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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
Our experience at Daikaya Izakaya was uneven. We were there for my birthday and though the reservation indicated the special occasion and was confirmed via phone message, there was no acknowledgement at the restaurant itself (much less a drink or dessert). Our waitress was aloof and at times rude, failing to answer questions about the menu and seemingly uninterested in the quality of our experience. Out of the seven menu items we tried, four were excellent (CHAWANMUSHI, HUMBA, Edamame and STUFFED SHISHITO PEPPERS), two were just okay (Mackerel and Cod Roe Spaghetti), and one was inedible (Beef tongue skewers). Generally, the food was underseasoned and the portions were small, even for a small plates restaurant. The ramen, downstairs, is exceptional, so it was disappointing to have a mediocre experience at Daikaya Izakaya.
My girlfriend and I love Izakaya. We have gone more times than we can count now and have items that we fantasize about for weeks before and after each occasion. I always appreciate when Jeremiah is our waiter as well because his knowledge of wine always impresses and improves our experience. The digestif he recommended this time was also superb and it was a perfect finish to our delicious meal.
I've always come back to this wonderful place, for HH, dinner, drinks & have never had a bad experience. It's become my "go-to" for myself, as well as my partner & friends. Everyone that has come here has had a great time. I love the experimental foods that rotate on the menu, the drinks & the decor. I always have felt like I've stepped into another world which is a great feeling to have. A food journey that has expanded my palate & taste. I can't wait for my next meal here as I know it won't dissapoint. Cheers to a great team, staff & welcoming environment, keep up the excellent work!
One of the best dining experiences from start to finish. Excellent staff! Food was amazing! We started with apps and drinks in the main restaurant and then went downstairs for ramen! They were extremely friendly and knowledgeable! A great time all around! Can’t wait to go back!!
We’re a couple of out-of-towners who went for a date night during restaurant week. The restaurant week special tasting menu was amazing as was service. Ambiance was intimate with fun music and nice ‘mood’ lighting. Arrived a bit earlier than our reservation but we were seated promptly. So happy with our experience and will definitely be back for more!
The occasion was our daughter's birthday, a pretheater dinner, followed by a play. Unfortunately, it was D.C. restaurant week, the place was packed, noisy and they only served the special menu.
The food was very good, but it took a long time and we had a deadline. I will definitely come back on a normal day when we can enjoy each little dish properly.
After Theatre. We haven’t been here for about a year so it was a real treat. The waitress went out of her way to accommodate my husband and I as it was a fixed menu for restaurant week. The salmon with carrot purée was fresh and tasty. We ordered two items from the bar menu. The dishes came at regular intervals. All delicious and beautifully presented. We look forward to coming back and enjoying the regular menu again.
Always worth the trip! Menu changes slightly over time, but many solid staples such as Japanese 'chicken and waffles' with wasabi butter, homemade giant french toast, and Lox and onigiri are always must-haves! Dishes are small and great to share, and/or have tapas-style tastings. Cocktails and teas are fantastic. Non-alcoholic options such as homemade ginger beer are also wonderful. Whimsical decorations and kind wait staff top this fun, delicious location! Highly recommend for groups and dates. (Pictured - Pork and brussels sprouts, lox and onigiri, and wall decoration)
We came from restaurant week and I, unlike other people had a very good time! I will say, our only issue was that our meals came out at different times. I would have preferred if each meal, little bites to entrees to desserts came out together so we aren't looking at someone eat while we wait for our own food. Outside of that, it was worth the wait and we will be back again!
Went during restaurant week. We've dined izakaya style in Japan and NYC and this doesn't compare. Food here was dumbed down and not very good. Waiter thought he was being helpful but the food and drinks that came out had no relationship to his explanations. Why is melted american cheese on anything?
This restaurant was recommended to us by numerous friends, but both my husband and I were very disappointed. We enjoy good food, but are not picky eaters...and all but one of our shared dishes was of poor flavor and quality. I couldn't even eat my main dish because it was so bad.
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.
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