Haikan

4.8
152 reviews
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$30 and under
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Ramen
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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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Delivery or takeout
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 152 People Are Saying
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4.8
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Too loud in there! But not sure what you can really do. People are just loud. Love the food and service is 💯

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

We highly recommend it. Delicious food (ramen) at a very reasonable price. Great service and nice outdoor tables to sit at in spacious area.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Absolutely love Haikan. Always a treat and as former NYers we LOVE their late hours. :)

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Food was great, Carl was very professional and helpful. Heidy was very kind and seated us to a large enough 8 person table.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Always a pleasure. Great food and atmosphere. Thanks for doing a great job.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Delicious flavors; wonderful ramen; great drinks and dessert.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

My brother and I took our mom here for her birthday. She'd never had ramen before and absolutely loved it. Service was excellent and included great recommendations both for food and for drinks. We also really enjoyed dessert!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Great service and excellent food. Nice place for a date, they have outside tables which is great.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The food is great. Best Ramen I have ever ate. People are very kind and friendly!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Food was great. Awesome Ramen!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Carl was very friendly and professional. Food is awesome!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Good meal and decently full for a Monday night. Friendly staff who were helpful in explaining the menu to first time diners. I would recommend Haikan & will return.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

All expectations met for an awesome bowl of ramen. Will plan to go back again.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Went there to get dinner before a movie. Prices were a little high, the food was good but if you like spicy, make sure to add a "spice bomb" to your ramen bowl.

Wouldn't be opposed to going back sometime, but not in any rush.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Second meal at Haikan -- I'm now a firm fan. Delicious food, friendly service that doesn't slip into overbearing, and the overall enthusiasm of the staff for the menu is clear and endearing.
It works if you're in a hurry, but we felt no pressure to abandon our table. And we love the way the restaurant can be opened to the sidewalk. We'll be regulars.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Super awesome!

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

The food and service were both wonderful.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

I love this place! (Happy hour until 8- hard to find in DC!)

Service:
1st visit I went with a large group of friends to celebrate a birthday. We scored one of the large outdoor tables and had an amazing server. I wish I knew her name to give her credit. She was very attentive despite group members arriving at all different times and incredibly friendly. She even comped the dessert we ordered for the bday girl (with candle!).

2nd visit our service was not as good. Our server was again very friendly, but he was managing the bar in addition to our 5 person hightop and didn't check in often (despite only a few patrons even sitting at the bar). This wasn't a huge deal, but we definitely would've ordered more drinks and appreciated if he'd poked his head over more. At times we couldn't even find him near the bar.

Food:
SO good! The buns are amazing - both times our table has placed multiple orders for these. Our waiter mentioned that there's a countdown for how many they have in inventory, so I guess we're not the only ones who are obsessed. Lots of other fun tasting items on the menu - the crab rangoons are quite good and the jalapeno jelly they are served with is delicious. I also really enjoyed the Amazu-Veggies. I wasn't sure what some of the veggies even were, but they tasted great.

As for ramen - it's all good, you can't go wrong. I love that they offer 1/2 portions. This allows us to order a few different items without filling up on just ramen.

The Gin and Juice cocktail they just added to the menu is fantastic, but easy to forget you're even drinking alcohol. The Draft Mule has a really smokey flavor, so beware if you're someone like me who's not into that. I passed the drink off to my girlfriend who enjoyed it though.

Atmosphere:
I've only ever been when their garage door style windows/glass doors are wide open and it's delightful. Open and airy and just what I'm looking for in a happy hour spot.

We'll definitely be back - can't wait to try more!

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Delicious! Great atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

My husband grew up in Japan and is always on the lookout for "real" ramen, particularly miso ramen. The smaller bowl of ramen was perfectly adequate for size and great flavor. We were a little surprised at the ground pork as that wasn't something which is common in Japan in our experience. But it was fine. Loved eating outdoors.

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The food, particularly the ramen was underwhelming, after having been to one of their sister restaurants in Chinatown. The noodles were kind of dry and the broth was less flavorful than that at Bantam King.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Still thinking about the delicious ramen. Can’t stop thinking about it, in fact. Service was friendly, helpful and punctual. Everything was amazing!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We tried the pork belly, the poutine and the shoyu ramen with the vegetarian bomb since the server said it was spicier than the regular bomb. I thought the appetizers were ok, but the ramen was amazing. It was really tasty, and the small portion was still a lot and very affordable. I would definitely go back again to try some different appetizers and especially for the ramen. It was Pride weekend, and the restaurant was very busy. We had made a reservation, and there was no wait for our table. Our server was very nice and attentive even though he was super busy because the restaurant was so busy.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Everything was excellent EXCEPT the noodles. Expected a lil better.

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1.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We sat indoors, and the windows were open since it’s summer. Five seconds after we sat down, a bug flew into my friends’s water. Throughout the meal, we had to wave bugs away from our food non-stop. We eventually decided to pack all the food to go because there were just too many bugs flying around.

Haikan, just like daikaya, had fantastic food, but I will never go back to haikan unless they fix the bug problems.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We chose this venue for the uniqueness of the menu and space, to celebrate the kickoff the new season of our TV show. The ambience and menu were very impressive to our guests. We all loved the food and the service was excellent. Thank you for helping us make the occasion even more memorable!

CLB, Producer & Host #CLBLive

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

I used to love this place, but the dinner I had two nights ago was very abbreviated due to the rush from the wait staff. There was a rush to get beverages ordered, the appetizers and entrees were barely finished when the staff took away plates. When we indicated no dessert, we were brought the check before we even asked for it. It was a very rushed and impolite crew that evening, and that part of the experience totally lowered my overall perception of the evening. In addition, the pork belly was ALL FAT and rather unsavory. The place has gone from one of my favorite spots for ramen to now one that I will likely avoid.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

It was my first time eating here, although my family had visited in the past. We were seated inside at first, but it was extremely loud. We were moved to an outdoor table which was much better. The food was fantastic - especially the fried chicken wings which was one of the specials that day. I look forward to going again.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Our favorite ramen restaurant in DC. Never disappoints and is a good value. We go whenever we are in the area, usually before going to a movie at Atlantic Plumbing next door. Always get the shoyu with a spice bomb and whatever app specials they have that day

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was delicious. The value was great because we were able to take advantage of some happy hour specials; otherwise drinks would have been overpriced. Our server was friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Very delicious ramen: broth is fresh, noodle is rich in flavor and size is ample.

Good place to come with family and friend. Very casual environment and service with smile not to mention quick.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

It was dope.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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