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Nara-Ya, Washington, DC

Nara-Ya

4.4
4.4
610 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Regional Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Thu, Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
    Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
    Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
    Fri 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 301-8145

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Carlos Delgado

  • Private party facilities

    Nara-Ya is delighted to host your private event or corporate function. Please enquire at events@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

    DC circulator

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Main

  • Edamame Hummus$13.00

    Japanese rice cracker, pickled fresno pepper, chilli threads

    • Seaweed Salad$16.00

      Yuzu-sesame dressing, pickled strawberries, avocado, cucumber, carrots

      • Crispy Cauliflower$16.00

        Shishito pepper-miso puree, puffed forbidden rice, pickled shallots, shiso

        • Blistered Shishito Peppers$14.00

          Brown butter soy, crispy quinoa, bonito flakes

          • Tempura Calamari$18.00

            Crispy calamari, matcha salt, yuzu aioli

            • Kampachi Tiradito$19.00

              Kiwi sauce, sea beans, radish, pearl onion, sakura salt

              • Miso Clam Chowder$16.00

                Littleneck clams, crispy bacon, potatoes, cream

                • Kani Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)$20.00

                  King crab, cabbage, Japanese BBQ sauce, wasabi kewpie, bonito flakes

                  • Kabocha & Foie Tart$17.00

                    Foie gras mousse, soy poached peaches, kabocha-miso puree', togarashi

                    • Tuna Zuke$29.00

                      House marinated tuna, wasabi, ginger

                      • Smoked Wagyu Tartare$33.00

                        Japanese A5 wagyu with yuzu sesame dressing, shio kombu, puffed forbidden rice, presented tableside in a smoking cloche of cherry wood chips

                        • Tofu Platter$24.00

                          Shiitake mushrooms, wasabi green salad, lemongrass miso glazed, garlic chili, arugula pesto

                          • Pan-Seared Scallops$34.00

                            Sunchoke-miso purée, candy kumquat, umami dust

                            • Chilean Sea Bass$36.00

                              Miso marinated chilean sea bass, koji glaze, pickled daikon, smoked trout roe, shiso

                              • Green Tea Soba Noodles$23.00

                                Baby bok choy, pickled turnips and carrots, kombu broth

                                • Duck & Foie$38.00

                                  Duck breast, seared foie gras, furikake gohan, kimchi cloud, crystalized soy

                                  • Braised 5oz Short Rib$35.00

                                    Koji glazed kabocha squash, caramelized sesame seeds, wasabi crème fraiche

                                    • A5 Japanese Wagyu$105.00

                                      Kabocha-orange purée, wasabi green salad, soy cured jidori egg yolk, toki whisky demi glaze

                                      • Yuzu Kosho Chicken$35.00

                                        1⁄2 Black feather chicken, shishito lime puree', greens, chicken jus

                                        • 12oz A5 Japanese Ribeye$300.00

                                          Japanese Wagyu, Daily selections of 3 sides. Daily side dishes available to complement your experience $12

                                          Sushi

                                            Specialty Rolls

                                            • Nara-Ya$18.00

                                              Spicy salmon, asparagus, topped with salmon avocado, black pepper, torched with a lemongrass miso glaze, finished with crispy quinoa

                                              • Spicy Salmon$17.00

                                                Salmon, chili garlic, spicy mayo

                                                • Dupont Roll$21.00

                                                  Spicy tuna, cucumber, topped with chef's choice of sashimi, furikake

                                                  • Maui Wowie$21.00

                                                    Kampachi, mango, cucumber, avocado, poke sauce, micro cilantro

                                                    • District Spice$18.00

                                                      Spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber, finished with a house made furikake and spicy mayo

                                                      • Tuna Truffle$22.00

                                                        Tuna, Kampachi, negi tempura, serrano peppers, avocado, truffle sauce

                                                        • Spicy Tuna$17.00

                                                          Spicy tuna, avocado

                                                          • Fisherman's Favorite$20.00

                                                            Tuna, shisho, topped madai, citrus soy and serrano peppers

                                                            • Garden Futomaki$15.00

                                                              Purple sweet potato, avocado, cucumber, shiso, mango, red bell pepper, topped with crispy quinoa and tofu spicy Mayo

                                                              • Veggie Caterpillar$17.00

                                                                Asparagus tempura, cucumber, avocado, tofu spicy mayo

                                                                • Unagi & Cucumber$17.00

                                                                  Eel, cucumber

                                                                  • Electric Eel$19.00

                                                                    Shrimp tempura, cucumber, lemon mascarpone, topped with fresh water eel, avocado kosho, tempura crisp, and unagi sauce

                                                                    • A5 Roll$33.00

                                                                      Alaskan king crab, purple sweet potato topped with Japanese A5 Wagyu, crispy shallots

                                                                      • It's Business Time$22.00

                                                                        Avocado, king crab, unagi, lemon mascarpone and serrano, tempura fried with kabayaki

                                                                        • Kaiba King$33.00

                                                                          King crab, asparagus tempura, scallop, garlic soy butter, foie gras

                                                                          • California$18.00

                                                                            King crab, avocado, cucumber

                                                                            • Tempura Crunch Roll$19.00

                                                                              Cucumber, avocado, shrimp tempura topped with spicy tuna, wonton crunch, spicy Mayo, kabayaki, micro cilantro

                                                                              • Shrimp Tempura$22.00

                                                                                6pc - Shrimp, avocado, cucumber, tempura crunch, spicy mayo, unagi sauce

                                                                                Nigiri & Sashimi

                                                                                2pc house $15, 2pc premium $20, 2pc lux $30

                                                                                • Sashimi Omakase

                                                                                  • 8pc$56.00
                                                                                  • 12pc$84.00
                                                                                • Wagyu Nigiri

                                                                                  • 2pc$30.00
                                                                                • Foie Gras Nigiri

                                                                                  • 2pc$30.00
                                                                                • Nigiri Omakase

                                                                                  • 8pc$56.00
                                                                                  • 12pc$84.00

                                                                                Accompaniments

                                                                                • Fresh Nordic Wasabi

                                                                                  • 10 Grams$12.00
                                                                                • Ossetra Caviar

                                                                                  • 5 Grams$25.00
                                                                                • Foie Gras Snow

                                                                                  • 2 Grams$25.00

                                                                                Omakase

                                                                                • Chef's Omakase

                                                                                  A Shared Experience. A mixture of small plates / savory hot dishes / sushi (available vegan)

                                                                                  • per person$95.00
                                                                                • Chef's Lux Omakase

                                                                                  A Shared Experience. An experience to indulge with Chef's premium selections

                                                                                  • per person$155.00

                                                                                Suntory Highball

                                                                                • Toki Highball$18.00

                                                                                  • Hakushu 12 Highball$33.00

                                                                                    • Yamazaki 12 Highball$36.00

                                                                                      Signature Drinks

                                                                                      • Sour Dojo$18.00

                                                                                        Roku Gin, giffard Pamplemousse liqueur, yuzu pear syrup, fresh lime, yuzu juice, egg white

                                                                                        • Bullet Train$18.00

                                                                                          Akashi ume whiskey, zoranj name orange liqueur, asian pear syrup, fresh lemon juice, yuzu juice, eggwhite, angostura bitters

                                                                                          • Why Is It Floor 3.1???$21.00

                                                                                            Patron reposado tequila, mescal, peach liqueur, passionfruit syrop, pineapple, lemon, habanero tincture

                                                                                            • The Ballad of Yasuke 2.0$18.00

                                                                                              Uncle Nearest 1856, choya umeshu, blackberry syrup, fresh lemon, fresh pineapple, waterfire, ginger beer

                                                                                              • Old-Fashioned From the East$19.00

                                                                                                Iwai Mars 45 whiskey, brown Okinawa syrup, black walnut bitters, chocolate bitters

                                                                                                • A Little Wagyu and Whisky Never Hurts$26.00

                                                                                                  A5 Wagyu fat washed Mars Shinsu Iwai togarashi syrup, becherovka liqueur, ango bitters

                                                                                                  • Martini Umami$24.00

                                                                                                    Roku Gin, 135 East Gin, umami Sake Vermouth, Choya liqueur, orange bitters

                                                                                                    • Rhythm of the River$17.00

                                                                                                      Haku Vodka, peche liqueur, peach syrup, pineapple juice, lemon juice, Q soda

                                                                                                      • Nara Beet-Down$18.00

                                                                                                        Kinobi gin, apalogue bittersweet liqueur, spiced beet syrup, fresh lemon, fresh pineapple, spar- kling rose

                                                                                                        Last updated: March 5, 2022

                                                                                                        What 610 people are saying

                                                                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                                                                        NoiseModerate

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                                                                                                          Rebgal

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined today

                                                                                                          overall3food3service3ambience5

                                                                                                          Way too overpriced. Cocktail not worth $20 and sushi rolls were not nearly special enough to be $20+. They were pretty simple/bland. The soba noodles we ordered were clumpy. The mochi dessert was pretty melted on the inside. The chicken gyoza were a standout though. Waiters not on top of refilling water. Whole thing was overpriced.

                                                                                                        2. NJ

                                                                                                          NatalieJ

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined today

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Loved it! A great way to celebrate my birthday! The miso clam chowder was delightful! The kamikaze roll will have you drooling!

                                                                                                        3. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Baltimore

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined today

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Took myself on a date. The food and ambiance was amazing!

                                                                                                        4. AW

                                                                                                          AnnaW

                                                                                                          Tucson

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          First time at a neuvo Japanese place..great service, ambiance, menu selections great! We r from Japan and Los Angeles so this was a unique experience Toto toilets…nice touch 😆

                                                                                                        5. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Server was great and the atmosphere was gorgeous they gave us awesome seating with views of the water

                                                                                                        6. q

                                                                                                          quest2eat

                                                                                                          Atlanta

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          good food and excellent atmosphere. would come again!

                                                                                                        7. DC

                                                                                                          DCDESIGN

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                                                          Amazing decor. Graphic and bold at every turn. The design elements by David Anthony Chenault makes this a destination to experience along with exceptional sushi.

                                                                                                        8. S

                                                                                                          Shooshoo

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Very good experience to treat my boyfriend for his birthday

                                                                                                        9. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          13 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          13 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                          The food was pretty good but the ambience was lacking.

                                                                                                        10. GT

                                                                                                          GetToGether

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          32 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          32 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                                                          Not a bad experience. Kinda noisy but the ambiance is pretty dope!! Perfect place to entertain friends or family coming into visit.

                                                                                                        11. JC

                                                                                                          JayC

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Amazing and well worth the experience.

                                                                                                        12. D

                                                                                                          Deee2449

                                                                                                          Chicago

                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Our server was incredible! She was so nice! I wish I caught her name but we came in for an early Mother’s Day celebration and she made my mom feel special!

                                                                                                        13. KM

                                                                                                          KatherineM

                                                                                                          Indiana

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          We had really nice servers. Our bartender (with a subdermal by his eye) was so nice.

                                                                                                          Nara-YaResponded on May 5, 2022

                                                                                                          Thank you so much for your kind words Katherine! Fran has been here since Day 1 and is a fantastic person...and bartender! Glad you had a good time & hope to see you again soon! At your service, Nick L., GM

                                                                                                        14. EL

                                                                                                          ElizabethL

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          I was in DC for my birthday and had the pleasure of dining at Nara Ya. I could not praise the experience enough, from the moment I arrived to the time I left. The entire staff was incredibly kind and attentive. The venue was exquisite, clean, and sophisticated with the added bonus of water views. My waiter was amazing and made perfect recommendations of a couple Vegan dishes not listed on the main menu. I got the edamame hummus, vegetable dumplings, and vegan dragon roll which featured mushrooms and red pepper. The food was superb and just the right amounts. To top it all off they surprised me with a complimentary vegan chocolate ganache dessert that was a perfect balance of rich and sweet with a refreshing raspberry sauce. Overall they went above and beyond to make me feel taken care of and satisfied. Will 100% be returning the next time I am in the area and would recommend to anyone dining at the Wharf! I would like to add that as a Vegan it is always much appreciated to find restaurants that not only have options for us, but are so dedicated in being accommodating and informative. It really helps to take away the guess work of what can often be a stressful task of navigating the menu.

                                                                                                        15. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Everything was amazing. Will definitely be back!

                                                                                                        16. L

                                                                                                          Laura

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Great service, excellent food! Sushi, seaweed salad, wagyu beef tartar and clam chowder were all very tasty. Staff are knowledgeable and very friendly. Cocktails are very good too. Highly recommend.

                                                                                                        17. RC

                                                                                                          RoyaC

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                          overall3food4service1ambience2

                                                                                                          I was so excited for my date night out to Nara-Ya! for the first timeI had dinner there last night 04.30.22 and the overall experience was disappointing. I had a reservation for 2 at 9pm and when we arrived we were told our table was not ready yet and waited 5 minutes to be sat which was fine. Once we were directed to our "table" it was a nook bar top window awkwardly away from the rest of the dining room -seemed like an afterthought seat, that we were not expecting. Once our waitress came by I asked her if there were any other tables available and she said to ask the host. I asked the host if any tables would be available in the next 5-10 minutes that we could move to and she said that would be hard to say but come back here to remind me? I was confused by the statement of reminding her and so she said I will come around and let you know. Once I sat back at the bar top our waitress never returned to us for 15 min, I had to wave her down to come to bring us water and take our order and she said oh you decided to stay. Our seats were sat next to each other so we had to awkwardly turn a bit to talk to one another, the seats had no backrest so by the end of the dinner our backs were hurting. The host never came back. The food was great we got 3 orders of sushi that was really good but unfortunately, the service and experience were not what we were expecting and really changed the outcome of our overall experience at Nara-Ya.

                                                                                                          Nara-YaResponded on May 5, 2022

                                                                                                          It seems like we missed the mark with you, and for that I apologize. Please email me directly at nick@nara-ya dt cm (my apologies, OpenTable does not let us type full emails) so I might make it up to you. -Nick L., General Manager

                                                                                                        18. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          One of THE BEST dining experiences I have had in DC yet. Angel was our server and he went over the top to make sure our time was unforgettable. He recommended us doing the chefs tasting menu and it was the best thing we could have done. If you come here make sure to do the chefs tasting, you won’t regret it!

                                                                                                        19. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Baltimore

                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                          10 year anniversary. The food and the server was phenomenal.

                                                                                                        20. BA

                                                                                                          BALANG

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Amazing in every way- great food, great service and outstanding views of the Wharf!

                                                                                                        21. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Baltimore

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                          overall3food2service2ambience2

                                                                                                          Not too great. I was extremely loud and our server was barely around.

                                                                                                        22. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                          Food and atmosphere was a 10/10

                                                                                                        23. QN

                                                                                                          QuoNy

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          2.0

                                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                          overall2food3service3ambience1

                                                                                                          Websites are misleading as they show photos of uncrowded space with sweeping views and gorgeously plated dishes. The reality is there are many tables crowded close together, so tables and people obscure the view and it's overall loud and feels really cheesy. When we entered the downstairs even I remarked it reminded me of the kids' restaurant Ninja in Tribeca (though the food at Nara-Ya is better). Though the sushi was good, they do not seem to understand what "Omakase" is. We left sooner than we would've, just to escape the space, but still with an extraordinarily high bill for very little.

                                                                                                        24. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          31 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          31 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Beautiful views. Great sushi. Excellent service.

                                                                                                        25. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Miami

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Excellent service

                                                                                                        26. ML

                                                                                                          MarieLaure

                                                                                                          San Francisco

                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          First time here and had such a great time! The food was amazing, our server was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. Would highly recommend!

                                                                                                        27. C

                                                                                                          Christian

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Amazing place with great food. Had a dinner date here and everything was fantastic!

                                                                                                        28. S

                                                                                                          Simone

                                                                                                          Baltimore

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                          Took my bf here for his birthday & it was amazing ! The ambience & food were just everything. The only thing is that we felt like we waited almost an hour for our sushi. the apps came out fairly quick but by the time we were almost half through with our apps, our first drinks finally came. More than anything we think the kitchen was backed up, bc it was pretty packed when we arrived for our 7:15p reservation on a Sunday. Overall great experience, we will be back.

                                                                                                        29. CB

                                                                                                          CloudiB

                                                                                                          Atlanta

                                                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          The service and ambiance was impeccable! I would definitely go back.

                                                                                                        30. EM

                                                                                                          ElizabethMoverOfAtlas

                                                                                                          Tampa

                                                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          The most outstanding thing about my experience was how friendly and helpful every single member of staff I interacted with was. I dined alone and never have I felt more comfortable and at ease. They helped me celebrate my birthday well and I greatly appreciated it. I ordered the Japanese Pancake to startc the Duck & Foie as my main, and the Matchamisu to finish, with the The Ballad of Yosuke as my accompanying drink. I found all food items to be delicious and meticulously put together, with perfect portion sizes, and I say that as someone who can eat quite a bit. The duck was absolutely delicious, but I ever so slightly preferred the pancake because of all the unique flavors. The drink was delightfully and surprisingly strong which helped a lot in justifying the price. The last thing I will say is that I used both the ladies and the family bathroom while I was here and not only were they incredibly clean but they were beautifully done. It’s clear this place operates with high standards!

                                                                                                        31. TW

                                                                                                          TracyW

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Delicious! Fabulous service and a beautiful atmosphere!

                                                                                                        32. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          The food was impeccable. We had the Chef’s Omakase and it was amazing. Specific dishes reminded me of home, so that says great things about the chef. Definitely get the scallops - I’d order endless plates of that for the rest of night, if I could. We had no complaints, just bursts of surprises when it came to each and every bite. Absolutely going back!

                                                                                                        33. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service2ambience5

                                                                                                          Server was pretty rude. Food was good. Small dishes mostly. Not great for family style.

                                                                                                        34. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          1.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                                          overall1food2service1ambience3

                                                                                                          This place is a scam, looks nice from outside but food is certainly not worth the price they ask classic case of banking on location and good decor. Also be sure to wear non slip shoes. Very dissatisfied

                                                                                                          Nara-YaResponded on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                          It seems like we missed the mark with you, and for that I apologize. Please email me directly at nick@nara-ya dt cm (my apologies, OpenTable does not let us type full emails) so I might make it up to you. -Nick L., General Manager

                                                                                                        35. T

                                                                                                          Taylor

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          2.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                                          overall2food1service5ambience3

                                                                                                          Not the biggest fan… overpriced for mediocre sushi. Better at my college dining hall.

                                                                                                        36. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service3ambience4

                                                                                                          went for the 10 course sharing meal. wow. really great.

                                                                                                        37. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Chicago

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Fantastic ambiance and views

                                                                                                        38. FW

                                                                                                          FelixW

                                                                                                          Stuttgart

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                          Teures aber sehr leckeres Essen. Das Menu hat sich wirklich gelohnt.

                                                                                                        39. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Literally *bella hadid voice* ze best. My new favorite restaurant, we had the omikase, the sea bass blew my mind. How do you even make sea bass melt in your mouth? Made me want to cry, it was so good. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

                                                                                                        40. VM

                                                                                                          ValentineM

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Took hubby here for his birthday. We are from Houston and my sister made us reservation. From when we walked in to when we left the service was impeccable. The food was delicious and hubby who doesn't usually like sushi thoroughly enjoyed it. They recommended some Japanese whiskey which was spot on. We finished the night with complementary champagne and dessert. Will definitely be recommend this place to friends and will be back again. Thank you for giving hubby and great birthday.

                                                                                                        Safety precautions

                                                                                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                                          • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                                                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                          • Contactless payment available
                                                                                                        • Physical distancing

                                                                                                          • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                                                          • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                                                        • Protective equipment

                                                                                                          • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                                                          • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                                                                        • Screening

                                                                                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                                                                          • Diner temperature check required
                                                                                                          • Staff temperature check required
                                                                                                          • Contact tracing information collected

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                                                                                                        Nara-Ya is rated 4.4 stars by 610 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                          Thu, Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
                                                                                                          Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
                                                                                                          Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
                                                                                                          Dinner
                                                                                                          Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
                                                                                                          Fri 5:00 pm–10:30 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

                                                                                                          DC circulator

                                                                                                        • Payment options

                                                                                                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                        • Executive chef

                                                                                                          Chef Carlos Delgado

                                                                                                        • Additional

                                                                                                          Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, 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 enquire at events@nara-ya.com.

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