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DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA, Washington, DC

DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA

4.5
4.5
2065 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Please be advised that the reservation is for the Izakaya on the second floor and not the ramen shop on the first floor. The ramen menu is not available at the Izakaya. The Izakaya, located on the second floor of Daikaya, is a casual restaurant that serves Japanese comfort food to accompany a diverse selection of bar offerings. The izakaya experience is perfect for after work, before a big night out, as a full supper, or for late-night bites with friends. The cuisine is freestyle and adaptive in nature. Each izakaya in Japan puts its own touch on its menu items. The plates are typically small so that one can sample many different items.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Izakaya, Creative Japanese
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 589-1600
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Katsuya Fukushima
  • Catering
    Unfortunately, We don't offer catering.
  • Private party contact
    Josh Eshelman: (202) 589-1600
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Cross street
    Between G and H
  • 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.
  • Entertainment
    DJ's every Friday and Saturday night.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

What 2,065 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

2,065 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best Izakaya food we’ve had since we’ve been to Japan!

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  2. JeanieO

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was really very good, and the service prompt and friendly. The down side is the noise level. The music was too loud for conversation, so everyone has to use an outside voice, which just makes it noisy. Our waitress turned the music as low as the owner would let her. We have a person in our party who is hard of hearing (and wears hearing aids), but the background noise was so high, he couldn't hear any of the conversation. And I would recommend Izakaya to a friend with the caveat that the noise level is not conducive to conversation using your inside voice.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food—have never had anything bad here. We always leave wondering why we don’t come more often.

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  4. ClarissaM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Food was amazing. Drinks too. Fast service.

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  5. Lava

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service food and value! Okra dish was amazing! We’ll definitely be back!

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  6. stagewoozle

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A little expensive, but very good food. Would have been nice to have more variety in the types of skewers, but we left full and happy.

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  7. MaryE

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good not great. The yakitori skewers were the best part of the meal everything else was just okay.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. SirMixAlot

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and drinks prior to going to a Wizards game at Capital One Arena. Wait staff and bartenders very friendly.

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  9. LyndaR

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Daikaya was a delightful find in Chinatown, DC. Nestled behind the Capito One Arena, the restaurant was captivating from the start. Low lighting, subtle music, and a menu full of Asian specialties made for a wonderful culinary experience. It was a new take on the Latin staple Tapas dishes. Small plates it a great way to share, and we did that all night. Don’t miss the Lamb Chop, Grilled Avocado, or the Chicken skewers. Don’t miss this little Gem of a restaurant the next time in DC. Oh and lastly, the service was excellent. Ask for Max if you get a chance.. his suggestions were spot on!!

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  10. LuceroW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely delicious! The service was amazing as well. When we first sat down it took about 30 minutes to get one of our drinks, but the servers were very kind and super on top of it. They comped the drink which was very nice of them. Overall it was a fabulous experience. We will 100% be coming back!

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  11. MarthaC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite DC restaurant right now. Unpretentious, delicious, interesting food. Good drinks. Unique vibe.

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  12. spatzdo

    Washington DC

    180 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun for restaurant week. Great cocktails. The salmon and chicken were both amazing

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  13. ThatKimFischer

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I was so sadly disappointed in our experience. I’m guessing it was because of restaurant week, but overall the food and service were just not great. I was really excited about going then felt embarrassed for bringing my work colleagues there when all was said and done.

    1 person found this helpful

  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always great, I always look forward to eating there. Being in the food business myself, I don’t praise often. Great experience always!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I would give this place ZERO stars if I could. They literally called me 5 minutes before our NYE reservation to let us know that they were out of menu items. When we got to the restaurant, they told us they were out of even more menu items. Very very poor planning and I am very disappointed. This was my NYE plans and I was unable to enjoy it and had to look for other person. The owners should be ashamed of themselves for poorly managing this business

    1 person found this helpful

  16. TCinDC

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant with a great vibe. Food is adventuresome and excellent.

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  17. CHFogey

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We hadn't been to Daikaya Izakaya in some time, but I'm happy to report that it is still excellent. The dishes were beautifully presented, and delicious. The gyoza were particularly good, and we all appreciated their wonderfully crispy chicken wings. I'd also like to give a shout-out for their "Rocky Balboa" appetizer. My son ordered it to try the sea urchin; I was a bit skeptical, but it was simply excellent.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Came from eating ramen from their other establishment, Bantam King, so we were too full to order a lot off the menu but what we did have was delicious and kept us pushing for the rest of the night. Yummy and creative drinks! Will visit again with an empty stomach.

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  19. spatzdo

    Washington DC

    180 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and drinks. Love the grills avocado

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  20. Jennifer

    New York City

    99 reviews

    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious! but the menu could be more varied. We ordered twelve dishes and ended up having chicken four ways. The pork belly and Brussels sprouts skewers are a standout.

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  21. JarenK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a decent spot. Great beverage list and super fast yet pleasant service.

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  22. SofiaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time in DC, and decided to try out DAIKAYA for the first time. I am so glad I did. I was in town to celebrate my birthday and the experience at the restaurant so amazing from the host to my server, I kept welcomed and special. Definitely made my night!!

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  23. DanC

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    5/7 were sick after visiting this Japanese restaurant

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  24. RachelC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place!! Went for an anniversary dinner and was surprised how cheap the food was for the quality! The drinks were great as well. Definitely coming back (:

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very disappointing and not worth the money. Have been to better Izakaya style restaurants. Server was inexperienced and did a bad job

    1 person found this helpful

  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant! Awesome servers and staff!

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  27. DennisK

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Shoyu Ramen was outstanding. It was full of delicious flavor. The dinning experience was memorable.

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  28. NicoleN

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    My party of 3 made a reservation for dinner ahead of the Dave Chappelle concert. All was good while the place was nearly empty but once more than 12 customers showed up the wheels fell off. It took a very long time to get a draft beer, and even longer for a wine and ginger beer drink - the cold Saki we ordered never materialized, and neither did one of the dishes we ordered, which the waiter had to order twice becaue it "got lost." We had to pay and leave to make the concert. Ultimately the waiter removed the Saki that never arrived off our bill but we paid for the food that never made it. The food we did get was really tasty. The waiter kept apologizing for the drinks being delayed saying that the bar just got "slammed." There looked to be at least 4 people in the bar area crammed into the same 2 foot space and wait-staff crowding around scrambling to figure out what was happening with their drink orders. Mixed drinks taking some time I can understand, but draft beer, cold Saki, and wine? Why can't the wait-staff pull drafts, pour wine and Saki? And given a very popular concert going on across the street, and reservations, surely a busy night was not a surprise. Shame.

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  29. soheeg

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Other than skewers, the restaurant didn't really have Izakaya food that I love and hope to see. Ambience is good for drinks.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. RichardS

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our time. Arrived during happy hour, but they also have a great selection of Japanese shochu and also mock tail options. The food was fantastic. Ambiance felt very authentic. Highly recommend for a informal relaxed fun time.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As someone who has lived in Japan for two years, I had high expectations for this downtown izakaya. However, my experience fell short of what I anticipated. While I typically appreciate a chef’s unique take on classic dishes, the menu here seemed more Americanized than authentically enhanced, deviating from the traditional izakaya essence I was looking forward to. Additionally, the portion sizes were notably small compared to the prices. Understanding that izakayas serve tapas-style dishes, I still found the value to be lacking. On a positive note, the ambience was pleasing and the service was generally good, although we did experience a delay in being seated despite having a reservation, and the service at the bar was somewhat lackluster. Overall, while there were some positive aspects, the dining experience didn’t quite meet my expectations.

    1 person found this helpful

  32. EntertainsVisitors

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is small plates, very unusual and delicious!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time with my colleagues. I loved the food, drinks, ambience. Our server was fantastic, have us great recommendations and never made us feel rushed even though we showed up an hour before the kitchen closed.

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  34. Rick

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative, hip, modern, savory, enjoyed by adults and children. thank you.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was ok. I don’t understand any amount of hype. Service was so bad I wouldn’t go back. One drink arrived half way through dinner and the other one not at all. Canceled it with waitress but they tried to bring it as I was paying the check anyways, so we sent it back. Server never showed up to see how everything was going. Tables shoved so close together your conversation is shared with neighbors. Went downstairs after for a decent ramen meal.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I had great memories from my first experience at the restaurant. This time it was not as outstanding as it used to be. We had a good time though.

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  37. MelissaG

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Daikaya has a great vibe - funky, fun, very Japanese. It is a bit noisy, so just expect that. The food is tasty and comes in great small portions to where you can try a lot of different things.

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  38. JorgeG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere although noisy. Excellent food. The Izakaya style allows you to try different items on the menu. Very good drinks. The service was excellent, making choices easy.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu was very limited and the portions were small. We did not enough the taste of our food. The sodas were flat and the service was very slow.

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  40. TamaraJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Easy to reserve spot and enjoyed the variety of options. All the food tasted good.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA using the Order Online button. DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA is rated 4.5 stars by 2065 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA

705 6th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between G and H
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Izakaya, Creative Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Katsuya Fukushima
  • Entertainment
    DJ's every Friday and Saturday night.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 589-1600
  • Catering
    Unfortunately, We don't offer catering.
  • Private party contact
    Josh Eshelman: (202) 589-1600
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