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Yona

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270 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
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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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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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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
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Special events & promotions
Yona offers full restaurant buyouts for parties of up to 65. Please email events@mikeisabella.com for more information.
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Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Yona offers full restaurant buyouts for parties of up to 65. Please contact us for more information.

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Sun 5:00PM - 8:45PM
Mon - Wed 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 8:45PM
Thu - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 9:45PM
Sat 5:00PM - 10:45PM

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Yona is a ramen spot in Arlington that plays Biggie and works for a date or dinner with a friend.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I think the price and menu don't match the aesthetics or ambiance of the restaurant. Looks much more humble and casual than I expected. The food is excellent however.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

The Chardonnay brut sparkling wine was amazing!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Very good Sushi, but I do not understand no happy hour at the table. Only the bar that seats 10 people. What happens if more people KMan I want to do happy hour but they can do it at the table in the bar is full and it’s not fair to everyone else

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Smaller than you would think. Very good happy hour prices

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Some hiccups in our food orders but overall delicious.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I loved my cocktail. I also liked my meal although it was very small portion and never felt filled. And my friends were not happy with their food.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Delish, well prepared foods, good wines, and great desserts! Service was super attentive!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food and atmosphere

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We arrived fifteen minutes before Yona’s kitchen was to close. We were the last reservation but they treated us like we were the first of the evening. We were not rushed to order or to eat. Food, Service, and Value is Always Excellent!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Not a large dining area but they accommodated a group of 10 for us for an early birthday dinner. Food was creative!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great food, bad service. The buns and tonkatsu were unbelievable! The edamame was not salty, but it had other spices. Good deal if you sit at the bar for happy hour.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

It was great. Friendly staff and great food. Wish the place was a bit bigger, felt a bit crowded but overall it was great.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

I come to Yona for lunch with a colleague who likes to share, which is great because we can try more food. All the food is amazing! I love the Crispy Beef steamed buns and the Poke bowls. All the noodle dishes are excellent - very flavorful.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was our second time at Yona and it was wonderful - again. The vegetable base Poke bowl was so fresh, the flavors just explode in your mouth. The sushi was equally as good. Also, don't miss their cocktail list: "Friends Don't Lie" is wonderful.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food was tasty enough but the portions were small. It's kind of an Asian tapas restaurant. As a result, we ended up paying a fair amount of money for not quite enough food. The service was also kind of spotty. It took a long time for anyone to take our orders, especially given that the restaurant was not full and servers seemed plentiful. However, once the orders were in, the service was adequate. Would be an OK spot if you're looking for a snack and a drink.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Lovely dining experience, timely service great food

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Sushi was fantastic and I will most definitely go there again. Dessert (ricotta & lemon donuts) were good but not truly as advertised - there was a tiny portion of lemon zest sprinkled on & a minor amount of, I think, caramel, but mostly what you taste is cinnamon. Sake selection was interesting & we enjoyed one of them.

Restaurant is far smaller than I expected & more casual than I expected (which I was happy about).

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

This is why Yona is my favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great restaurant with great service and really great food.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great place for a quick Japanese-inspired, Asian fusion Ramen bar. My favorites are Miso Porky (+extra Pork), the Rainbow and Caterpillar rolls. Flavor is consistent, except for the Crispy Brussel Sprouts, which seems to change whenever we visit. The ambience gives us a quick look at a semi-traditional Japanese Ramen bar, but their Ramen is not 100% traditionally flavored Japanese, so don’t expect a fully authentic Japanese experience. Mike Isabella made the flavors his own, and I love it as it is. Will continue to come back to this place every time I want a quick Ramen fix.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

It was great

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Very good food but small portions. Service was a little slow.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Service was awesome. Sushi selection was awesome. Very, cozy unique casual small plate restaurant. I’ll be back!!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I have enjoyed many meals here but this visit was the first time I tried the Poke platter. I had it with the spicy tuna - delicious!! I definitely plan to go here again.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Yona is excellent! The food is authentic and inventive at the same time. Every flavor was amazing. I can't recommend it highly enough. The only downside is that it was a little on the loud side.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

One of the best Japanese restaurants in town. Everything we eat there (enoki mushrooms, fried chicken, calamari, ramen, sushi, bao buns and dessert) is delicious. Manager Cliff is very attentive and always makes us feel at home.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

The buns (short ribs) were superb and the braised beef udon soup, as always, delicious! Service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We went here for restaurant week. Great selection, food was very tasty, service was well done, even with the crowd. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Fantastic food, quick and attentive service, and really reasonably priced!

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2018

The atmosphere is not fun. Most importantly, the customer service is totally not welcoming nor warm. The buns are bad. Ramen is alright. It does look like a fast food place rather than a high end restaurant.

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3.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Visited during restaurant week early in the evening. We ended up not going off the R Week menu and just getting some maki. Rolls well-composed but I was surprised to find the sushi rice overcooked (in my opinion). The menu is not that authentic, unsurprisingly. Everything is very pretty. Sorbet and ice cream was excellent. Enjoyed the passion fruit and apricot flavors. Black sesame was interesting and very smooth.

I would return, but it's not my favorite sushi or my favorite Mike Isabella restaurant.

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1.0Dined on January 14, 2018

WORST experience yet! There is no hostess, so when you walk in, you stand there for 5 or more minutes. The 2 servers walked past us multiple times with acknowledgement. Finally another guest came in and the server came by immediately to seat THEM. Stunned, we told the server we have been waiting a while to sit. Her response was "oh, I thought you were going to order take out". (Regardless, as the acting hostess of the night, she didnt even come to greet us). Cant help but feel she was being bias because we were Asian, because this treatment continued into the dining room. The 2 servers were more attentive to the other tables than us. We had to flag our own server down throughout the night to order, to get water, to get the check, because she rather wipe a table right next to us than to acknowledge that we were just sitting there, waiting. Needless to say, our server made the food taste like it was garbage.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

The cocktail menu is great, it changes with what's popular on TV. They had a Game of Thrones theme and now it's Stranger Things. They are always very well-made and delicious, never had a cocktail there that wasn't yummy. Yona has also changed their menu which I appreciate, but there are some favorites that I always order. Crispy wings covered with a delicious Korean spicy sweet red sauce, so much better than Bon Chon, but you only get 4 wings/drumsticks for $9 which is pricey, but it's so so good. I love their newer mixed mushroom dish, their salads (bean sprout), and veggie ramen (the broth is great). I miss some of their older items which were more exotic, but perhaps Ballston isn't adventurous enough to keep those around. I'm very happy it's in my neighborhood and I can get my fix anytime.

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3.0Dined on December 18, 2017

I had the veggie ramen and it was distinctly lacking in flavor. Everything was fine but there are better spots around and this just didn’t hit the spot. They kept on forgetting to refill our water and since we were the biggest group in the middle of the small restaurant I found that odd. I’m not one to usually write a negative review but this one probably won’t be revisited for me.

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3.0Dined on December 10, 2017

It's not traditional Japanese food, really. That said, it's pretty tasty.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Delicious well-prepared food in a convenient light-filled location.

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4.0Dined on December 4, 2017

Wonderful spot for great quality food that is also a good value.

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1.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Ordered Sake for the table. Drank 1/4 of the bottle served and then we were told by the server that it was the wrong bottle and we drank “$25 worth of the bottle because it was expensive. And she took the bottle away and charged us. She Refused to bring the bottle we ordered. Tried to speak to a manager and was told “there was no manager”
My father on law got upset and it was a Terrible dinner
I emailed the restaurant privately about the issue and received no response. I guess they don’t believe me that this happened. It did.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Very delicious sushi & dumplings. Nice setting, very pleasant service, and delicious bottle of wine. Had a nice evening with a friend and would definitely go back. Dinner was perfect not too heavy they had quite a selection of choices

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Our server, Dragna, was very nice. The food was well prepared, presented nicely and tasted good but maybe not on par with Isabella's other ethnic endeavors.

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