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.
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
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.
New Year’s Eve is always chaotic at restaurants, but Izakaya’s quality did not suffer! As always, the food was delicious and service very good. Awesome flavors and innovative small plates — one of our favorite restaurants in DC!
food is simply ok, service not great either.
ambiance is cool and drinks are good
Poke and recommended sake pairing from our server was good. Ambience was nice. Would like to try some of their cocktails perhaps in the future. Food wise—Everything else we tried(8 small plates) seemed a little expensive and kind of mediocre. Perhaps it was poor choices on our part. Really do wish that the Ramen was also upstairs. Would probably start with drinks upstairs and wait for an available table downstairs if we go back.
This is a pleasant restaurant with an unusual array of delicious food - Japanese small plates. The waiter was helpful in explaining the dishes, and the dozen or so small plates we ordered for a table of four showed up at a good pace over most of an hour. The Burrata and Tuna Poke and Pork & Brussel Sprouts and Grilled Hotate (scallops) and Grilled Avocado we will definitely order again next time. Some of the dishes were difficult to share - Chawanmushi, and the Rice Balls.
We sat is a booth, which was really a separate area with a roof for our party, and this made conversation easy. There were several sakes - I would order something a little more exciting than the kind we had (don't remember which one). There is a good array of draft beers.
The price was right.
Went to the Izakaya for lunch & had the pork belly kimchi donburi. Donburi was delicious and filling. Generally, the Izakaya is not crowded for lunch as many people go to the ramen shop downstairs instead (there is no ramen at the Izakaya). Lunch price point is good, food is tasty and arrives quickly, but service can be a bit slow.
Everything we sampled was delicious and packed with wonderful flavor! Even the cocktails! Try the grilled avocado!
Great food, highly recommend! It was Japanese small plates, got 10 to share with 4 people and seemed to be the perfect amount.
Great food and service. Very innovative. The Tuna Poke and the crispy brussel sprouts with awesome.
great food in Penn Quarter
They have amazing service here! I am always astounded every time I go.
Food was amazing. Seating was way too cramped. Felt uncomfortable the whole time.
AMAZING! Went with most of the specials and some of the other items that were unique and creative. Everything that was recommended (sake and meals) were delish. In food heaven!
Had to wait over 30 min after our reservation time to be seated.
Izakaya (2F) was an experience from the beginning to the end. Our service (I think he was the manager?) was so funny and provided such great service from his knowledge of whiskey to sake. He made our night with his recommendations. Overall Izakaya (2F) was beautiful inside, and had amazing food. Perfect atmosphere, great eccentric music for some dimly lit conversation and lots of laughs. Must go!
Food left more to be desired but the ambiance was nice.