Daikaya

4.7
1703 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
DAIKAYA WILL BE OFFERING THE RAMEN MENU ALONG WITH A LIMITED SELECTION OF IZAKAYA SMALL PLATES FOR DINE-IN SERVICE ON THE 2ND FLOOR OF DAIKAYA (IZAKAYA).

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1703 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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4.6
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vipsemoge
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We took my son for lunch for his 14th birthday. The decor is really nice and staff was very friendly. We had the spicy miso and my son had the super spicy shoyu. It’s was definitely super spicy!! He ate as much as he could but had to take the rest to go. We also ordered the gyoza which was pretty tasty. Overall it was a good experience I just don’t think their ramen options are as flavorful as other ramen restaurants that I have been to in DC. The lunch menu is probably also more limited.

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AndyM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In case you aren’t aware, they have outdoor seating, in the form of picnic tables. So great way to get ramen, fresh and hot, while still being open air... Especially if it’s a nice day out.

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KarenR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Will definitely go back.

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AleksAgo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time going. And it was amazing. I went with my family and it was such a nice time. Everyone put there phones away too talk and eat good food. Couldn't ask for anything more.

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vipKateD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great ramen!

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WendiT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food! Service was ok. Definitely a must try!

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Andy
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ate outside with the nice weather. Ramen was great as always. Tables are covered but wasn’t necessary for us.

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vipBRYANY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you
Always an amazing time

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ramen in dc!

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CarolinaC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brussels sprouts, beef gyudon quesadilla, and the fish taco were all a 10/10!

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vipDCSteven
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Ramen is becoming the latest culinary craze after cupcakes and truffle fries. Most new ramen shops are gimmicky, touristy and third-rate. But if you're a ramen purist looking for something similar to what you'd find in Tokyo or Sapporo, Daikaya is the place. Their noodles are excellent and the delicious broth options closely model regional variations.

A recent visit was marred by the challenges restaurants face in adapting to COVID restrictions. Instead of the authentic counter tables downstairs, the food is served in the upstairs lounge, with noisy music and kind of a bleak bar vibe. The service also felt perfunctory rather than welcoming and crisp. Fortunately, once those steaming bowls of perfection arrived, all that faded into the background.

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AuthenticM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing and they did well with the COVID restrictions. I really disliked how often the waitress came by and she also asked my husband if we were celebrating his birthday when I had put in our reservation that we were. For the small plates, they should specify how many pieces. We ordered a few things that looked like they could be shared, but it was only one skewer worth of food (2-3 pieces on a stick). The drive from our home wasn’t really worth it (30mins). We’ll probably only come by again if we’re already in the area.

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AleksAgo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So this was by far the best lunch I had all year. The ramen was harmonious. Absolutely wonderful. Perfect thing to eat on a cold day.

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MissL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Not as impressive as usual. Server or cook omitted our special requests. And ramen wasn't as hot as usual. Still, not bad. Everyone has an off day from time to time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing. Great energy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Recommend the catfish!

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SarahT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in DC! The ramen is so flavorful and the vibe is awesome.

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LuisDC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, their Ramen is the best in the area, highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

great food :)

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Riceballs
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daikaya is amazing as always...even in these covid days!

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ShamikaT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love this place! I travel over an hour to eat here. And now I have to travel with my infant. But it’s so worth it! This time the young guy at the front recognized me & called me by my name as I was walking up the stairs! I must say that made me feel special & he even assumed I’ll be traveling with my baby. He goes I have the big table, I’m the corner ready for you. I figured you might have had baby with you. He was sure right, lol. They make you feel comfortable here in a very uncomfortable time. I can’t wait to go back next week!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cleanliness was great.

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RachelE
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome food, tasty drinks, fast service, and the proper covid precautions were in place.

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Airuhcuh
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top tier experience! This place is never a let down! Food is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daikaya was still great and the social distance precautions made me feel very safe the entire time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My soup was cold.

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HannahF
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Daikaya, it is one of my go to places!

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KaraVan
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was delicious and the decor is beautiful

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Diamx0
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to many ramen places & daikaya has still remained my #1. This particular visit there was a mix up with my reservation, so i was compensated for my troubles with my appetizers being on the house. Great customer service, very attentive. I wish they would always sell ramen upstairs as well. Daikaya for the win!

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vipCherrodC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good food, service, and atmosphere. One of my favorite places in D.C.

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vipILuvRamen
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Daikaya is now accepting reservations, social distancing is occurring. Tables are far apart with dividers between booths. All staff are wearing masks. Service and food good as usual.

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FrankJones
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent izakaya style ramen shop. I’d go every day if I lived nearby.

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JayS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so authentic and amazing!!!

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MiAsiaJ
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the catfish its delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent! One of our faves when in DC!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. We felt plenty distanced from other customers. Will keep coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was a special date night and the service and atmosphere really made the night!

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ValerieT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I had Grilled Shitake Mushrooms, Gyudon Quesadillas, Cafish Kara Aged, Veggie Ramen and Spicy Miso Ramen. He loved the Catfish and Veggie Ramen. I had Spicy Miso Ramen. I added a spice bomb that made it better. I loved the Grilled Shitakes. All in all, we probably will go again. I'll order a different ramen and won't compare it to my favorite ramen place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. It’s always worth it!

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HotToddy
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even during COVID they pulled off something special! The menu was intriguing and the food was amazing (and a killer value)! We just kept ordering.

Pay them a visit. It's a fantastic place and a nice change from the ordinary; a real treat these days.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Daikaya using the Order Online button. Daikaya also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Daikaya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 589-1600.

Daikaya is rated 4.7 stars by 1703 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.