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
157 reviews since July 3, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (103)special occasion (81)neighborhood gem (59)romantic (43)great for lunch (35)hot spot (17)good for groups (16)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- 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:
- 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 alwaysTampopoVIPDined 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.
- The following 973 reviews are from the Sushi Taro reviews archive.
- 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.