Umaya

4.5
373 Reviews
$31 to $50
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 373 people are saying
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vipBrianM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were incredible. Running late due to the chaos in region from protestors and pandemic. They all went above and beyond. Look forward to revisiting once we have some normalcy in the world

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Jon1
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good
food. Shrimp Tempura and fried rice arr amazing

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vipReadThisReview
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Overall, the food was mostly bland and less than remarkable. That's not to say it was bad, but of the three in our party, none were impressed enough, based on the meals we ate, to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visitors from Denver CO this weekend and we loved everything about Umaya!! The food was excellent and the hostess was so gracious and apologetic for the circumstances of COVID. Wish th3 local government woukd get it together and stop taking advantage of these small businesses.. its disappointing to see these small business owners struggle to keep their business going. Inwould highly recommend supporting your small businesses.saying prayers 🙏🏼💜💜💜

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tense time in DC, but the food and service was phenomenal! Very COVID-safe and worth the price. :) Shōyu ramen was amazing and the nigiri and tempura were 10/10. Definitely coming back soon!

MJ
MelissaJ
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as well as a variety of options. I will be going back in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I felt very safe dining inside as the patio doors were open, and they took temperatures upon arrival as well as ensured all who entered got a squirt of hand sanitizer. The sushi was decent and ramen was okay. My friend had the shrimp rice bowl and said it wasn't very seasoned, but I didn't try it myself. It was an average meal, might eat here again if I was starving and in the area, but wouldn't seek it out. I would consider this pretty americanized Japanese food.

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AndrewL
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I took my date here. I wanted to show her some Japanese food. We loved the skewers.
During the pandemic, the hostess took our temperature and gave use hand sanitizers when she greeted us. Price is a bit up, but it was a nice place for a date.

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vipLynne
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sushi was particularly fresh and tasty. Also squared sea bass great. Octopus was tough though. Will definitely return.

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vipDex024
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and services was great. Noisy, chilly and ambience is not great....

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were attentive and super friendly

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RThonyE
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for sushi.
Definitely going back soon.

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Mary
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service !! Been coming here since they open. Never disappointed. They are doing really well maintaining table distance and regulations.

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vipStephen
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food took a while to arrive. Sushi was nothing to write home about. Server was friendly and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Three times now we've made reservations and arrived to find no one there and restaurant not open. Food on the expensive side and waitress was rude.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi options and friendly staff.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
752 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late night find and it was excellent! Terrific service and the food was amazing, particularly the spare ribs. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Interesting cocktails. Not my favorite but the food was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I enjoyed everything: food, service, ambiance and drinks. The skewered items were better than the sushi to me. I will definitely go back.

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FionaW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I went here for my birthday and the server was very nice! She even brought out mochi with Candles in it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing, good ambience

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YesicanU
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love it there, would come back! Please was clean And quiet

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience1

Food and service were really great but it was not in the most fun location and lots of passerby’s came in and out, which disrupted our meal and conversation a bit.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great time

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food123
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by Jennifer… And she was fantastic. She really made us feel welcome and safe.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were seated immediately, but the only server took forever to take our order. However, we did get our food pretty quickly. The volcano roll and wagyu skewers left much to be desired but the overall food and experience were decent.

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vipjohhnny1
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great diversity offered. Not traditional sushi and sashimi Great service

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Steven
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

a lot of choices for robatayaki, which is good. I tried 5 kinds of robatayaki and everything just perfect! The whole grilled squid also unbeatable! Lastly, the spicy miso ramen also pretty tasty!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Our server, Antonio was awesome!

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Mary
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

COVID-19 update: Umaya has been Super on point during this pandemic. Proper temperature check before sitting. Sanitizer available all over the dining area. All staff wearing mask. All the customers were siting 6 feet apart. So far, this is one of the restaurant doing best for following the guidelines. We dine here frequently. For sure we will be back again !!

CM
vipChristianM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well with the current pandemic and finally some restaurants are opening back up. We had to come back to our favorite place. Victor was back in action, he still remembers our go to cocktails. They’ve added some new items and we tried them all, along with our sushi/sashimi platters with some very well recommended sake.

They practiced social distancing, floor stickers in place, tables closed to main ring distance, face masks and gloves worn by everyone inside and they provided us with hand sanitizer. Along with their contactless menu.

Flavors are still on point and I can’t get enough of my lamb chops and she can’t get enough of her sushi.

Needless to say, you will feel safe and comfortable at Umaya!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has never failed me even during pandemic, foods were up standard as usual. The employees were very careful and doing their best to protect customer.
Overall I really enjoyed our dinner and will continue to patronize this venue.

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Mary
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is hands down one of the best sushi restaurant in DC area ! Their food is very reasonably priced with our sacrificing the quality. Even with COVID-19, they still maintaining their usual standard. Very impressive !! For sure will be back soon for the support.

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zhaot
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad I can be back at Umaya for a meal. Food is great, Friendly Service and what else can you ask during this tough time !!! Will for sure always support this local business!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great and the service was amazing

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allie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service

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vipAggie
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Rarely have I given a negative review of a restaurant but Umaya made sure that I did. The server disappeared on us for a time, the first glass of wine was awful, the crab salad had tons of shell in it, the Hamachi was not only not fresh but served at room temperature like it had sat out all night, and the rolls were simply bad. I hope it was just an off night for them but it definitely ruined a night of vacation for us!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Honestly this is very subpar sushi. Service was fast and restaurant nice and clean though.

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vipChrisL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like autum sushi roll there , it’s has deepfried spicy tuna wrapped with seaweed inside, on top with sliced tune and avocados , It’s very delicious autum sushi at roll

FAQs

Umaya does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. Umaya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 290-3443.

Umaya is rated 4.5 stars by 373 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.