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.
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.
GET THE RICE BALLS!!! Life changing.
A fun night with lots of interesting new food and excellent service.
Portion sizes small and very expensive. You have to pay for soy sauce which is bizarre. Waiter was great
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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.
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.
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!
So much fun! Food was amazing, drinks were great, service was great.
Food was outstanding. Awesome ambiance and DJ. Don’t be afraid of the raw food. Try the plum dessert wine!
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.
Good Izakaya menu!
Would be better if rice and noodle improved.
The music was too loud. I could not hear my conversation.
Fantastic food, but very noisy. The music was so loud that it was hard to have a conversation.
Always a great spot to grab dinner. Customer service is top-notch!
Entering up the steps of Daikaya Izakaya
Incredible food, service, & environment! Thank you for a lovely experience!!