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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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was delicious. Most of the servers who took care of us were delightful, the woman that waited on us seemed to not understand that I cannot hear on my right side, so 3 separate times I asked her to move to the other side so I could hear. Even then, she did not care, or perhaps try and speak slightly louder, or acknowledge my request. She was well versed about the food but not at all friendly, never smiled, and was robotic. The gentlemen who assisted her were very personable! Perhaps she had a bad day. I do think the food was overpriced for the area, I had several cocktails at $18.00 apiece, that was pretty steep. Tasty, yes, but I do not think I will return very often, especially if spending all that money doesn't even get me a nod and a welcome. Or a smile.

OT
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nobu was really an excellent experience. The food wasn’t as amazing as some of the locations were, but I would still highly recommend it.

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As a frequent patron of Nobu’s flagship Malibu location, I was not disappointed with the DC location. The ambiance was beautiful and the staff was energetic as always. The lobster tacos to start were delicious. My date had the seared scallops and I had the shrimp and lobster with seasonal vegetables, both to die for. Another wonderful dinning experience at Nobu. See you next time!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

It took extremely long for our server to attend to us after we were seated...we didn’t even have a menu and were just sitting at our table for more than 20 minutes. Then when she came to introduce herself it took another 10 minutes to get a menu then 10 more to place our order. We understand that the restaurant was busy, however when we finally got our food one order was wrong and the other cane 30 minutes after...instead of the server letting us know that she probably didn’t put in the order or someone messed up, she proceeded to joke that ‘the chicken ran from the plate’ 🙄...poor service. Not sure I would return to this Nobu.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Far too slow, food nowhere as good as usual

FP
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I have been to 25 nobus around the world and this one in my hometown was disappointing. The service, the food and the Nobu experience was just not there. None of the excitement of eating at such a special place.

s
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The service was excellent: they easily tailored the order to our needs. We ordered 5 classic dishes (2 cold and 3 hot ones) and a cold NOW dish, which was the best one. The cold plates were much better than the hot ones. One of the hot ones with seafood was underwhelming. Overall, maybe for DC this is good japanese food but I really expected much more from Nobu.

OT
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Ordered the DC omekase.The whole meal had a feel of being an inconvenience to the kitchen and the staff that served it.

The server told us at the beginning of the meal that the D.C. omasake would be the opportunity to show off dishes unique to the area/restaurant, but the output felt thrown together and unconsidered. In some cases the ingredients were second rate (scallops that clearly weren’t very fresh, served with mixed fried veg and miso). In others, good quality ingredients were let down by poor or rushed preparation.

I would not normally highlight niggles from a restaurant visit with a poor review, but the standard was so low given the cost, that I had to comment.

T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server provided excellent recommendations. The hand rolls and chipotle miso sea bass were outstanding.

M
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Mal servicio y la calidad de los alimentos dejó mucho que desear para el costo

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

so slow. food was not tasting good

ZO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We ordered the chef's premium tasting menu along with paired sake tasting. Firstly, when we asked for what is going to be on that evening's tasting menu, the waitress was not able to give us any idea of what to expect. She didn't know. We went ahead and ordered anyway. The food was good, however, the timing of when the various dishes arrived was very bad. Initially they were bringing the dishes back to back, with no gap in between. Then there was a 35 minute wait time from the moment they took our plates after the 4th plate and the time the 5th plate was brought. The sake pairings were delayed twice, one of which came even after the corresponding dish was over and the plate was taken. Our dinner took 2 hours and 45 minutes for 6 meal tasting menu - and this was after we requested the desert come at the same time with the last meal as we were so late to get home before the babysitter had to leave. So even though we ordered the most expensive option on the menu, the value we received was nothing compared to it. And even though the taste of the food was good, the experience we had was not nearly as satisfying. Good brand name with premium pricing, but we recommend that they bump up the quality of service to reflect that as well. Or potentially take the tasting menu option off, if they are not going to be able to manage serving it properly.

B
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 3 had a wonderful experience. Each dish was perfectly prepared. I feel like it’s over-priced given portions etc, but still enjoyable.

d
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its NOBU - what more do you need. Amazing and perfecly executed dishes. Attentive and crisp service. Perfect sushi restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

special evening with my son

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Amazing service too much noise

R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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
262 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food ever, great service

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, great atmosphere and wonderful service!

LF
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food1service5ambience3

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
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Servers were not the best

DL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In-town visit with family.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday great night!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

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
Overall1food4service1ambience3

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
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

MK
London
24 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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