Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen

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$30 and under
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Japanese
Reservations are for the 2nd floor Izakaya and NOT for the Ramen shop, located on the 1st floor.

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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EG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatly appreciated that our waiter gave such good and honest recommendations. Ambiance is perfect for a date. Would recommend.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Some things were excellent and some things were very average

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and great service by our server Lucas. Will def be coming back. For ramen too!!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was good, but, I would t come back. Nothing to write home about.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service with reasonable price!

SG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not as good as previous visits. Quality of preparation has become sloppy which makes me sad.

MV
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even my picky 5 year old loved it!

WW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really good food. Good for those of all appetite sizes. The background music was a little loud, but otherwise it was a great experience.

P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very tasty, creative fusion cuisine; deep selection of Japanese whisky; modest prices.

WF
Washington DC
229 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The food, service, and ambiance were great. A real gem.

M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was nice and quiet at lunchtime, it gets quite noisy at dinnertime.

N
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

F
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience4

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.

OT
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely had a blast. Great food and music and waiter. Not a bad dish to be found

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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.

LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Really enjoyed the winter 2020 restaurant week menu. Looking forward to going again!

KG
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

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.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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

AD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food ever

SB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wagyu burger was amazing and the service was great! The ambiance was also beautiful.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

A
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

大晦日の夜に行きましたが、スペシャルディナー65$のみの提供でした。料理への工夫は認めるものの値段に対して味と量があまり充実していなかったです。
せめて年越し蕎麦があれば嬉しかったです。

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ML
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

food is simply ok, service not great either.
ambiance is cool and drinks are good

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

T
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything we sampled was delicious and packed with wonderful flavor! Even the cocktails! Try the grilled avocado!

IL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, highly recommend! It was Japanese small plates, got 10 to share with 4 people and seemed to be the perfect amount.

s
Washington DC
133 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Very innovative. The Tuna Poke and the crispy brussel sprouts with awesome.
great food in Penn Quarter

KJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have amazing service here! I am always astounded every time I go.

f
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Seating was way too cramped. Felt uncomfortable the whole time.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Had to wait over 30 min after our reservation time to be seated.

YF
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food left more to be desired but the ambiance was nice.