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Nama Ko, Washington, DC

Nama Ko

4.6
4.6
323 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Nama Ko is a Japanese-inspired restaurant and craft cocktail bar by James Beard award winning chef Michael Schlow and executive chef Derek Watson, where honored Japanese techniques and innovative twists live side by side in perfect harmony. The dinner menu includes creative appetizers and entrees, along with a full sushi offering of nigiri, sashimi, signature maki rolls & more. Check out Nama Ko's collection of Japanese whiskeys and sakes, and craft cocktails. Brunch hosts DJs, singers and live music and includes bottomless drinks, dimsum-ish appetizers and entrees. Finish your meal with Nama Ko's soft serve ice cream & desserts from pastry chef Alex Levin.

Happy hour includes gratis dishes from the kitchen!

Join us on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for a special 10+ course tasting menu at the Omakase Bar. Seating is extremely limited. Reservations are available https://bit.ly/nama-ko-omakase.

Valet parking is now offered Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings from 5-11pm

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Creative Japanese
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 815-9203
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Derek Watson
  • Neighborhood
    U Street Corridor
  • Cross street
    14th between T/U. Valet Parking is on Thursday, Friday & Saturday night
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    We are located one block away from the Green line's U Street Corridor stop.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 323 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

323 Reviews
  1. AJil

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious sushi and crazy good desserts. Very attentive service.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great sushi. Kitchen was running behind, but the servers were very kind

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  3. RonPhillips

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    WOW...the food here was and is amazing!!! Will definitely come back when in DC...a hidden gem!

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  4. RaitisG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We split the omakase sashimi and some a la carte sushi and sashimi. Expensive but top notch and worth the expense IMO. We will be back.

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  5. AlexisR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our experience was good the service was great! The wagyu dumpling were great and the the ribeye fried rice was good! I would recommend getting the egg cooked instead of sunny side on top of the rice.

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  6. CamFung

    Salt Lake City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Their happy hour menu and pricing are extraordinary! Kudos for serving such amazing sushi fare. We also ordered off the dinner menu which was equally sophisticated. Their 5-eats tuna special consisting of high fat to low fat tuna was something super special. A must if you ask me. Thank you to Cesar for attentive service and wonderful suggestions. We will be back the next time we visit DC.

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  7. ChefDC

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice atmosphere and the service was very good. I recommend the brunch. The mimosas have fresh squeeze juices.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    service staff seemed disjointed and uncoordinated. Took very long for anyone to acknowledge us after being seated. One didn’t seem aware what the other was doing. Price too high for what it is

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great service! Good ambiance even for a special occasion. We did a date night and it was perfect. Drinks are 10/10.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing and I hate that I forgot his name! The dinner menu is phenomenal and I highly recommend this place.

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You can order delivery directly from Nama Ko using the Order Online button. Nama Ko also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 815-9203.

Nama Ko is rated 4.6 stars by 323 OpenTable diners.

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

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Google Map for Nama Ko

1926 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009-4431

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    14th between T/U. Valet Parking is on Thursday, Friday & Saturday night
  • Neighborhood
    U Street Corridor
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Creative Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    We are located one block away from the Green line's U Street Corridor stop.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Derek Watson
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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