DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA

4.5
1775 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 1775 people are saying
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tarab
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for an absolutely amazing dining experience! The food was absolutely incredible as was the service. Can’t wait to come back!

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RebeccaC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried about 3/4 of the menu. Absolutely delicious. Great drinks - try the "Violet, you're turning Violet, Violet!" for a treat. Service couldn't have been better - our server was attentive and friendly and really focused on our experience, but wasn't obtrusive.

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vipOther1
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful dining experience, and the server was very helpful and engaging.

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and atmosphere. Never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was good. It used to be my favorite restaurant, but the new menu isn’t as good as the old one.

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jini
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got a bunch of little things to share with a friend, and all were delicious (grilled avocado was a must). Service was excellent, and our server knew his way around Japanese whiskey 🥃 and shared his wealth of knowledge (along with a few whiskey tastings), which was so appreciated. It’s pricey but worth it if you have the means. Would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff were very nice and accommodating

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DanT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here was great! Really knowledgable waiter. I really enjoyed the fried chicken and firefly squid off of the daily special menu. Definitely order a wide range of things if you can!

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IrisB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! My husband and I lived in Japan for 2 years and going to Daikaya felt very reminiscent of our time there.

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Samantha
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, flavor packed bites. Great service and great prices! Will definitely be going again

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience here, the food and drinks are always on point.

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Friday
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a Restaurant Week menu review. We'd like to go back and try a lot of other things on the regular menu. Even some Restaurant-Week menu items, like the shochu pairings, weren't available, but we went the last night of Restaurant Week, so that's quite understandable.
The limited menu seemed really well chosen and each dish was delightful. We've had the experience of going for a Restaurant-Week menu and wanting to pick up fried chicken on the way home. But Daikaya 2F The Izakaya ensured that at least a couple of the courses were quite substantial--for us, the shishito peppers, the spam and the pork belly w Brussels sprouts was perfection.

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Alice
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

*IZAKAYA only. I think if I had the chance to try their regular menu rather than their resteraunt week menu it would have been better. Service was mediocre because of the long wait, and the inconsistencies between each course ( there was three of us and sometimes one of us would have to wait 10 minutes for their course while the other two got theirs). The setting is very dark so don't expect to get nice lighting for your food pictures. Pricing and portion sizes was also a disappointment, I wish I just got ramen instead.

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LauraB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The restaurant week menu was a bit disappointing. We love the regular menu and frequent the restaurant.

The jimamidofu tasted like a dessert, which was disappointing. The mentaiko udon (in comparison to the fantastic mentaiko spaghetti that used to be on the menu) was a bit bland and underwhelming. The warabi mochi was bland as well.

With that being said, we loved the potato salad, pork & brussels sprout skewer, grilled avocado, spam & egg donburi, and taiyaki. We will definitely be coming back again and again for the delicious regular menu!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food1service5ambience5

The restaurant week menu is just flat out not good compared to the items you can select from their standard menu.

Had I known that it was only going to be this menu from the get go, I wouldn’t have bothered. I found out the day of and I figured I’d still go, as the meals I had prior were awesome.

I just find it crazy that the main entree of the menu were all cheap plates that I could make at home, i.e. spam and egg donburi (not creative whatsoever - only one with protein aside from the cod roe which hardly is), curry rice, and the cod roe udon - in our case spaghetti since you ran out of udon.

Restaurant week is to attract people to your restaurant and I don’t think that menu would result in anyone returning that has good taste in food. In my case I’ve been before and really have no interest in restaurant week, but good food is good food and this just wasn’t.

Despite this, I will be returning for the standard menu, since I’ve had good experiences otherwise.

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IanL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, food was delicious and the cocktails were amazing.

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DrDan
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

On recent Fri. night during Restaurant Week, each course was a pleasant surprise, but the American music was a bit too loud for such a fine Japanese restaurant.

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gi703
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

A complete mess. Four days prior, I made a reservation for 6 people for 7:45pm. We had arrived 20 minutes early around 7:20-7:25pm and checked in, and were told that our table wasn't ready yet. No big deal - we didn't mind waiting, as we knew we had arrived early before our reservation time. Our party told the hostess that we were going to grab a drink at the bar while we waited, and the hostess said we'd receive a text once our table was ready. There were enough seats left at the bar for only two of us to sit, while the rest stood. Again - not a big deal, if we were only going to wait until our agreed-upon reservation time.

Come 8:05pm, we notice that that are still some empty tables around the restaurant, yet no staff have come to talk to us (still waiting at the bar) about our own table. We see another party that had arrived after us get seated at their own table (who knows, maybe they had a reservation as well?). One of our party members goes up to the hostess stand to ask for a status update, and is told that our table would be ready "shortly". We're a little annoyed, of course - someone asks me "didn't you make the reservation for 7:45?" - but surely we'll get seated soon, right?

It isn't until 8:30pm that we're finally seated - 45 minutes after our supposed reservation. I can understand having to wait a few minutes, even 15 maybe, for a table to get prepped, but a whole 45 minutes passes AFTER our reservation time for us to get sat. Never mind that we had also arrived 20 minutes early. We were standing at the bar waiting for over an hour. This conveys to me that the establishment is not respectful of customers' time, and is sorely lacking in professionalism. Mistake made - I'll be bringing my business elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was to die for. I am definitely coming back here for birthdays / special occasions. Stellar service

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AdamS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great but the tatare portion was "overwhelming" you expect all of the dishes to be small at your restaurant but there tartar given when you order I'd enough for 3 to 5 people, we expected it to be enough for 1 or 2 people

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vipEastBay
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
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

JD
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
25 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ramen is very good and dumplings too!

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DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA is rated 4.5 stars by 1775 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.