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Haikan

4.7
119 reviews
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$30 and under
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Ramen
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  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Ramen, Japanese, Japanese Speciality
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Wednesday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Friday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

Dinner:

Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12 midnight


Happy Hour:

Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Bar open till last man standing

at least an hour after kitchen closes .
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Phone number
(202) 299-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Katsuya Fukushima
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th St NW
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Parking details
There is street parking as well as public parking under the Atlantic Plumbing building.
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Public transit
U Street-Shaw Metro Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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.
What 119 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Incredible. Shoyu will change your life. Super charismatic wait staff, all around great place.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was slow, but food was good (except for one of the appetizers). Good overall.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The miso ramen was amazing and so flavorful. The service was rushed and not great, but the ramen worth it. This place is good for casual dining or a quick bite

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Very fun lunch at Haikan. Our server (Tony) was terrific and gave us good advice. The ramen is excellent (and the big bowl is, in fact, big). LOVED the pea-sar salad -- imaginative and delicious. Will definitely be back, especially after learning they serve late on weekends.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

I went to this restaurant based on an article written by opentable and requested what was pictured and was told the picture was from a different location and they didn’t have all the items pictured. That left me a tad bit annoyed with open table.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Expensive 🌚

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Extremely friendly staff. The food was great!

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The food was decent and the environment was nice and clean. The customer service was horrible. They were under staffed and inefficient. Waiters and waitresses were rude and seemed unhappy.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Love dis joint. Casual w/ yummy apps n top rated ramen. Friendly staff

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Best ramen I've had so far. Food was really good and so was the service. Price is reasonable too.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

This was my third time eating at Haikan and each time I come the experience gets better! Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable. He was also really accommodating to our group when we couldn't figure out what wine we wanted, and he made sure to take extra care of my friend with a nut allergy. The food was DELISH! We got the crab rangoons and the roasted veggie apps and they were great little bites while we waited for our ramen. I got the vegetarian ramen add veggie spice bomb and add veggie egg and it was perfection. Highly recommend adding a spice bomb (even on the side)!!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Delicious noodles with friendly staff and an open restaurant (whole side of building opens up like a door).

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I travel to DC for work every couple weeks, and have made plans to get to Haikan the last 3 trips in. Their ramen is top-notch, delicious, satisfying, hearty, flavorful (I could go on). Great service, food delivered quickly, bright comfortable atmosphere. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

haikan is right up there with the best ramen spots in dc, highly recommended

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Everything about this place is great! I went there for a friends farewell dinner and it was fantastic. I will definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

In one word, superb!Right up the block from the 9:30 club.
Great food. Make a reservation. It gets packed and not really a good waiting area. If you can't wait, takeout. Food is that good!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Oh my gosh what an awesome experience!!! We were in town for work, Love Asian food but never had authentic ramen. Our server was fabulous, ambiance was great for celebrating a birthday and I just asked our server to surprise me. So incredibly delicious!!!! I had a mildly spicy broth with spiced egg, corn, and all the other stuff that comes with the ramen. Loved the raw seaweed on my friend’s ramen. So good!!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I love the ramen!! It's a popular spot so a reservation may be necessary for groups.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

amazing service... helpful and knowledgeable. food was good, but if you're looking for a quiet dinner.... go early

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great appetizers & delicious ramen

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Loved the food at Haikan! Would absolutely go back.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I love ramen and Haikan did not disappoint. We also enjoyed their non-ramen appetizers (crispy pig ears and fried wontons). We arrived early, without the rest of our party, but we were immediately seated to our table. We stayed in a booth, which was a bit tight for a party of 6, but this was not an issue for us. I don't thing there would have been any other place inside the restaurant where they could have seated us, anyway. Staff were friendly and efficient. We will definitely return and recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Delicious! Order the crispy pig ears and whichever ramen takes your fancy (I usually go for the Shoyu) and you’ll have an incredibly yummy dinner with fast, friendly service. I’ve had ramen at several different places around DC and NYC and Haikan manages to keep it super flavorful without dousing it sodium. Definitely give it a whirl!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food. Trendy. Noisy.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Hostess was rude. The waitress was rude. Food was great if u can get past the inexperienced wait staff.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I went for dinner on my birthday with some friends and the staff was amazing. Jonathan was accommodating and hilarious as our server. Haikan is by far one of my favorite restaurants in the U St. neighborhood and they are vegan friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Consistently great! I think it’s the best ramen in the city.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Delicious ramen and fantastic cocktails in a lowkey place!

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The appetizer was great (crispy pig ear) but the ramen itself was extremely bland, under-seasoned, and lackluster. It tasted like noodles and onion water. I had the Shio and my friend had the Shoyu - when we asked our server for salt or soy sauce to help bring out any flavor he rebuffed us and told us that the dish already had plenty of salt.

Used to really enjoy Haikan - will think twice before booking again.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I had heard of Daikaya and it was recommended I try out their sister restaurant on U St (my S.O and I were going to a concert at 9:30 which is right around the corner). Loved the ambiance and the food was delicious! The Spicy Shoyu was delicious!!!

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Sort of pricey, but the food was excellent. Pork belly appetizer and fried oysters were delicious but small plates. The Ramen was also excellent.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Solid ramen and apps, nice space, great service. Noise level higher when full but still manageable.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Fantastic - warm welcome and delicious and authentic ramen.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

I love Haikan, amazing ambiance, food, service, everything. The rotating specials are also a nice treat. I would eat here every day.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food is delicious, but definitely pricier than other DC ramen spots. We had a reservation, but ended up having to eat at the bar because the table wasn’t freeing up. Wouldn’t recommend going here before a movie (theater next door), but rather waiting until afterwards so you don’t feel rushed.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The crab Rangoon was sublime. The ramen can only be described as transcendent.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Best ramen in DC!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great soup, happy hour until 8pm, and excellent service!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Went for lunch and had a great experience. The waiter was very knowledgeable and gave great tips for what add-ins to get, and the ramen was incredible.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

In my opinion, Haikan has some of the best Ramen in DC (I also love Daikaya, which I wasn't surprised to find out are the same folks behind Haikan). We started with the cucumber salad
which was simple, very flavorful, and easy to share. The cold crunch also provides great balance to hot bowl of ramen. I got the spicy shoyu which had a pleasant amount of spice and a broth that was balanced. My friend got the traditional Shoyu and it was delicious with a really rich broth. I'll definitely get that one next time I go and perhaps add the "spice bomb" add on.

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