About Daikaya Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen

Reservations are for the upstairs Izakaya (NOT RAMEN!) only and not for the Ramen shop.

The Izakaya is a full service restaurant featuring small plates of Japanese tavern fare, as well as a full bar with cocktails, wine, beer, and a large selection of sake and Japanese spirits.

705 6th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Contemporary Asian

Hours of Operation:
IZAKAYA (2F) 2nd Floor
Lunch:
Monday - Friday 11:30 - 2PM
Sunday: 11:30AM - 3PM Brunch

Dinner:
Sun to Thurs: 5 PM - 10 PM
Fri/Sat: 5PM - 12 AM
Happy Hour: 5-7PM Mon - Fri

Cross Street:
Between G and H

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 589-1600

Website:
http://daikaya.com/

Entertainment:
DJ's every Friday and Saturday night.

Catering:
Unfortunately, We don't offer catering.

Parking Details:
Street parking is available around the neighborhood. There are also 3 garages within 2 blocks of the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Across the street from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, servicing, Green, Yellow, and Red Line trains.

Executive Chef:
Katsuya Fukushima

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We can accommodate large groups up to 8-16 guests. We will be happy to set up at tasting menu for you.
There is no private dining room. Our large High top table is perfect for a group gathering. Please contact the GM for further details

Daikaya Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (55)
Creative Cuisine (47)
Good for a Date (38)
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Tapas (37)
Fun (29)
Authentic (28)
Hot Spot (28)
Special Occasion (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Casual (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Bar Seating (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Cozy (14)
Tasting Menu (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Romantic (10)
Great Beer (9)
Business Meals (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
People Watching (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Healthy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Spicy (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vegan (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

SEcond visit just as GREAT as first
Our brunch was excelent
Cucumbers, okra, fried eggs with pork, fried eggs with rice
Delicious
End with the french toast the best finale!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Fun, Vegan
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants in Chinatown. Service, the ambiance, and food is excellent! Highly recommend.

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything we ordered was as delicious as we had hoped and as authentic as it should be. Our server was quick, friendly and had a much appreciated sense of humour. It’s a busy place with a great vibe but we didn’t feel rushed and thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 6 days ago

The Ramen Bar downstairs is more popular, but the upstairs Izakaya is worth a visit on its own! The waiters are happy to recommend all sorts of dishes, ranging from Cauliflower Kara-age to Pork Skewers served “Okonomiyaki-style” (sort of a savory pancake from Osaka) - we had 10 different plates and there wasn’t a dud in the bunch. This place has an impressive selection of beer and wine too, and the sake, shochu, and Japanese whiskey selections are second to none.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Authentic, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Got happy hour drinks and food - absolutely wonderful service and good food/drinks, just a little pricier for the food given the small portions. Would go again and recommend for the atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Incredibly cool ambience and unusual, delicious dishes. Any meal here is a memorable experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Spicy, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a veteran waiter who was with the restaurant when they first opened. He made recommendations and we decided to go with everything he suggested and it did not disappoint. We had a party of 8 (which was a bit snug as the table and the space is meant for smaller parties) but they were able to accommodate us. The food was outstanding. Definitely want to try the Ramen next!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was my first time at Daikaya Izakaya and it did not disappoint! Our waiter was very knowledgable on drinks/wine and we loved all our drinks. The food was out of this world (highly recommend the fried octopus and pork/brussel sprout skewer). Everything we had was great. Definitely coming back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The best ramen.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Excellent food and service. Our server provided excellent suggestions and also suggested the vegetarian options.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great lunch option with good value and fast service.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely meal at Izakaya. All 3 of us dining have spent time in Japan, and we appreciated the creative Japanese-inspired dishes and presentation. The one caution would be that tasting/sharing the numerous, intriguing tapas style small plates can quickly add up to a hefty tab -- definitely worth it for a special occasion.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was amazing. The cocktails were great. I had a semi otherworld experience eating this delicious food. Wings and beef tongue were our favorites. Also, phenomenal service!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food is always delicious (try the daily specials), and Tom is such a great educator about the cuisine. A great spot for an adventurous date - prepare to be impressed!!

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 (México)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It's the second time we go have dinner at Daikaya Izakaya and the first time it was a very pleasant surprise; this time it was consistent. We love the grilled avocado, and enjoy the sake recommendations we receive. We particularly liked the butternut squash seasonal dish.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 2, 2017

So crowded. So loud. The food was just okay, nothing special. I will say the service was great.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Went there with friends for Ramen. The site wasn't clear that Ramen is only sold downstairs where there is first come first serve and that reservations are only taken for the upstairs restaurant. Great service but disappointed in the food except for the borj belly and brussel sprout skewers. We also ordered Dynamite chicken wings which were practically raw and had to be sent back. I won't go back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Amazing dining experience. I managed to get five other people step out of their comfort level and try things that were truly new to their palates, and they are raving about the experience!

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We kept getting a new waiter/waitress, but a couple of them made great recommendations. Serving sizes were really small but the food was good. It was a little cramped hard to keep a conversation with the table next to you hearing everything.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Loved the decor, food was outstanding service was phenomenal shout out to Erica who really knows the dishes and the sake. Our son chose the restaurant which he “heard was good “ and was it ever. Definitely try the Big Kitty cocktail. Will be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had a great time at Daikaya Izakaya. Our waiter really cared about the food and the experience, and walked us through the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Happy Hour, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Bad Japanese fusion tapas. This was the first time I saw pesto used with Japanese food (and hopefully the last).

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Wonderful experience. Jeramiah served us and is also the wine steward so was especially helpful! Great lively atmosphere with unique food. Will definitely return!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food is very good. The service less: they serve many things at the same time, very quickly world time to taste them in peace!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very affordable and delicious tapas! Definitely recommend any of the donburi dishes as well as the tuna poke. Perfect for a date or a group outing.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Friendly, knowledgeable service without being stuffy, wonderful ambience, and killer food. Bring an appetite, because once you start tasting the small plates you’ll just keep ordering. Can’t wait to come back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food sounded promising, but was bland, cold and disappointing. I love the ambiance, but the food didn't rise to the same level.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Really enjoyed my experience with Izakaya. Went with a group of 8, and the service was the most attentive I have ever received at a large table. The food was unique and exciting. I particularly enjoyed the Tuna Poke, the grilled octopus, and the pork and brussel sprout skewers. I also loved the Cacio e Pepe Udon: It didn't exactly fit with the other cuisine, but it was delicious. Others at my table loved the rice balls.

I would definitely return to Izakaya for a date night or special occasion. The small plates do not disappoint in their originality. Thank you to the lovely and attentive servers for making my friend's birthday great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Tasty food. Of note, you can't get Ramen upstairs....only downstairs. Frustrating but that didn't take away from our meal. Yummy!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is fusion Japanese and petite portion. Not recommend to go for family.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wait staff went out of their way to make it a pleasurable experience. They made the large, overwhelming menu easy to navigate. It’s a great place to be adventureous with you choices because the plates are small so you don’t feel wasteful if you don’t love something (but you will love everything!)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Casual, Tapas, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 8, 2017

If you to sample innovative Japanese cuisine, we think this is the place. Enoki mushrooms were never better prepared. You need to figure about 4 dishes pp. We had grilled octopus and miso salmon to die for. Onigiri balls were delicious. We cannot wait to return.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Not a bad place. Food was decent. Pork and Brussels sprouts recommended by server was good albeit with some sass. The place is a bit loud. Good place with a group although I don’t know how they could talk.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

As soon as we made it to the top of the stairs my date and I were greeted by friendly staff. Our half Japanese waiter from Jersey took care of us from starting drink selection to picking out the best izakaya on the menu. My date enjoyed the wide variety of Japanese whiskey. We both enjoyed our sampling of various izakaya. Our favorites were the grilled tako, brussel sprouts/pork, onigiri pork stuffed musubi, and the enoki mushrooms (this place is one gem and know how to make this right). We would have loved to stay for more drinks but we had to go to the Wizards game. Check this place out, we made reservations and were seated right away.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I love this place & the food. It’s fresh and the service is quite good.
I was a bit disappointed this time because I was charge a small amount for extra wasabi. It’s not the amount but the principal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The food was great. Too noisy to carry on a conversation. Everyone around us was yelling across the table to be heard.

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We chose Daikaya Izakaya to entertain a family visiting from Korea. The Japanese Shochu and Sake selection is very good. The izakaya style appetizers are delicious. The prices are a bit high and it is extremely dark inside.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Happy Hour, Fun
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Every time I've been to Daikaya izakaya, the experience has been outstanding. The flavor combinations are always surprising, new, and incredible. The meals come in small plates but even then the prices are low - it is easy to make a meal at whatever price-range you're looking for. Highly recommend the fried garlic, grilled avocado, brussels sprouts, and chicken kaarage - UNRIVALED in flavor.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The waiter was a bit fresh and brusque. Didn’t appreciate it as I was there for business.

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