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Nara-Ya, Washington, DC

Nara-Ya

4.5
4.5
674 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today

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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

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What 674 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Japanese

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff at Nara-Ya are so attentive and knowledgeable. They really want you to have the best time possible. Game-changingly good "vegan tasting menu"!

    Nara-YaResponded todayIt was absolutely OUR pleasure to have you in last night! Thank you for the kind words and we truly hope to see you again soon! At your service, Nick L., General Manager

  2. HT

    HotToddy

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server and service team was fantastic! The location and decor are wonderful and fun. The food is really expensive for what you get. It's lovely and tasty and thoughtfully built, but really pricey. For example, to have something like a tuna-based roll with a teeny, tiny sliver of tuna, then have the rest of the roll bulked out with rice and sauces is really not appealing. There are some really cool appetizers (their wagyu tartare, for example very clever presentation) Go for a drink and the view, but if you want a full meal it's gonna cost you big time.

    Nara-YaResponded 1 day agoI'm so sorry that we seemed to have missed the mark on food when you visited us. Please email me at nick@nara-ya dt cm (apologies, OpenTable does not allow emails on its platform), as I'd like to hear where we went wrong and see if I can make it up to you in some way. Look forward to hearing from you. At your service, Nick L., General Manager

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second time ordering the tasting menu and it didn’t disappoint! The chef nails it with a perfect mix of amazing sushi, cooked dishes and exquisite desserts. Attentive and informative service by Angel and the staff.
  4. GB

    GuyB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful views of Wharf! The food was excellent. We had sushi and it was top notch. Fresh, savory and well prepared.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Good experience overall. Good was very bland but had very well presentation.

    Nara-YaResponded 3 days agoWhile I'm very happy to see that you enjoyed the overall experience, I take the food comment seriously; when you get a moment, will you email me at nick@nara-ya dt cm (my apologies - OpenTable does not let us leave full emails)? I'd love to hear about what dishes you had so that we may improve. Thank you again for the kind words-we really appreciate & I hope to hear from you soon! At your service, Nick L., General Manager

  6. MH

    MichelleH

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I never have a bad experience at Nara-Ya! The food is always amazing and the service is great. One of my favorite sushi spots in DC.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday celebration!!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for an anniversary and everything from start to finish was amazing! Definitely a cool, chill vibe with amazing food. We really enjoyed ourselves and will be back.

    Nara-YaResponded 3 days agoThank you for taking the time to write! It was OUR pleasure to have you here on such an important day. Hope to see you again soon!

  9. M

    Mekayla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my birthday loved it so much all the staff were so pleasant and the Chilean sea bass was soooo delicious. Will definitely be back for that dish alone.
  10. V

    Veezy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been here twice and Daniela has been my server both times… she is the best and is so attentive and pays attention to all allergy restrictions. Thanks for being so amazing
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal team and service while celebrating my birthday. Sushi was superb and the ambiance is amazing.
  12. CW

    CarrieW

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was outstanding. Hands down some of the best sushi in DC with a perfect view!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a great spot aesthetically and culinarilly
  14. CC

    CrushCup

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I took my bf for his birthday and he enjoyed himself
  15. SH

    ShelbyH

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous and I’m definitely going back ☺️
  16. RL

    RaquelL

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you’re thinking about eating here, stop thinking and just go! Everything was exquisite! The food, the drinks, the service! 10s all across the board! Can’t wait to go back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to DC for a friend-family vacation and also celebrated my friend’s 40th bday. It was her first time trying an Omakase and her experience did not disappoint. We had such a great time.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was authentic and delicious. The duck was the favorite! Outstanding!
  19. R

    Reviewer123

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I spent my birthday here and the food was excellent! The drinks were amazing! I had the scallops and everyone got different sushi options. They loved everything! I will be back!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Overall good place! Solid food and good drinks.
  21. S

    Sophia

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, presentation and the setting are all great but it is just a little bit pricy. I will definitely go back again.
  22. s

    shabyg

    Richmond

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous decor, delicious food, great service, fantastic location, fairly priced - what more can you ask for?
  23. BH

    BarionH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time coming and it was such an amazing experience! Can’t wait to come back!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    The duck was not great. Over cooked and chewy. The sea bass was great. It was hard to get our sever and it wasn’t busy.

    Nara-YaResponded on June 19, 2022My extreme apologies that we missed the mark with you. Please email me directly at nick@nara-ya dt cm (my apologies-OpenTable doesn't allow us to leave full, or even spelled out, email addresses), as I'd love the opportunity to make up for this experience. Look forward to hearing from you! At your service, Nick L., General Manager

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great. Service was solid. Enjoyed the decor as well. Felt like I would elbow a passing server when I reached for things on the table, though.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great! Very nice ambience.
  27. JP

    JordanP

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    The sushi was very overpriced and they also sneak in a 20% service fee on all checks plus an unspecified surcharge and then still hand you a card reader and ask for additional tip. We arrive for our 6pm reservation at 6:05 and our entire order (gyoza and three rolls) was all served to us by 6:20. It was all oddly speedy and made us wonder if the rolls were pre made. We were in and out within 40 mins which felt strange for a restaurant that has clearly put emphasis on creating a curated visual environment.

    Nara-YaResponded on June 18, 2022Jordan, My apologies you didn't enjoy your time with us more. We never, ever pre-make our rolls - they are ALWAYS made to order and we use ONLY the highest quality ingredients. Our (perhaps over) expediency with your order was entirely due to the time you happened to dine with us (on the earlier side). We also absolutely never expect any additional tip to be provided. Please reach out to me at nick@nara-ya dt cm as I'd love to have you back to make up for this experience. -Nick L., GM

  28. K

    Kimberly

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    There is only one vegetarian friendly sushi roll. The tables are entirely too close together and why does a bottle of still water cost $10?

    Nara-YaResponded on June 18, 2022Kimberly, Shoot - I'm so sorry you missed our other vegetarian options (including Rolls), with more to come shortly! I hope to see you again in here; please introduce yourself and I'd be more than happy to show you our vegetarian (and vegan) options! At your service, Nick L., General Manager

  29. TG

    TG77

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    If it weren’t for the service I easily would have rated my experience a 5/5 across the board. The food, drinks and ambience were wonderful. However, our server was inattentive and would leave our table alone for 20-30 minutes at a time without offering refills/seeing if we were ready to put in food orders.

    Nara-YaResponded on June 21, 2022It 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

  30. RB

    RachelB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Amazing sushi and cool vibe with a view!! Just waited a bit for the food but the server was very sweet and kept us updated on our order. Chef even sent out a complimentary app. Will definitely be back!
  31. LT

    LucyT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    amazing food just slightly overpriced but it’s fine dining so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  32. LR

    LaurenR

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The ambiance, service and energy was amazing. I love sushi and had high expectations from this place because of the videos I watched. I was disappointed. Some of the sushi was ok, and some of the sushi was horrible. It may have just been my taste. I would encourage you to try, but I probably won’t return.

    Nara-YaResponded on June 13, 2022Lauren, So sorry this was your experience with our sushi! Please email me directly at nick@nara-ya dt cm (OT does not let us use full or even spelled out email addresses, my apologies), as I would love to make up for the experience with you. Hope to hear from you soon! At your service, Nick

  33. JC

    JenniferC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The decor is terrific. The service was incredible. And the flexibility and accommodations were beyond expectations. And the food was beautiful and absolutely fabulous. Highly recommend.
  34. D

    Dawn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful setting with delicious food. This was the perfect place for a reunion of friends that spent much time enjoying wine and food on Okinawa. The nigiri and sushi were exquisite! A wonderful place for a special occasion.
  35. JB

    JohnnyBrasso

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit to the restaurant, but won't be the last. Delicious food, mouth-watering presentation, creative drinks and friendly staff. Parking is scarce with the entertainment venue downstairs, so definitely recommend alternate transportation options over driving your personal vehicle.
  36. SA

    SmAcK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Overall great dinning experience! The food and drinks were good. The A5 Wagyu roll is a must try. Overall a little pricey, but good. I plan to return.
  37. TM

    TedM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Great location for a walk before and after dinner. Really good view if you are sitting by the window. The waiter was good and helpful. The food is very expensive and was only average. The lobster roll was the best thing we had, the sea bass was good, but very salty and the other appetizers, main dishes and roles/sushi pieces were very average -- at best. Definitely not worth the price.
  38. N

    Nataliya

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Expected much more then received. Doesn't worth it. The average quality food poorly comparable with Japan, awful service. Portions not even small but microscopic. The drink was 3/4 of ice for $20. The only good thing was the design .
  39. M

    Matt

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dining experience. The staff were exceptional from greeting, to service and all throughout our meal. The food was fantastic and well prepared and paired.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Took my friend here for her birthday this week and ordered Chilean sea bass and the braised short rib. Neither item was good. My veggies were undercooked and my short rib was all fat with barely any meet. I was disgusted considering the price. Sushi is the only thing I would recommend. The entrees are not tasty at all.

    Nara-YaResponded on June 3, 2022My extreme apologies for everything you described. I would really appreciate the opportunity to make it up to you: please email me directly at nick@nara-ya dt cm (my apologies - OpenTable does not allow us to leave emails in full or even the full spelling out of them on this platform). I truly look forward to hearing from you. At your service, Nick

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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Nara-Ya using the Order Online button.

Nara-Ya is rated 4.5 stars by 674 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Nara-Ya

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

Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th and Maine

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Hours of operation

    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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