Reservations may be canceled 48 hours in advance. Within 48 hours or no-shows will be $25.00 per guest fee.
Tasting menu requires participation of the entire table and is not available after 9:00.
Valentine's Day Pre Fixe$125.00 per person
Feb 11 - Feb 14, 2022CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 72 HOURS OR NO SHOWS WILL BE CHARGED $50/PER PERSON VALENTINE'S DAY & WEEKEND (FEBRUARY 11TH-14TH) ******Our Ala Carte Menu will also be available****** VALENTINE'S DAY PRIX FIXE $125/per person; an experience to be shared Amuse First course: Several small plates to include Kampachi Second course: Sashimi & Sushi with a savory foie gras tart Third course: Chilean Sea Bass & Filet Mignon Dessert: Chocolate Tart & Japanese Mochi
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Japanese A5 wagyu with yuzu sesame dressing, shio kombu, puffed forbiddenrice and quail egg
Shishito pepper-miso purée, puffed forbidden rice, pickled shallots, shiso
Service was great but food didn’t match the price
Service was poor and food portions were extremely small.
Diego, I'm so sorry for the experience described here. Please reach out to me directly, as I'd love to make up for the experience. Look forward to hearing from you. At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dt cm (we cannot leave emails on this platform, apologies)
Excellent customer service.
We take it very seriously & are thankful for you coming in, giving us a try & noticing. It IS hard to come by these days, isn't it? See you again soon we hope! At your service, Nick L., General Manager
4 drinks and an appetizer were $120. We came prior to a show at the anthem and ordered immediately, we never got our sushi rolls and left without eating. We allocated an hour and 15 minutes for dinner and left without eating. It would have been nice if they had comped the drink. Also I ordered a cosmo and asked for the house vodka and they still up charged me $3. Mandatory 20 percent service charge so no incentive on the waiter’s part. So all in all, not very impressive. Drinks were fine neither bad nor amazing. Ambiance is good but the smarter way to enjoy this place is the bar or just come for dessert.
I'm so sorry for the experienced described here. Please reach out to me directly, as I'd love to make up for the experience. Look forward to hearing from you. At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dt cm (we cannot leave emails on this platform, apologies)
The ambiance was wonderful and the restaurant was beautiful, with stunning views and decor. Unfortunately…
We went expecting to get the reasonably priced happy hour deal. Although it was not mentioned anywhere online, the happy hour was only at the bar. We ended up paying full price ($20+ per roll) for below average sushi (not fresh enough to serve without mixing as “spicy”).
Great service (sat at bar) - gorgeous ambiance, views... energy. Don't know why so many neg reviews - we had a wonderful expereince.
Madi - thank you so much for the kind words. We have one of the most beautiful bars on the Wharf, and THE friendliest bartenders - so glad you enjoyed all! We are at 4.5 Stars, so we're doing ok! Thanks to folks like you - a heartfelt Thank You & hope to see you again soon! At your service, Nick L., General Manager
Fantastic service, and delicious food. As a vegan, I was skeptical about going to a sushi restaurant, but they had many options and all that I tried were tasty. It was about 40% full, and pretty noisy, so I am glad it was not busier at that time. Nice place for a fancy date.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the super kind words & for coming in and giving us a try! So glad you enjoyed everything & while yes, it is of course a great place for a fancy date, we are also a great place to pop in for Happy Hour or grab a casual Tuesday night dinner! Hope to see you again soon - fancy night out or otherwise! At your service, Nick L., General Manager
Ambiance was awesome, service was weird, it doesn’t make sense If your coming to table 20 times. Food was definitely average.
Berk, Thank you for the kind words about ambiance. My apologies, however, on service & food. Please, if you have a moment, email me your thoughts on what exactly you had as I will pass along to our Chef. My email is nick@nara-ya dt cm (we cannot put emails on this platform, my apologies) At your service, Nick L. General Manager
Music to loud, prices are very high, portions small; plates were prepared and exhibited in an artistic manner which was enjoyed but could live with less presentation and more value on the plate.
Don Thank you for celebrating a birthday with us last night - hope you enjoyed the Matchamisu! However, I am sorry you felt the way you did about the music & the Value component. Regarding the music, I so wish you had said something to the numerous staff here last night (I am in the enviable position to have a full staff). With regards to value, please keep a lookout for a new(ish) menu roll out happening in the next few weeks that addresses this. Hope you'll give us another try then! Nick
This place really is the hidden pearl for the area amazing food service and overall experience. I truly believe food is more than nutrition and energy More about embracing yourself with a defined flavor and experience of a culture well revitalizing your body. This place truly delivers with an amazing atmosphere incredible service and truly the most outstanding food.
Thank you so much for coming in & the kind words here! As restaurants were closing (still are), and millions lost (and are still losing) their livelihoods, not to mention their favorite eateries, we in the restaurant business were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by the public here in DC. We all speak about how surprised we were at how quickly that evaporated. Thank you for being the water that hasn't evaporated & nourishes us here! Please introduce yourself next time you're in! Nick L.
Excellent food but place is loud and nothing charming or authentic., feels like a big chain restaurant
Thank you for the 4 stars, though I'm sorry we weren't charming! We are the exact opposite of a chain restaurant - NaRa-Ya is independently owned & operated by folks who live in the DMV. Even this response is from me, the GM, not a nameless person in a corporate office. Hope you'll come back for the food...excellent food is not always so especially plentiful in DC sadly. At your service, Nick L., General Manager
Food was ok overpriced for no reason.
The service was ok since the tip was already included it did not matter .
Could have went somewhere else.
*My apologies you didn't find value here. We are going to roll out a new(ish) menu in forthcoming weeks addressing this concern. However, please do know that we only use top level ingredients here. *I'm sorry the service wasn't satisfactory. *There are indeed many great restaurants here on The Wharf! I must warn you, however, that here in the most expensive zipcode in DC they will be at a similar price point & may, or may not, offer the same, uncompromising high-level ingredients as we do.
Angel was an amazing server that made our girls day SOOO fun! Ambiance, food and drinks were all great. Will be back soon for sure!
Angel IS awesome ) Thank you for the kind words & 5 Stars! -Nick L.
Celebrated my boyfriends birthday and loved the service and ambiance. The food was amazing and love the decor inside.
Thank you so much for coming in, giving us a try & leaving the kind words! Hope to see you again soon!
Really great ambiance— food was a bit pricey but quality
Thank you so much for the positive review. When it comes to high quality food, there are in the end, no deals. In this country we are very accustomed to medium even if it can't, at the moment anyway, be a daily indulgence. Check out our revamped Menu in a few weeks & our Happy Hour available now!
Angel was amazing ! Loved the Tuna special and the food was amazing !
All of us, including Angel, say a heartfelt thank you for taking the time to give us the 5 Stars! We all hope to see you again soon!
Came in to celebrate my friends birthday! We had Alex as our server, there was nothing else he could do to make our evening better! It was perfect! Would certainly visit again. We mostly took video of the food, sorry I couldn't share pictures!
Sushi was 🔥. Eat up! Enjoy. 😜
Thank you so much for the kind words & I'm glad you enjoyed the experience so much! Alex & the whole crew hope to see you again soon!
Ambiance is fantastic between the unique entry and water views. Excellent experience stopped there. Sushi ordered was not memorable. Ordered spicy salmon roll and tempura roll and they were just ok. Ordered truffle salmon roll and it had no truffle taste. Asked for extra truffle oil as a result. Waiter said truffle taste was supposed to be subtle but it was non existent. Waiter forgot our starter order of cauliflower and sushi ordered was delivered to table in less than 5 minutes after order placed. When ordering dessert we asked what flavors of Mochi they offered and waiter said they were not able to share flavors with diners and it was the chefs decision. Never heard of a restaurant offering mochi on a menu without explaining the flavors. It would be like offering ice cream without saying the flavor. We opted for another dessert as a result.
I thank you for taking the time to write & apologize that we dropped the ball last night. Please send me an email directly, and I am happy to make up for the experience you received. Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dt cm (we cannot put emails on this platform, apologies)
Very slow service. My guests lost momentum after the extended wait time from small plates and roll to dinner. In face, half of the table grew tired and preferred to skip ordering meals.
Aside from the service experience, things went well.
My sincerest apologies for the slow service. Please reach out to me as I'd love to make it up to you. Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dot cm (emails cannot be left on this platform, apologies!)
Sushi was amazing. Three people ordered sea bass and the fish smelled really bad that they had to send it back. Resturant was very accommodating though. Gave us a round of champagne and more sushi.
Thank you for the kind words, and though I'm glad we were able to give you a terrific experience. Hope to see you again for some sushi!
Sushi rolls were good but nothing special in my opinion, so the price point didn’t make a lot of sense to me. The shishito peppers were very good and some were really spicy. The restaurant had great decor and is a cool place to hang out. I’m not drinking alcohol, tried one of their alcohol free cocktails and was really surprised that it was $12 before tax and service charge. Maybe I just don’t get it? But seems like what’s basically a lime juice soda shouldn’t cost as much as an alcoholic drink typically does. I think you’re paying for the vibe here and not as much the food and drink.
I am sorry you didn't enjoy every aspect here. I have passed your culinary comments on to our Chefs. With regards to non alcoholic drinks, I must tell you we put a lot of thought & care into them as having fun & creative mocktails is very important to our bartenders, the owners & myself. Several people in that group don't drink alcohol & love to imbibe a mocktail or two! As far as price, one of our neighbors a few doors down charges $14...with the same amount of love. Nick L., General Manager
Amazing food and great ambience and service! Would definitely go again!
Imaney, Thank you, so glad you enjoyed everything & we hope to see you soon!
Honestly, AMAZING!! Please go here and make sure you order the sea bass. The food was absolutely amazing, service was great and overall a beautiful experience. One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in DC
Thank you so much for the great review & 5 Stars! We are all, in this restaurant & in this business in general, working harder than ever. Notes like yours mean the world & we thank you from the bottom of our heats. Hope to see you again soon! At your service, Nick L., General Manager
One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Quality of the sushi was outstanding.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Hope to see you again real soon! -Nick L. General Manager
The starter came in the end of the meal.
We ordered tartar and the waiter didn’t say there is no tartar.
Lucas, I'm so sorry for that mistake & hope it didn't tarnish too greatly your overall experience. Please reach out to me directly next time you'd like to come in. Thank you for the high marks & hope to see you again soon! -Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dt cm (we cannot post full emails on this platform, apologies)
The service was excellent, the food amazing so tasty and the fishes are so fresh! Angel definitely do the experience much better.
Celeste, Thank you so much for the kind words! It was truly our pleasure and we hope to see you again here in 2022! -Nick L., General Manager
So delicious and the portions were huge. Service was great
Thank you so much for the very kind words Anna! Pleasure to have you & hope to see you again soon in 2022! -Nick L., GM
We went for the NYE experience and it did not disappoint! Not only were the food and drinks delicious, but the restaurant created special unique dishes to accommodate food allergies. The filet mignon and the sushi topped with scallops/wagyu were our favorites. We also really liked the duck with kimchi foam. We will definitely be back for sushi and the cool cocktails, like their “wagyu and whiskey never hurts”.
Many thanks for ringing in the New Year with us! Please don't be strangers here in 2022 - many surprises await you here at NaRa-Ya! Thank you for your kind words & hope to see you again soon. -Nick L., General Manager
NYE! Worth every penny!
Thank you so much for joining us here on NYE & so glad you enjoyed yourselves! Hope to see you again soon here in 2022! -Nick L., General Manager
Great way to bring in the new year
Kwane, Thank you so much for joining us here to ring in the New Year & I'm so glad you enjoyed everything! We definitely hope to see you again soon here in 2022! -Nick L., General Manager
The service was the worst ever. The food is good but way overpriced.
Gery, I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy your time with us. Please drop me a line letting me know where we fell so short & how we can make it up to you. -Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dot cm (we cannot leave full emails on this platform, apologies)
Pretty Decor but that’s the only noteworthy thing about this place
Jenn, So sorry you didn't enjoy your time here. Please drop me a line & let me know where we fell so short. -Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dt cm (we cannot leave full emails on this platform, apologies)
Awesome Chilean Sea Bass. Great service with Angel!
Paul - Thank you for the 5 Stars they mean more than you can imagine in this difficult time. -Nick L., General Manager
Unique take on traditional sushi and phenomenal taste.
Oscar - Thank you for the 5 Stars & we hope to see you again real soon! Appreciate the comments!
Angel was an amazing server and provided top notch service to my wife and I for our anniversary. The food was delicious and angel did a good job pairing drinks as well. The only downside was that I ordered the $300 wagyu ribeye and was a bit let down in terms of quality of the meat. It was tasty but have definitely had better A5 wagyu elsewhere. Besides that, an amazing experience that will have us coming back again! Thank you so much!
Thank you for the kind words & so glad we were able to make your anniversary special! My apologies for the Wagyu letdown, however. Please reach out to me directly next time you'd like to stop by - love to make it up to you. -Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dt cm (we cannot leave full emails on this platform, apologies)
The best sushi in the DMV; beautiful views; amazing decor; great wine list; WONDERFUL service. Thank you!
Karmela, Many thanks for the kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us & hope to see you again soon! At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya
Very cool design, delicious food, fun cocktails!
We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us & we hope to see you again in the New Year. Thank you for taking the time to rate us! -Nick L., General Manager
baller establishment highly recommend to anyone who's a fan of sicko mode sushi
Quin, One of our favorite reviews in a long time - thank you! Definitely hope you'll join us again soon & hope you have a wonderful New Year - hope to see you in it! At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya
Angel was excellent! He provided great recommendations and his service was five star!
The food was some of the best and most creative I have ever had! The smoked salmon was amazing but the Duck was one of the best dishes I have ever had. 10/10 recommend!
Villani, We've got such a great staff both in the front so glad you enjoyed all contributions! We all work so hard to provide the experience you describe, and reviews like yours make it all worthwhile - thank you. Hope to see you again in the New Year! At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya
Simply the best sushi I’ve ever had in Washington DC! Angel was our server abs he was incredible! He did everything he could to make our meal and experience phenomenal! Each dish in our 10 course tasting menu was exceptional! I can’t wait for my next visit to Nara-ya!
Teg, Wow - thank you, thank you, thank you. Reviews like this mean the world during these most difficult times. Hope you had a great Holiday Season & we definitely hope to see you in the New Year! At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya
Nara-Ya is rated 4.5 stars by 430 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.