Haikan

4.7
239 reviews
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Ramen
Haikan is our second Sapporo Ramen shop in DC after Daikaya. Haikan means, “pipe works” in Japanese, an ode to Atlantic Plumbing Building where we are located. At Haikan, we focused on creating the taste of ramen from the showa period, the golden age of ramen in Japan. There are over 1000 ramen shops in the city of Sapporo alone, and we are excited to share a completely new line-up of traditional Sapporo style ramen in DC. In addition to ramen, we are serving a playful selection of Japanese-inspired kozara (small plates) to share, or to start with, or to make a whole meal of by picking a few of them. Haikan's bar serves a collection of Japanese-inspired cocktails, and a concentrated selection of Japanese sake, shochu, beer, whisky, and more.

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7.7

There are plenty of places to get ramen in DC, but Haikan is doing it a bit differently. Try it for a casual dinner next time you're in Shaw.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Broth was amazing.

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KM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always top notch and the flavours bang on. I love this place anytime of the year!

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RS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My second rodeo at Haikan before a show at 9:30 Club down the block was almost as good as the first - I'm a bit of a ramen snob, but the sizable tasty bowls at Haikan don't disappoint, nor do the 32 oz beers they serve in a stein worthy of Oktoberfest that you can swim in if you don't feel like drinking. It's bright and trendy inside, and typically overcrowded for a not-so-large space, so be smart like me and make a reservation well in advance. Looks like their takeout game is strong, as well, as I witnessed about a dozen oversized bags ready for consumption by the front counter.

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p
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is friendly. The food was very good. I am not a huge ramen fan but I loved this place. I will definitely be back.

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c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were there for the girls day celebration with our student from Japan...and we all loved it. She confirmed that the food was aligned with girls day celebration and it made her feel connected to home and us connected to Japanese traditions. So fun. Thanks.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will always love this place !

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CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I never write reviews but I must command Haikan on their superior management skills. We had reservation for 8pm unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances which were not really the restaurant's fault we got seated at 8:30pm instead. Throughout our wait the manager kept updating us and apologizing and asked us for our dietary restrictions because he would bring us some appetizers. As we waited the bartender also gave us a free drink and when we sat down they brought us 6 free appetizers!! For 3 of us!! I mean, they were just overall so nice and thoughtful. They have a customer for life that's for sure. It also helps that the food is always delicious. The avocado appetizer was out of this world, i don't think I would have ever tried it if they had not brought it to us.

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KF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I ordered the vegetable ramen and had the “it’s always sunny” adult beverage. The ramen was yummy and my drink was refreshing. Loved everything. This was my first time at Haikan and I’ll definitely be back.

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A
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haikan is our favorite ramen place in D.C.! It is our first recommendation when someone asks for a ramen/noodle spot! Can't go wrong with the spicy Shoyu or vegetable broth

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice experience

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AI
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious 100% vegetarian ramen option. Perfect, balanced broth and tasty, springy noodles. The grilled avocado was great too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Ramen wasn’t freshly made. Too American for a Japanese ramen restaurant. They were even playing Hispanic music.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

No paper straws

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been unhappy @Haikan ❤️❤️❤️

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RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent ramen. The deviled eggs are also fantastic. Owners are the people behind Dakaiya, so you can expect amazing ramen.

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P
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I like the place and I go very often, but this last time it was a bad experience, because I made the reservation and it took like 15 min to sit then, they put us in a corner and it looked like they forgot about us, so the service was slow and bad,

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

As always, the food was amazing. Our service this time wasn’t the best.

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FT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Decent Ramen but really loud and crowded. Everyone was yelling to be heard. I felt my age, 42. It's also funny that part of the restaurant is built around the "kitchen" when it's just guys dunking noodles in hot water. Of course it's done that way in Japan but that's because of lack of space.

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LN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were top notch!

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TL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is me and my boyfriends fav spot for Raman. Tried me miso chicken wings this past weekend yummy in my tummy

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d
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Food was pretty good. Biggest problem is that there’s NO heating in this restaurant. Everyone was freezing, there wasn’t one person in the entire restaurant wasn’t wearing their coats. Apps came out but was cold pretty quickly. The “grilled” avocado ended up just being cold avocado served with salt and lemon! Ramen very tasty. Keep in mind all broth is beef,pork and chicken based so if you don’t eat any of those you have to get the vegi ramen bowl... which was very good! Also music blasting and pretty loud. Acoustics aren’t great so really felt like we were yelling most of the time. Restaurant has lots of potential because the food is good but needs some help in the ambiance department!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall really enjoyed ramen (veggie), apps (wings), but restaurant is interested in maximizing customers so we did feel a little rushed, reason for 3 vs 4 star review on service.

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LF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was super friendly and attentive in the front of the house, and the creative drinks and delicious ramen were on point - totally the reason we visited after seeing a movie matinee with friends. Two issues: it is very drafty at the high top table by the door (a negative in winter), and one order with a request for “1/2 noodles” arrived with basically “2x noodles.” Still very happy with the experience and will return!

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The squash dish small plate was so so so good. I have been thinking about it since I had it.

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NL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I CANNOT WAIT TO COME BACK!!! The food was amazing!!!!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great time! A few more veggies options would have been nice.

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MM
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, Healthy, Comfort Food - super welcoming, great vibe, delicious and healthy!

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent ramen at very reasonable prices in a really great space!

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YT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had long held firm that Bantam King was the best ramen place in DC, but my partner and our friends kept telling me that I was absolutely wrong, and that Haikan was it.

They were all 100% right.

Look, I'm not saying you can't get more creative, experimental, or even traditional ramen bowls elsewhere, but Haikan hits just the right middle points and has flawless execution.
Not to mention one of the best shochu selections I've ever seen, and fries that are to die for.

I'm excited to go back. Soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was friendly and the food was phenomenal.

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They sat us early and all the food and drinks were delicious. Service was great. I can't wait to go back!

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b
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is really good. The broth has a depth of flavor missing from most ramen restaurants. Good drinks also.

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DR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Ramen and service. One of the best Ramen we have had since moving from Japan. Plus Sapporo on draft. :). Looking forward to our next visit.

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time dining at Haikan. I brought a friend with me and it was her first time. She loved it! Haikan never disappoints!

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EL
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Ramen. Try the spice bomb. Great service.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is really good. Ramen is portioned well. We ordered poutine and a shoyu ramen.

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C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was literally the best ramen I have ever had. It was so good that we went back twice in 24hours! My husband and I both ordered the shio ramen with a spice bomb, butter and the seasoned egg. It was so flavorful and unlike any other ramen broth I've had. We got Japanese style deviled eggs and crab rangoon for an appetizer and it was fabulous. Run, don't walk here!

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d
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Seated immediately upon arrival, promptly received table service, and had zero issues throughout our stay. Killer food, friendly service, and great background music too.

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VG
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall the restaurant is very noisy but the food is absolutely amazing!

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