Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen
The ramen is only served at the Ramen Shop on the 1st floor, which does not accept reservations.
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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Our server was great, but the portions were very small for the price.
negligible amount of food
not even tasty
ex. half an avocado with soy sauce for $8
at least the yolks weren’t overcooked
A little too artsy-fartsy, nouvelle cuisiny for me. Less Asian than a guy in the kitchen experimenting with various concoctions some interesting, some not. You'll still be hungry when you leave. The prize is the always crowded ramen joint downstairs.
Limited menu for brunch.
Especially for the Okinawa spotlight, I would have liked to see some more respects to the prefecture. The music was typical DC bar music and loud. Service was attentive but a bit confusing woth2 different waiters.
Great food, great drinks, great time.
Had a wait a bit after our reservation to get seated, but they were clearly packed. Food was amazing, each item packed with flavor and presentation. The poke upside down bowl, catfish karaage, and special tofu custard were standouts. Sake is pretty pricey, but we had a carafe of a great one for under $40. Strong recommend, maybe not on a weekend for your first time.
A friend visiting from AZ.
What a great evening! Our server help us through ordering a great variety of dishes. Loved it all. Be sure to get the pork and Brussels and the salmon.
We had dinner with a friend from out of town and got a table toward the front d sad o we could have a conversation without shouting . The server was excellent, particularly in identifying begets options on the menu. Outstanding dishes included the catfish, octopus, edename, and avacado. Great menu, ambiance, staff.
Great foody experience
Incredible experience!! My boyfriend and I loved the scene, the music, the ambiance. The food was DELICIOUS, unlike anything we’ve ever had. Definitely looking forward to our next visit!!
Great food and drinks. Would definitely recommend to a friend and go back again!
Amazing spot! I came here for brunch with a few friends - I would also definitely come here for dinner. I love the cute brunch menu though. They are served in light plates, I would recommend getting 2 dishes per person (and even then it's not bad price). The food is amazing quality, and between the three of us, my party tried an array of both sweet and savory dishes. I highly recommend their version of the chicken and waffle- which was taiyaki and their delectable fried chicken - this dish was a mix of savory and sweet. If you're looking for just sweet, their french toast is AMAZING, although it was the last dish to come out. Savory-wise, my friends LOVED the wagyu burger. I also enjoyed my Sisig platter (which is easy to share amongst a group whereas the others were not as much.) SO many good dishes to try, I want to come back to explore more of the menu soon!
Greatly appreciated that our waiter gave such good and honest recommendations. Ambiance is perfect for a date. Would recommend.
Some things were excellent and some things were very average
Always love my meals here. But the Valentine’s Day portions and overall value weren’t great. $200 tab, and both me and my date got pizza after.
Amazing food, and great service by our server Lucas. Will def be coming back. For ramen too!!
It was good, but, I would t come back. Nothing to write home about.
Great food, wonderful service with reasonable price!
Not as good as previous visits. Quality of preparation has become sloppy which makes me sad.
This restaurant is conveniently located to the Harman Theater. Our server was careful to get us out in time for a 7:30 performance. We ordered a number of things to share. My favorites were the tender and flavorful beef tongue and the creamy grilled avocado.
Even my picky 5 year old loved it!
Really good food. Good for those of all appetite sizes. The background music was a little loud, but otherwise it was a great experience.
Very tasty, creative fusion cuisine; deep selection of Japanese whisky; modest prices.
Reservation a must. Shared several dishes. Two things stick out. Skip the rice ball. Not what my family made and this one is overpriced and unflavorable. Fried whole fish is a winner.
Tried for dinners when we were in dc, but no openings. Went for lunch on our last day and it’s was great. They even made me an off menu Rocky Balboa because I said I was hoping to have it and it wasn’t on the brunch menu!
Love this place! The food, service, and ambiance were great. A real gem.
It was nice and quiet at lunchtime, it gets quite noisy at dinnertime.
Fantastic experience. It was my GF and I’d 1000th day celebration and they custom printed a menu for us. Entire experience couldn’t have been better.
Overall, the place seemed promising but we were disappointed. The whole concept was a bit baffling — Japanese tapas — but we tried to keep an open mind. A few things:
(1) We had to spend $100 to feel full for 2 people. Everything seemed a bit overpriced -- $8 for chicken skins seems a bit much. But the grilled avocado and scallop were really good.
(2) The menu seemed to be a hodgepodge of “asian fusion.”
(3) the ambience was nice. But the music was weird and all over the place. At one point they had gospel music playing?
(4) We felt sick after leaving.
(5) I’m kind of mad that I spent $100 on this.
Absolutely had a blast. Great food and music and waiter. Not a bad dish to be found
The food was excellent. The “Americanized” options were our least favorite, but it was an overall great dinner with plenty for vegetarians and carnivores alike.
Great food as always.
Delicious! Really enjoyed the winter 2020 restaurant week menu. Looking forward to going again!
Disgusting. Four courses of actually gross food. Most “bad” meals out involve bland food or food that was either over cooked or under cooked. The restaurant week menu from 2020 was not that- it was a shocking combination of awful flavors combined with poor cooking execution. From slimy, musty eggplant to tomato soup so tangy it made your mouth hurt to udon noodle soup whose broth tasted like socks, a truly terrible meal.
Normally this is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Unfortunately the restaurant week menu was just not up to par and I felt bad about recommending the restaurant to my friends with such limited options. I also think it did not reflect well on some of the best entrees they have to offer like croquettes and edamame and chicken thigh skewers
The best food ever
The wagyu burger was amazing and the service was great! The ambiance was also beautiful.