Nara-Ya

4.5
83 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 alla carte menu, 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 83 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
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4.7
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4.0
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichelleH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect for date night! The waiter we had was amazing and gave us great recommendations! We will be back 1000%!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. Atmosphere is very hip and nice. Everything we had was great and our server was fantastic. Great views of the water as well! We highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Angel was wonderful and provided incredible customer service. The food was fantastic, delicious sushi! Beautiful place, absolutely go!!

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CAMILOP
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Texas
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a great experience at Nara-ya! Service, food, drinks and views were all outstanding. This is a perfect date night spot and I can’t wait to go back!

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SoDu
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The staff was extremely inviting and accommodating. The staff in the front of the building and the staff at the front of the restaurant were welcoming and friendly. Our server Angel was attentive and personable.

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vipAvidDCDiner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, cocktails, and service were all amazing. Our waitress was very attentive, but not overly so. The food presentation was picture worthy.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute you walk out of the elevator and are seated at your table... The decor, view abs general vibe will have you blown away. I celebrated my birthday here & am so glad this was the venue chosen!

Food was too notch as was the service! I will definitely be back to explore more of the menu... Particularly the sushi!!

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vipSusie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The food is nothing special in taste and definitely in amount, especially with the price point of each dish. You should come here for only the fun and bold decor and the views of The Wharf. Cocktails are ok so if anything, just come here for a few drinks, take some pictures, enjoy the view, and then head elsewhere for a meal.

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patiencet
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best sushi I’ve ever had! Our waiter, Angel was very attentive and knowledgeable! We loved all of his suggestions. 10 out of 10 would recommend :)

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vipSydVicious
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was exceptional. However, we found that our server was extremely pushy in trying to get my party and I to put premium add-ons to our orders.

I would go again but I don’t know that I would like to have the same server.

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FrancescaH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great views. Try the chef's tasting menu or really anything! It's all delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the layout and visual art pieces. The food and its presentation was amazing. Especially the duck and the dessert. The drinks were very tasty and presented with style. Our server, Lindsey, was fantastic... personable, knowledgeable and made great recommendations. This is a place where art meets food and the result is a visual and culinary delight.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful!

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BrettF
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Better sushi for a more reasonable price elsewhere.

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KGTYNAN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food and best cocktails I’ve ever had. “Sweet Otera” is a must try!

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Ashley
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Ambiance is nice. Presentation looks great, but service didn’t match. Often waited long periods of time for water, refills, and we ordered the chef tasting no one explained what we were being offered. They charge the 20% Gratuity in your bills so perhaps there’s no incentive for the server to provide quality.

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Good Afternoon, My sincere apologies for your experience. I have located your check and will be having a serious discussion with the server in question. Sometimes people may not like the food, but service should always be exemplary. Please reach out to me so I can make this right. Thank you, Michael

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great ambiance and amazing view of the water. Had a prix fixe menu with each person ordering 3 appetizers and 1 entree. Assumed we'd still be hungry after (tapas ya know) but the portions were honestly stunning and we were practically full before the entree. Recommend the Ramen, Clam Chowder, Tuna/Salmon Tower, Roasted Cauliflower and Fried Tofu (roughly in that order). Our waiter was kind of meh (honestly he was lucky the gratuity was included in the 20% Service Tax) but literally everyone else was delightful. Absolutely would recommend and go back.

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for your great review! Looking forward to seeing you again.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Server took forever to check on us. We waited almost 30 minutes for our check, without getting our final course. Overall services was poor.

Ambience was nice, nice view of the water. However, food wasn't worth it.

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Good Afternoon, My sincere apologies for your experience on Mother's Day. I could offer excuses and explanations but that won't make up for your poor experience. Please reach out to me and I'll do what it takes to make this right. Warm Regards, Michael

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the Mother’s Day Brunch and it was awesome! From our waiter, Angel, to the food, everything was perfect. My favorites were the Miso Clam Chowder and French Toast; and let’s not forget the fabulous drinks. My hubby and I will definitely be back.

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the great review! Happy you had a wonderful time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your great review!

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StPP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been inside a restaurant in over a year, and with full vaccinations we wanted to go someplace to really celebrate - WOW was this an incredible experience to get us back into the dining scene! The everything was wonderful - our server, Angel, made incredible recommendations and had just the right level of attention (not overbearing, not missing-in-action); the food was beautiful upon arrival at the table and delicious; and the cocktails were absolutely delicious. The whole staff helped us to celebrate our anniversary, as well as getting back out with people again. We highly recommend it!

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your great review! Love it! So happy you came and enjoyed yourselves. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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FelipeR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food - absolute must try new restaurant in DC

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your great review!

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SpoonieLuv
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

a trendy place with very overpriced mediocre food and drinks.

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McKenzie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved this place! I enjoyed our waitress who was very knowledgeable and informed us of Japanese traditions, while being very patient and helpful. The ambiance and food was delicious. Of course in traditional American fashion I did wish portions were larger but we definitely enjoyed the meal and experience we had!

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the great review! I've forwarded your feedback to our culinary team and we will be making changes in the near future. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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Kiki
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was tasty. Portions could be bigger. My waiter was Angel & he was great & made great recommendations.

Nara-Ya
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your great review! I've shared your feedback with our culinary team. We will be making adjustments in the near future. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angel was amazing! He recommended amazing food and cocktails. He also checked in to make sure we had everything we needed to enjoy ourselves! We’ll definitely ask for him next time we dine here.

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Esqchica
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

With my brother-in-law in town to babysit, my husband and I snagged a date night. We attended a digital art exhibit at Artechouse and were excited to dine at nearby Nara-Ya. The model tall hostess led us to our table and was amenable when we asked to be seated by the window instead. The waitstaff, food servers and table buspeople obviously work as a team because the service was virtually seamless. The crispy cauliflower with shishito pepper and miso puree with forbidden rice was so delicious we placed an order for a second serving. When the white, sweet smoked wafted from the zuke tuna, we were salivating. We were not disappointed with the smooth, and flavorful tuna. The poached lobster roll with miso brown butter soy was simply fun on our palates! While the miso cured pompano fish was as delicate as they come, the roasted bone fish dashi sauce accompanying the fish was so perfect I wanted a hunk of bread to sop up the sauce! Deep dish matcha tiramisu appropriately served with a mini shovel shaped spoon was almost the perfect ending to our night out. I write “almost” because when the bill arrived we were surprised and a bit miffed to see a 20% “service charge”. Had we been clearly notified in advance, the charge would’ve caused no concern and our evening would’ve ended wonderfully. But to see the unexplained charge at the end of the meal caused us concern. Was every diner being charged, or just us? Was the charge a gratuity, a COVID cleaning charge, a way to more evenly distribute funds to the staff? There’s plenty of fine print on the menu. Surely there was space to explain the 20% service charge. Despite the delectable meal, the lack of transparency about the service charge left a bad taste in our mouths. Not the way we wanted to end our date night. We did not seek out management because we decided to give Nara-Ya management the benefit of the doubt and assume the 20% would be distributed to the staff.

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TaylorJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sherette was amazing!!! Every dish was perfect. We really appreciate everyone at Nara-Ya for providing us with a beyond memorable experience. We will be back!

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NicoleC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ambience and service was great but the food wasn’t as good as other
Restaurants with the same price
Point.

Nara-Ya
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for your overall good review. I've forwarded your feedback to our culinary team. We appreciate the feedback and thank you for coming in.

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MicheleE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience and our waiter went above and beyond the food was delicious except the desert which was not great.

Nara-Ya
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for your great review! Glad you had a wonderful experience. I've forwarded your feedback over to our culinary team. Thank you!

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FaithH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very sexy and nice place to go to. Great fir dare night or a night out with friends

Nara-Ya
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for the great review. We look forward to seeing you again.

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MyaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very beautiful dinner. Perfect for girls night out!

Nara-Ya
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for the great review! We love girls nights at Nara-Ya!

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vipNikki
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband & I were celebrating our 22nd year anniversary. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the all of the menu options and the service that she provided was phenomenal. Overall excellent dining experience!

Nara-Ya
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you so much for the great review and thank you for spending your very special anniversary with us. Looking forward to seeing you and yours again!

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EllePea21
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The drinks were beautiful and mostly/majority great too! The atmosphere was beautiful and trendy! Everything was so fresh and the service was quick and attentive. Expensive but worth it. Will definitely go again!

Nara-Ya
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you so much for this awesome feedback. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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RameshB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Roasted cauliflower was fantastic. Drinks were good. Wague Beef was excellent as served but for the money I believe they could have added another OZ....Scallops were wonderful''

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Only thing i did not like was NaraYa Sushi....it did not have a fresh fish appeal....

Nara-Ya
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for your great review! Sorry our sushi did not meet your expectations. I've sent feedback to our culinary team so we can work on improving it.

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vipchickeats
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a great meal here -- enjoyed the view, the ambience and the sushi. Great service as well. Would return!

Nara-Ya
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for the excellent review!

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JudithB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just discovered this Wharf restaurant and will be sure to return. Food and service outstanding. A bit expensive, but par for the course at the Wharf. Great waterfront view. Lovely all around.

Nara-Ya
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for your awesome review! We look forward to seeing you again!

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vipNikkiG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not even sure how it’s rated but that’s even overrated and overpriced! Made to pay. $10 “cleaning fee” on a $450 for 2 person check! If I wanted to clean I would have stayed home! Food was salty and mediocre!

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DLon
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I went here for my birthday dinner and had an amazing time. Christian provided us with the best service. I would have liked to have a sample of all of the vegan food because everything looked so great but I’ll definitely be back soon!

Nara-Ya
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for the great review! We have added the tasting menu back to the menu as of this last weekend. Thank you for the great feedback for Christian. I let him know and he says "Thank you" Looking forward to seeing you again.

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Nara-Ya is rated 4.5 stars by 83 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.