1503 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036Neighborhood:
JapanesePrice: $50 and over
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.sushitaro.com/
- Phone: 2024628999x
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday Friday: 11:30am 1:50pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:45pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:15pm; Closed Lunch on National holidays.
- Payment Options:
- Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Japanese
- Executive Chef: Nobu & Masaya
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Beer, Happy Hour, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: The private party is required to rent-out a section of the dining area for the entire night. Accommodate up to 25 seating dinner.
- Private Party Contact: Jin Yamazaki (202) 462-8999x
A word from Sushi Taro
Sushi Taro is a first Japanese restaurant to feature a full course meal “KAISEKI” & Sushi Tasting course. We offer exceptionally high quality and an authentic variety of “Nigiri” style sushi. Our style is “Genuine Japanese Cuisine” and we do not serve fusion-confusion and Americanized Japanese foods. ***** We have ranked #36 in entire restaurant in U.S. on Forbs Magazine, 2012. ***** For more information about Sushi Taro and “KAISEKI”, please visit our website. Also follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter for daily A la Carte menu and news updates.Continued
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Sushi Taro reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since May 22, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (96)special occasion (83)neighborhood gem (56)romantic (42)great for lunch (39)hot spot (20)good for groups (20)notable wine list (5)scenic view (5)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
- Worst expereience ever!TrierDined on 1/16/2014This is worst experience my friend and I have had in a Japanes restaurant. The waitress never said a single word to us,even when taking our order and removing our dishes. She never smiled to us either. The bill came with a gratuity of 17%, which we were not told when making the reservation or when we came in. The waitree never said thank you. The food is average. All in all, I will not recommend this restaurant to any one.
- Kaiseki During Restaurant WeekOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 1/15/2014My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary dinner during restaurant week. Everything was delicious. Small portions but I was full by the end. Everything was beautifully prepared and presented. My boyfriend got the drink pairings which were also very tasty, especially the sake served with the first course. The blackened cod was the highlight of my meal. My boyfriend and I both got to taste things we would not have ordinarily ordered, which is really the point of restaurant week, and we were not disappointed. Lovely atmosphere and a very special meal.Special Features:
- A Gem Hiding Above CVSTravelingCAGirlVIPDined on 1/15/2014We almost missed the entrance as it's a small staircase on the side of a CVS. Glad we didn't though as it's such a calm spot on a busy street. Sushi and sashimi were very fresh, and tasty. Loved the spice edamame starter. The service was outstanding -- we never waited more than a few minutes when we'd finished a dish or needed something, it seemed our waitress already knew. We will definitely be back!Special Features:
- tasting menu - restaurant weekNateDined on 1/14/2014The salmon and tuna sashimi were excellent, and the urchin roll was particularly memorable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always excellent and perfect!!!OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 1/14/2014Always excellent and perfect!!! The sushi and sashimi melt in our mouths.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best fish I've ever hadarbucloVIPDined on 1/13/2014We had the restaurant week menu and we had two highlights. The black cod was probably the best fish I ever had! My husband had the beef sukiyaki which was a generous serve and very delicious. The other parts of the special menu were tasty too. The sake pairing was fun since we know little about sake. I would very much like to go back and try some of their other set menus.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Shocked to be writing this...MikeDined on 1/8/2014I just got hired for a new job in Seattle and so I wanted to do something on my DC bucket-list to celebrate with my fiancee. We both enjoy great sushi (our first date was at Morimoto in Philadelphia) and I have always wanted to try Sushi Taro as it's supposed to be the best. I thought it was a "can't miss" option. Writing this the following day, I wholeheartedly regret the decision. We ordered the sushi tasting menu ($80 pp) with the sake pairing ($58 pp). While the sake and shochu was a great experience, the ten courses of the tasting menu were just bland. I kept holding out hope that the next dish/fish would be the one to redeem the experience; however, it was not to be the case. I am so disappointed.
- the most authentic sushi in DCOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 1/7/2014I'm Japanese grown up in Tokyo, mecca for sushi. I can definitely assure that this is the most authentic sushi restaurant in greater DC. The quality of sashimi (raw fish) is excellent, and other cooked dish is also truly Japanese. No wonder why many Japanese media people in DC use the place for entertaining their guests.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- My favourite in DCAurelioDined on 1/6/2014Sushi Taro is my favourite restaurant every time I come in DC.Special Features:
- Best Sushi in DCfeedmyfaceVIPDined on 1/6/2014Amazing food, amazing service, great dining experienceSpecial Features:
- Best SushiOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 1/4/2014This is the best sushi in DC by far. Every piece of fish is fresh and awesome. It's expensive but well worth it. Sushi Taro NEVER diassapoints.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic sushiOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 1/3/2014From the knowledgeable server to the beautiful setting and to the perfectly executed sushi, this restaurant was truly first-rate.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The sushi tasting menu isCrm235Dined on 12/30/2013The sushi tasting menu is very good - a lot of food. Bring your appetite!Special Features:
- made to wait.Din4twoDined on 12/28/2013We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation, there were a few obviously empty tables, but we were made to wait at the bar for thirty minutes for a table. Also, the restaurant is poorly marked without building number or readable signage. We walked past it several times and locals did not know the location. Otherwise the food was pretty good but not worth the effort. They made no effort to apologize for the extensive wait.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sushi taroAdelDined on 12/27/2013Our first experience with this restaurent was much better than this time around. The sashimi was not as fresh this time and had after taste. Also the dish was wet and smiled bad.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The server is really helpfulErmieDined on 12/20/2013The server is really helpful explaining about the food that we want and you expected it.The noodles and sushi are quite differ and taste really good.We are impress and pretty sure we will comeback.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Kaiseki dinnerStephenCarmichaelDined on 12/13/2013We had the traditional Kaiseki dinner with sake pairings and it was outstanding!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A wonderful first experienceElizabethSmithDined on 12/11/2013A wonderful first experience to share with sushi novices. Delicious food with knowledgeable staff who patiently explained the ingredients to our timid tasters (who ended up loving everything).Special Features:
- Great, as always!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/20/2013Good food, good service. Really fresh, top-notch sushi.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Decent place for sushi butOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/18/2013Decent place for sushi but wasn't worth expensive prices. Not sure i would go back except for happy hour.Special Features:
- Sushi TaroChefPabloDined on 11/14/2013I eat out fairly often and I think Sushi Taro is one of the best restaurants in DC.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great sushi spotpftdcDined on 11/14/2013Great tasting food, beautiful presentation, beautiful setting, friendly staff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Sushi in DCBBahaDined on 11/13/2013Great lunch menu - amazing value for very high quality sushiI would recommend this to a friend.
- Superb tasting menus and moreTWD2VIPDined on 11/7/2013We normally order one of the tasting menus (kaiseki or sushi) to see what the new month will bring, and we are never disappointed. This time, we broke from pattern and ordered from the a la carte menu with home made fresh tofu, two kinds of sea urchin sashimi, wagyu carpaccio, on each of the omakase sushi and sashimi, and miso-grilled Australian wagyu on magnolia leaf. It was a great change. picking a favorite is almost as bad as picking a favorite child, but the wagyu carpaccio and the two kinds of sea urchin sashimi (esp. the California uni) stand out. The menu changes every month, and some items are subject to availability of course, but it is impossible to go wrong here.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Better than we expectedChelseaexpertDined on 11/7/2013After reading the reviews we expected great food but questionable service. Couldn't have been better, exceeded our expectations both food and service. When we are back in DC we will absolutely dine at Sushi Taro again.Special Features:
- great place for lunchOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 11/6/2013Sushi Taro offers several lunch specials, including a Bento box filled with a variety of tasty treats. My lunch partner and I had a booth, which was perfect for conversation. The quietly formal atmosphere was very relaxing in the middle of a busy day.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, very bad serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/2/2013Reception welcome is poor and unfriendly. Service is outright bad. The wine list has consistently wines with their vintage years wrongly offered: a wine with a vintage year of 2009 is then provided as a bottle from 2011 or even 2012 ! And: without the staff serving you telling you and then subsequently pooh-poohing it. This happened twice, with two different wines ! Also, while still savoring the last sushi from the serving dish, the staff already interferes and removes the platter immediately, as if they want you OUT-OF-THERE soonest. The quality of the food is good (likely the chef and the cooks) and the management and service is terrible: definitely not a place to visit again.
- excellent ramenOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 10/30/2013Finally caught the monthly Sushi Taro ramen offering. You have to go early because they'll often sell out by 12:30. Excellent broth, toppings, and noodle, for a very reasonable price of $12 per bowl.
- Dinner here gets expensive,OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/30/2013Dinner here gets expensive, but at lunch you can enjoy a beautiful bento box for only $12.95. Staff always good. Fish is always fresh.Special Features:
- Best sushi in DCNBGerryDined on 10/29/2013The sushi here is some of the best I have eaten and I've eated sushi all over the world. I discovered Sushi Taro 10 years ago and make it my first stop in DC.Special Features:
- Incredible unique beautiful sushiOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 10/26/2013A very special restaurant. The food and presentation were artful. The service was amazing, quiet, unobtrusive and efficient. Cannot wait to go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Sushi, Too ExpensiveLegosDined on 10/25/2013We are Omakase hunters and we have been to many restaurants in New York, Chicago, Houston, Tokyo, HongKong, and Mexico. We were told that this would be a great place to try Omakase. While making the reservation we were told to chose one of the two set menus. We went for the Sushi Tasting. The food was good, but we don't think the price matches the flavour, quality, or texture we were expecting.
- Pretty darn good sushiColumbiaMDDined on 10/19/2013Their selection of fish is very nice. Their yellow tuna wasn't quite as smooth as I've had at other restaurants, though, so I'd avoid it. The fatty tuna was as rich as a piece of steak - it looked amazing, but I guess I'm used to the typical serving which looks more like a cut from a fish. The taste was pretty impressive though. My wife and I ate the tastings - the classic and the sushi tasting. We have big appetites, but it was way, way too much food for two people. If you choose the tastings, just get one and share. Enjoy the sashimi. The nigri sushi was good, but the sashimi was nice and clean. The mushroom soup is great and if you get the grilled mackerel, you will enjoy it. Good place to eat, I'd definitely go again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing fish!Dcdiner123VIPDined on 10/16/2013While I haven't been here for dinner yet, I am a frequenter of their lunch. During the weekdays, they have an amazing lunch menu. Their fish is so fresh and buttery it's incredible. The bara chiraschi is my lunch go-to and I have never been disappointed. I would highly recommend this place to anyone and I have no doubt their dinners would be any less spectacular.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Superb food; specials great; costlysls1Dined on 10/12/2013The food was terrific. Service was fine, but not the most welcoming. The answer to questions about specials were ok,but not very specific. We had to ask for a couple of items twice and given the price, we seemed not as important as other customers. The food was superb and we would automatically recommend it to any high-end sushi lovers. We had a 15 year old with us and she did just fine also. If you know sake (which none of our party did), it appeared to be an extraordinary list.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just like tsukiji!SangoDined on 10/8/2013I am from Tokyo and working in DC. Sometimes I miss home where is next to the fish market in Tokyo. But this place always brings me back to Tsukiji!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- business friendlySimonDined on 10/7/2013We only had about an hour or so, but the food was served in a very timely manner that was very unexpected! Probably because we arrived early, but I certainly did not expect a 60 minute business lunch, so this was very positive and worthwhile experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- very good as alwaysOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 10/3/2013The food remains consistently good and interesting, with lots of seasonal and specialty items that you almost never see in other Japanese restaurants. The service is not quite as polished as the best non-Asian restaurants, but it's very efficient and pleasant. Sushi Taro remains one of our two favorite Japanese restaurants in DC (the other being Izakaya Seki).
- Most of us did the TokujoOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 10/2/2013Most of us did the Tokujo Sashimi which is a variety of assorted sashimi of the finest cuts and quality! Very good and filling. I probable would have swapped a few things out I don't eat, forgot to ask, don't know if it's possible.
- Superb SushiDCTasterVIPDined on 9/25/2013This restaurant is terrific -- much better than it was a few years ago and even then it was good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.