1503 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036Neighborhood:
JapanesePrice: $50 and over
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.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.
- 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
180 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (125)special occasion (90)neighborhood gem (62)romantic (47)great for lunch (45)good for groups (22)hot spot (20)late-night find (6)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (4)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Tasty, interesting foodHenryVIPDined on 11/26/2014In many visits to Japanese restaurants in the US and after six weeks in Japan, I must say that Sushi Taro had the most interesting dishes I have ever had, coupled of course with first-rate sushi, fresh and expertly prepared. Lovely interior with an Japanese aesthetic, soft unobtrusive lighting, quick expert service. This was a return visit, we will do it again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Japanese in DCgolfkingVIPDined on 11/25/2014Had dinner here the other night. Got the sushi omakase. Very authentic Japanese food. Lived in Tokyo for 4 years and this is what you get there. We had a very efficient server and they have an extensive sake list. Overall, this is an outstanding restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Come here for real Japanese foodwonkiferDined on 11/22/2014Another evening of great eats at Sushi Taro. Changes in menu to bring in seasonal ingredients always keeps the experience fresh and exciting. And Japanese dining IS about eating with the seasons. Serving staff knows the menu and have been around for a long time - real professionals. Hojicha pudding for dessert rounds out a great dinner of hand-made soba, hand-made udon, braised pork, grilled yellowtail jaw, sushi and other goodies. Only strange thing is the incessant vibration at our table -- must be the AC/Heat generator for the building? Anyway, ignore it. The food will transport you to a happy place in your belly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bad service but food was goodOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/22/20143 servers served us when I was there for dinner. The first server brought over 3 glasses of water and was very rude when I asked for warm water instead. She asked if we still wanted the 3 glasses of water she brought over and I asked if they were warm. Instead of a "Yes/no, sir", she said something to the effect that since the water was in glasses, it had to be cold and could never be warm - in a belittling and rude way. I requested for a different server from the hostess and the hostess simply offer to switch me to a different table. I told her the server was being rude but she didn't offer any apology. The second booth we moved to shared a wall with a fridge in the kitchen and the whole booth had a slight vibration to it. I could actually see ripples in the the cups! We were then moved to a third table but were asked to move the place settings ourselves. The third table was wonderful with beautiful views out the windows. We ordered 3 kaiseki sets. The quality of the food was superb until I found a fish scale in my sushi. This is when the third sever came by to clear the dishes and simply offer a cursory apology without even offering to let the sushi chef know. The second server eventually came by, took note of it, and let the sushi chef know. We were offered a nice dessert for it. For a place where I had spent close to $500 for a dinner for 3, I simply expected to stay at the original table, get warm water with no questions asked, and not find fish scales in my food. This used to be my favorite Japanese restaurant in DC, now I'll just stick to Sushi Ko.
- Best Sushi I have had in the DC Mtero area.BobinHomerBuildingDined on 11/18/2014Great find. Amazingling fresh and authentic. Wish I had found it sooner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- gpppDined on 11/17/2014Food was divine, it is for adventurous people though. The ambiance and service are fantastic. Perfect for an special occasion.Special Features:
- Overall good experience.OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/14/2014A friend and I went to the sushi tasting early Friday evening. The hostess who sat us seems a little abrupt and rude when she directed us toward the booth and left. The food was excellent and the waiter brought each dish in a timely manner. I would go back for a special occasion as the sushi tasting is expensive ($80 per person without drinks).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good, authentic Japanese restaurantdndiciccoVIPDined on 11/10/2014While this isn't a sushi bar, per se, Sushi Taro serves upscale Japanese food with a varied menu featuring the freshest fish. This is not your spicy-tuna roll banal type of establishment, but rather a Japanese-run restaurant that caters to the Japanese crowd and more sophisticated American foodies. You can have everything from Hamachi kama to squid ink ika here. Fresh wasabi, amaebi, uni, hamachi and toro round out the very well cut sashimi options and exotic dishes such as summer fish (chock full of roe) and grilled snapper head make Sushi Taro exceptional in the scene.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great spotnanogloDined on 11/8/2014Recommend the traditional kaiseki. For November, the matsutake dobinmushi is great, and the hoji-cha pudding was fantastic!Special Features:
- mediocre dinnernjoydinnerDined on 11/8/2014we had high hopes for sushi taro and were disappointed; the food we were served for the sushi and the kaiseki tastings was mediocre and certainly not worth the price charged.
- Solid sushi, cool vibeLocalFoodLoverVIPDined on 11/7/2014Scallop (sashimi and spicy maki) was stunning. Garlic tuna roll was flavor-forward, but fish was overpowered.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great sushi place in DClolaDined on 11/3/2014in my opinion this is the best sushi place in DC at the momentSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fresh fish, Professional serviceBirthdayPartyDined on 10/31/2014Sushi Taro provides diners with fresh fish and inovated presentations. The service is friendly and professional. The food is delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tastes Like Japan!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/27/2014I am half Japanese and just came back to DC after living in Japan for a while, and this is the best Japanese food that I have been able to find in DC. I was pleasantly surprised by their spot on sushi (rice perfectly cooked, the salmon was delicious) and sides (not too salty). They have great lunch specials!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First visit and last visit...OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/27/2014Maybe, the waitress was having a bad day. But, it took forever for her to get to us. Also, she never smiles. When we asked for spoons for the miso soup, she told (in a very monotonous voice) us we just have to use the chopsticks (stir it up and drink it). How would I know that? All other Japanese restaurants I've been to provide spoons. We were very embarrassed and didn't ask much question after that. I just don't understand why this restaurant is that famous. By the way, the octopus I ate almost choked me to death. (Or is just Sushi Taro way)?
- great fishFinedinerVIPDined on 10/21/2014always excellent and inventive sushi. try the sesame tofu dish.Special Features:
- Only if you like "authentic"DouglasVIPDined on 10/11/2014We found the sushi average and the rest of the menu highly limited unless you enjoy exotic Japanese dishes that are not much to American taste; e.g. slimy noodles, crispy shrimp heads, etc.
- BabsDined on 10/10/2014I would never choose Japanese food as my #1 favorite but my husband and son are great fans of Sushi Taro so I graciously agreed to accompany them to the restaurant for dinner. They were right and I was dead wrong: The food was superb, the decor beautiful and tasteful, and the noise level so pleasant I was totally unaware of anyone around us although the restaurant was full of diners. Many thanks for the fine dining experience.Special Features:
- Not quite satisfyingHCDCDined on 10/1/2014Nice concept but less than satisfying. The server barely explained each dish served. When we ask her to repeat, it was clear that the waitress wasn't really up for explaining about the food once, let alone twice. Fish didn't taste nearly as fresh as expected. In addition, we were unfortunate enough to have some loud people next to our table. They came while we were half way into our meal so we couldn't just move. All in all, it was a disappointing dinner.
- Great authentic sushiSteakVIPDined on 9/29/2014A little hard to find the front door, but once inside there is a nice atmosphere and attentive staff. Great sushi, however they were disappointingly out of urchin when we were there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Low quality fishJpw03VIPDined on 9/26/2014My wife and I ordered the sushi tasting menu. Though we are not sushi "snobs", we have been to places like Nobu, and have eaten sushi in Tokyo. We est sushi perhaps 2-3 times a month. The bottom line is we were very disappointed in the quality of the fish at Sushi Taro. Maybe it was an off night, but of the 15 pieces of nigiri we had, only 2 or 3 really melted in our mouths. The Amberjack was CRUNCHY (it was raw, but actually made a crunching sound as I ate it... Disgusting). A piece of mackerel was also very rubbery. I'd advise against the tasting menu, as it over indexed on mackerel, snapper, and sardines. And under-indexed on more tender selections. I have never written a review this negative on opentable before, FWIW.
- Expensive but really greatTravellingmaybahay2014Dined on 9/23/2014You pay for the best fish in town. The trick will be to eat here at lunch time. At some point, the restaurant smelled like grilled fish and might not be pleasant for people who don't like fish and are sensitive to the smell.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding SushiRickVIPDined on 9/16/2014Sushi Taro is simply a great sushi restaurant. Some say the best in DC. That's hard to argue with. A little hard to find because it is located on the second floor.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingTony65yVIPDined on 9/13/2014I went there for a special occassion and was dissapponited with the sushi. We each had a 8 course meal, her's traditional Japanese and mine was sushi. Most dishes were already prepared and had been reheated or you could tell as the rice was hard and the fish was not fresh. I'm surprised as this was in Washingtonians Top 100 restaurants. Plus, it was not cheap.
- GreatNewFanDined on 9/13/2014Most authentic Japanese restaurant in the US that I have ever been to. Located around in an upscale neighborhood near Dupont Circle. High food quality making all dishes taste delicious. Ingredient fresh and made from scratch, does not seem to be from a package. I had a wonderful experience and I did not mind to pay extra for this, my stomach is content.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Horrible placeNaz1Dined on 9/6/2014Went there for my birthday and I had a worst birthday dinner ever. Rude staff + horrible food + they said they have dress code but you could see people wearing whatever they wanted. I gave them 1 star because I didn't had a choice to give them zero. Just veryyyy bad
- Absolutely amazing FoodTokenKansanDined on 9/6/2014When my aunt came to visit, her husband's Japanese colleagues insisted that she MUST try Sushi Taro while she was in the area. We ended up ordering from their (very expensive) Prix Fixe menu and we got the Wagyu beef, traditional Japanese meal, and sushi set. All of it was amazing and definitely the best Japanese food that I've had outside of Japan. The Wagyu beef was served more like beef carpaccio, which I did not expect. It was extremely tender and flavorful. The traditional Japanese set was less memorable, but still tasty. The sushi included all sorts of things that I've never had before - raw lobster, trout (who knew it looked so much like salmon?), and huge chunks of mackarel. If you can afford it, this place is a must-visit in DC!Special Features:
- Great Japanese restaurantMoimoiDined on 9/3/2014Probably the best Japanese food in the area. Although we have gone to other Japanese restaurants, this place is definitely higher standing than others. We had a sushi lunch, fish and rice mixture are something special.Special Features:
- Wonderful Japanese FoodtaroDined on 8/20/2014The food is excellent, sushi, sashimi, soups, noodles, and all. The wait staff was understanding and helpful. They were willing to accommodate our dietary needs. Very friendly and attentive.Special Features:
- 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 LunchnuttybuddymdDined 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: