Oya Restaurant & Lounge
Oya Restaurant & Lounge

Oya Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oyadc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 393-1400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday : 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30 pm Late Night Happy Hour Friday & Saturday 11pm - 2am Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm All Night Sushi Happy Hour Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - close, Friday 5:00pm - 8pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, American, Contemporary Asian
  • Executive Chef: Avinash Rana
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off Site Drop Off Catering and Sushi Platters to GO
  • Special Events: Semi-private dining room for groups of 10-32 guests

    Small Lounge for 15-20 guests

    Large Lounge for 30-40 guests

    Lounge Buyout for 50-100 guests

    Restaurant Buyout for 125 guests seated or 350 guests standing reception

Getting there

  • Cross Street: H & 9th NW
  • Public Transit: Gallery Place/Chinatown on the red and yellow line. Get off at the 9th Street Exit and we are one block away.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Monday through Saturday evening starting at 5pm
A word from Oya Restaurant & Lounge
OYA promises guests an exquisite experience through exceptional food, contouring textures, smooth vibes and sophisticated service. Serving an innovative menu of creative sushi and entrees that blends the best of Classic American with an Asian flair. All set in a beautifully theatrical designed space. OYA brings a unique flair for ingredients and flavors to the Washington, DC dining scene.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
Oya Restaurant & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
251 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (157)fit for foodies (145)romantic (131)hot spot (113)good for groups (94)vibrant bar scene (73)neighborhood gem (50)great for lunch (48)notable wine list (37)late-night find (29)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (7)scenic view (7)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Delicious as always
    va1evan5VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The sushi is always delicious. As is the edamame guacamole. Who knew?! Husband enjoyed the steak. Definitely need to make a reservation if going on a Friday/Saturday evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place we celebrated our anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Recieved a congratulations from multiple people. We just also been to SAX which was great. Cant wait to celebrate another event here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as good as I remember it
    Leesh
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday, and it was just as great as when I came last year for a bachelorette party. The service is awesome, and the food is terrific. Can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vfon
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    food is overpriced and horrible but the drinks are good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just a pretty face
    Hca586
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Oya's decor is gorgeous. Sushi is awesome. So was out other starter the octopus. However we ordered the lamb chops and chicken and they were just okay. The chips were tender but my homemade lamb chops are more flavorful. Service was just okay. We had to wait almost 30 min btwn our starter and main course. Then also wait for our check to be given. Meanwhile the manager kept walking around catering and flirting with all ladies tables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a special occasion.
    EeeeVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner experience. The service was great (in fact, a little over the top!), the food was delicious, the ambiance was sleek, and we didn't feel rushed. Dinner was expensive, so we'd return here for special occasions vs. just to grab dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OYA Never Disappoints
    nyannitello
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    OYA is consistently on their game from Sushi to Entrees to Desserts and great cocktails. Thanks as always!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oya - what a joy
    StaceyD
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We turned to Oya after walking from two other Penn quarter restaurants in the rain. One refused to seat us in a quieter spot in their half-empty dining room, the other had a 45 minute wait. Oya saved the day, not only with its fantastic food and drink menu, but also because of its attentive staff. I had been there a few times before in the last few years, the food was always great, but it hadn't yet made it to the coveted 'my favorite restaurant' spot. it's now my top go to spot! I had guests in town. They think I'm brilliant because of that evening. Thanks Oya. See you soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place!
    MeowVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The food, the service, and overall ambiance was perfect. I had a business lunch here and it was perfect for us to discuss work and enjoy a meal. The server was in and out without notice and provided us everything we needed without asking. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A happy Penn Quarter discovery
    LPG1VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Five of us arrived 45 minutes late for a reservation that had been made for two. (We had called to say we were still going to show up but didn't know then that our party had grown to five.) Restaurant personnel could not have been more friendly and accommodating. The food was very good if not entirely memorable, and we certainly enjoyed it enough to look forward to returning to Oya on other occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience
    Thrilled2dine
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The space was beautiful. The service was attentive. The food was tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Date Night!
    Olathefoodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Love Oya! Food was great and so was our server. I wish I remembered her name :( I would definitely go back to Oya.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing First Time
    dcfoodie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It was my first time here and and amazing experience the sushi was divine. our server priscilla was so accomodating and friendly. definitely recommend this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Evening
    OmygoodnessVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great evening, from making reservations, to the service and of course the food. Special thank you to Sunil, who made our evening extra special. His hospitality is wonderful. He recommended the octopus for the appetizer. We kinda cringed, and said, we've tried octopus else where, and didn't like the texture. He insisted that we try theirs and compare, and he comped it for my wife and I. It was delicious. This is my 12th maybe 20th time being there. I have no doubt I will be there 100 more times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    carli70
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We celebrate our twins 17th birthday at OYA. They loved the "cool ambiance", specially the fireplace. Excellent ambiance, the service was great and the food delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a deal!
    MaryK
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    My friend and I really enjoyed the 3 for $25 dinner (between 5p and 7p). It is such a deal, and my kale salad, branzino and wine were terrific. I will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dms11VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Oya seems like a happening place...lots of young hipsters, high energy level, and great inventive menu choices from chef Avinesh Rana. It's not every restaurant that offers arugula plum salad with popcorn or charred octopus as starters, but both were tremendous. The stars of the menu, however, are the sushi offerings. Whether you order the Typhoon with crab salad and spicy mayo or tuna tataki roll or anything else on the sushi menu, you will not be disappointed. The only thing that keeps this rating from being 5 stars is the noise level and tables that are too close together. We became good friends with the couple at the table next to ours. We almost had no choice. Our server Ana was particularly good. Get her if you can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oya has changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I used to go to Oya often in the past and loved the food and chic vibe. Though our waiter was excellent and attentive, that didn't make up for the just ok food. The mystique of the vibe that I once loved had also been replaced by families! Lastly, they rushed us in and out in 45 minutes. Sadly I don't think we will go back even though this is where we went on our first date :(
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Its a must go restaurant very suave
    Midnightlover1159
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My date enjoyed every fick of the wine and dining of the abuiance Oya offered
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    vafoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    After reading other reviews, this place sounded too good to be true. We were pleasantly surprised that it was so good! We were seated immediately though we were a few minutes late for our reservation. Our waiter, Brian, explained the 3 of 5 dinner special which we took advantage of. What an amazing deal! We each had a signature cocktail, appetizer and main dish each. I would order all of them again (octopus, spare ribs, lamb chops and branzino). The food was excellent, not to mention the service. Looking forward to going back and trying their sushi next time which looked very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fab in Penn Quarter
    BOldTown600
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    At Oya, ambience was great, food superb with great menu, and wonderful service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PHenomenal experience
    calerner414
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Went there before the Fleetwood Mac concert only to find it was BETTER than expected. The tataki tuna roll, the snapper ceviche--both exceptionally tasty. Incredible and interesting coctails but above all, extraordinarily attentive and personal service from the staff and management (Thanks, Chris!). Highly recommend Oya!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PTJPTJVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is a hidden gem. The ambiance features wall inserts of fire and water (separately) and tables covered in what resembles pressed tin. Service is impeccable; I could barely put a used sugar packet down before it was scooped up and removed. I would down about half of my iced tea glass before someone refilled it from the carafe that had been placed on the table. The lunch deal for $25 is awesome; it's a "bento dish" with salad, sushi and a healthy-sized entree. I had steak with potatoes. The deal also includes a mini bread pudding. Highly recommend.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Zarinasagi
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    It's really beautiful inside, food and service so great! My favorite sushi is Typhoon, but most other places name it Volcano, just fyi it's same. Definitely coming back
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theatre special
    KkkkVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had the $25 pre-theatre special that was well worth it! Notable kale salad and soup. Well presented and prepared Bronzino, though lamb chops were a touch dry. Most outstanding was the service throughout the dining experience. We are returning with our spouses.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & setting in Chinatown
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I was at Oya for lunch twice in October 2014. It is near my office in Chinatown on 9th Street NW. I was very impressed as were the other guests. Wonderful food, a surprising variety of delicious choices, great location and a much needed quiet setting. Tried their business lunch one time (reasonable I thought at $25 w. 2 appetizers, 1 entrée and a mini dessert) and ordered off the regular menu the other time. The business lunch included sushi rolls but otherwise was not heavily Asian. The tomato soup was outstanding, so was the Salmon lunch entrée. Enjoyed the mini dessert and little popover breads. Will return for lunch and will try it for dinner when I am in the area for theater, etc.. Yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing date night
    workANDeat
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The ambiance and decor is STUNNING! The food was really good, but could be more chic. However, the grilled octopus was the best and most tender I have ever had, I would seriously go back just for that. The service was excellent. We went for out 1 year wedding anniversary and out of nowhere, they brought us a tart (with "Happy Anniversary" on the plate), champagne, and a melon'esque version of limoncello. All-around great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it...
    Gwendolyn1
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Waiter was fantastic.. food was exactly what I expected and then some.. GREAT service. I'll definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hardly anything for vegans
    Luv2travel40
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Took my wife here and we ended up leaving because there was hardly anything available to satisfy our vegetarian and vegan diet. I found that surprising, given the fact that it's an Asian Restaurant. Very nice ambiance though and our server was very nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fifth visit to Oya
    Luvagreatdiningexperience
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is my fifth time visiting the restaurant and dining experience was great. We had a very small seating issue and the general manager stepped in and resolved it without question. He have my whole group a complimentary drink. Our server was awesome as well. This is a must visit place. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oya is for special occasions
    13mferry
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Oya was amazing and the service was even better, but unless you have the money, it's only fit for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretenious Staff
    AvidinerVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The waiter did a fine job catering to a group of 6 men. He did it with attention. HOWEVER the experience at OYA was spoiled because of one bad apple. The gentleman assisting with the birthday dessert ruined this experience. Since we came here for a birthday - it was natural to sing happy birthday. As the birthday dessert was presented, a gentleman serving the cake immediately cut off a member of our group when he started to sing "Happy birthday." The "happy birthday" gesture was not loud and rather fitting with the noise level of the restaurant. To add insult to injury - 10 minutes later a separate group was heard singing happy birthday. Ironically, this was heard from a distant; hence the volume of their voices was significantly louder.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most Beautiful Restaurant in DC
    luvinit
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The place was breathtaking - my guest and I loved everything about the restaurant - the food, the drinks, the beautiful white decor, the mini waterfall, the lighting, the waitstaff, even the greeters. Our experience at Oya was clearly a 10!! I'll be there for my next special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    Erin
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My husband and i celebrated our one year anniversary here on October 17 and it was perfect! The service was absolutely superb!! It was exactly what we were looking for. The food and drink were amazing as well! We couldn't have asked for anything better. Thank you so much for making our night so memorable! A special thanks to our waiter Munir for making everything so wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The cocktails, sushi and service (Grace) were all top notch. I'll be coming back again soon for sure! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    AureliaVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The service was great and the banana bread pudding was amazing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    ABQAnnie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We got there early enough to order the 3 of 5 special for $25 - an amazing deal for Washington DC! The house white wine was a good choice for me. I also had an excellent kale and quinoa salad and lamb chops. The salad was beautiful - savory, with a touch of sweetness. The lamb chops were done perfectly - medium rare with a dry rub that was a great complement to the meat. The lamb chops were served with an interesting mix of vegetables and a wonderful sauce. My dining companions had steaks and salads and one of them ordered the lava cake which she shared. It was hot and gooey and topped with just the right amount of homemade ice cream. I look forward to going back and trying the extensive sushi selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    Enigroeg
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Service impeccable. Good deal with $25 menu between 5-7pm. Will definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dontmakefoodmakerez
    dontmakefoodmakerezVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Loved the melon soup, mai tai chicken salad (spicy), lamb chops, sea bass and decadent chocolate cake. Carrot cake was okay. Really liked the waitress Shara (sweet) and the decor elegant. We'll be back soon. I've already recommended this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food & pre-theater prices
    LarsVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I both had the special fixed price dinner special available between 5-7pm since we were attending a performance in the area. My wife had the sea bass and I had the branzino entree. Both were outstanding! The staff was very attentive and helpful and at 6-7:30pm on a Saturday the noise level was moderate so we could easily carry on a conversation. The early dinner price was a great deal and the wine selection for a single glass was excellent for the price. We would recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate