Sushi Ogawa

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Sushi Ogawa serves the sushi of Chef Minoru Ogawa. With over 40 years of experience, Chef Ogawa exhibits his expertise daily with ingredients sourced domestically and internationally.

Sushi Ogawa features a peaceful and soothing environment with a minimalistic design which allows guests to experience an intimate dining affair.

Due to limited space, online reservations are for the dining room only. Please call the restaurant for reservations at the sushi counter.



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DC
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Freshest sushi; Omakase menu was thoroughly enjoyable; great service.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of if not the best fish I’ve ever eaten!

CS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The omakase menu for Valentine’s day was excellent with all the right quantity, variety, freshness and taste. The sushi is outstanding! The service was more lax and after being seated at 8 for a 7:30pm reservation, we had to ask, after 15 minutes of being seated, for someone to serve us water and at least take our drinks order. Waiters were too busy setting up tables for people waiting in line than actually serving those already seated. All in all, we will come back on a regular night but were disappointed after spending $350 for 2 on Valentine’s day.

K
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Unfortunately my experience at Sushi Ogawa was not good at all. We were told “Omakase” (which generally means an experience with the chef wherein they interact and cater your experience) but in this V-Day celebration I ended up making two reservations (one at Sushi Hachi and one here) I gave up the Sushi Hachi one because the time was 9pm and was actual Omakase, but we decided aince we got an earlier time at Ogawa, we’d go there instead. In hind sight I wish I went to Hachi instead, Ogawa’s “Omakase” was sit at a dining table and get served a premade sent of food that was not considered uniquely an “Omakase” experience. Also the owner came to me and asked me to tip more...so yeah not coming back.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi preparations done by the chef. Seasoned properly. Excellent service. A little pricey and reservations are recommended. Small white table place.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic omakase.

YL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was okay but well below my expectation with the price charged ($80 per course). Please beware that the $80 course now does not include sashimi, which they charge $100. Service was mediocre. Will not come back.

DS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

If you do not eat good sushi often or are just desperate, perhaps this would work for you. For me, my bottom line evaluation is "edible"

DC
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fresh sushi. Omakase menu was generous and prepared to perfection.

RK
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is excellent! Service is second to none. Will come back again!!

MP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We did the Omakase at the sushi bar. Everything was amazing! Chef Ogawa lovingly creates tasty morsels of the freshest fish and other treats.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hervorragend!! Authentisch!!!

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M
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was ok, there was a good variety of hot and cold food with the $100 omakase menu. I was comparing to comparable price in Seattle

Appetizer - so so
Sashimi - above average, not as fresh as I've had
Soft shell crab tempura - ok
Sushi - a good variety, lots of pieces. Again not as fresh as I might have expected
Miso soup - 1 clam?
Green tea mochi - Ok

I think the quality was comparable to neighborhood sushi places - ok

MP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredibly fresh fish! Wonderful experience.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The best sushi in the East coast , I do believe so.

OT
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The freshness and the quality of the fish were outstanding. The chef was well skilled and personable. The experience was great

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went out of their way to make our eleven year anniversary spectacular and memorable. The chef was masterful and charming. The service extraordinary. And the food was so incredible: the sushi melted in my mouth. Absolutely recommend to anyone looking for not just quality food but an experience.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We had heard good things from our native Japanese colleagues, and having lived in Japan for a couple years, we were excited for this meal. The place was empty except for us, which was fine, but given that we were the only people there, the service was excruciatingly slow. Painfully so. We are sushi/sashimi eaters for 20 years, and the fish was, on the whole, chewy and flavorless. We got the omakase, so we didn’t have much say, and it just wasn’t very good. I’m not sure I’ll give them a second chance.

AL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic omakase! Superb fish

f
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi Ogawa is fantastic. Highly recommend sitting at the bar and watching the sushi chefs work.

KD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience1

The service was outstanding. But, would not recommend the "chef's choice". Highly recommend ordering off the ala carte menu. We chose to order the "Chef's choice", which was $100 for basically less expensive fish options. Although we had 2 courses of sashimi/sushi, we found that the same type of fish was served to us. We learned our lesson.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Anniversary dinner. It was really nice! Almost too quiet and it is expensive. However, the food was delicious and it’s definitely a great spot for special occasions.

F
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The very best Sushi Omekase in DC. One can never get a seat at the Omekase bar at SUshi Taro , but here you can and it’s half the price of Sushi Taro. It doesn’t have the political baggage of Nakazawa at Trump tower. Focus is on food, not the decor.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This restaurant is marketed as having a creative omakase offering, which I simply found not to be true. Having visited Sushi of Gari in New York (with its creative offerings) and having been to Japan (and experienced great quality fish for a good price point) may have tainted my review. It is an enjoyable restaurant in an intimate setting. However, its good bites that don't, in my opinion, justify the cost.

OT
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at sushi counter to witness how mater chef to bring top quality seafood to table! Love it at first bite! I’d consider it the BEST Japanese restaurant in DMV! Highly highly recommend it!

E
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect omakase.

PS
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the omakase which was amazing. Service and food were superb. Would definitely recommend to any sushi lover and will definitely be returning on my next trip to DC!

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

@6:30, sushi bar was full and we were the first ones to be seated in the dining hall. The restaurant seemed very slow for Friday evening. That being said, service was prompt and food came out without any delay. Overall, food experience was okay, except for a few dishes that my niece and I both thought could be improved. Deep fried soft shell crab was a bit soggy and miso soup was too salty. Botan ebi (shrimp) sushi was subpar as it did not taste fresh at all. On the other hand, we both really liked the fatty tuna and mackerel sashimi and sushi. Desert was nothing fancy, just a couple of mochi ice cream which tasted like they were not made from scratch. Overall dining experience was a mixed bag. While some dishes were outstanding, some were equally disappointing. For me, it was definitely not a Michelin star experience. One might argue that I’d have to try their sushi bar to give a fair rating on sushi. But considering their overall quality of neta (fish), I do not think I would have a different opinion.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was probably the best sushi I have ever had, and I have had a lot of good sushi. The sushi bar experience was a value for all that you get!!! Love it. Highly recommend!!!!

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a really nice experience doing the omakase, fish was very fresh and quite tasty. We came right before closing time so we might have felt a little bit rushed, but overall very nice experience, would go back again.

CS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very delicate and tasty in a simple environment with soft music and attentive service. This restaurant was recommended by a Japanese friend and lived up to expectations. It is a bit pricey (menus at $80 and $100 pp) but worth it. Dishes come out fast so it's very good if you are hungry. They also have an "a la carte" menu if you already know what you want but I feel prix fixe menus are a better deal.

MM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service could not have been more exquisite.

CY
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice environment and omakase experience. We went there on time and everything tastes amazing

TE
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Maybe we had an awful one-off experience, but compared to places like Sushi Taro, this place was a HUGE disappointment - especially for how much we payed. The whole place smelled damp and the furniture looked Chinese - ambiance didn't seem to be a priority. There was a gorgeous Octopus detail on the ceiling, but other than that - nothing much. Finally the old air conditioner seemed to be dying and was very loud.

Something is up- I think most positive reviews for this place from 2016 period.

First course was monkfish liver similar to pâté and then an egg custard - very good. The second course was sashimi then nigiri and I was shocked at the redundancy in the fishes used.

Dessert was store-bought mochi ice cream with hot tea. Which is ridiculous when compared to the high quality desserts that are part of omakazes at other reputable sushi restaurants in DC.

Never going again. Angry that we paid for a baby sitter and over $130 omakaze per person (plus two bottles of sake) on our wedding anniversary night for this awful experience.

RG
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

This was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in the last 25 years. There were only about 15 items on the entire menu--and they did not have half of the listed items. The prices were insanely high--about double the price of other similar Japanese restaurants--but the food was only average. Saki and wine prices were off the charts expensive, and descriptions on the wine list were useless. The service was slow, and the echoing in the room made it difficult to have an intelligent conversation. I cannot believe that this is the best Japanese dining experience D.C. has to offer. If it is, I feel sorry for the good people of Japan.

MP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience2

By far the top sushi in D.C.! What the restaurant lacks in ambiance and service is more than made up for by the outstanding sushi. Every piece of the broad variety of fish was excellent. Sushi Ogawa is worthy of all the praise it has received. Top notch!

DC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi. Chef Ogawa is friendly and talented. I’ve been here several times, has always been outstanding.

u
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food3service1ambience2

I did not feel that the omakase meal was worth $100, as the first round of sushi and sashimi were quite similar and were not very unique. I don't feel that I would return again.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Had the Omakase and was extremely underwhelmed.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The best sushi I’ve had in DC hands down (and I’ve had sushi taro etc which I also really love.) Not a fancy place on the inside, very traditional. But great service and AMAZING food. Definitely be adventurous and do the chef’s choice, that’s the only way to go IMO and they will work with allergies/restrictions that you have. They pre-soy sauce the sushi appropriately as they do in Japan so no extra is needed. I’ll remember this sushi always, simply amazing.