Sushi Gakyu

4.6
146 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
Sushi Gakyu introduces you the new Sushi experience.
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DinnerTime
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sushi in DC by far!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Sushi in DC!

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vipDoctorD
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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!

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Hutch54
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best quality sushi I’ve ever had!

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vipCharlieS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

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AnaM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing quality sushi! Such a good date night for sushi lovers.

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vipNeedhamSteve
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Good. Menu was not as diverse as expected

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ScottH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful find, and great quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent sushi and service.

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vipkennyava
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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SK212
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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.

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GlennM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Phenomenal preparation. Hope the business takes off when COVID is contained. Godspeed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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vipJohnD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipAlyssa
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJOSEMI
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Buen japones en DC. Producto, mimo y servicio

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vipStYLzsmiles17
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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BosuRezzu
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

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.

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Kyororo
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

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.

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vipJeffreyO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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).

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vipJennifer
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi Gakyu never disappoints. Friendly chef and staff, and the sushi are top-notch.

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vipPrettyfirst
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!!!

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StevenB
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way

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Davidb
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

We booked - only people in there

Food ok nothing special

Not cheap

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Leslie
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average sushi at big city price. Sample platters were made in advance and proportions small.

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TinaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fast and awesome! Lots of options as well!

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vipJules
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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wplandry
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipDineandwine
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service and was pleased all the way around.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overpriced. Small pieces. Just average sushi. Not worth it.

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Hungryman
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Too expensive for the quality of food. Not worth it.

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DanW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent chirashi and sake (recommend the latter warm)

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RossB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish was very good and the rice was even better! Can’t wait to go again!

FAQs

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.