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Sushi Taro
Sushi Taro

Sushi Taro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sushitaro.com
  • Email: opentable@sushitaro.com
  • Phone: (202) 462-8999
  • 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.
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Seafood
  • 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) 462-8999

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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Diner Reviews
  • "I heard the good reputation on Sushi Taro. It met my expectation. My geusts were also satisfied. Really authentic Japanese cuisine. I will come back again when I visit to Washington DC."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Food was delicious and the server was very attentive. This Sushi restaurant is worthy for any town. My wife and I ordered the $80 sushi/sushimi tasting menu. The quality and the portions were over the top. We could not have been more pleased. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The fish was fresh and very good. Ever since returning from japan it has been hard to find a good authentic place where they concentrate on the freshnesss of the fish rather than dress it up with sauces, grilling etc. This place is fantastic if you want fresh sushimi. I also loved that there were japanese people eating here as well. It has to mean its good right?"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "food is impeccable. we got a papaya salad which was delicious and the rainbow roll and spider roll were the best. the plum cocktail is also delicious and strong. but the seating area is really industrial feeling, maybe because of the high ceilings and weird lighting. wasn't a fan of the ambiance but good looking people dine here so overall i recommend this."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Really good food and conversation. No distractions- a good thing!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I had barachirashi and lunch bento box. The rice was really good so as miso soup. Fish were really tasty and fresh. I am Japanese and had been to so many Chinese or Korean style Japanese restaurant. But this place is purely authentic Japanese just like the food served at authentic sushi restaurant in Japan."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Having had 2 Kaiseki and 1 sushi dinner tasting here before, my friend and I tried the suppon (soft-shell snapping turtle) tasting with both the sashimi & sushi upgrades. It was actually the same as the regular kaiseki tasting, but the 4th+8th courses were substituted w/a suppon soup (4th) & a suppon-egg-and-seaweed "risotto." This 150 minute dining experience (incl. ordering, check-paying) was my favorite of all the dinner tastings I've done at Taro. Food was excellent across all courses. Sashimi upgrade certainly felt premium. Service was friendly, and they let us close the place out @11pm on a Wed. We were thanked at the end very genuinely/profusely by our waitress for being adventurous enough to try the suppon tasting, which was sweet."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I love Sushi Taro for lunch. It is not super expensive, but the food is excellent. They have amazing soups for a cold winter day and you can add a kirashi set sashimi bowl with it. I had their lunch special, which was a soup with chicken, tempura, and udon. There is one waitress there who is wonderful and I usually have her, but this time the waitress was just not as trained well as the other. Maybe she was new. Not a deterrent ultimately."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Sushi taro provides an unparalleled Japanese dining experience in Washington DC. It is not a western style sushi bar, but rather a true Japanese restaurant. I highly recommend the surf and turf tasting menu, the kobe beef and sashimi served is amazing and well worth the cost. Also, the omakasi table is to die for."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "As usual, this is one of the best places for authentic Japanese in the city. The prices will sting, but it's worth it!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Went here for lunch. Will definitely be back for dinner. Everything was amazing!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Taro is the best sushi I've had in DC. The atmosphere is great, very authentic. I would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Few, if any, peers exist in DC for this restaurant's sushi and other offerings. The main barriers here are - price, confusion and barely interested servers. As long as you don't care how long it takes for a server to approach you and will play the "flag them down" game - you'll have the opportunity to put together a truly memorable, expensive meal. I'm willing to assume that the quality or provenance of the fish cause the extraordinarily high prices - but wonder. And the confusion - there are four different menus brought to the table, as well as the sushi menu. Nevertheless, the agadashi tofu, miso black cod, eel, sea urchin, baby yellowtail, geoduck, new zealand salmon and many more offerings are uncommonly fine."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I have always enjoyed sashimi, but not in any sophisticated way. So I was pleasantly surprised when just the quality of the ingredients and the food on the plate (the Tokujo Sashimi) alone suddenly taught me many things about the logic behind the preparation of different seafood. I will never look at my usual sashimi the same way again; Sushi Taro spoiled me too much. They served the best/freshest fried oysters I ever had, as well. Service was friendly and attentive, but they also let me quietly enjoy my food."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Great dining experience, But they were sure to push the expensive menu items and didi not provide the sushi list unti we pushed them for it. One of the few places where a spicy tuna roll is really spicy! Check before adding wasabi."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I chose to go to this restaurant because the raw sushi menu changes every week offering different choices. I ordered the squid legs, abalone, geoduck, crab and uni. All of them were fresh. The crab was not raw, but it was still tasty."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The valentine's day kaiseki was superb in every way. That is all."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I had the Kaiseki. Pros: Nice variety in the traditional Kaiseki, Sushi tasted fresh, service was a well paced, a very good amount of food. Cons: The flavors in some of the dishes were a little muted, but I expect that in Japanese food. Overall a great meal which reminded me of some of my dinners in Japan."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Great food, very clean, high-quality fish for sashimi. They have a 21 year old Hibiki, so the glass for $50 was a bit pricey for me."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Fun restaurant to visit. Food seems a bit more authentic Japanese with more diverse choices than smaller restaurants. Everything was well prepared and service was excellent. Our waitress, Pong, was helpful and attentive. It is a bit expensive, as you would expect eating in the city rather than the suburbs. The wine list was long - although they possibly do not have everything that is listed; the first two wines we requested, they did not have. It was good to have the Open Table reservation since they were turning away people at the door."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I miss my favorite sushi restaurants in Northern California! I tried this restaurant as it was rated 3-star. Sushi that I ordered was good, but not great. In all fairness, I didn't ask for their recommendation on a speciality dish."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Everything was prepared perfectly... and the Sake selection was great."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The sushi was absolutely excellent, definitely some of the best in DC. It was a little expensive however, so be prepared."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Our second visit after a very pleasant initial summer kaiseki. Winter menu is very different but equally delicious and varied. Sakes were well matched, service attentive and rhythm "just right" Sushi and sashimi upgrades worth the money!! (Delicious Toro)"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Food was great-server had very little knowledge of the menu."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I came to DC for a quick weekend away and am so glad I booked a table at Sushi Taro. A little difficult to find - attached to a CVS, small signage but no problem really. We were quickly taken to our table. We settled on the traditional and the sushi tasting menus along with the pairings. The traditional tasting was delightful. The hot pot was the best course. I was sad it was at the end because I couldn't do it justice since I was so full. The sake pairings were well chosen; however, the first sake that we had was certainly our favorite. I just wish I remembered what it was so that I could have it again! The sushi tasting that my dining partner had looked amazing. He said it was fantastic. The perfect place for a special dinner out!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Sushi Taro is always a treat...sushi is excellent, and the ambience is nice. I always look forward to going there."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Hands down one of the best (if not THE best) sushi restaurants in DC. I go as often as I can."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Sushi Taro to try the Restaurant Week lunch menu. The tempura was cold and soggy although the shrimp tasted fresh. The sashimi selection was not impressive at all. The sushi didn't look like it was made by a seasoned sushi chef and roll pieces were in different sizes. The green ice cream was HARD and the mango sorbet was very grainy as although it had started to melt and refrozen. Overall, the food was edible, but I would not pay that kind of money for the quality of the food offered by Sushi Taro."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "very good. would go again. just expect the servers to act Japanese"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I waited for an occasion such as Restaurant Week and was only able to lock in a lunch reservation. Great ambiance and the food was fresh and authentic from my experience. Bento box lunch combo was more than enough food. The soba noodles did need a little more taste/flavoring. I enjoyed all the sushi/sashimi in the box with the exception of the shrimp sushi which had a rubbery texture and impossible to bite through. I would come here myself again but cannot warrant coming here often as it is extremely expensive for the amount of food. The quality is there but I have had equal if not better quality in Los Angeles for far more affordable prices. But at least Sushi Taro fills in the void of real sushi that DC lacks."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We went to Sushi Taro for restaurant week and had an average experience. The sushi was very fresh and delicious, but the portions were very small even for the restaurant week price. I ordered the cod entree, which was easily less than half the size of my first on a tiny plate with no sides. The beef appeared to be a better deal, as it came in a large bowl of broth and actually appeared substantial. The "dessert" was a tiny scope of ice cream. I left the restaurant still feeling hungry. Sad."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "the sushi tastes really good, salmon and uni are really fresh."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "The salmon and tuna sashimi were excellent, and the urchin roll was particularly memorable."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Always excellent and perfect!!! The sushi and sashimi melt in our mouths."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/7/2014