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DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA, Washington, DC

DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA

4.5
4.5
1882 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 83 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Izakaya, Creative Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 589-1600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

Experiences

  • SUMMER 2022 RESTAURANT WEEK at DAIKAYA the IZAKAYA

    $40.00 per person

    Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2022
    SUMMER 2022 RESTAURANT WEEK at Daikaya the Izakaya (2nd floor) Menu inspired from the "Midnight Diner" TV series August 17th - 21st starting at 5 pm $40 per person for 4-courses - includes a cocktail or mocktail to start. Optional beverage pairing will be available (TBD for pricing and details) **The menu may be subject to change daily depending on the availability of ingredients** Please note that our normal Izakaya menu items will not be available during restaurant week and we will only be offering the Restaurant Week menu. Visit www.daikaya.com to view the menu!

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What 1,882 people are saying

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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
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Japanese

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  1. JB

    JuBe

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I love the feel of this restaurant. It's cozy and pleasant to be in the space.
  2. h

    heathers

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Both cocktails and dishes were imaginative and tasty! The server was helpful in steering us toward choices. And the decor was fun and different.
  3. MM

    MaxM

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, among the best sharable dining experiences in DC!
  4. j

    jczoso

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great atmosphere. Dishes were all well prepared and very tasty.
  5. M

    Meesh42

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We had an outstanding meal here a couple of years ago, so we were excited to return before a concert at Capital One Arena across the street. The two experiences could not have been more different. This time, the service was slow and terrible (think three requests and a 45-minute wait to get a beer, and multiple items on the bill that never arrived or we never ordered). Had the food been decent, the poor service might have been a side note, but it was terrible — almost completely bland except for a couple of overly salted dishes for variety (for context, we order 10 dishes across the different menu sections). Super disappointed as this was my husband's birthday dinner.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food tastes awesome but not many choices on the food menu. The drink menu has way more choices. Also, there’s a 22% gratuity charged ahead. It’s fine but just want to remind people who might miss noticing it.
  7. b

    babs

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fun bites and drinks. Grilled avocado is so good, we kept ordering it!
  8. CM

    CarlosM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Grat ramen and good choice of sake in a great ambiance
  9. N

    Natabuu

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and pretty small plates with a creative take on Japanese bar food. Try the fried garlic.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together. Great waiter - Lucas. Make sure you get him!
  11. SL

    StevenL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service from our server Lucas! Great music and ambiance.
  12. d

    davidk

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    It had been 2 years since we were last there. It used to be fairly authentic but now the food seems barely Asian. None of our dishes stood out; all were disappointing. Plus lackluster service.
  13. J

    Johnson

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time and they are consistently fantastic both food and service.
  14. M

    Marias

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved all the dishes! The grilled Avocado was delicious! Grilled lamb chops, fried chicken, Gyoza, the peach panna cotta. The only dish that was a bit disappointing was the octopus dumplings. The octopus pieces were chewy and we did not care for the Cheez Wiz sauce. We will be back! We enjoyed the whole experience!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Modern, stylish spot for our large group. Unique small plates. Very dark dining room but the host offered a table lamp. One critique is that ramen or noodles of any kind are not offered on the menu. Maybe offer one noodle special? The only thing missing.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Fishy fish in a good atmosphere. The menu seemed awesome but we just didn’t like the taste of most of what we ordered. The cocktails seemed great, too, but we didn’t go to drink.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We will probably come back just for the amazing Brussels sprouts
  18. S

    Scott

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The food was pretty good, but it's a shadow of it's pre-pandemic self, I understand that's a catch-22. The service was mediocre at best.
  19. AB

    AnneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere, ambiance, service and most of all the food! Definitely would come back! Thanks for the excellent experience!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    too few substantive menu options compared to past visits
  21. GG

    GussyGus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing small plates! Pricey, but hey.... That's show biz baby
  22. j

    jonathanflorence

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at DAIKAYA was an wonderful experience. The food was outstanding, and every one of the 10 dishes we sampled from the izakaya menu was exceptional. The tastes are unreal, releasing flavor bombs in every bite, and ingredients are fresh and well-curated. Also, we are pescatarians, and there were plenty of options for us covering seafood and vegetarian choices. On top of the food, the bar is top-level, with mix-master Laurel creating original, well-balanced cocktails from an inventive menu of Japanese-influenced creations. It's hard to think of a better restaurant in Washington in terms of food, drink, and value. Take any visitor to DC to this restaurant and show them the creativity that's happening by chefs in our city.
  23. J

    Jayc

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Overpriced. They advertise happy hour food and drinks outside, but once you enter they only have happy hour drinks and no food. The happy hour drink prices are not very happy either :(
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was delicious, drinks artistic and tasty, and the atmosphere was fun. This was an impressive Japanese food experience in DC’s Chinatown. I highly recommend it!
  25. SI

    ShaunI

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Not precovid but almost back to normal. Wish they would bring back the old deserts.
  26. J

    Jessa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Best izakaya I’ve been to outside of Japan.
  27. JK

    JamesK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. The entire staff was great- I sat at the bar but still interacted with several other members of staff who were friendly and engaging. John the bartender is fantastic, mixing great drinks and doing it quickly while being friendly and engaging with guests.
  28. a

    adamv

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Try the lamb chop, the karage and the okra skewer.
  29. t

    tommyt

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    tasty food decent service cool ambiance wish the portions were larger drinks were good 22% service charge wait time on food was a little on the longer side overall good experience
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Second floor reservation is not for Ramen. It’s for drinking and small portion food.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal. Everything was very good and our waitress was attentive and helpful.
  32. SS

    SolomonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing! Both my sons are picky eaters. They especially won't eat something if they don't know what they're eating. But at Izakaya, they ate the food without asking any questions. That's how good it was!
  33. J

    Joehoff

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic food and service. Our server, Lucas, was fantastic. He perfectly spaced out our dishes so we had a steady stream of fresh dishes coming out. I highly recommend ordering several plates and then asking them to disperse. It is not your traditional dining experience, it’s meant to be many small plates. I suspect some of the other reviewers that had poor experiences are not used to this style of dinning. It makes for an excellent evening. Drinks were top notch. It’s not a quiet restaurant but that’s why we went there, great energy and good playlist. Looking forward to coming back for many more date nights with my wife.
  34. NE

    NoahE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection, daily specials and drink specials. All of our food was outstanding, portions were reasonable and prices are fair for the quality. Highly recommend!
  35. M

    Miya

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    too expensive and extra service fee is surprising.
  36. JS

    JoeSchmo

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Our server seemed to be having a bad day and we could feel her stress being shared to us as customers through her attitude and un-friendly facial expressions. There wasn't a positive interaction the entire time besides the smile she seemed to squeeze out as we left the restaurant. It didn't bother me or my friend but it was noticeable and detracted from the entire experience. Attitude is everything. She still got the automatic 22% gratuity added to our bill so it felt like I was forced to tip someone who didn't attempt to provide basic customer service.
  37. KN

    KhangN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    They didnt have our table ready for our reservation then we had to wait 2 hours for our food after ordering.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Entire operation felt too mechanical. All gratuity seems shared. No incentive for staff. Early last call on a Friday night. No one cared about anything. Meh. The food was good but the experience ruined.
  39. d

    dcfoodlover

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a reservation for the upstairs part but they allowed us to sit downstairs and still get the upstairs menu to accommodate a member of our party who was on crutches and couldn’t get up the stairs, meaning that our waitress had to go up and down to take care of us but she still did it and was great!
  40. CO

    ChristianO

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible. One thing better than the next. Our server Lucas was great as well.

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

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 1882 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 83 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
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, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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

  • Executive chef

    Katsuya Fukushima

  • Entertainment

    DJ's every Friday and Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, 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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