Sushi Taro
Sushi Taro

Sushi Taro

  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: P Street
  • Public Transit: 3 blocks to east from Dupont Circle Metro station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
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.

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Sushi Taro reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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!
    Trier
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    This 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kaiseki During Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    My 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem Hiding Above CVS
    TravelingCAGirlVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tasting menu - restaurant week
    Nate
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    The salmon and tuna sashimi were excellent, and the urchin roll was particularly memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent and perfect!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Always excellent and perfect!!! The sushi and sashimi melt in our mouths.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best fish I've ever had
    arbucloVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shocked to be writing this...
    Mike
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    I 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.
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  • the most authentic sushi in DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    I'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:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favourite in DC
    Aurelio
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Sushi Taro is my favourite restaurant every time I come in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Sushi in DC
    feedmyfaceVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Amazing food, amazing service, great dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    From the knowledgeable server to the beautiful setting and to the perfectly executed sushi, this restaurant was truly first-rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The sushi tasting menu is
    Crm235
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    The sushi tasting menu is very good - a lot of food. Bring your appetite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • made to wait.
    Din4two
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We 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:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi taro
    Adel
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Our 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:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The server is really helpful
    Ermie
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The 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:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kaiseki dinner
    StephenCarmichael
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We had the traditional Kaiseki dinner with sake pairings and it was outstanding!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful first experience
    ElizabethSmith
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    A 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Good food, good service. Really fresh, top-notch sushi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent place for sushi but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    Decent place for sushi but wasn't worth expensive prices. Not sure i would go back except for happy hour.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Sushi Taro
    ChefPablo
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    I eat out fairly often and I think Sushi Taro is one of the best restaurants in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi spot
    pftdc
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Great tasting food, beautiful presentation, beautiful setting, friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi in DC
    BBaha
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Great lunch menu - amazing value for very high quality sushi
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb tasting menus and more
    TWD2VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than we expected
    Chelseaexpert
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    After 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Sushi 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, very bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Reception 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.
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  • excellent ramen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Finally 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.
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  • Dinner here gets expensive,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Dinner 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Best sushi in DC
    NBGerry
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    The 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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Incredible unique beautiful sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    A very special restaurant. The food and presentation were artful. The service was amazing, quiet, unobtrusive and efficient. Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Sushi, Too Expensive
    Legos
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    We 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.
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  • Pretty darn good sushi
    ColumbiaMD
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Their 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing fish!
    Dcdiner123VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    While 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food; specials great; costly
    sls1
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just like tsukiji!
    Sango
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    I 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!!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • business friendly
    Simon
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    The 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).
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  • Most of us did the Tokujo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Most 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.
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  • Superb Sushi
    DCTasterVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    This restaurant is terrific -- much better than it was a few years ago and even then it was good.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.