Best Sushi in DC by far!
Best Sushi in DC!
Food was great but only one server for the whole resturant. Plus he was also the bartender. He tried hard but in a Sat night they needed more help. Other reviews note struggling service quality and I would agree. Food was excellent but some of it looked worn and tired a bit!
Best quality sushi I’ve ever had!
Service was extremely slow. There was only one sushi chef and one server to handle the entire restaurant. The quality of the sushi was ok, but the portion was tiny. I am normally fine with a 10 piece nigiri and a sushi roll set. However, we were still hungry afterwards. Because the service was so slow, we closed out our check and continued dinner elsewhere. Given the portion and quality, we thought the dinner was overpriced.
Amazing quality sushi! Such a good date night for sushi lovers.
Good. Menu was not as diverse as expected
Wonderful find, and great quality.
Excellent sushi and service.
outstanding sushi. tucked away and so close to the WH, so there isn't much traffic. it's a great place where you are likely to get seated without too much wait.
Grossly under-staffed restaurant. We came with family and for a while were ignored by the sole waiter. Then once the waiter showed up, he rushed us into ordering, not making any suggestions or recommendations. The food looked "tired" at best. a $70 sashimi entree contained some dry looking pieces of Toro. Certain basic appetizers arrived after the main dishes were served, and required a reminder. Overall uninspiring experience, especially considering we weren't there during rush time and there were still some empty tables at the restaurant. Definitely would not recommend.
Phenomenal preparation. Hope the business takes off when COVID is contained. Godspeed.
Fatty tuna was dry. Personally speaking no uni and tako was too salty. We did want to sit on the sushi counter and order omakase but they told us it was closed and we can’t change our menu, so that was a bit pressure into the meal. Service was okay. We feel it should be more customizable, like adding more sushi, they should of ask us first instead after meal and we didn’t even get the more expensive meal. Over all it was a bit of disappointing.
Great little spot close to the White House and the National Mall that does really good, fresh sushi at a decent price. Will definitely be back
The COVID-19 put a spin on this review. Visited restaurant and set outside on the 22nd of August. For a Saturday night just a few people but we were happy some places open that we could sit down and eat. Food was not as good as Sushi Taro but certainly high quality for DC. Several of the items on the menu were not available. It felt like I bar in Japan that you would go to at the end of a hard day as an office worker. Maybe the whole place will feel differently once the vaccine comes out. I'm cautiously optimistic.
This sushi is outstanding. If any Sushi Taro fans are missing amazing quality upscale sushi these days, I urge you to try Sushi Gakyu. Do not skip the Aburi 5. (Pieces of nigiri slightly blowtorched.) Phenomenal. 5 stars.
Buen japones en DC. Producto, mimo y servicio
My son and I traveled to DC and enjoyed the sushi here! It was very good sushi. He had several of the salmon nigiri and I had the Assorted Sashimi platter. The fish tasted very fresh and the sushi rice was very good too. We would definitely come back with the family next time in DC!
Me and my wife enjoyed our Valentines Day dinner at Sushi Gakyu and we were thoroughly impressed. The sushi was perfect, it is above our normal price range but the quality shows. Plus you pay for the location, the service, the ambiance so overall the price was on par with everything. The fish was the star of the plate as it should be, and I was impressed with the soft and delicate texture of the fish. It shows good craftsmanship with the cutting and preparation of the fish. The beer was superb. I enjoyed the service and the ambiance. I would absolutely recommend and return
I was very displeased with the food and service. I was served sushi with bones in it. Something a master sushi chef would never do. Over advertised quick unremarkable, Kaz is much better overall.
Coming from someone who has had sushi multiple times in Japan, I have to say that the sushi they served were some of the best I have ever had in the United States. The price is a bit steep, but the sushi was so good that I can't complain. The biggest problem I had was that we did not get our side dish and the sushi for almost an hour after we ordered. It's absolutely ridiculous that we had to wait that long for our food when the server said it would take about 10 minutes.
The bento box lunch special was a reasonable deal. All my dining companions enjoyed their orders. Not the server's fault but the restaurant should ensure adequate change is available for customers as the server had trouble making change so I could provide a larger tip (I paid with cash).
Sushi Gakyu never disappoints. Friendly chef and staff, and the sushi are top-notch.
The waitress was FABULOUS!!!!!! She managed all of the guests and she was as attentive and courteous and knowledgeable as a waitress can be. The food was marvelous, and our waitress helped us make our selections, including a delicious sake. We will definitely be back to Sushi Gakyu very soon!!!!!
I enjoyed my business lunch at Sushi Gakyu. The food was tasty and the atmosphere was nice. My critique, however, is this: I arrived well before my reservation but they seated me promptly. But while I was waiting for my lunch partner, no waitperson ever checked on me to see if I wanted a water, other drink, or appetizer. Once my date arrived, it took some time before the waitperson came to take our order. Other tables appeared to be waiting a while for their ordering, too. Once we did order, the food was delivered relatively soon. There was apparently only one wait person serving the entire restaurant on this Tuesday and she was stretched pretty thin. To me, that's a management issue and not the fault of the single waitstaff.
Outstanding in every way
We booked - only people in there
Food ok nothing special
Our server was fabulous and because we made a reservation, we got the best table in the house. The food was quite good although expensive relative to other sushi restaurants we’ve tried. I was also surprised how few guests were there at 7 pm on a Thursday.
I can’t say enough good things about this restaurant. DC lacks good sushi and this fills the gap. The quality, taste, and presentation of dishes is on par with Sushi Taro while the menu is more varied and extensive. The service is also top notch. Highly recommended for anyone looking for fresh and creative sushi in DC.
Average sushi at big city price. Sample platters were made in advance and proportions small.
Food was fast and awesome! Lots of options as well!
Overall, the quality of the fish was good, but the portions are too small for the price. The eel avocado roll, spicy tuna roll, and salmon nigiri, and then the fatty yellowtail nigiri (aburi style) were delicious. The salmon avocado, tuna jalapeno, and crunchy salmon rolls were just okay, they didn't have much flavor. All the rolls are pretty small in size. Our group also ordered the Jo chirashi and Gakyu chirashi - for the price we expected more fish. Instead, they were also small servings. Our server was great - very attentive and friendly. We were there to celebrate a birthday and they gave a complimentary mochi for dessert, which we appreciated.
This place offers very traditional Japanese style sushi in a quiet setting. Everything we selected was very well made and quite yummy. The service was excellent and everyone was respectful and attentive to our needs. Do not expect all sorts of creative rolls or any type of fusion dishes. This place is quite traditional. They offer a nice variety of sashimi and nagiri with a great sake menu.
After dining in hundreds of sushi restaurants I find the fish to be the best I have ever experienced. The cocktail list and wine list needs to be expanded. The listing of Sake should have to be detailed so that non-Japanese diners can make an intelligent decision. It seems that this restaurant is focused on Native Japanese customers and could become more popular if they cared to other customers.
Great food, great service and was pleased all the way around.
Overpriced. Small pieces. Just average sushi. Not worth it.
Still a great sushi restaurant. I had the more expensive omakase and it was worth every cent. It’s amazing the flavors a creative sushi chef can get out of various types of fish. Very friendly and professional service. One year ago I was wondering why the restaurant isn’t packed every day. I still have that question. It’s just a couple blocks from the White House and there are a lot government and private sector offices all around.
Too expensive for the quality of food. Not worth it.
Excellent chirashi and sake (recommend the latter warm)
The fish was very good and the rice was even better! Can’t wait to go again!
Sushi Gakyu does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Sushi Gakyu also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 849-3686.
Sushi Gakyu is rated 4.6 stars by 146 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.