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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.
Washington, DC 20001
Japanese, Contemporary Asian
Hours of Operation:
IZAKAYA (2F) 2nd Floor
Monday - Friday 11:30 - 2PM
Sunday: 11:30AM - 3PM Brunch
Sun to Thurs: 5 PM - 10 PM
Fri/Sat: 5PM - 12 AM
Happy Hour: 5-7PM Mon - Fri
Between G and H
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
DJ's every Friday and Saturday night.
Unfortunately, We don't offer catering.
Street parking is available around the neighborhood. There are also 3 garages within 2 blocks of the restaurant.
Across the street from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, servicing, Green, Yellow, and Red Line trains.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, 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 guests. We will be happy to set up at tasting menu for you.
There is no private dining room.
Daikaya Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen Ratings and Reviews
Great waitstaff -enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Made a reservation for one and was seated at a table, which is rare and appreciated. Great value for the quality of food. Actually checked my receipt a couple of times to make sure I was reading the total right. Convenient and quick for a nicer option before a Capitals game.
We were disappointed with the food. We were expecting authentic Japanese izakaya, but instead it was more like American/Japanese fusion. I understand izakaya is bar food, which means "small plates," but the plates were too small. We ordered 8-9 plates between the two of us, and we were both still hungry. Between the 8-9 plates and a cup of sake, our bill was $115. So we definitely should not have still been hungry. Not to mention, the food was too oily and saucy. We ordered a udon noodle dish that tasted like macaroni and cheese. Most of the dishes were saucy. What I appreciate most about Japanese food is the quality of the ingredients and their simplicity. I guess our expectations were off. The food wasn't "bad" per se, just not authentic. It felt like a Japanese Applebees.
One of my absolute favorite restaurants in D.C., but this time was particularly notable because the service was so great. Our server, Lucas, was very personable and attentive without being intrusive. Another server, Shelby, was also extremely helpful and friendly. The food was amazing as always but I was motivated to write a review this time because the service was so pleasantly memorable.
Service is always wonderful and exciting. Great spot for date night. Must be adventurous with food, as the plate are unique and fun. Very tight sitting, so as long as you don't mind hearing the conversations next to you (and probably becoming friends with other customers over the food), this place is a definite try.
Izakaya is still one of my favorite restaurants in DC. They always provide great service, delicious well executed food, in a lively (sometimes noisy) vibrant space that begs you to not have a good time. Most people think it's going to be sushi since it's a Japanese restaurant, but the menu is always diverse with plays on traditional Japanese dishes as well as other Asian cuisines, so it's perfect for those who want to enjoy the familiar as well as different or new interpretations of classic dishes. But honestly I come time and time again for the Onigiri with pork since I can't find it anywhere else in DC and it's always perfect.
Izakaya was delightful. Our server happened to be the sommelier and was extremely knowledgeable about all of the food and drinks on the menu. He was also very attentive. Food was a treat. Would recommend the chilled cucumber and the catfish. The roast pork is also super good but there just wasn't enough of it in the seaweed wrap and too much rice. Rice bowl was good but too much rice not enough other stuff. Chicken skins were not as crispy as expected, came out chewy and a bit stringy but that's a tough one to get right. Flavors were great all around.
As a huge fan of daikaya and bantam king, we were roundly disappointed by this meal. I had several conversations with the restaurant telljng them this was a business dinner of 8, but when I arrived, 8 people were smashed into the table and there was no room for me to sit. We were moved to two tables side by side, but the set up made it impossible for the two tables to talk or share the small dishes. The food was spotty, some good, some very bad. The server was pushy about upselling drinks and dishes. All-in-all, not at all what I expect from this restaurant group.
The food was outstanding! The steamed egg and custard starter (chawanmushi) was a delicious surprise, very unusual. The octopus, croquettes and the beef tongue were really really wonderful. The tuna in the tuna poke was very good, but we were not a fan of the diced yamaimo it came with (personal taste, didn't like the okra-like consistency others probably loved it). The smashed potatoes were good, but not amazing. overall a really wonderful dining experience, excellent service and a very cool ambience. Will definitely go back with friends!
It was our first time to the restaurant and we heard great reviews. We had arrived to the restaurant 30 minutes early but did not mind waiting until our reservation time at 8:45 PM. When it came time for us to be seated at 8:45 PM, our table was still occupied and we had to wait until 9:00 PM to be seated while there was a table available, but it was reserved for another party. Overall experience was good with the service and the food was good.
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