Nara-Ya

4.5
137 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Nestled at the heart of the District Wharf, Nara-Ya brings traditional Japanese Cuisine with a modern inflection, helmed by Executive Chef Lucas Irwin and D.C. renowned Creative Culinary Director Kaz Okochi. Featuring an elegant a la carte menu and available tasting menu's, 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 out local produce while offering 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. Accompanying the sake & whisky list is an intensive champagne and wine list accentuating our culinary offerings.

Reservations may be cancelled 24 hours in advance. Within 24 hours or no-shows will be 25.00 per guest fee

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 137 people are saying
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4.6
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was 7/10. Some dishes were great others were not. Inconsistent service. The waiter forgot my hot tea until after my entree came out. Cool vibes, that’s what you’re paying for.

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eitje
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Went for a friends birthday. It was a fine experience but the food and service are not worth the price at all. Wayyyy too expensive

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server also part bartender was very knowledgeable even when it came to my celiac needs she accommodated me.

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MegL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Walking into NaRa-Ya was exciting and fun, the menu looked new and fresh. Unfortunately that was the end of the excitement. Our drinks were overly sweet, and felt low in alcohol content (which for $18+ a glass was disappointing). Service was good up until the main course. Our sushi took a long time to come out, with no update from our server. Once we finally did receive our sushi, it looked beautiful! However our the sushi itself was mid-level, which did not match the price point. It seemed like the chef relied on avocado and marsvapone in rolls and less on the cuts of fish within the roll.

Beautiful restaurant, but a disappointment for the luxury price point.

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Lele
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Unfortunately I cannot recommend NaRa-Ya to the vegan/vegetarian crowd. We ordered the 5 course vegan tasting option and it was absolutely not worth the price. The mushrooms were incredibly salty, the cauliflower was bland, the sushi was uninteresting, the tofu lacked effort. Overall it was a major disappointment.

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AlexR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food. Breathtaking views and great cocktails and wine selection! Will definitely come back!

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SuburbanDinerslovesdc
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Over priced for what it is. Sushi was good but not special

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful experience!!! The service, food, drinks and view were all top notch! We will definitely be back!!!

TJ
TamarraJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dishes were fresh and flavorful.

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OlivierM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Definitely disappointed. Long wait for an underwhelming dinner. We had 1 roll and 2 entrees.

Waitress was very good and was pleasant. Sushi was good. Wasabi short rib was also tasty. That’s the good…

The bad: waited probably 40 mins for the food. Their 46 dollar squid ink lobster couscous was a complete miss. For a seafood dish and the price, this dish was horrible: overcooked lobster and unseasoned dish.

Left a sour ending to our night…

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Good Afternoon, I'm terribly sorry that you were charged for the squid ink couscous. We were quite busy last night and I asked the server to split it off so I could take it off later. There was a failure in communication on our part as the restaurant staff. You should see a refund for the squid ink couscous going back to your card in 2-3 days. Thank you for your patronage and we hope to see you again. If you do come in, please ask for Mike and I'll make the next experience much better.

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carolinem
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful setting right on the water, definitely go when during sunset . The décor is so cute and the staff was so friendly. The sushi is fresh and displayed beautifully.

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EricD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Head down a beautifully decorated hallway to a private elevator to floor 3.1 where you are greeted by great views of the waterfront. Cocktails are interesting and delicious with a clear nod to Japanese spirits. The food was creative and delicious. The smoked tuna was a huge hit.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience, superb service and extraordinary food quality

JN
JohnN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The ambiance on this place is great and there's a variety of menu items to satisfy varied tastes. And, our server was fantastic!

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vipCMD1
New England
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 5 course dinner was outstanding, delicious and not too much. The service was exceptional and Shirette our server knew the menu in and out. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Great way to celebrate a birthday.

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TomR
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and drink are the superstars as they should be followed by service and view. Beautiful presentation and great flavors. A dining experience. We’ll be back

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Ealla
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Amazing space great staff. Precious portions loaded with salt.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Hot dishes were good. The nigiri was not tasty and fresh. Service was slow. Only a few weeks open so must still be working out the kinks. Okay place but not going back

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JP23
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very good but expensive! We spent $400 on not a lot of food for 4 people, it was a birthday celebration and only the hostess acknowledged so otherwise they don’t do anything for it- nor did they honor my request for a window seat- instead we were tucked in a corner near the bar with minimal view. The presentation and food was good though- be prepared for $30 plus small plates and $20 wine and mixed drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Today was such a magical it’s my daughter graduation. The family and I had a blast. The food was delicious the setting was beautiful looking over the harbor just what I wanted. Customer service was great. Food was presented beautifully in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you are plant based eater. I will definitely return again. Thank you to the Universe for a great night.

KK
vipKristinaK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The ambiance is really what this restaurant has going for itself. The food while presented beautifully was nothing short of average.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing dinner with friends specially thanks to our server Angel!! We will be back !

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 4, 2021

Thank you for the great review! 😍

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DaveW
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is excellent, and I keep wanting to say it’s worth the price and it might be, but just know if you watch your spending you should think twice.

They had opened recently so that could be why the service felt a little awkward and forced which promoted an unrelated atmosphere.

Seating was not comfortable.

The views were great but then anyplace at the wharf has a nice view.

I might would go back if they had a happy hour and a deal on small plates.

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rachelsmom
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our party of 4 had the 5 course tasting menu, 2 of them the vegan option. Each course was wonderful - personal favorites being the sushi course & matcha tiramisu dessert. Each dish very elegantly presented, our server was wonderful. Then came the check & the already added gratuity (22%!) & “Covid charge’l whatever that is. We weren’t thrilled with that part, keeps me from giving it 5 stars. If you’re cool with that, I think you’ll have a memorable meal.

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 4, 2021

Thank you for the overall excellent review!! The covid charge is to help us offset the charge of increased cleaning supplies and paying a contractor to fog the restaurant every night with decreased revenue. I'm sorry that it wasn't explained to you. Moving forward with our capacity increased to 100% and our revenue going up we should be removing the covid charge shortly.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I want to say the food was magnificent but the entire experience was ruined by the host !!

I originally made the reservation for standard table instead of high table on open table but the hostess showed us way to high table when asked about it, she said she needs to check and takes us to a standard table and tells us that we need to let the table go in 30 mins!! I had made the reservation week before and looks like it’s either problem with open table or Nara-ya and it totally ruined our experience!!!

It’s just horrible how you spend lot $$$$ and have a bad experience.

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

I'm sorry to hear that your experience wasn't up to par. We have been dealing with a staffing shortage like everyone else and are working with our new team members on how to deal with situations correctly. Our sincere apologies for it not being handled correctly. We have been having some issues with opentable and hopefully that will be remedied this week. We know it is your choice to spend a substantial amount of money with us and we hope to turn this experience around. Please reach out.

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TheDances
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, all with a beautiful view. Highly recommend.

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thanks for the great recommendation and the wonderful feedback!

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Sondraf
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LuLu was fantastic from start to finish. Her recommendations were great and the food was delicious! I definitely plan to go back!

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for the great review! I'll let Lulu know she made your experience great!

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YasmineA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was a beautiful venue with great views

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It was a overall nice experience. The waiter encouraged us to try new things and we did.

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for the great review! We are constantly working with our culinary team on our cuisine and hope that we can see you again.

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OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night was a success we enjoyed everything from the food to the drinks and that beautiful view of the water. 10/10

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for the great review! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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Shen
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and atmosphere. Drinks were small. Overall great meal but a bit much for what you got.

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for the overall great review. We are working on our portion sizes and hope to see you again.

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Shan
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great 5 course vegan meal! Beautiful waterfront views and art.

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for the great review! 😊

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AlKa
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Nara-Ya to celebrate my birthday, and from start to finish I was floored. Our server, Fran, was not only attentive and friendly, but answered any and all questions we had, and gave great recommendations at our behest! He truly went above and beyond to make our meal incredible. The cocktails are not only incredible, but innovative, and paired perfectly with our food. We started off with some small plates (uni butter and kampachi) and sushi rolls (Nara-ya roll and the Business Time roll, which rocked my world), and worked our way to the delicious short rib! We finished off with the outstanding matcha tira misu - not telling tales out of school here, it's the best tira misu I've ever had. And the presentation was incredible. We can't wait to come back- even if it's just for drinks and sushi!

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for the great review! We'll let Fran know he made your experience special!! Appreciate all the valuable feedback

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vipBrianR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time dining inside at a restaurant since the pandemic and we couldn't have found a better place to celebrate that and our anniversary. We did the tasting menus and everything was great. Our waiter was also amazing, we asked her for recommendations on sake/wine pairings for each course and her suggestions were fantastic. I highly recommend.

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for the great review! happy that you came to us for your Anniversary and first dining-in experience. Thanks for the great recommendation!

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KaitlynK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really just went for the ambiance. I couldn’t eat anything on the menu but the drinks were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sushi was very fresh and flavorful. It would be nice if they include the dessert options on the menu because our dessert was delicious.

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for the great review!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is beautiful and delicious! Unique dishes. Amazing cocktails. The presentation was great! Highly recommend!

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for the great review! Love the great recommendation

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BN12
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was absolutely amazing! A must go!!

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for the great review!

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TELISAM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40th Birthday Outing;
If you want a great experience, this is your place!!
Neither of us eat sushi but the offerings we chose were delish!! Even to the personalize non-alcohol beverages.
Everything we had was enjoyable and presented exquisitely.
All of the decorative touches and layered textures added so much to the experience.
Service was great. View was good. Decor amazing!! From the front door to the seating.

Nara-Ya
Responded on June 2, 2021

Wow! Thank you for the wonderful review and the awesome feedback. Looking forward to seeing you again and thanks for the recommendation.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice!

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Nara-Ya is rated 4.5 stars by 137 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.