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Yona

4.3
4.3
312 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian

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.

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Menu

Cold

  • Bean Sprout Salad$9.00

    arugula, mint, thai chili, marcona almond, white soy

    • Seaweed Salad$8.00

      mandarin, cucumber, spinach, sesame soy dressing

      • Tuna Poke*$13.00

        spicy poke sauce, shredded gem lettuce, shiso, nori

        • Tsukemono$7.00

          pickled seasonal vegetables

          • Koji Summer Salad$11.00

            cucumber, asparagus, roasted baby corn, heirloom tomatoes, almonds, avocado-ginger vinaigrette

            • Sashimi Plate*$22.00

              chef's daily selection of fish

              Poke Bowls

              Choice of seasoned sushi rice, or red quinoa with summer vegetables. Topped with pickled ginger, cucumber, scallions and seaweed salad

              • Spicy Tuna, Shiso, Nori$14.00

                • Rainbow Tuna, Salmon, Hamachi$14.00

                  • Hokkai Salmon, Avocado, Ikura$14.00

                    Steamed Buns

                    • Crispy Ginger Beef$11.00

                      soy pickles, japanese mayo

                      • JFC (Japanese Fried Chicken)$11.00

                        gochujang glaze, cucumber, sesame

                        • Kimchi-Brined Short Rib$12.00

                          sake & soy glaze, spring onion

                          • Maine Lobster$13.00

                            cucumber, celery, yuzu-chili mayo, toasted bun

                            Noodles

                            • Miso Porky Ramen$15.00

                              pork belly, rich pork broth, woodear mushroom, nitamago egg

                              • Soft Shell Crab Ramen$16.00

                                spicy chili broth, sprouts, corn, scallion

                                • Veggie Ramen$13.00

                                  soy milk-veggie broth, heirloom radish, bean sprouts, snow peas, woodear mushrooms

                                  • Chicken Noodle Ramen$14.00

                                    chicken meatballs, double-chicken broth, enoki mushroom, scallion

                                    Add-Ons

                                    • Pork Belly$5.00

                                      • Shrimp Tempura$6.00

                                        • Kimchi$3.00

                                          • Noodles$3.00

                                            • Yuzu Butter$1.00

                                              • Fresh Corn$1.00

                                                • Nitamago Egg$2.00

                                                  • Tofu$3.00

                                                    • Extra Broth$3.00

                                                      • Yona Melt-Down Hot Sauce$2.00

                                                        • Soy-Marinated Bamboo$1.00

                                                          • Poached Lobster$6.00

                                                            Hot

                                                            choice of summer vegetable, sesame chicken, roasted pork

                                                            • Steamed Edamame$7.00

                                                              sesame, nori, bonito

                                                              • Crispy Wings$9.00

                                                                japanese chili glaze, sesame seeds

                                                                • Harumaki Spring Rolls$9.00

                                                                  roast pork, ginger, duck sauce

                                                                  • Crispy Brussels$11.00

                                                                    pork belly, yuzu, serrano

                                                                    • Szechuan Fries$6.00

                                                                      chili mayo

                                                                      • Veggie Tempura$11.00

                                                                        asparagus, maitake mushroom, shishito, avocado, ponzu, buttermilk yuzu

                                                                        • Chinatown BBQ Spare Ribs$10.00

                                                                          daikon-radish salad

                                                                          • Gyoza Dumplings$12.00

                                                                            scallion, togarashi, ponzu

                                                                            Fried Chicken Buckets

                                                                            • Sake-Brined Fried Chicken

                                                                              chili glaze, buttermilk yuzu, heirloom radish salad, seasonal pickled vegetables

                                                                              • Half$18.00
                                                                              • Whole$27.00

                                                                            Sandwiches

                                                                            all sandwiches served with szechuan fries

                                                                            • Spicy Fried Chicken$15.00

                                                                              fried chicken thigh, muenster, bacon, chili-apple slaw

                                                                              • Soft Shell Crab$15.00

                                                                                ginger slaw, bacon, tomato, cilantro, avocado

                                                                                Dessert

                                                                                • Lemon Ricotta Donuts$8.00

                                                                                  shio koji caramel

                                                                                  • Ice Cream and Sorbet Cones$7.00

                                                                                    seasonal selection of flavors

                                                                                    • Mochi Ice Cream

                                                                                      green tea, strawberry, mango

                                                                                      • 1 For$3.00
                                                                                      • 3 For$8.00

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                                                                                    What 312 people are saying

                                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                    4.3
                                                                                    4.3 based on all time ratings
                                                                                    • 4.2Food
                                                                                    • 4.1Service
                                                                                    • 4.0Ambience
                                                                                    • 3.7Value

                                                                                    NoiseModerate

                                                                                    83% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                    1. BV

                                                                                      BenjaminV

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      1.0

                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on December 17, 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.

                                                                                    2. s

                                                                                      sarab

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on December 1, 2018

                                                                                      overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                      Mediocre sushi

                                                                                    3. BS

                                                                                      BettyS

                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                      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!

                                                                                    4. t

                                                                                      thegodmother

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      33 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                      33 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on October 24, 2018

                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience2

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

                                                                                    5. b

                                                                                      branstk

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                    6. OT

                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      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!

                                                                                    7. C

                                                                                      Carol

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                      8 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.

                                                                                    8. OT

                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on October 13, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                      Soups are simply delicious!

                                                                                    9. RE

                                                                                      RobertE

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                      17 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.

                                                                                    10. s

                                                                                      shoshimoss

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      1.0

                                                                                      14 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.

                                                                                    11. V

                                                                                      Verd

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on September 17, 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!

                                                                                    12. S

                                                                                      Sami

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      19 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      19 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on September 15, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                      Great food and service.

                                                                                    13. D

                                                                                      Devon

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      83 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      83 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on September 11, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                    14. s

                                                                                      sameats

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on September 4, 2018

                                                                                      overall4food5service5ambience3

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

                                                                                    15. l

                                                                                      lynnw

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on September 1, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                    16. OT

                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                      Hong Kong

                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                      Dined on August 25, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                      Restaurant Week

                                                                                    17. OT

                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on August 20, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                      Delicious food, cool and quiet atmosphere.

                                                                                    18. N

                                                                                      Nye1

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      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!

                                                                                    19. MC

                                                                                      MegCz

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      8 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.

                                                                                    20. ED

                                                                                      EllaDinDC

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      49 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                      49 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on August 13, 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

                                                                                    21. OT

                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                      Dined on August 12, 2018

                                                                                      overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                      GET THE PORK BUNS!

                                                                                    22. WZ

                                                                                      WendyZ

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on August 10, 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.

                                                                                    23. P

                                                                                      Patch

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      47 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                      47 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on August 9, 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.

                                                                                    24. MO

                                                                                      MoeO

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on August 5, 2018

                                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

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

                                                                                    25. TL

                                                                                      TLGreen

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      34 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      34 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on July 28, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                      Great dinner experience and excellent service.

                                                                                    26. MH

                                                                                      MauraH

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                      18 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.

                                                                                    27. MR

                                                                                      MonicaR

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on July 28, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                    28. KK

                                                                                      KristinK

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                      3 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.

                                                                                    29. OT

                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on July 25, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                    30. DV

                                                                                      DannaVB

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      37 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      37 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on July 21, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food4service4ambience5

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

                                                                                    31. G

                                                                                      Gianni

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      67 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                      67 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on July 20, 2018

                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                                                    32. J

                                                                                      James

                                                                                      Baltimore

                                                                                      169 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                      169 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.

                                                                                    33. V

                                                                                      Verd

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      16 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!

                                                                                    34. e

                                                                                      eastcaplove

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      21 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      21 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on July 14, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                      Great service and preparation of the food!

                                                                                    35. DC

                                                                                      DCVol

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      67 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      67 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.

                                                                                    36. N

                                                                                      Nick

                                                                                      Richmond

                                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on July 3, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                      It’s very good sush!!!!

                                                                                    37. d

                                                                                      dcsemifoodie

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                    38. OT

                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                      Atlanta

                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on June 17, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                    39. W

                                                                                      Wf8086

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                                      Dined on June 16, 2018

                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                      Great experience ! Will be returning in near future!

                                                                                    40. S

                                                                                      Sami

                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                      19 reviews

                                                                                      vip
                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                      19 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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