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, 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

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (51)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Good for a Date (31)
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Fun (28)
Tapas (25)
Authentic (21)
Casual (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Cozy (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Great Beer (8)
Healthy (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Romantic (5)
Business Meals (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Spicy (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome space, creative food, attentive service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was pretty disappointing for the reviews and ratings I saw when I booked. I love japanese food and sake and tapas but this was overpriced and I was served many dishes that seemed haphazardly put together, and poorly thought out. I will not be back

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was outstanding. Service was excellent and knowledgeable. I loved every part of our experience!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Very interesting and delicious food with a very knowledgeable waiter as well!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I've always had good food here, and this time definitely didn't disappoint!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love the food here, so interesting and well prepared! No ramen, no sushi, no tonkatsu, no teriyaki... It's the Japanese you never knew you were missing. Love it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I have eaten here many times. I did not think the food was spicy enough this time. We had to ask for additional spice.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The food is over pricey based on its quality. Greatly disappointed!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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)

Tags: Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good service. Food was delicious but portions were pretty small for the price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was restaurant week do I felt like the choices were sparse and gimmicky. Selection of wines, discount sake was great. Our waitress was very kind and answered all of our questions. Would try again but now during restaurant week.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We went to Daikaya for restaurant week. It was three of us so we were able to get one of each item. Their special menu was delicious. They had a dj playing really cool tunes and outer server was really nice too. Great experience overall!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Came during restaurant week, which probably wasn’t a good idea. Service was very uneven, waiters seemed overwhelmed and we had to wait for a long time. The food selection was restricted and mediocre. Should have had the ramen downstairs instead....

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Loved the ambiance and all our food! This place has a wonderful happy hour and innovative dishes. Definitely a unique dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Very good food with great service to go with it. Very authentic and very delicious!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Possibly the worst restaurant in which I have ever dined. The food was coated with thicks layers of ketchup/mayonnaise type sauced that was meant to be a Japanese BBQ sauce. Underneath the food was flavorless and most likely just heated up in a microwave.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Awesome food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

First time...loved it! Outstanding service, very creative cuisine...unique!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Everything was excellent but it was crowded!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This place is spectacular! Japanese tapas at its finest. We had an amazing server who made the experience that much more memorable. We thoroughly enjoyed everything he recommended! Will definitely go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Very delicious small-plate-oriented Japanese steakhouse! It has vegetarian and pescatarian options. The banquette tables along the wall are a bit tight though.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great service! The food was okay but I'm kinda picky.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 2, 2018

super smal portions-but the servers warn you. Good dishes but $80 for 2 adults and a 12-yr old for dinner is not condusive. At least give some more options like ramen and soup

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Creative and delicious small plates based on Japanese favorites. Busy for dinner, so make a reservation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Out of several favorite items. Good experience but other times were better. As this is one of my favorite restaurants, I will go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Tapas, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was great!

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