Nara-Ya

4.5
427 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Nestled at the heart of the District Wharf, NaRa-Ya offers traditional Japanese Cuisine with a modern inflection curated by D.C.'s renowned Creative Culinary Director Kaz Okochi. 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.

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day Pre Fixe

    $125.00 per person

    Feb 11 - Feb 14, 2022

    CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 72 HOURS OR NO SHOWS WILL BE CHARGED $50/PER PERSON VALENTINE'S DAY & WEEKEND (FEBRUARY 11TH-14TH) ******Our Ala Carte Menu will also be available****** VALENTINE'S DAY PRIX FIXE $125/per person; an experience to be shared Amuse First course: Several small plates to include Kampachi Second course: Sashimi & Sushi with a savory foie gras tart Third course: Chilean Sea Bass & Filet Mignon Dessert: Chocolate Tart & Japanese Mochi

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 427 people are saying
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Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was poor and food portions were extremely small.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

4 drinks and an appetizer were $120. We came prior to a show at the anthem and ordered immediately, we never got our sushi rolls and left without eating. We allocated an hour and 15 minutes for dinner and left without eating. It would have been nice if they had comped the drink. Also I ordered a cosmo and asked for the house vodka and they still up charged me $3. Mandatory 20 percent service charge so no incentive on the waiter’s part. So all in all, not very impressive. Drinks were fine neither bad nor amazing. Ambiance is good but the smarter way to enjoy this place is the bar or just come for dessert.

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Madi
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service (sat at bar) - gorgeous ambiance, views... energy. Don't know why so many neg reviews - we had a wonderful expereince.

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Abcdef
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, and delicious food. As a vegan, I was skeptical about going to a sushi restaurant, but they had many options and all that I tried were tasty. It was about 40% full, and pretty noisy, so I am glad it was not busier at that time. Nice place for a fancy date.

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BerkC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Ambiance was awesome, service was weird, it doesn’t make sense If your coming to table 20 times. Food was definitely average.

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Berk, Thank you for the kind words about ambiance. My apologies, however, on service & food. Please, if you have a moment, email me your thoughts on what exactly you had as I will pass along to our Chef. My email is nick@nara-ya dt cm (we cannot put emails on this platform, my apologies) At your service, Nick L. General Manager

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DonT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Music to loud, prices are very high, portions small; plates were prepared and exhibited in an artistic manner which was enjoyed but could live with less presentation and more value on the plate.

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Don Thank you for celebrating a birthday with us last night - hope you enjoyed the Matchamisu! However, I am sorry you felt the way you did about the music & the Value component. Regarding the music, I so wish you had said something to the numerous staff here last night (I am in the enviable position to have a full staff). With regards to value, please keep a lookout for a new(ish) menu roll out happening in the next few weeks that addresses this. Hope you'll give us another try then! Nick

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place really is the hidden pearl for the area amazing food service and overall experience. I truly believe food is more than nutrition and energy More about embracing yourself with a defined flavor and experience of a culture well revitalizing your body. This place truly delivers with an amazing atmosphere incredible service and truly the most outstanding food.

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for coming in & the kind words here! As restaurants were closing (still are), and millions lost (and are still losing) their livelihoods, not to mention their favorite eateries, we in the restaurant business were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by the public here in DC. We all speak about how surprised we were at how quickly that evaporated. Thank you for being the water that hasn't evaporated & nourishes us here! Please introduce yourself next time you're in! Nick L.

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vipalexandrak
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food but place is loud and nothing charming or authentic., feels like a big chain restaurant

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank you for the 4 stars, though I'm sorry we weren't charming! We are the exact opposite of a chain restaurant - NaRa-Ya is independently owned & operated by folks who live in the DMV. Even this response is from me, the GM, not a nameless person in a corporate office. Hope you'll come back for the food...excellent food is not always so especially plentiful in DC sadly. At your service, Nick L., General Manager

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Nina
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was ok overpriced for no reason.
The service was ok since the tip was already included it did not matter .
Could have went somewhere else.

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

*My apologies you didn't find value here. We are going to roll out a new(ish) menu in forthcoming weeks addressing this concern. However, please do know that we only use top level ingredients here. *I'm sorry the service wasn't satisfactory. *There are indeed many great restaurants here on The Wharf! I must warn you, however, that here in the most expensive zipcode in DC they will be at a similar price point & may, or may not, offer the same, uncompromising high-level ingredients as we do.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angel was an amazing server that made our girls day SOOO fun! Ambiance, food and drinks were all great. Will be back soon for sure!

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Angel IS awesome ) Thank you for the kind words & 5 Stars! -Nick L.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my boyfriends birthday and loved the service and ambiance. The food was amazing and love the decor inside.

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank you so much for coming in, giving us a try & leaving the kind words! Hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angel was amazing ! Loved the Tuna special and the food was amazing !

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 16, 2022

All of us, including Angel, say a heartfelt thank you for taking the time to give us the 5 Stars! We all hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in to celebrate my friends birthday! We had Alex as our server, there was nothing else he could do to make our evening better! It was perfect! Would certainly visit again. We mostly took video of the food, sorry I couldn't share pictures!

Sushi was 🔥. Eat up! Enjoy. 😜

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank you so much for the kind words & I'm glad you enjoyed the experience so much! Alex & the whole crew hope to see you again soon!

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vipAHJP
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Ambiance is fantastic between the unique entry and water views. Excellent experience stopped there. Sushi ordered was not memorable. Ordered spicy salmon roll and tempura roll and they were just ok. Ordered truffle salmon roll and it had no truffle taste. Asked for extra truffle oil as a result. Waiter said truffle taste was supposed to be subtle but it was non existent. Waiter forgot our starter order of cauliflower and sushi ordered was delivered to table in less than 5 minutes after order placed. When ordering dessert we asked what flavors of Mochi they offered and waiter said they were not able to share flavors with diners and it was the chefs decision. Never heard of a restaurant offering mochi on a menu without explaining the flavors. It would be like offering ice cream without saying the flavor. We opted for another dessert as a result.

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 13, 2022

I thank you for taking the time to write & apologize that we dropped the ball last night. Please send me an email directly, and I am happy to make up for the experience you received. Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dt cm (we cannot put emails on this platform, apologies)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Very slow service. My guests lost momentum after the extended wait time from small plates and roll to dinner. In face, half of the table grew tired and preferred to skip ordering meals.

Aside from the service experience, things went well.

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 10, 2022

My sincerest apologies for the slow service. Please reach out to me as I'd love to make it up to you. Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dot cm (emails cannot be left on this platform, apologies!)

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sushi was amazing. Three people ordered sea bass and the fish smelled really bad that they had to send it back. Resturant was very accommodating though. Gave us a round of champagne and more sushi.

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 10, 2022

Thank you for the kind words, and though I'm glad we were able to give you a terrific experience. Hope to see you again for some sushi!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Sushi rolls were good but nothing special in my opinion, so the price point didn’t make a lot of sense to me. The shishito peppers were very good and some were really spicy. The restaurant had great decor and is a cool place to hang out. I’m not drinking alcohol, tried one of their alcohol free cocktails and was really surprised that it was $12 before tax and service charge. Maybe I just don’t get it? But seems like what’s basically a lime juice soda shouldn’t cost as much as an alcoholic drink typically does. I think you’re paying for the vibe here and not as much the food and drink.

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 10, 2022

I am sorry you didn't enjoy every aspect here. I have passed your culinary comments on to our Chefs. With regards to non alcoholic drinks, I must tell you we put a lot of thought & care into them as having fun & creative mocktails is very important to our bartenders, the owners & myself. Several people in that group don't drink alcohol & love to imbibe a mocktail or two! As far as price, one of our neighbors a few doors down charges $14...with the same amount of love. Nick L., General Manager

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ImaneyA
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great ambience and service! Would definitely go again!

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 10, 2022

Imaney, Thank you, so glad you enjoyed everything & we hope to see you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly, AMAZING!! Please go here and make sure you order the sea bass. The food was absolutely amazing, service was great and overall a beautiful experience. One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in DC

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 10, 2022

Thank you so much for the great review & 5 Stars! We are all, in this restaurant & in this business in general, working harder than ever. Notes like yours mean the world & we thank you from the bottom of our heats. Hope to see you again soon! At your service, Nick L., General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Quality of the sushi was outstanding.

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 7, 2022

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Hope to see you again real soon! -Nick L. General Manager

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LucasA
Cancun
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The starter came in the end of the meal.
We ordered tartar and the waiter didn’t say there is no tartar.

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 7, 2022

Lucas, I'm so sorry for that mistake & hope it didn't tarnish too greatly your overall experience. Please reach out to me directly next time you'd like to come in. Thank you for the high marks & hope to see you again soon! -Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dt cm (we cannot post full emails on this platform, apologies)

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CelesteMena
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The service was excellent, the food amazing so tasty and the fishes are so fresh! Angel definitely do the experience much better.

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 7, 2022

Celeste, Thank you so much for the kind words! It was truly our pleasure and we hope to see you again here in 2022! -Nick L., General Manager

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Anna
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious and the portions were huge. Service was great

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 10, 2022

Thank you so much for the very kind words Anna! Pleasure to have you & hope to see you again soon in 2022! -Nick L., GM

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the NYE experience and it did not disappoint! Not only were the food and drinks delicious, but the restaurant created special unique dishes to accommodate food allergies. The filet mignon and the sushi topped with scallops/wagyu were our favorites. We also really liked the duck with kimchi foam. We will definitely be back for sushi and the cool cocktails, like their “wagyu and whiskey never hurts”.

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 7, 2022

Many thanks for ringing in the New Year with us! Please don't be strangers here in 2022 - many surprises await you here at NaRa-Ya! Thank you for your kind words & hope to see you again soon. -Nick L., General Manager

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE! Worth every penny!

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 7, 2022

Thank you so much for joining us here on NYE & so glad you enjoyed yourselves! Hope to see you again soon here in 2022! -Nick L., General Manager

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KwaneD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to bring in the new year

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 7, 2022

Kwane, Thank you so much for joining us here to ring in the New Year & I'm so glad you enjoyed everything! We definitely hope to see you again soon here in 2022! -Nick L., General Manager

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vipGeryJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The service was the worst ever. The food is good but way overpriced.

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 7, 2022

Gery, I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy your time with us. Please drop me a line letting me know where we fell so short & how we can make it up to you. -Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dot cm (we cannot leave full emails on this platform, apologies)

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Jenn
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Pretty Decor but that’s the only noteworthy thing about this place

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 7, 2022

Jenn, So sorry you didn't enjoy your time here. Please drop me a line & let me know where we fell so short. -Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dt cm (we cannot leave full emails on this platform, apologies)

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vipPaul
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Chilean Sea Bass. Great service with Angel!

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 7, 2022

Paul - Thank you for the 5 Stars they mean more than you can imagine in this difficult time. -Nick L., General Manager

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vipOscarG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique take on traditional sushi and phenomenal taste.

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 7, 2022

Oscar - Thank you for the 5 Stars & we hope to see you again real soon! Appreciate the comments!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Angel was an amazing server and provided top notch service to my wife and I for our anniversary. The food was delicious and angel did a good job pairing drinks as well. The only downside was that I ordered the $300 wagyu ribeye and was a bit let down in terms of quality of the meat. It was tasty but have definitely had better A5 wagyu elsewhere. Besides that, an amazing experience that will have us coming back again! Thank you so much!

Nara-Ya
Responded on January 7, 2022

Thank you for the kind words & so glad we were able to make your anniversary special! My apologies for the Wagyu letdown, however. Please reach out to me directly next time you'd like to stop by - love to make it up to you. -Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya dt cm (we cannot leave full emails on this platform, apologies)

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vipKarmelaL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sushi in the DMV; beautiful views; amazing decor; great wine list; WONDERFUL service. Thank you!

Nara-Ya
Responded on December 26, 2021

Karmela, Many thanks for the kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us & hope to see you again soon! At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool design, delicious food, fun cocktails!

Nara-Ya
Responded on December 26, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us & we hope to see you again in the New Year. Thank you for taking the time to rate us! -Nick L., General Manager

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Quin
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

baller establishment highly recommend to anyone who's a fan of sicko mode sushi

Nara-Ya
Responded on December 26, 2021

Quin, One of our favorite reviews in a long time - thank you! Definitely hope you'll join us again soon & hope you have a wonderful New Year - hope to see you in it! At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya

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vipVillani
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angel was excellent! He provided great recommendations and his service was five star!

The food was some of the best and most creative I have ever had! The smoked salmon was amazing but the Duck was one of the best dishes I have ever had. 10/10 recommend!

Nara-Ya
Responded on December 26, 2021

Villani, We've got such a great staff both in the front so glad you enjoyed all contributions! We all work so hard to provide the experience you describe, and reviews like yours make it all worthwhile - thank you. Hope to see you again in the New Year! At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya

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TegR
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Simply the best sushi I’ve ever had in Washington DC! Angel was our server abs he was incredible! He did everything he could to make our meal and experience phenomenal! Each dish in our 10 course tasting menu was exceptional! I can’t wait for my next visit to Nara-ya!

Nara-Ya
Responded on December 26, 2021

Teg, Wow - thank you, thank you, thank you. Reviews like this mean the world during these most difficult times. Hope you had a great Holiday Season & we definitely hope to see you in the New Year! At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya

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AllenB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went on a date to Nara- Ya and had an incredible experience. My server, Angel, was very personable and knowledgable about the menu and made excellent recommendations. I hope to return soon.

Nara-Ya
Responded on December 26, 2021

Allen, While so much of a great date is in the hands of Fate, we certainly are glad we were able to do all we could to make it incredible. Perhaps its no coincidence your wonderful server's name was Angel & we hope to see you before your anniversary. Until then, we thank you for taking the time to write and hope you have a wonderful New Year! At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya

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LexB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had one of the best meals out in a long time at Nara-Ya. Not to mention how cool the atmosphere is and how amazing the drinks were. If you go, definitely request Angel. He made the whole experience even better! 10/10!

Nara-Ya
Responded on December 26, 2021

Lex, Having gone through this very trying year, we all deserve an incredible night out...or 10. So glad we were able to provide you a well-deserved one here. Thank you & we hope to give you an encore in the New Year! At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my sisters had an amazing time at Nara-Ya! Beyond our expectations in every aspect. The food was so amazing — we had the duck, sea bass, short rib & sushi. The service however was even better than the food! We will definitely be back experience it all over again.

Nara-Ya
Responded on December 26, 2021

With time with family being so precious, especially these days, we are so glad to hear that your time with us was so positive. We all are working harder than ever to give guests a memorable, wonderful experience and reviews like this mean more than you can know. Many, many thanks & we hope to see you in the New Year! At your service, Nick L., General Manager nick@nara-ya

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Nara-Ya is rated 4.5 stars by 427 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.