Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen

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1466 reviews
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Reservations are for the upstairs Izakaya (NO RAMEN!) only and not for the Ramen shop.

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.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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WI
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 :(

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daikaya is definitely a unique place. You can not get the same food that often. My fav in DC!

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere, and really fun fusion menu. Service was a little slow, but still very helpful.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have an enough range of Japanese dishes. I'd recommend karaage, edamame and scallops.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service, amazing ambiance. Will most certainly return!

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Limited menu, no soups, no ramen

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MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

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TG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

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GK
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal before a concert! Would recommend making a reservation, as it did get busy before the show.

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l
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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LL
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ordered the shoyu! Excellent broth

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LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One the best places I have eaten at in DC. LOVE THE MENU! We will be back to eat our way through it.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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MT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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W
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Out of five dishes, one was quite good and one quite bad and the others were so so.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GET THE RICE BALLS!!! Life changing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A fun night with lots of interesting new food and excellent service.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Portion sizes small and very expensive. You have to pay for soy sauce which is bizarre. Waiter was great

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m
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

food was bad. food was bad.food was bad.food was bad.food was bad.food was bad.food was bad.food was bad.food was bad.food was bad.food was bad.food was bad.food was bad.food was bad.food was bad.

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SE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love ramen at Daikaya downstairs (no reservations and communal seating), so we decided to try Izakaya upstairs where we could make reservations and have a more quiet dinner. We were not disappointed. Three of us enjoyed numerous small plates for dinner, including grilled avocado, grilled okra, miso marinated salmon, catfish kara-age, pork & brussels sprouts and udon noodles. Our daughter proclaimed the sprouts were the best she'd ever had. The draft cocktail of aperol and sparkling sake was also refreshing and delicious. It was a great meal.

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PK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was very interesting. Many dishes that I chose had an Italian flare. I do not eat pork or a lot of seafood so I did not have as many options but the veggie dishes I had were quite good, especially the grilled zucchini. The ambiance was very cool and it was relatively quiet since I went on a Sunday night.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I visited Izakaya for the first time over the weekend and we will definitely be coming back! The Catfish and Chicken Kara-age were delicious and the Grilled Chicken Skin was phenomenal. Although I cannot recall her name, our sever that evening was extremely kind and helpful. Will definitely recommend to anyone I know who may be visiting DC in the future!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun! Food was amazing, drinks were great, service was great.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Awesome ambiance and DJ. Don’t be afraid of the raw food. Try the plum dessert wine!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I’d beent to Izakaya during many past visits to DC. The ambiance of the restaurant is still beautiful and you still get greeted with warm hospitality. Unfortunately, the quality of their food has gone down substantially. We only had one dish that was of great quality, the rest tasted old or bland, one even that we barely ate more than a bite of.

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Z
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Izakaya menu!
Would be better if rice and noodle improved.

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The music was too loud. I could not hear my conversation.

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d
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, but very noisy. The music was so loud that it was hard to have a conversation.

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JV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot to grab dinner. Customer service is top-notch!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Entering up the steps of Daikaya Izakaya

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, service, & environment! Thank you for a lovely experience!!

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b
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Izakaya is a solid date night choice. In addition to having great food (small, shared plates), it's a pretty chill vibe in a somewhat intimate space. My boyfriend & I shared 7 different plates, each of which was different in it's own right. The stand outs were the octopus, beef tongue special, and burrata. I was too full to have dessert, but I'm looking forward to it next time.

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Novel Japanese fusion cuisine served in tapas-like fashion. The food is good, but portions tend to be small, so figure on 4+ dishes per person (and budget accordingly). We ate at Izakaya on 2nd floor, would like to try the ramen shop on the 1st floor sometime.

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K
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beef tongue and rice ball with pork are delicious! The ambiance of the place is cool and the waitstaff is on point. Only minor issue is that it the noise level (from everyone having so much fun!) is a bit loud. If you're old, that might bother you a bit. But, push through it, and enjoy the food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Place was way too loud.

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JF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice food and place!

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