Umaya

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$30 and under
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Japanese
Umaya, where East meets West in a plethora of Japanese inspired small & large dishes. We focus on drawing from the simplicity of flavor in fresh ingredients, while giving it a Western flair. Specializing on the popular Japanese ‘street food’ - think small 'tapas' style dishes that are easy to share amongst friends & family. Our Izakaya grill features a one of a kind charcoal brick that is imported from Japan & allows for the natural flavors of the proteins & vegetables to radiate.

Umaya elevates the typical 'beer garden' concept with hard-to-find Asian dishes. Our menu promotes friends, coworkers, family to enjoy their time together. We carry a wide array of Asian beer & Japanese Whiskey, complimenting the tranquility of the restaurant. The menu will feature seasonal highlights; however, the time-honored staples will always be available. ‘Umaya’ directly translates to a ‘place that tastes good’ in Japanese; it is a place where you can go
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TM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. The food was amazing! I will be back the next time I am in DC.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was mediocre... I got the salmon salad and it was a weird assortment of random things haphazardly put together in a bowl. My friend got one of the rice bowl and it was ok. Service was fine I just wanted the food to be a nudge better.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and the waitress' help in choosing which sake to get was great

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall a great experience. The place is a little noisy but it was a busy Saturday night. The food was excellent as was the service. The portions were generous without being excessive. I will definitely return.

T
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Umaya is a great spot for a nice date night if you want somewhere quiet yet still very energetic in spirit.

MH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything we ordered was AWESOME, from the ramen soup (pork belly, soy sauce) to the pork buns, the japanese fried rice to the sushi and maki rolls, we were not disappointed. Fresh and tasty!

A
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The 2 person Omakase for $95 is a steal. Amazing- great quality fish.

CL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I tried the autumn roll was like very delicious

PL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. Good value for the money. Great for a fun and friendly gathering of friends but not a quiet romantic dinner.

LP
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everyone in our party enjoyed all of our dishes, namely Japanese fried rice, sushi, tempura and the mushroom salad.

CL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tried the spicy miso ramen , it was so good

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food my favorite sushi place

I
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The choices, choices, and more choices. This is more of a fusion restaurant so there are endless options. I was there for a late lunch so I sat at the bar. Decent wine selection and I wanted sashimi. So I had the tuna, salmon, and yellowtail. Very fresh. I looked through the menu and ordered the whole octopus and kimchi. I didn't think it was going to be as much as it was, but it was enough to share. Very flavorful. There were several others dishes that I want to try here from their noodle dishes to their fried rice. The service was good. I will be looking to get back here soon.

CL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Tomatoes Ramen is so good

LP
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Umaya is consistently very good. I love the Japanese fried rice. It sounds boring, but they add shredded ginger and other favors that make it different from the average dish.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service

SJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Big room so plenty of tables, TVs at bar but not too loud that you can’t hear what people at your table are saying. Full menu from yakisoba, to ramen, sushi , etc.

JS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the veggie ramen and ate every last drop. It was delicious! I'd definitely recommend.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience here

AW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience, awesome staff... from the hostess to the Bartender that served us.

MW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I had a good experience there but the backless bench is not for me.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool place, wait staff was very friendly. Got the Takoyaki, which was so good. Sushi was fantastic - overall a great night

AV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I decided to do a girls night out and we started our night at Umaya for dinner. Umaya was a great place to get started because the ambiance was perfect, it was lively, nice lighting, and had many choices of food and drink for each of us to choose from. When we arrived, we were seated right away at a cute corner table by all the windows. The wait staff were very attentive, friendly, and knowledgable about the menu and sake options. Our orders came out quickly and the presentation was beautiful. We ordered grilled pork and a variety of skewers: chicken, salmon, mushrooms, and beef tongue. We also ordered a few different sushi rolls, oysters, and my absolute favorite: salmon belly! As far as sake, we did some warm sake for sake bombs and a sparkling rose sake - must try. The food was well seasoned and cooked perfectly. I'll definitely be coming back!

NM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

This is a very expensive place for the quality of the sushi!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for ramen and sushi the omakase will scare you but it worth the price with all the fish selection best decision I made

CL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent autumn sushi rolls

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for sushi I had the volcano roll and dinamite roll we’ll recommend also The short ribs always my favorite option on robata

CL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omakas is very good deals

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great sushi and robatayaki

CL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Autum rolls very good !!

NP
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome happy hour selection for both food and drinks!

OT
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the pricing reasonable. They have so much to choose from with nice generous portions. (Great for sharing) I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service

P
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food. Service a little slow

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s probably my favorite Japanese restaurant in town!! Highly recommended.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Omakase is the best way to go! For a party of 6, 3 omakase is perfect That’s only less than 50 per person and you get a TON of premium nigiri and sashimi plus miso soups! Victor was great, cocktails were superb! Amazing experience! Can’t wait to come back for date night next time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

j
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as always. Service was top notch.

CM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by our server, Alex. Ordered their wagyu large dish and it was butter in my mouth. A few specialty rolls and they were great. Just my go to place for any occasion.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, very satisfied!!