Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen
The Izakaya is a full service restaurant featuring small plates of Japanese tavern fare, as well as a full bar with cocktails, wine, beer, and a large selection of sake and Japanese spirits.
Great ambience. Friendly responsive service. Knowledgeable.
We ate late on a Friday and the D.J. was spinning -- that should be a good thing, but the sound system makes things very tinny and high pitched toward the back of the restaurant. We had a bigger group or we'd have moved to the bar :) Still, can't beat a spot that takes a 10:30 dinner reservation and the food is amazing.
Amazing as always! Thanks to the kind waiter, we order the best options!
This restaurant made me happy in every way a restaurant should. The food was well-presented, brilliantly made, creative and the overall experience was just great.
Our server was friendly, helped us picking the right items and the right order and was also always there when needed without being there all the time.
Will definitely visit again once I am back in Washington.
I wish you had the humba and sinigang lalalalalala
The food was inventive and fantastic! Loved the space and ambiance.
One of our favorite places. Excellent food and drinks.
We were at the Freer/Sackler all afternoon and then walked through a light drizzle to this cozy place up a narrow flight of steps- and it did not disappoint. We were promptly seated at a table we chose- and felt welcomed as overhead lights came on soon after brightening up an otherwise darkened space. This is Japanese fusion tapas- a rare thing and the first we had seen- we ordered grilled okra and zucchini, the chicken fritters and street food style pork- all tasty and well prepared- but the best were the pee wee potatoes which came in a large platter with delicious sauce. Friendly service, cheerful ambiance - and on this rainy spring day, we just enjoyed!.
What's not to like? The menu offers an eclectic mix of Japanese fusion and inspired dishes. Try everything!
This place is alright if you have never actually been to an Izakaya. Our waiter was stretched thin, trying to attend to 7 tables so I don’t fault him. The food takes forever to come out. The price isn’t worth the quality— yakitori is the crown jewel at most izakayas but here it was wildly unimpressive. Oddly, the best items on the menu are the catfish karaage and the grilled okra. Still this is one of the better Izakayas in DC, sadly.
went with work friends. loved the small plates, got to try a bunch of different thing
The food stands out as absolutely delicious and the service was excellent. We will continue to come back to this jem. The only downside is that sometimes it can get a little cramped as they seat guests "European style" with tables VERY close to the other. This makes it awkward when you need to get up from your table as you're forced to either shove your front side or back side into the other table's space.
Cozy yet hip
$8 for 1/2 an avocado, that should be all I need to say. Lacking some of the more staple Izakaya fare such as a better selection of skewer goods. Cacio e Pepe udon was all cut up into short chicnks this lacking the consistency you’d expect from a undo dish. The foods were honestly mediocre at best, the only dish in my opinion that stood out was the miso salmon and that one was playing it very safe. The mentaiko in the spaghetti was a bit overpowering the rest of the dish that other flavors were lost and thus lacking balance in the overall flavor. Both of the grilled beef tongue and the nira reba were overly salty. Given how it came highly recommended by several people I know, I find it highly overpriced and seriously...... no ramen if I made a reservation!?
Food is excellent, and the service was superb. Our server, Lucas, made excellent recommendations, and we very much enjoyed our dinner.
You really should serve ramen upstairs. All that bother stuff is good, but what if someone really wants soup?
Food were ok.
Izikaya is a great melding of Japanese and gourmet in a small plate format. The portions are decent size and prices are not crazy expensive. Our group of 4 sampled the specials as well as a number of menu regulars recommended by our server (thanks Isaac). We particularly loved the artichoke special and the grilled avocado (so smoky). The beef tongue was an interesting mix of tender and chewy. Chicken Kara-Age is better fed to the kids (think tempura tenders), but overall very good and interesting flavors. Complimented by one of the most diverse sake lists and Japanese whisky menus, this place is definitely going on our "must-return" list!
We had been wanting to come to Izakaya during our next visit to DC and we are glad we did. The food quality is good and the flavors profiles pleasing to the palette. What stopped us from providing a full recommendation is stems from the staff forgetting one important aspect/reason why we choose to dine at Izakaya. Our 9 year old daughter is fascinated with Japanese culture so for part of her birthday celebration we wanted her to experience some foods from Japan and also celebrate at the end of the meal. Although we did make a request when booking our reservation that we wanted a small celebratory acknowledgement at the end of our meal for our daughter’s birthday, we instead only received a check so we went to Magnolia for dessert which was excellent. Otherwise our visit was as expected.
I enjoy tapas style dining and have eaten at many tapas restaurants before. Here you get tiny morsels on a plate for $$$! Not worth it.
We ordered several dishes. The chawanmushi was the highlight. It had this amazing silky texture and the umami flavor was incredible. The sake I ordered had a hint of smokiness which I recommend. I also recommend the caramel desert.
Basically Japanese tapas. Small plates perfect for sharing among 4 people per dish, enough for at least one bite per person. Rocky Balboa, hotaru-ika no okizuke (not my favorite, bitter), pork and Brussels sprouts, chicken kara-age x2, burrata, grilled okra x2, grilled zucchini, grilled beef tongue, grilled tako x2, pork belly onigiri x4, and one of each dessert (there were 4). Ordered 1 bottle of sake and 2 other drinks. Just the right amount for 4 people. Favorites: grilled tako, pork and Brussels sprouts, grilled beef tongue. They were out of the grilled hotate and catfish kara-age :(
Daikaya is definitely a unique place. You can not get the same food that often. My fav in DC!
Amazing food even better service!
Awesome atmosphere, and really fun fusion menu. Service was a little slow, but still very helpful.
I've been going to this restaurant off and on for the last 4 years. The last menu change was pretty underwhelming. I miss the crab croquettes and the 3 versions of the onigiri dish! Overall, it was a nice evening, but I probably won't be back again since my favorites are off the menu.
They have an enough range of Japanese dishes. I'd recommend karaage, edamame and scallops.
Amazing food, amazing service, amazing ambiance. Will most certainly return!
Limited menu, no soups, no ramen
It sounded great on paper but the food was flavorless. We could not understand how that was possible but somehow they made it so. And we ate from all parts of the menu. For example, the catfish was good but the so called pickled ginger mayo sauce was dull. If you had not told me it was pickled ginger I would never have known. The rest of the food was meh. The service was quick but for our tastes, the waiter was a little too chatty.
They serve tapas style mini-plates and you are encouraged to order several and share! I loved the grilled avocado and many of the seafood dishes as well as the brewed green tea!
Great meal before a concert! Would recommend making a reservation, as it did get busy before the show.
awesome place!! amazing food. great drink list. very cool, very hip. felt like I was inside a Murakami
novel. will definitely come back..... represents the best that DC has to offer!
Amazing in every way. The food, service, ambiance were stellar. At an affordable price! Hands down, one of my top 3 favorite dining experiences in DC.
Our waiter Zach was top notch. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and helpful, as this was our first time restaurant. The food was excellent. Stylish decor and great music add to the ambiance. We will be returning.
Ordered the shoyu! Excellent broth
One the best places I have eaten at in DC. LOVE THE MENU! We will be back to eat our way through it.
The food was all fine but nothing I would order again. And when you shell out 40 bucks or more a person that adds up to a place I wouldn’t return to.
Very interesting and tasty Japanese small plates. The ambiance is quite with an eclectic decor. The service was great and the dishes come out quickly.
Out of five dishes, one was quite good and one quite bad and the others were so so.