Nobu DC

4.5
396 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Fri 11:45 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 871-6565
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Eudy​ ​Camillo​ ​Cruz
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Valet Available Starting at 6:00pm- $14.00
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Public transit
Metro:​ ​Foggy​ ​Bottom​ ​Station
Bus:​ ​630​ ​to​ ​M​ ​Street​ ​and​ ​25th​ ​Street​ ​NW
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch
What 396 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.7
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to DC on business with my husband and wanted to have a really great meal for our one night in town. Nobu was recommended by a colleague, and they did not disappoint. Nicole, our server, was fantastic at customizing our experience. We loved how passionate she was about the food and how genuinely happy she seemed for us to try new things, since it was our first time there. Every course was beautifully plated, and the flavors were exceptional. I look forward to returning some day, and am excited to hear they are opening one in our hometown soon!!!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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MR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! Everything we ordered was yummy. Fun drinks too!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Do not miss the wagyu beef, it will melt in your mouth.

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DA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Better experience than last time, service snafus have certainly improved, noise levels are better. I think the restaurant is growing up since their debut.

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RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I was disappointed at mostly everything about the DC Nobu. It is definitely overrated, the place isn’t as high scale for the over priced sushi & drinks. Won’t be going again. Thanks

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

It fell short compared to Nobu NY. We had Omakase with sake pairing and it was in sync and the service was slow compared to Nobu NY.

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was clean and the staff very knowledgeable. The food was excellent, but a bit pricey.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was great. Service was not so great. We had a reservation and yet they stuck us by the very cold front door area. We complained and moved us ten feet to another cold area. Overall not worth the $500 for 3 people.

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H
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Irashaimase greeting was wonderful.

The atmosphere is not Japanese at all. Would like to have softer Japanese instruments background music.

We ordered all appetizers A to Z and enjoyed the food and service. Gochisousamadeshita. Arigatou-gozaimasu.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointment. Food was ok. Not nobu quality. Toro was a complete disappointment. It was slimy & fishy. The tacos was smaller than my pinky finger. When we ordered multiple apps for the group, the waiter took it upon himself to double the orders.

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KF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality of sushi. I really enjoyed the ambiance as well.

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N
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Family thanksgiving experience. Service was good but the fish was just a bit less than you’d expect. New style sashimi was just ok. Black cod tasted a bit bland and fishy. The hamachi was a bit stale. Wasn’t impressed at least not for that value.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual

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m
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Nobu was amazing! Food, service and overall experience was on point! Very expensive but for a special occasion it is really worth it!

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LH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Avoid table 60. It is the least romantic table. It is next to the waiter station and staff opening and closing silverware drawers continuously bump into guest. Noise from glassware being shelved and removed makes it seem as though the dining experience is in the kitchen service area. Reported to manager who said she would move us next time we dined. We have loved Nobu in NYC, TriBeCa, Waikiki. This Nobu is more like a discount restaurant for ambience and noise. Was a disappointment. Unfortunately, this Nobu location and its management are not up to the level of Excellence we have experienced at other Nobu restaurants in other cities.

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NN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Would rather drive to New York to go to Nobu than go to the one in DC. The portions were entirely too small for what we paid, which is not the same experience we’ve had at any other Nobu before. Sure the food is pricey, but you normally get a fair amount for what you pay. Not at the Nobu in DC.

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RW
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

WE were there on Saturday night with a party of 5 in the middle of the restaurant. We told the waiter that we want the chef to just give us a selection of food to bring to the table, his choice. We set a limit at $250 PP and man did we eat well. We had close to 9 different plates of food. It was amazing!! We ended up with a tomahawk steak for all of us. Service was amazing. We did this at the NYC location as well. Thanks for an amazing meal and service!

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OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

4.5 stars overall; 5 stars on Foods, 5 stars on services, 4 on beverages, 4 on restroom cleanliness but only deserved a 3 on choices of tables/ chairs & overall layout ( doesn’t look/feel like a luxury/ high-end / top notch restaurant )
However, the Taste Menu is RESLLY a WOW delicious & delightful! 👍👍😋

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HC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I was very disappointed in the service of Nobu. My cousin found a fly in the soy sauce and we told the waitress immediately. She did not offer anything but her condolences. We would have liked a discount or even completely take the meal off the check but she did not. I was only annoyed because this is a well known restaraunt and very expensive, we were already spending 150+ on dinner I would have appreciated a little more professionalism when dealing with a fly in my food! Gross- yuck!

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JO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Much more than I expected everything was delicious. My only complaint was the weird order in which our food was brought out. But everything was great! We went with a friend who’s always late they still seated us right away. We drank & ate the night away! Service was great even the bussers were memorable!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Nicole & staff like Adrian who welcomed us in all of our excitement to experience Nobu. We had an amazing time celebrating my sister’s birthday and hope to join you again soon!

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was pretty bad. Our waitress was not attentive. We returned two dishes because it was unsalted and bland. The sushi was the only notable part of dinner.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful sushi and the chef very personable.

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CE
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, but food was average and not worth the high cost. This restaurant is not up to the standard that other ones of the same group have reached (e.g. New York Manhattan).

In brief, this Place is overpriced for the quality, which also shows in administrative details: the payment options suggest 18, 20, and 25% by the push of a button on the payment device. Unknown to the payer, the tip is calculated on the of the AFTER TAX amount (not on the pretax amount), which Is wrong by common practice.

Conclusion: no place to visit in DC!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, but for Sake List. Worst Sake options.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Amazing food, drinks, and service!

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Nashville
28 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food as always is amazing - service was the worst

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was absolutely incredible, a true experience for our special occasion.

Looking forward to going back, service was a bit slow for both food and especially cocktails.

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JB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was HORRIBLE, the meal was paced terribly, so many people working there who it seemed were wandering around aimlessly. It took so long to get drinks, menus, water and then the food was rushed with dirty plates still on table. It is so NOT worth the money. I get better service when I order takeout.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food!

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R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must have: Crispy rice with Spicy tuna, Chef house rolls special, Squid “pasta” light garlic sauce, Wagyu and Foie Gras Gyoza, Yellowtail Kama, finished with Bento box dessert melting in your mouth. Plus, waited on you by Cameron then your evening would be completely delicious and fun😋👍🙃

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KW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing, despite making advance reservations we were seated in the bar area which takes away from the ambiance.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional meal and service. Very good vibe without being too loud. Bought the new cook book as an added bonus

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SZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Sushi Chef couldn’t get my order correct twice. It was underwhelming and not worth it. Left hungry as they missed a good portion of my meal out. So wasn’t worth it, just a fancy name behind it.

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m
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always the food,service and atmosphere were perfect! Expensive but worth it!

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KS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is one of the most overrated restaurants I’ve been to. The food was...good. The service was... fine. The music was... decent. The ambiance was... nice. But for $150 per person I expect a lot more.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My overall experience at Nobu was phenomenal. My date was a little late but after he came we were seated promptly . We were seated by the door which was a little cold so we asked if we could be moved . Our waitress made sure we were accommodated to new seating. Our food was delicious and the food runner was very knowledgeable when telling us about each dish. Nobu was amazing I’ll definitely come back again .

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great! The problem that we encountered was speaking on the phone to the “assistant reservations manager”, I believe Steve, who was UNBELIEVABLY rude, snobby, and condescending. I called almost 30 minutes ahead to let them know 2 of 4 of us would be ten minutes late. He told me it was unlikely we’d be seated since it would be disconcerting to other patrons to see a half empty table. He told me it was up to the managers discretion, and when I asked to speak with that manager, he told me he was the manager. Eventually I did speak to the actual manager, I believe Kate, who was extremely helpful, understanding, and warm. All of this was so shocking to me because we were still in the usual allowable window to be late, and when we arrived the restaurant was half empty and remained that way. Your food is great but it’s no surprise that the place is half empty on a Friday night when the first person a patron encounters is someone as rude as the assistant reservations manager.

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Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The service was the worst I have had in DC ever. Had to go back to the hostess to ask if we were seated in a section that had any service. After finally getting water, they found our waitress who delivered menus then disappeared. Another server finally took our order. Food was good but overpriced. Definitely not up to the par that we saw in NYC. This is not worth your time or money.

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