DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA

4.5
1755 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • 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
What 1755 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEastBay
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Super small portions. Dined with 2 kids and 2 adults and ordered over half the menu and still hungry and we they are not big eaters. Should have known when a beer comes in an 8 ounce glass for full price. Sorry not going back

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DerekS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great whiskey list

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vipLauraW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Since the pandemic, this place has gone downhill. I’ve eaten at this restaurant 5 or 6 times prior to the pandemic and they used to have a robust menu with grilled skewers of various kinds, lots of different options…and now it’s a significantly paired down menu. Expensive, small portions = poor value. I’m not coming back to this place.

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MelissaL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I appreciated the allergen menu! It’s extremely hard ordering at restaurants with an allergy and your team was incredibly accommodating.

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stewartw
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, delicious food, a home run.

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Nathan
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and fun food! Ya selection of sake too.

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MichaelT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The menu seems to have changed post covid. Not as good as I remember

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vipRockvilleFoodie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They have reduced so many popular items on their menu. No yakitori, grilled beef tongue or steamed egg, Dassai, etc. I hope these items will come back soon.

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FoodieSR
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our second visit to this restaurant. The service and food were just like we remembered from our last trip to DC - great! The grilled avocado and grilled okra were both amazing. So simple and yet delicious. The shishito peppers, beef tartare and tuna-rice crisps were all flavorful and well thought out dishes. The strawberry sake was a good recommendation and worked well with our meal. We then went to the 1F to have bowls of spicy miso ramen that hit the right spot with extra ground pork and a second egg. Our server and and the host did a great job coordinating our 2F Izakaya reservation to be followed by a table for ramen downstairs. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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Jane
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We miss the old menu

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vipJuneDineAtBDT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Amazing fried chicken. Good portion for some dishes are jokes. Awesome warm service. Some dishes too salty.

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vipLizO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a hit--love the variety, inventive cocktails, specials, and service.

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Erika
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food tasted mediocre and portions are very small for the price that you pay. After Covid, it seems they reduced amount of food in order to cut costs….They even charge for a dime size of wasabi…$20 for not even one full octopus tentacle…more like half a tentacle. $8 for one small lamb chop, just one. This is how you lose customers. Unfortunately not coming back.

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ACMR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delight of a tasting experience. Thank you!

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AnnK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Food is mediocre. Great place to grab drinks and few bites. I would not recommend it as a dinner spot. This really is for happy hour and drinks+snacks

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT. FIVE STARS!!!!!

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ElizabethW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Reservation was supposed to be for Dakaiya however we were seated at Izakaya and were unable to order ramen which was what we were there to order.

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Erik
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Really nice environment. Incredible ramen.

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DonM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table order 3 different ramens, all were amazing, everyone was very pleased. The waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. Atmosphere is very cool. Menu is small which is good.

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vipFoodtraveler
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ramen is very good and dumplings too!

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AdiSM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best vegan ramen in DC, hands down. The fact that the sake, service, and ambience are top notch too makes it one of the best dining experiences in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server (Carl) was spectacular !! Offered lots of options for my picky guests. Very pleased with the overall experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We’ve been to Daikaya a bunch of times before and always enjoyed the ambiance/service, which were both top quality. Unfortunately we love Daikaya for their izakaya plates and that menu was severely limited due to COVID. Although the ramen was very good, we ultimately come here for their excellent small plates and probably won’t be back for dinner until/if that menu returns.

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vipSammyelcid
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Our second visit to Daikaya was somewhat of a disappointment. Food was delicious, but service bordered on atrocious. After being seated, we were ignored for 25 minutes. Only after we brought this to the busser's attention did a waiter arrive with water and utensils. Again, after the meal when we asked for the check, there was another delay. The restaurant had a dated feel: sticky table-top, marred wooden furnishings, leaky sink in restroom. Seemed to have been a big change since our first meal there several years ago.

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MichaelB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. A minor thing was the speed of service. But it is a pandemic so very understandable.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for our wedding Anniversary, and from the moment we walked in the staff was quick to acknowledge our special date and went above and beyond to celebrate with us. Everyone we meet acknowledged our anniversary and really made us feel special. The food was excellent. If we are ever back in the DC area, we will definitely be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Appetizer gyoza came out after we finished our ramen. Other than that everything was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Definitely a great spot, the ramen is dang good and the staff are super friendly. Some issues though were waiting 30 min with a reservation (covid related, sent Gyoza on the house) and being out of Shochu and Spicy Shoyu Ramen, the two things I planned on enjoying. Still enjoyed and would recommend, these are only temporary issues!

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VickyM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food bit pricey awesome ambience and would def return again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Love eating here when I’m downtown.

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Karthik
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Been here over 10 times. Great place to celebrate our anniversary.

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AudreyA
Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the shoyu ramen and gyoza along with the happy hour drink specials!

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
162 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Went on a Sunday (Mother's Day) - wasn't that busy. Pretty good ramen. Nice server. Atmosphere was dark and moody, very club-like. Tables were far apart. The best thing though was the only dessert they had, the purin. We would go back just for the purin! So very good. Would go back. Want to try their other place. There's a steep flight of stairs to negotiate and the other place (Bantam King) is on the street level around the corner - no stairs. It is also more brightly lit. Daikaya is very dark. Would recommend.

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LiliyaL
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved the food and people who work there. one of our favorite ramens.

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vipDCSteven
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ramen shops are popping up all over the DMZ, but if you want noodles with integrity and traditional broths and top-notch toppings, Daikaya and its sister property Haikan are the places to go. Sadly, COVID-19 shuttered the lively and authentic first-floor restaurant, and now you have to choose between eating outside on a gritty street or the dark and forlorn-feeling upstairs bar. Service is fine but perfunctory. It's a downbeat vibe, but the noodles make up for it. Traditional shoyu broth is excellent; also try the rich spicy miso broth. Some good apps here too.

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vipmartham
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite, whether their Ramen menu or hopefully their small bites coming back soon! Everything here is AMAZING!

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vipAngelaM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

We made reservations for the nice restaurant on the second story. When we got there, they moved us downstairs to the noodle shop. We sat at the table right next to the kitchen refrigerator, where the door was within 12 inches of our back when it was opened. We sat about 6 ft from the open kitchen, where steam would waft to the table along with the smells of all the meals that every other table had. I understand that COVID has required restaurants to make changes to space people out, but when you make a reservation at a nice restaurant you don't expect to be seated at a McDonalds.

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RenoFoodie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We actually booked our table for Izakaya but we’re shuttled down to Daikaya. The waiter explained that due to Covid, they are one restaurant. This should have been explained on the booking site, as we wanted the wider range of menu items that Izakaya offered. Very disappointed.

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JesseP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded all expectations! Best meal I had all weekend!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Laura was amazing and accommodating. It was a Raman first for our 9 year old. He loved it!

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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 1755 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.