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
144 reviews since April 25, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (90)special occasion (80)neighborhood gem (55)romantic (44)great for lunch (30)good for groups (20)hot spot (17)notable wine list (5)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Best sushi in DCFooddude2Dined on 8/16/2014Having lived in Tokyo for 6 months, sushi taro takes you to japan without a 16 hour flight. The omakase meal is an experience worth spending the $$$ on.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great during Restaurant WeekHungryForFoodVIPDined on 8/16/2014I have only been to Sushi Taro for lunch and restaurant week, so I cannot comment on the dinner. I plan to come back and try the whole Sushi Taro experience. The grilled hamachi jaw was delicious and perfectly cooked. Softshell crab was delicate, but came in second place to the hamachi. My only complaint would be the 4 pieces of sushi. I felt they were not of the same caliber that I had during lunch, when paying full price. That being said, they were still delicious. I plan to return and my server was polite, inviting, and attentive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great sushiarianaDined on 8/15/2014Went to Sushi Taro for restaurant week and had some very good sushi - including sashimi, nigiri, and maki rolls plus tempura, cold soba, and ice cream dessert. All for $20 at lunch. This was the best deal I've seen for restaurant week and I'll definitely be back sometime for dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- No better sushi in DCBedaVIPDined on 8/14/2014There is no better sushi, or service, in DC. My husband and I did the tasting menu the night we got engaged. It's a very special place and well worth every penny. Restaurant week offerings are divine, too. Needless to say, we love Sushi Taro!Special Features:
- Best Sushi in DCykchanDined on 8/14/2014Sushi Taro is our favorite sushi place in DC. The food is very solid and just simply classic. The restaurant week offering was diverse. The black cod is a must get. Their fish is always fresh and rice nicely flavored. It just doesn't get better than this in DC. Service was good - very detailed and focused. They were nice to us even though my friend was running 45 minutes late. It was totally our fault, but they accommodated.Special Features:
- Best Restaurant Week Deal YetHipposDined on 8/14/2014Went for lunch during DC Restaurant Week, was a great deal: lots of high-quality sushi/sashimi, excellent service. Might be back to try their daily lunch special. Relaxed ambiance and we were still finished with our 4-course lunch in less than an hour.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Restaurant Week LunchOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/13/2014A group of us ordered the restaurant week lunch -- only one menu option. Appetizers consisted of a small bowl of soba noodles, 4 small slices of sashimi, and a couple of tempura shrimp and a couple of tempura vegetables. Entrée was 6 pieces of nigiri and a maki roll of salmon avocado or spicy tuna. The sashimi, nigiri, and maki rolls were great. Tempura shrimp could be better -- batter was somewhat soft, not crisp. Dessert was a small scoop of mango or green tea ice cream. Overall it was very good. We left feeling somewhat full but not stuffed.Special Features:
- Sushi doesn't get any bettergloriousfoodDined on 8/12/2014Best sushi I've had hands down so far in DC. The sashimi is so incredibly fresh, it's delicious! Went for dinner during restaurant week - the place was busy, but the service was quick and helpful! Can't wait to come back and have the sushi tasting.Special Features:
- Nice, relaxing dinnerOzzyDined on 8/11/2014I found it a very enjoyable dinner and ambiance. Pairing the dinner with the sake drinks was a plusSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Service and Unique FoodREL1VIPDined on 8/11/2014This was one of the most adventurous meals I've ever had and I enjoyed every bite. Great service in a clean environment.Special Features:
- The best sushi in the DC areafoggylemonVIPDined on 8/11/2014Sushi Taro is simply the best food I have ever had in my life. My wife and I went here for RW, which is an incredible deal. We were treated to the softest, smoothest, most fatty/buttery cuts of fresh fish you can imagine. The RW menu had a lot of small dishes (spicy edamame, soba noodles), medium dishes (soft shell crab tempura, braised pork belly), and sashimi/rolls so that you get a chance to experience all that Sushi Taro has to offer. I got it with the beer/sake pairings for $15 extra and I thought it was well worth the extra price given the variety and quality of alcohol. Oh, and our waitress was helpful, friendly, and efficient. I can't wait to come back here, even at the regular price of $80 per person. The quality is second to none.Special Features:
- Excellent FoodOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 8/11/2014One of the better sushi places I've been to in the D.C. metro area. The fish was fresh, dishes presented well. The only tiff we had was our waitress. It took almost 10 minutes for her to even approach our table - with no smile. Also, a huge pet peeve is when asking the waiter/waitress what they recommend, and their answer is: everything, everything is good. We all gave her a look, so she then proceeded to go down the menu with her pen and tap at every other dish saying she liked it all. Overall - food was excellent, workers could use more training.
- Open Table!dissapointedDined on 8/9/2014Open Table reservation was no problem; however when I realized that I made a reservation on a wrong day and tried to change it, it was a most uncomfortable and uncaring experience I have ever encountered. I don't think I will try this restaurant again purely because of the awful answering system and speak to a person as required when you want to cancel/change. In addition, there was a fat rubber band in my soup. I mentioned to 3 employees at the restaurant, no feedback. No one cared!
- Great as alwaysOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 8/8/2014Had sushi tasting course which featured a nice diversity of fish, all of which were great. Among highlights were katsuo, ayu, and otoro. Got additional dishes for the kids such as fresh made tofu and agedashi tofu.
- Service was slow, not worth itcrescueangelDined on 7/29/2014We waited for a long time before the server took our order, and for over half an hour to get our food served. We were there for 1.5 hour, and most of the time we were waiting. The food portion was very small, and the price was very high. The food quality was OK. It was good, but not worth the price and definitely not worth the wait. It wasn't that crowded so I can't imagine how much worse it would be if it was crowded.
- OutstandingAlesukDined on 7/23/2014The best Japanese in town! Food, ambiance and service like no other place nearby.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always creativeCtvisitorDined on 7/21/2014Authentic and delicious Japanese food. The only dilemma is how best to balance sushi or sashimi with more elaborate dishes.Special Features:
- Best Sushi in DCPortland1Dined on 7/17/2014As always, Sushi Taro was a big hit with out-of-town guests. The homemade tofu was wonderful as was the soft shell crab sushi roll. When another friend decided to join us, the restaurant promptly called me back to accommodate us when I tried to change the reservation via OpenTable and could only book for an earlier time. I will be back soon with or without out-of-town visitors!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Highly RecommendedGrizDined on 7/12/2014We went there for my husband's birthday and we both had an amazing culinary experience. We had ordered a traditinal 10 course Japanese meal and a sushi Tasting. Yes it is pricy but completely worth it if its a special occassion. The service was impeccable. Our server was very attentive, friendly and always had a smile on her face. Every single course was well explained and it was a delight to our taste palette and you can tell they use the highest quality fish. The sashimis just melted in my mouth. If only the other diners had respected the people around them and not be loud and abnoxious, this place would have beaten the Makato experience. Highly recommended and would definitely go back again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We dont have thatUnhappyDined on 7/5/2014We tried ordering four appetizers for our table and the restaurant didnt have three of them left. For a restaurant that insists you show up for your reservation (they called me when we were 3 or 4 minutes late to make sure we would show up) such an attitude might translate into making sure menu items are in stock!
- Reconsider going to sushi taroCareBearDined on 7/5/2014I would never go to this establishment again. Horrible customer service, although the food was decent it was nothing spectacular. Some of the sushi was good, but some of it was definitely not fresh. There are so many amazing places in D.C. I'm surprised this place has stayed in business. I have never left a place feeling so turned off.
- Traditional Kaiseki TastinglzlsnakeDined on 6/28/2014You can have sushi everywhere, but you can only have the Traditional Kaiseki Tasting in Sushi Taro. I ordered a Sushi Tasting, and my girlfriend ordered the Traditional Kaiseki Tasting. Almost every dish of her is better than mine.Special Features:
- Best sushi in DCDktran31VIPDined on 6/27/2014My date and I had the sushi tasting menu. I've been to a few sushi places in the area, excluding Makoto. Sushi Taro is the best I have had. The rice is well prepared in terms of seasoning and temperature - definitely the best in the area. They bring you a soy sauce brush which is a cool touch. The ambiance of the restaurant is not really great. Sitting in the regular dining area feels like you're having a lunch special at a cheap place. I will have to come back for the omakase counter in the back when I have time for a more personal and special experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Quality used to be much betterMyTwoCentsDined on 6/27/2014My friend and I had been to Sushi Taro a couple of years ago. We ordered a la carte sushi (no Tasting Menu) and the quality was great, well worth the higher price. This time, we did the same, and every roll we ordered was sub-par...average at best. The rice on each one was on the heavy side, and the fish/flavor was just ok. I wouldn't be complaining if Taro wasn't supposed to be such a high-end/high quality restaurant. Perhaps the Tasting Menu is much better... but we will not be returning for a la carte. Service was great and friendly.
- great sushi, casual ambiancereviewer345Dined on 6/23/2014Our first visit to DC and hotel concierge recommended this sushi restaurtant. Both photos of the restaurant and details of the tasting menu raised my expectations, but the reality fell flat. From online photos I expected an elegant interior - it was casual and comfortable but don"t feel compelled to change out of your jeans. Noise levels inside the full restaurant were loud. We selected the sushi tasting menu. The quality of the sushi was excellent but the presentation was normal - usually 3 different pieces of nigiri per white plate. I was expecting the tasting menu presentation to be more unusual, more constructed scenes on the plate, a mixture of different plate materials - clay, wood, glass, etc. Service was excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Simply Exquisite/Exquisitely SimpleQuestforTasteVIPDined on 6/21/2014Both the quality and the presentation of the omakase sashimi for two were outstanding. A good value for $80, since there was a great variety and abundance of fish. Service was impeccable, and the refurbished restaurant surroundings were elegant, spacious, and discreet.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Authentic Japanese FoodMaciDined on 6/16/2014They have a great variety of Japanese appetizers, so you can also come in to just have drinks and appetizers if the course menu is too costly. Sashimi & Sushi's quality was very good. Fresh and tasty. The atmosphere is good and quiet, so it is also good for the business meetingsSpecial Features:
- Dress Code?FoodieFromLADined on 6/14/2014I entered the restaurant at 5:30pm, when it first opened. I was wearing a sleeveless shirt and basketball shorts. Upon checking in, the hostess says there is a dress code but next time I will need to wear a shirt that has sleeves. Nowhere on the website or in the restaurant says there is a dress code. She also did not really use English to inform me, but rather just point at my arms and bottom half of my body. Server was uptight and not friendly. Food was mediocre as I've had way better sashimi on the west coast. Overall, Sushi Taro was overhyped. Will not come back.
- Total lack of atmospherepopdebeeckVIPDined on 6/13/2014While the food was excellent the overwhelming noise originated from the kitchen and completely drowned out the nice zen music that was playing and the vibrant conversations people were having. We were not even seated that close to the kitchen. The service was not great, we had the June tasting menu the first course of which is an aperitif of plum wine for which we had to wait 10 mins after ordering, left with only water to drink. The food was exquisite, excellent value for money and really innovative. I would probably not come here again as the experience itself was not on par with the food.Special Features:
- really loved it!welovesushiDined on 6/12/2014Great food- must do the spicy scallop maki, anything with tuna, the pork belly small plate, and the Kobe beef roll. We tried a huge variety and really liked it all! A fun, quiet but hip-seeming place with especially good japanese food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sushi TaroLaughriotDined on 6/6/2014I have heard this is the best sushi restaurant in town, and after eating there I do not dispute that. A friend and I ordered the kaiseki tasting menu, which was mostly excellent. Let's just say you don't want to go this route unless you are an adventurous eater who will try anything once, including whole baby squid, whole crabs in edible shells, mostly raw fish, various gelatins, pork belly, etc. It does come with three nigiri pieces at the end as sort of a "thank you for trusting us" moment, but if you are interested in sushi, the kaiseki menu is not for you. I am interested to go back and try the sushi tasting menu or just order a la carte.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not impressedginger80Dined on 6/6/2014This is my first time went to Japanese rest in DC area since I moved from CA. When I saw the rate I thought I want to give it shot. The rice isn't great compare with the price they charged. At the end my favorite restaurant in CA (Mikuni, Taro) still win my palate compare this place. Our server, she's really have low talk, hard to heard her explanation about the food that she brought.Special Features:
- Simply PerfectGregDined on 6/3/2014This was one of the greatest dining experience I've had outside of Japan. The sushi tasting menu was outstanding. I've had similar meals in while living in Japan, and this held up to all of them. The courses were both authentic, and innovative. Our server was attentive, polite, and staged the experience perfectly. While not inexpensive, I would say that the value for money was brilliant. Honestly one of the best meals I've ever had in the United States.Special Features:
- Epic!DBF8JMF8CDFDined on 5/17/2014I have been eating Sushi for over 30 years at some of the most notable places on the west coast, and this is my second time to dine at Sushi Taro. They really have it all with traditional Sushi & Sashimi as well as their incredible signature dishes. The squid ink soft shell crab was over the top! Can't wait to get back there.Special Features:
- Wonderful Dining ExperienceDanF1181Dined on 5/17/2014I took my wife here for her birthday on Saturday, and it was simply wonderful. We both ordered the sushi prix fixe, and our server and the chef were accommodating and graceful regarding some dietary restrictions. The service was simply exquisite, as was the food.Special Features:
- Dinner ReviewlalaandgreggoutoftownDined on 5/17/2014Food was delicious and presentation was wonderful. Would definitely return. Lovely, intimate atmosphere for couples or an intimate gathering of friends. Service was good, engaging with server could have been slightly better.Special Features:
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- Traditional Kaiseki TastingFoodieDined on 4/19/2014Wonderful dinner experience at Sushi Taro. The service was great with helpful, amicable waitress. The traditional kaiseki tasting option was on par with unique, and fresh dishes that surprised us each time.Special Features:
- Great food!FujiparkslopeDined on 4/18/2014Food was fantastic we walked blocks to get there but worth itSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Embarrassingly bad ricegraceVIPDined on 4/16/2014I had the lunch special. For a place that calls itself a premier japanese restaurant, the rice was poorly cooked. Service was lackluster. But then again, given the price , maybe what i got is fair. The rest if the good was great, but for a Japanese restaurant tj get the rice so dry... It's not good in my book. I had a non Japanese waitress and either she was tired or just overly meek. Asked her about some dishes but she wasn't overly informative.
- Food AmazingOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 4/8/2014But for us, the overall experience depends on your server. If you are lucky enough to have Safiya, your experience here will be 5 stars. Seriously.