Yona

4.3
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312 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian

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About

Opened in 2015, Yona is a full-service Japanese restaurant from Mike Isabella Concepts serving lunch and dinner daily. The menu features both traditional and more inventive takes on familiar Japanese dishes, including sushi and nigiri, ramen and other noodle soups. Heartier offerings include steamed bao buns, fried chicken buckets and Asian-inspired sandwiches.

The lunch menu features quick-serve items for professionals on-the-go, while the beverage program showcases craft beer, sake, and specialty cocktails by Mike Isabella Concepts Beverage Director Taha Ismail.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Wednesday: 11:30am to 9pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am to 10pm
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Phone number
(703) 465-1100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Isabella
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Private party facilities
Yona offers full restaurant buyouts for parties of up to 65. Please contact us for more information.
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Private party contact
Gina Dakouni: (202) 321-5857
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Catering
Whether you’re feeding a handful of coworkers at the office or a few hundred guests at a wedding reception, let our expert culinary team make it an event to remember. Bring a taste of Mike Isabella’s restaurants to your event. Our expansive catering menus offer an array of dining options in a number of cuisines, including Italian, Greek, Mexican and Contemporary American.

Visit mikeisabella.com/catering/
Contact us at events@mikeisabella.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Entrance on North Quincy St.
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Parking details
In addition to street and metered parking, garage parking is available at 4075 Wilson Blvd, in Two Liberty Center across the street. Entrance is next to HSBC on Randolph St.
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Public transit
Ballston Metro/Virginia Square Metro
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.7
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I'm sad to say that Yona appears to have closed its doors. One of our favorite dinner spots in town, we're going to miss everything from the wonderful fried brussel sprouts to the incredible steamed buns with delicious fillings to tasty ramen... not to mention some terrific house cocktails. I can only hope that Yona returns under new ownership, but the same recipes. Ballston doesn't have anything even close to what Yona brought us each time we visited.

s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Mediocre sushi

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BS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Good food, but not great for Mike Isabella. Lovely waitress, simple, modern setting. Hard to find parking!

t
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

excellent food. Always enjoy and wonder why we don't come more often.

b
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great venue for team luncheon. Not a large place but worked perfectly for our team of 12.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This happy hour is perhaps the best kept secret in the neighborhood- I almost don't want to share it. The HH menu is a steal- sit at the bar and watch the magic of the rolls being made. The steamed buns are amazing- you will not be disappointed! Great gem!

C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I love the kanikama roll. It has shrimp tempura and crab meat in it. I ordered this roll on my visit and was disappointed with the presentation. I pointed out the discrepancy with the waitress and was told the chef has freedom to show creativity. The roll was made with what was stated on the menu (3 basic ingredients of rice, shrimp, and crab meat) and no further offer to replace or change the roll was made. I ate the roll as is but wish the owner(s) would stress consistency when preparing their sushi rolls. Most days the kanikama is amazing but on this day it was dry and lacked substance.

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soups are simply delicious!

RE
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was my second visit in two weeks. We liked it so much the first time that we decided to come back with a couple of friends and we were not disappointed. The food was still great. However, there was one thing different. The first time we ate in September we ordered Donburi with rib eye beef and it came with sliced beef which was just awesome. This time the dish looked different, more like shredded beef instead of the slices. While still delicious, the sliced version was heaps better. It looked better and seemed to taste better the first time. Other than that, everything else was great. The edamame could have used more salt. The service was also very friendly and attentive.

s
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience3

It was a vey disappointing dinner.
Over-priced for the quality. 3 small pieces of octopus was $10.

V
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! Every dish we taste is very delicious and different taste than other restaurants. It’s moderately priced and worth every penny.
Our serve Dragana is amazing. Each time she sees us she greets us with a big smile . When she’s there, we know we would be taken good care of. I will keep coming back due to flawless service and great food. Thank you!

S
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

D
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional appetizers (beef buns, crabs buns), and best noodle soups (curry, and pork)! Scrumptious! ThankU !

s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Tasty sushi with unique touches. Very nice standards as well.

l
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Yona often and always get a great meal with terrific service.

OT
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant Week

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, cool and quiet atmosphere.

N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and an amazing deal but it was kind of loud. We were glad the place wasn’t packed!

MC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and very intimate staff, they we're good at picking up finished plates but didn't interrupt conversation. Highly recommend.

ED
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Slightly sloppy sloppy in fabrication and presentation albeit delicious, we got three different types of sushi: “caterpillar” (with tempura crab, roe, spicy jalapeño sauce, cucumber and avocado), “volcano” (with bbq eel and spicy red pepper sauce), and “spider” (with tempura shrimp, avocado, roe, aioli). My two (we shared all three but I ordered spider and caterpillar) were on one plate and not as ‘tight’ in roll as needed. Don’t get me wrong - we ate all and it was good just messy and honestly why not beautiful and perfect since they only had 6 people to focus on? Drink orders promptly taken but once empty water refilled but no one asked if we wanted more to drink or another drink. Sunday night lethargy after busy Saturday? Maybe. We were last out and only one of three tables- small place bistro seating maybe seats 25 maximum. We might go back to try sandwiches and or ramen but I’m ok if we find other Arlington places to try. Ultimately, not enough ‘non-sushi’ entrees? Maybe

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

GET THE PORK BUNS!

WZ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered the Brussels sprouts, tonkatsu buns, and two rolls (spicy tuna and volcano). The Brussels sprouts were delicious and I would highly recommend them to anyone coming. The buns and sushi were good as well, but nothing especially unique or special. However, the decor and service made up for it, and I would probably come again to sample the rest of the menu.

P
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Skip the sushi and go straight for the hot and cold Asian fusion items. Sushi was average at best. The buns are amazing. The crab conquets were equally incredible.

MO
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I loved the place, quiet and clean. The food tasted very fresh and delicious.

TL
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner experience and excellent service.

MH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great selection of sushi and unique steamed buns. Also had poke bowls which we love. Smaller portions than expected for price, but overall was great and would go again.

MR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going to Yona. This is one of my favorite japanese restaurants in town!

KK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wonderful ramen and buns at this neighborhood gem.
Lots of hard surfaces, and close tables, so it can get a little noisy and hard to have a private conversation at times.
Food is worth the trip.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive servers. Ramen and sushi were delicious. Cool atmosphere.

DV
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Sushi was pretty good, but the Brussels sprouts were amazing.

G
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yona offers nicely-prepared, solidly good food, well-served in a pleasant setting and central location.

J
Baltimore
167 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yona is a small, contemporary Japanese restaurant in Arlington. Our Server was excellent and very helpful. We requested help in translating the menu and she helped us chose a simple lunch of sushi and soup bowl. The "Caterpillar Sushi" was outstanding delicious and creative! The Chicken Ramen Soup was comforting and plentiful. (My wife preferred the Sushi. She scallions are not her favorite.)

We would recommend Yona to our friends and we will definitely visit Yona again.

V
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love every dish on the menu! They’re very delicious and very different than the ones we tried before at any other restaurants. This was our second time to the restaurant . It didn’t fail us again. Service was amazing. Our server she was very smiling and polite. I love how they serve the sake in panda cups and you can get to save them !! So fun! Definitely a BIG recommendation!

e
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and preparation of the food!

DC
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit - we'll be back. We ordered several items - chicken with a kick, sushi, poke, buri - all were superb. Very attentive staff - thanks, Dragana.

N
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s very good sush!!!!

d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, especially for those who like Japanese and Korean small dishes. Main course, like donburi, come with a wide variety of add on side dishes, e.g. kimchi, seasoned eggs, which are my favorites.

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, probably the best sushi we've found in the DMV area. Amazing service as well.

W
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience ! Will be returning in near future!

S
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with great food and service. Great to order multiple small plates for sharing.

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