Daikaya

4.6
1739 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 1739 people are saying
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Erik
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Really nice environment. Incredible ramen.

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DonM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
31 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
2 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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AngelaM
Las Vegas
2 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Menu keeps changing around, we checked Daikaya’s website when booking and it seemed like they had a decent number of small plates available. However, the day of it was ramen only which was a little disappointing. It seems like they’ve changed to advertising it as ramen only now.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spicy miso ramen is one of the best I’ve had outside of LA and better than several I’ve had there. The sake was flowing, the special Cherry Blossom Festival cocktail was tasty, and the Gyoza were so good we ordered a second plate. I will definitely be coming back next time I’m jn DC.

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RamenReviewer
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This place was highly reccomended by friends nearby but the food was pretty subpar. We ordered the spicy miso and the vegetarian ramen. For the price of ~$15 each, we expected better quality than what we received. Ambience and service was good but that can't make up for food that seemed to be overpriced. Akira and Jinya ramen were far better in my opinion.

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Elizabeth
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to try ramen everywhere we go and DC was no exception. It did not disappoint! Restaurant was clean and atmosphere was very nice. We were a bit disappointed that they didn't have any more of their Cherry Blossom inspired drink and it was only 1:00 pm but otherwise, it was a great experience!

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Jenn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Ramen shop! Go about twice a month and it never fails!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. If you want a true ramen experience, this is the place.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it :)

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WayneE
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our first time although one of our guest has been several times and was the reason we were trying it out. I had the Spicy Miso and it was great. Started out thinking I would need a go cup and finished it all. The spice bomb was perfect. I split it with our guest and was just enough for our spice tolerance. We will definitely come again.

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blaineb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service was on point - food was great and consistent since our last visit - quite prob due to covid limited seating capacity

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sandram
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely love Daikaya. delicious ramen options. It's one of our DC favorites.

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Sarah
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ramen and awesome service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and COVID safe :)

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vipsemoge
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipmfrepko
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Restaurant tried very hard to be COVID safe.

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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.

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 4.6 stars by 1739 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.