotspot
    pretheatercrowd
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was delicious and the staff was friendly. We had the seasonal wagyu beef roll and it was amazing. The bar area was crowded and a bit awkward to maneuver past to the restrooms, and the ambient music was loud enough that you had to shout. Overall it was a fun time out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible Food - OK Service
    TrueDCFoodie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This is going to be quick and dirty ... so the food left a lot to desire for. The salmon ceviche was bland and mushy. Had absolutely no taste, and just gross. The spicy tuna maki was not fresh. The tuna taste was quite overpowering, and not in a good way! The mango mojito was too sweet, and filled with an excessive amount of ice. The ambiance was a bit gloom -a few lurkers at the bar and about 10 people (max) throughout (capacity is probably 100).
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi Heaven
    Biggtmo
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Went there for my girlfriend birthday modified the reservations 3-4 times last minute. Because it was Saturday night I explained to them it was my girlfriend birthday and they were very accommodating and respectful. When we arrived the hostess Nancy was tremendous remembered speaking to me on the phone and gave me the best seat in the house. The food was amazing but a little overpriced but its Georgetown in the summer you get what you pay for. Ambiance was incredible and overall it was an amazing experience. If your in the neighborhood and want amazing sushi with a vibrant scene then Mate is the place to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 20 reviews are from the Mate reviews archive.
  • Better Lounge than Restaurant
    Fedtraveler
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food, which was just OK, was vastly overshadowed by the loud music, dark interior and fairly uncomfortable seating. Definitely catered more for the bar and lounge scene and the Japanese fusion menu seems more like an afterthought.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome sushi, great cocktails
    Tbell
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Mate is such a great place for sushi and drinks. We took my in-laws there and my father-in-law said, "it's the best restaurant in DC I've been to". We started off with edamame and calamari salad and they both were great. The calamari salad was fabulous and I typically don't enjoy calamari unless it's breaded and fried, but in this salad the calamari stood on its own. We tried a few different rolls, but the Volcano roll was our favorite. We tried a variety of cocktails and they all were fabulous. It was pretty crowded while we were there, but our server Bridget did a great job and made sure we had everything we needed. This is definitely the best sushi spot we've been to!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good sushi
    foodieluv
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Mate has very good sushi, although a somewhat limited menu. The services was good, but almost too good. The waitress kept coming over asking if we were ready to order when I was catching up with a friend. It seems as though they like to get people in and out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum.
    SushiLoverVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I love the chi che spicy roll here and have gotten it every time I've come here over the last 4 years. Last night, though, it was slightly off and I was sorely disappointed. Also, my calamari salad didn't have seaweed at the bottom... maybe they got a new chef who just didn't know how things are supposed to be?! Everything else was great. Pretty quiet on a Sunday night, which is definitely an anomaly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great date night! Craft
    Rose
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Had a great date night! Craft cocktails were great and the sushi was fresh. Our server (Bridget?) was very sweet and efficient. The food took a little while to come out but they were busy and it was a Saturday night. Would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not great
    foodiechicagoVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I didn't enjoy the food at Mate - the sushi wasn't fresh and largely didn't have flavor. great service, sadly bad food...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool place
    Zarinasagi
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    So we went with my girlfriends to celebrate international women day, it was our first time for everyone there. Food and service was great, the reason I put 4 stars because prices was too high for sushi.. I guess because of the location, Georgetown never been with normal prices:) but! I heard happy hour prices is awesome! So if it's your first time there make sure to catch happy hour!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very happy)
    Daria
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Friendly waitress, lots of delicious sushi, yummy mojitos ))) will be back soon before going to see a movie)
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome place
    cega85
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great food, great drinks great place and service was awesome ! Definitely coming back for more sushi and the chocolate dessert. It was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was good. This was
    Esmith
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was good. This was my boyfriends second time having sushi. Even though the sushi was VERY GOOD, it was falling apart. The rolls didn't hold together well. I'm not exactly sure why, since it took some time for us to get the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    They had good food in a cool spot on the gtown waterfront
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun vibe!
    GtownVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    It took us an hour to get 2 sushi rolls. But once we got them they were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • no one there....
    luv2dine
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We attended this restaurant for the restaurant week lunch menu. After looking at the online menu and getting pumped. We arrived at the restaurant seeing no one else there aside from the waitstaff... She clearly didn't like her job and didn't understand what we were referring to when we asked for the restaurant week menu. Although the food was great, it wasn't was I was looking forward to
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprisingly Good
    LukasDC
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I've been to this location before for drinks and I was not a big fan as to what type of clientèle its attracts. I was surprised to find out it serves sushi style food. I was positively surprised with the quality of food and service. I almost left like the staff was treating me and my guests as mystery shoppers (that's how attentive they were). Anyway great food, great service the only negative thing I can point out is that they really packed the place to its capacity with the tables. If you don't mind literally sharing your table with guest next to you you should check out this place. Cheers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi!
    Sugar1105
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    We had a wonderful time at Mate. The sushi was perfect (and my sister-in-law from Japan approved!), and the happy hour menu was a great deal! Delicious mojitos, nice selections of rolls. Our server was really nice and attentive. Overall we had a fun evening and will definitely return. Apparently they are having a New Year's party and the cover is totally reasonable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new favorite
    AJMcNulty
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    We tried out Mate with friends before a show at the KenCen, and were very happy wight he choice. Excellent food (very fresh sushi) and great wait staff. It was a holiday weekend, so I suspect it might get pretty crowded on a regular Friday night. We plan to go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    In short, the "special" sushi I ordered had salmon chunks instead of salmon fillet in it. It looked like cat food. Also, it took them over 20 min to prepare my dessert which was a combination of cream cheese (a bit salty) in a roll that had tropical fruits in it. Didn't taste good. The ambience was very nice and my server was very polite; however, I think they need to make serious improvements to compete in a city with so many great restaurants.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The sushi was great but the
    bryl
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The sushi was great but the service was a little slow. Also lighting is a little dim and our table was a little squished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    If you are looking for a restaurant with good music, a nice looking crowd and a neat overall scene then it's a great place. However if you are looking for fresh delicious sushi then go somewhere else. I am not a foodie nor a sushi expert but have been enough places where I found the three rolls we had here not good at all.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wannabe Latin and Japanese Fusion
    FoodopolitanVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    I came here for dinner at 8:30 pm with a friend. Decor is tacky-modern. Service was good. The food was supposedly Latin inspired Japanese sushi and it was a limited menu. They had some traditional rolls such as the dynamite, rainbow, and volcano. What really set this restaurant apart were the fusion Mate Original rolls. We ordered the Snow Beauty, Chiquita roll, Volcano, and Snowy Beach. Personally, I wasn't a fan of the fusion sushi rolls -- one had spinach and some interesting vegetable sauce on it which really took the flavor from the sushi; all I could taste was the rice and spinach. The fruit dessert roll was not good at all. In the end, overpriced and not good combinations - or I just wasn't a fan.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate