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Nara-Ya, Washington, DC

Nara-Ya

4.4
4.4
904 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Nestled at the heart of the District Wharf, NaRa-Ya offers traditional Japanese Cuisine with modern inflections. Featuring an elegant a la carte menu and available tasting menus, NaRa-Ya takes pride in the culinary artistry of the traditional Japanese kitchen while advocating a personal responsibility to environmental demands. It is our practice to source local produce, offer sustainable, farm raised, and wild caught global marine products while maintaining an unparalleled dining experience at NaRa-Ya. In addition, NaRa-Ya boasts an extensive sake & Japanese whisky list, including exceptional offerings rarely seen outside of the islands of Japan.

We offer Happy Hour Sunday through Thursday 5pm-7pm at high top tables and Friday (4pm-7pm) and Saturday (3pm-7pm) at the bar itself.

Reservations must be canceled 3 days in advance. Late cancellations and no-shows will be $35 per guest fee. On holidays cancellation and no-show fees will be $50 per guest.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Regional Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 301-8145

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian

  • Executive chef

    Chef Juan Rivera

  • Private party facilities

    Nara-Ya is delighted to host your private event or corporate function. Please inquire at info@nara-ya.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Cross street

    9th and Maine

  • Parking details

    While visiting Nara-Ya, located at 88 District Square, Washington D.C. 20024, it is strongly recommended to utilize Uber/Lyft. Parking is extremely limited on the street and in the garage.

  • Public transit

    Near: DC circulator, 54 Bus line; L'Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian Metro stops

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 904 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Great for scenic views

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Japanese

  • District of Columbia

    Great for scenic views

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  1. HH

    HangryHank

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    We all felt sick after. Everything was slow. Food was meh. Ambiance was like a cheese cake factory for sushi.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great night and the best sushi I've ever had. The Japanese oysters were sweet and delicious. Google Maps directions to get there had me very nearly lost though! 🤣😅
  3. HJ

    HelenJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were spectacular and exactly what we needed. I bit of "new and interesting" we enjoyed every bite. Kaleesha, our server, was fantastic. She gave good advice, guided us through the tasting menu and simply acted like she was glad to have us there. Really a pleasure.
  4. RG

    RichardG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sea bass was the best fish I had in a long time! It was cooked perfectly. Tasted amazing. Great presentation and ambiance.
  5. AK

    AshleeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food! Drinks were delicious! The view was very nice!
  6. R

    Rachel

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trendy place. Lots of young people. Great cocktails and sushi!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was great.
  8. T

    Ty26

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a beautiful restaurant! The view was amazing. The food was so delicious and everything was the perfect amount. The service was great and welcoming. Overall, 100/10!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Definitely the place to be seen with an amazing view. Food is interesting take on traditional Japanese. Drinks are fantastic
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was great service was amazing. located in such a pretty spot too.
  11. S

    Samara

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining option. Beautiful views and great food. I visited for my birthday and the staff gave me a card with a nice note.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Omakase with progressive elements. Date night ambience, excellent service.
  13. TK

    TursunK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. As expected, we had great time there.
  14. M

    Mike

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Very picturesque environment and great service. The wagyu tartare marrow dish needed bread to soak up the marrow. The sushi and hamachi tiradito was extremely fresh. The price point is the only reason I wouldn't recommend this place.
  15. BC

    BCarter

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    I am never going to this place again. The prices are super high for the quality. Also, some of what they serve given that this is supposed to be upscale Japanese was a total miss. The lobster dynamite roll had so much Mayo and sauce on it that it literally drowned the whole roll making it inedible. Mains were small. Some of the sashimi was so chewy that it was actually inedible - which is odd given that the cut was supposed to be buttery and smooth. The ambiance is odd with lots of leather and velvet. There was basically no one eating here, 90% of the people in the restaurant were just coming in from other places to use the bathroom. Never again.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Went for the new year eve’s dinner. Fixed menu. The service was soooo slow even the restaurant was not half full. Too much creamy stuff. Super full half way. It’s supposed to be Japanese cuisine but not traditional Japanese cuisine. More like American. Definitely overpriced, we Spent 600 for two person.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I was really looking forward to eating here for New Year’s eve but was not told about a price fix menu for the day. The manager was extremely nasty and rude when I tried to explain that we were unaware of the price fix menu. We were not the only people who were unaware and they made no sort of accommodations and instead blamed open table for not relaying the message about our reservation. I would love to go back and try their food but with the poor service it is not a place i want to give business to.
  18. SM

    SarahM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Did not get the table we were promised, but a great time was had by all. Fun cocktails, excellent food and fun decor. Highly recommend.
  19. TL

    TracyL

    New Orleans

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time and excellent service! Wallace at the bar and ladies at the hostess stand made sure we had a great surprise celebration!!
  20. FD

    FlowerDevour

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My wife and I attended this restaurant on a Wednesday night, which was perfect b/c the restaurant was at only about 40% capacity. This meant our service was top notch and food came super fast! The drinks were very visually appealing, strong, but very tasty! The sushi was fresh and they gave us a nice portion. We also tried the crab wonton tacos which were delicious! For our entrees we ordered the Miso glazed sea bass, which was extremely tender and flavorful AND the Lobster fried rice which was the only thing we ordered that left much to be desired. Although the waiter claimed it was the most popular dish on the menu there was an extreme lack of flavor which was very disappointing for a $50 dish. For desert we ordered the Matchamisu which was matcha covered tiramisu. It was magnificent but the serving size could have been a little larger. At the end of the night a dinner for 2 ended up costing $247 with an additional $81 is service fees and taxes which pushed our bill up to $328 and that didn’t include the tip! Overall, we had a great experience and would definitely go back for drinks, sushi, and desert, but we would skip the entrees!
  21. V

    Valerie

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best edamame we've ever had! Grilled with a sesame dressing?! Everything else was delicious too, but the edamame was a new twist for us.
  22. NH

    NicoleH

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The restaurant is beautiful and it sits on the waterfront so you can potentially have a wonderful view. I was excited to try this place as I was celebrating a birthday and it has been on my bucket list. The food was good but for the price I was expecting exceptional tasting food and presentation. The service was fair. I’d say for the price this place is ok but you can get comparable if not better sushi and service elsewhere for less.
  23. e

    elizabethc

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The food here is good, but they do such a hard sell on the $115 and $155 tasting menu that goes on for several minutes. Our waiter seemed almost annoyed when we ordered a la carte that we felt like cheapskates, even with a check that was $600 for our family. I was here a few years ago and remembered much the same experience. Seems like they concentrate on one time special occasions or tourists, instead of developing a warm relationship with people who would have liked to be regulars, like us. Skip it.
  24. NC

    NanCaesar

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Half of our party was running late, we called the restaurant ahead and let the host know that they were stuck in traffic. Our server made sure we felt uncomfortable and rushed us to order. Overall he had an extremely impolite demeanor. The food was good, but we had a very unpleasant experience.
  25. CJ

    ChristinaJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    After the dinner (food was ok, service was great), we realized my daughter left her seeing lasses on the table We have called and emailed the manager in an attempt to retrieve glasses that were left at the table. After more than three attempts with no response (over the period of two weeks), we purchased new glasses for my daughter. I would say that’s pretty awful customer service.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best Japanese spot in D.C beautifully decorated with a ocean view, can’t beat it!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Food was below average for the price they charge. Drinks were terrible.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall1food5service5ambience5
    great dinning experience had a great time and food was delicious. but i was charged a no show fee of 70$ even though i did attend my reservation. i’ve tried contacting the restaurant twice now with nobody responding that’s why i’m giving them a 1 star.
  29. E

    Eddie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience2
    So dark inside I couldn't see what I am eating. If the main dishes were good, I wouldn't mind paying much but the wagyu and the other stuff I ordered weren't worth the price at all. The cocktails and the sushi were good though.
  30. HD

    HughD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Although sushi was tasty, we could have saved $700 and had more sushi to choose from at any other smaller sushi joint in DC. Definitely overpriced and lots of "smoke and mirrors"-aka tuna under a smoking cloche. If you are a sake lover, the choices are amazing. The customer service is fine, in fact, tip was "included" and the waiter was still professional and very helpful. (Dennis) Felt rushed through the meal with several people descending on our table to clear plates/platters/glasses as soon as they saw they were empty. You can be in and out of this restaurant in less than an hour if you wanted to quickly eat and go. Glad to see a sushi place on the wharf, but probably won't return.
  31. HB

    HollyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The wait staff sort of rushed us out of there rather urgently… even though we hadn’t even been there an hour. Very strange. The food was delicious though. The cocktails were expensive but sort of scanty volume… it was good, but not outstanding I guess.
  32. DM

    DougM

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    All good, all good
  33. TI

    TracyI

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration! The personalized menu and sparkling dessert was amazing. Well done! Dinner was amazing!
  34. JM

    JoeM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    We went in on a Tuesday night and server was kind and knowledgeable, but service was slow to get drinks and food out. Great ambiance. Price of food was not in line with quality or portion size.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great 10-10 recommend
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was spectacular! The only suggestion I have is to change the music selection. Music didn’t go with ambience
  37. B

    Beth

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Rosetta is a great server…pleasant & hard working. Veggie dumplings were okay but sushi and lobster fried rice was AMAZING!
  38. RG

    RyanG

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    1st off, getting in and checking in to the restaurant are horrendous. Only way in/out of restaurant is taking 1 elevator. I don't know why anyone never thought of having people check-in downstairs vs coming upstairs just to be told to go back down and then come back up in 10-15 minutes. Ambiance was nice, view was nice, food was good but relatively small portions and very pricey. So t think it was worth what we paid honestly.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food was very tasty! Will be back
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food radically over priced for the quality, though our sever was lovely

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Nara-Ya using the Order Online button. Nara-Ya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 301-8145.

Nara-Ya is rated 4.4 stars by 904 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Nara-Ya

88 District Sq SW, Fl 3, Washington, DC 20024-2491

Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th and Maine

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Regional Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    While visiting Nara-Ya, located at 88 District Square, Washington D.C. 20024, it is strongly recommended to utilize Uber/Lyft. Parking is extremely limited on the street and in the garage.

  • Public transit

    Near: DC circulator, 54 Bus line; L'Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian Metro stops

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian

  • Executive chef

    Chef Juan Rivera

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 301-8145

  • Private party facilities

    Nara-Ya is delighted to host your private event or corporate function. Please inquire at info@nara-ya.com.

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