Nobu DC

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Japanese
Situated​ ​on​ ​the​ ​ground​ ​floor​ ​of​ ​the​ ​new​ ​Residences​ ​on​ ​M​ ​Street,​ ​in​ ​the​ ​heart​ ​of​ ​the​ ​West​ ​End​ ​just​ ​steps from​ ​Georgetown,​ ​Nobu​ ​Washington​ ​DC​ ​brings​ ​Chef​ ​Nobu​ ​Matsuhisa’s​ ​genre-defining​ ​cuisine​ ​to​ ​the nation’s​ ​Capital. With​ ​more​ ​than​ ​11,000​ ​square​ ​feet​ ​of​ ​space​ ​including​ ​the​ ​Bar​ ​&​ ​Lounge,​ ​Dining​ ​Room​ ​and​ ​Sushi​ ​Bar, and​ ​multiple​ ​private​ ​event​ ​spaces,​ ​the​ ​new​ ​Nobu​ ​DC​ ​presents​ ​the​ ​ideal​ ​setting​ ​to​ ​enjoy​ ​signatures​ ​like Black​ ​Cod​ ​with​ ​Miso​ ​and​ ​Yellowtail​ ​Sashimi​ ​Jalapeño​ ​alongside​ ​DC-inspired​ ​dishes​ ​and​ ​cocktails. Exclusive​ ​introductions​ ​including​ ​the​ ​only​ ​house​ ​barrel-aged​ ​Kikori​ ​Japanese​ ​whiskey​ ​in​ ​the​ ​region contribute​ ​to​ ​the​ ​allure​ ​of​ ​our​ ​newest​ ​destination.
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What 715 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing service too much noise

R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing service from the tall brown haired gentleman. Very knowledgeable about the menu. The other staff were very polite and personable too! Food was good, not great.

OT
New York Area
257 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our third and best Nobu, far superior to NYC and London. The service, ambiance, and most importantly food were excellent. It is very expensive but the quality is beyond reproach. The fusion dishes, tuna on rice cubes, hamachi crudo, wagu beef were better than the the sushi.
They were inventive and delicious. The service was fabulous our server made the meal. Even the coconut sorbet was perfect. We will be back just not with our starving college students who ate the bill into four figures!!

h
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Seated in extremely cold area under ac and no one would do a thing
We arrived early. Made to wait inspite table was empty

BT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deliciously smooth Peruvian-inspired Japanese, just give your server freedom to serve you what they know is best—they will not let you down. Thoroughly enjoyed the cranked vibe and it was a lovely way to spend my husband’s 40th Birthday!

M
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food is super overpriced. The servers don't explain the menu well and the portions don't make sense for the pricepoint.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food ever, great service

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everyone from the valet to the server were extremely professional and pleasant. Food was amazing! The Miso Seabass is incredible, favorite thing on the menu. Overall experience was excellent. Definitely recommend and will be returning.

JP
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Very overrated. Omakase Sushi was ordered but they served salad and steak???? Perhaps the staff should have mentioned omakase is not the traditional omakase I had in mind. I even mentioned it was my first time there. Also mentioned food allergies for my son (tree nuts) and the dessert they brought was covered with pecans? Lol never again

W
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, great atmosphere and wonderful service!

LF
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nobu is my go to place when I’m craving sushi. I’m so happy they opened one in DC. Now I don’t have to travel to NY for my fix. Service is always wonderful and the food... it’s that awesome as usual. After over 20 years being a patron, I’m so glad they still have the Nobu classics. Definitely not your every day sushi place but definitely worth it. Highly recommend!

BR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

My wife and I spent the night in DC and chose Nobu for dinner. The bartender was scary, to the point my wife didn’t like her drink which was the bartenders recommendation but she said I am scared of her to send it back. Food DEFINITELY not worth it, the little sushi joint near my house has a better food than the hyped up Nobu so I felt money was wasted. The only bright side was our server at the table was very pleasant.


Would not recommend.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Servers were not the best

DL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food exceptional as always. Nobu never disappoints no matter which one you go to.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In-town visit with family.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday great night!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was amazing! The hostess and bar tenders were awesome. Unfortunately our waiter was extremely forgetful. We had to order food and drinks multiple times, because he forgot to actual place the orders.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was as expected for a 500 dollar dinner. No complaints. The restaurant called us a couple of days in advance and told me that they always make something special for birthdays. I had really high expectations but unfortunately the service was really bad.
First we had to wait about 15 minutes for menus and water. I ordered a glass of wine that did not come out for 30 minutes and after the first 2 dishes was served. We also ran out of water after the first dish and did not have a refill for about 45 minutes.
After ordering a dessert and paying the bill, just when we were adding the tip, the waitress looked at us and said: “I heard someone had a birthday, happy birthday”. This was clearly just an attempt to make up for the horrible service.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Extremely slow service and food no where as good as other locations. I love Nobu and have been to several other locations across the US. My experience at the DC Nobu was lacklustre

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service.

MK
London
23 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience! Ask for Nichole; she’s the best!

SW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This was one of the worst experiences in a nobu we ever had. We have gone to both in nyc and Miami
Really really not good. Waited forever for the drinks and food was aweful. So upsetting. We were trying to celebrate our daughter who is going to college in DC for her birthday.... even the Toro which is her favorite was really not good. Our order was all messed up and waiter had no idea what he was going.
This is not a Nobu standard

k
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the back on the outdoor patio. Beautiful evening. Attentive staff. All the food was delicious and perfect portions.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing - our server suggested exactly what we wanted and made my birthday amazing. Exceptional! We can’t wait to come back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We ordered sprinkled water, but got tap instead. Eventually fixed the issue

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 7 of us enjoyed a celebratory dinner here and it was really great! Many of us chose the $120 7 course meal and we were all in love with the presentation, variety, and flavors. Outstanding!

a
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were spot on. I would definitely return.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good experience. Be ready to spend heavy, but you won’t be disappointed in the quality of your food.

c
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was exceptional and service oriented. We apologize for not knowing her name.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Amazing food as always. Service left something to be desired.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The waiter essentially chose food for us, which was great. All delicious. Expensive though

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Not as good as other Nobu restaurants

AF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Decent food.
The service was great!
In terms of value, I did not realize or enjoy each meal sooo good as to justify the price point for each. I just do not see it.

MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. My family and I especially appreciate the tasting menu. The price point is certainly high for what it is, but the convenience of a reliable tasting menu combined with a casual atmosphere are worth it to me.

JG
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Don’t believe the hype - thoroughly mediocre food at a grossly inflated price

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cherokee is the best

OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The small plates are beyond delightful. Delicious food with exquisite presentation.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Front desk was good and helpful But that’s as far as the good part of the evening went.
Serving staff were forgetful and clumsy, got the orders wrong and incomplete and very inconsistent service.
Entree arrived before appetisers. Had to chase to get warm water which we got after 3 attempts.
Menu limited compared to Nobu’s usual high standards and doesn’t stack up against London, Melbourne, KL etc, same feedback on food - overpriced average Japanese food at this venue. Overall forgettable experience, not worth returning for.

p
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Not sure what all the hype is about . food not that great. service really slow

TE
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We had high hopes but for the price they charged the service should have been stellar. We can accept one misstep but it became a comedy of errors. Food came out but we did not have plates. The soy sauce was nearly empty. We got the wrong drink order brought over which we sent back. Then we waited 20 minutes for our drink order to arrive. Then they brought us the wrong food. They also kept grabbing the plates we originally had to ask for so it was constant interruptions. The food was good but not “so much better” than my local sushi restaurant. It was the missteps of the serving staff and the bar orders that give his experience, our first time to Nobu, a single star.