Umaya

4.6
395 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

Support Umaya during COVID-19

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 395 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.3
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Don’t bother. Least enjoyable dining experience thus far.

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DiegoE
London
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat authentic Japanese food. We had a great meal with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was absolutely fantastic. The food, service, and atmosphere were incredible. It was amazing to see the level of attention every employee took for sanitation and everything given COVID. I would highly recommend this restaurant and can’t wait to go back!

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AndrewL
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I returned because previous experience, but was disappointed this time. The NY steak was at least 1/3rd fat/tendon. The marinating was too sweet.
Table placement was odd - lack sense of party privacy.

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Romuald
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great selection of dishes. Robotoyaki are delicious. Fish is fresh. Everything to like except they are too busy to pick up their phone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. We happened upon umaya a few years ago and keep coming back. We always enjoy the food and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great prices with a good amount of options.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal. The service was attentive, and the atmosphere pleasant and fairly quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Amazing Service, very Reasonable price food.

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TeeB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lunch at Umaya was pretty good. My party of four each tried a different ramen dish and we ordered apps for the table. Each ramen dish was flavorful, hot and pretty tasty. The steam buns, teriyaki chicken wings, and gyoza were delicious. The kara-age not so much, it tasted more like flour than flavor. Our server seemed mildly distracted although the restaurant was fairly empty. Seating was social distanced but we were placed at a table that needed to be wiped. Not a huge deal but really Umaya. I would eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was fantastic! I highly recommend the whole squid

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NormE
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Curry Ramen was amazing. If you order the Veggie Ramen and aren’t a fan of seaweed noodles, consider substituting plain noodles.

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BisiA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good social distancing and sanitation practices. Food was great and service was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We got ramen and sushi and everything was fresh and delicious. Highly recommend the chicken and scallion skewers as well.

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Nergz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was delicious. Seating was COVID appropriate as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Low quality sushi, way to expensive for the quality you receive. The waitress was great and attentive I just wished the food met up with her attentiveness.

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vipSarahF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spectacular grilled meats, seafood, and vegetables all served with warm professional service. Very covid safe as well. Our favorite Japanese restaurant in town!

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TerryA
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. The food and the service was great!

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ShayM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food was great but the service was a bit slow..Think they need to hire more servers. Took a while for us to get our check to leave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good except for the chef cussing the other chef out during what seemed to be their shift chain GW?

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service was really slow. They forgot at least 3 things we ordered and had to be reminded multiple times that they’d forgotten. It made the experience less enjoyable.

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vipBarbarap
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food & service

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vipZebaR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Attentive service, excellent food

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vipKarolyneC
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Such amazing Japanese food and wonderful service!

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AnnetteR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We ordered the premium omakase and were absolutely delighted with the freshness and quality of the fish. Delicious!

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vipladybird
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was sincere, thoughtful and professional; More than expected from reservation to check. Food was clean burning, beautiful presentation and most of all delicious! Atmosphere was Japanese style open. Bar looked nice too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I will not return to this restaurant.

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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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AndrewA
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!

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MelJN
Jacksonville
2 reviews
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
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
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
60 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
6 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.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Umaya using the Order Online button. Umaya also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Umaya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 290-3443.

Umaya is rated 4.6 stars by 395 OpenTable diners.

Umaya does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.umayadc.com/store/gift-cards/.

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.