Zeppelin

4.3
52 reviews
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Zeppelin Restaurant & Bar serves up Sushi and Japanese charcoal grilled Yakitori, while paying homage to the Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships. Featuring an Omakase Bar by Tokyo-Born Chef Minoru Ogawa, and Karaoke after Dinner service.

Bar is open at 4pm, food service begins at 5pm. Karaoke begins at 10:30, please call for availability and karaoke reservations.
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MG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was great, highly recommend. Some of the best sushi in DC!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

One guests dinner order was forgotten and served only after a reminder 30 minutes after serving others. A free rice bowl is what you do to make up for it?

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N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first time! Our waiter was lovely and we hope to get them again when we're back!

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CB
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were able to finally snag a reservation here and ended up having mixed feelings. It was really loud since is it a small place. We did the omakase since we love sushi and were served cold miso soup with ice cold tofu in it. The selection of fish was standard but for the price, I was expecting more of a high end omakase. What saved the meal were the appetizers. If we go back, it will be for the few pieces of the omakase we enjoyed and the appetizers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Really basic sushi. Nothing exciting. Drinks are good.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

So I enjoyed my experience, but didn't find any differentiators. They immediately up-sell you to their fish selection, which is quite robust, but the portions and taste are what you would expect anywhere. I was disappointed by the ceviche (I'll get anywhere). It was high quality pieces of a fish with some onions and that was it.

I would have preferred sticking with the skewers, bowls, or apps but the draw to the fish was too strong and by the time we had completed that, we weren't full, but didn't want to push it either. I would go back for the rest of the menu for sure. The spot is awesome, service was friendly, and there's Godzilla out back on the patio.

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BP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Our server (Emma) was very friendly and informative. She made sure our orders were accurate and made great recommendations. The ebi/hotate yakitori was the best! Thanks for everything.

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DR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, karaoke was very fun, awesome atmosphere, and great service!

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S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A bit pricey (as can sometimes be expected for Japanese), but the offerings are excellent.

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LL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious sushi, yakitori and tempura. Beautiful space with gorgeous lighting fixtures.

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PA
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was drawn in by the awesome Godzilla mural on the outside wall. When you get inside, you find a very nice restaurant with excellent food, warm and friendly service, but also whimsy and fun. I'll be back for sure!

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Freshest sushi I've had in DC in awhile - loved the Chef's Special!! Our server Phillip was personable and a huge help in explaining things to us! Also a surprisingly really great wine menu!

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BS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

To be honest Zep was once a 5 and now rapidly losing stars. Portions are a fraction of what they were when it opened and while still good it is just average for the price point. The sushi is AMAZING though as always (4th time at restaurant)

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The sushi was very good but other dishes just ok. The service was well-intentioned and friendly but very disorganized and very slow. The restaurant is extremely loud which contributes to an overall sense of chaos.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had the omakase and was unimpressed. The fish was not skillfully cut and some pieces tasted slightly off. I don’t live in DC so can’t compare it to other local places but it doesn’t hold a candle to the better sushi restaurants in NYC or LA. Unlike other reviewers I had no service issues. Server was nice and attentive.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We were looking forward to eating here since it opened. The food was generally pretty decent, so let's get that out of the way. My only complaint food-wise is about the sushi, not that it was bad, it was just nothing special and one could find sushi at about the same quality level in a number of other restaurants in DC. The cocktails were bland.

Service was ok. The waiter was nice, but not very knowledgeable about the menu. The restaurant was VERY (like yell at each other across the table) loud. I guess that's not really the restaurant's fault, but it was annoying.

But my main complaints about the restaurant surround meal design and price. First design. This is a sharing concept restaurant, which I'm fine with. But please make the meals SOMEWHAT designed for sharing. They put zero thought into how we would share the meals they brought us, meanwhile leaving us to confusingly pick away at like, two large crispy spring rolls for a table of five with chopsticks. We finally asked for a fork and knife, which made the food kind of easier to share, but not by much.

Second, price. I get it, D.C. is a Michelin-rated restaurant city and the prices here reflect this. I have zero qualms about paying good money for good food. But the restaurant was very expensive given all the above noted issues. For pretty good food (but not heads above many other good Japanese restaurants in D.C.) with a badly-executed concept and the other issues noted above, it just wasn't worth everything else we dealt with. We left hungry after our large bill because we were pretty much just over the whole experience.

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I loved the manager Joe. He was wonderful and helped us fit some extra guests. Food and drinks were great.

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the OMG-AKASE! So good and worth it! Can't wait to return for next version.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic experience! Service could have not been better, only outperform by the delicious food. Can’t wait to go back!

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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I took my 2 teenage kids and my mother to dine here while visiting DC. The restaurant was highly rated so I made 6:30pm reservations. To start, the sake machine was not working so we couldn’t order hot sake. I ordered a brut bubbly instead. We ordered edamame, miso soup, a chicken breast bowl, and customized platter to share. The food and sushi arrived first, before the bubbly or apps. The sushi came with very little wasabi. I would say the food was average at best. Halfway through our meal, we had to remind the server about the bubbly and apps which seemed to perturbed her. After our meal was finished, the edamame arrived as our dessert! As we were leaving, the server didn’t say goodbye or acknowledge us. Wasn’t the best dining experience, I’m afraid.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lot of fun but pretty pricey for the omakase

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ES
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

While the food was good and our server was very friendly, it was painfully loud upstairs. I cannot recall a restaurant with that volume of noise - my eardrums literally hurt when we walked out of the restaurant. We also had some service mishaps (no silverware at our table, so we had to ask for some after our food was delivered, a runner spilled half the sauce from one dish on our table - and noticed it - and didn't clean it up or bring extra napkins, and no soy sauce or soy sauce dishes for our sushi). I am sure they are working out the service kinks as it is new, but the volume issue is pretty tough. There is little to no soft seating or surfaces upstairs to help absorb sound. Perhaps bar seating downstairs would be best!

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TS
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Go for the bar, which is nice and serves great drinks, but then head somewhere else for dinner as the food is so-so and pretty expensive.

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K
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new sushi restaurant! Loved the cool vibe and delicious sushi!

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I would not recommend for dinner in the dining room, but the patio looked lovely and the bar might be fun. Service was terrible- our waitress disappeared for 10-20 minutes between asking for still vs. sparkling water and bringing it, and then again when we were ready to order cocktails. Our cocktails took at least 20 minutes to bring out, but once we ordered food it came out rapid fire (15 dishes within a 5-7 minute window) and they were clearing plates in real time. We felt very rushed food wise, but our waitress was never anywhere to be found when we needed her. Spent longer waiting for the check (~30 minutes) than we did enjoying our food. We did have a late reservation (9:30 pm) but it was very clubby upstairs. Would not recommend for dinner, unless you want a quick bite with a drink on the patio. Cocktails were not terrible but nothing special, food was fresh enough and not bad, but nothing to write home about.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

This place is a great concept. The Karaoke up stairs that starts late night is ALOT of fun. The outside dining is super cute. The food is hit or miss in my opinion. Drinks were good though! Our server seemed to be completely overwhelmed and stressed out. She gave my group unnecessary attitude but we tried to give her a chance because it was crowded and we could empathize. But she told one of us that the establishment didn't carry salt....we just asked another server and he brought it over lol Overall decent experience.

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E
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came here to check it out and figured after a few weeks the restaurant will have gotten most of its new restaurant kinks out. I guess...
We had a good time, the two of us. Let me get the cons out of the way. We were shoved into a corner way too close to another table so in order to get out to use the bathroom I had to choose whether my large butt would hang over our table or the neighboring table. This is not particular to Zeppelin, I've had this problem at a few other restaurants and hate it. The other was no menu available to look at before coming in. There was a menu from one of those review websites, but the menu had changed since its opening and something I had my heart set on was not in the menu presented to us. The food in the menu presented was to be found in the middle of the booklet given, sandwiched in between several kinds of alcoholic drinks, so we had to hunt for it. The sushi menu or checklist was already marked up and the waiter gave us a pen.... pencils are our friend in this matter. Lastly, as the designated drinker of the two of us, the sake options were limited.
Okay, with that out of the way, this is what I liked. I liked that it was in my neighborhood and I could walk to it, meaning we only had to pay for 2 hours of babysitting. As a parent, this is a big deal. I loved the new (to me) nigiri options. Try the baby squid, it is not tough, it's interesting. I enjoyed the tempura and trying various yakitori options. Warning the rice balls are huge. We filled up pretty fast eating and drinking and thus could get back to the babysitter quicker than I planned. We decided to eat inside, but if the weather was a little less nippy the outside would have been wonderful. To sit under that awesome mural of Godzilla with Mothra and King Kong destroying some Japanese town would have been great.

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IM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sushi was terrific. Some of the best nigiri I’ve had. Apps and other things were average.

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AR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The good: the sake selection is quite good and the whiskey cocktails are fun. I loved the look of the space and karaoke was a blast. Sadly I can't recommend the food. We love yakiniku and were really looking forward to trying many varieties here. Unfortunately, instead of fresh off the grill, they arrived at our table at room temperature or colder. Worse, they all seemed to be served with the same thick, overly sweetened sauce. You couldn't really taste the quality of the meat or discern the technique of the chef. For the price, it was quite disappointing. I really wanted to like it, and I will be back for karaoke and drinks, but will have dinner elsewhere.

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cool decor. Fun menu. Good drinks.

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EF
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Nothing to write home about. Overpriced. Temperature of upstairs was 64..didn't take my coat off the whole time. Cocktails were too sweet. Server was the best part.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my girlfriends bday and they made her feel like the QUEEN that she is, that was, of course, after she regaled everyone with her beautiful voice. The only downside is the only dessert is mochi.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi is the freshest I've ever tasted! Everything there is easy to share, tasty and not that expensive. Our server was extremely attentive and helpful with menu suggestions. I noticed they also have a patio with seating and a cherry blossom tree! I will definitely be back for more.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I went to Zeppelin for dinner tonight and it was amazing! The sushi, especially the fatty tuna, was out of this world. All of the food comes out family style, which makes for a fun dining experience.

The decor is amazing- the upstairs dining room, especially the communal table, feels like you are dining in a funky food hall in downtown Tokyo.

Staff was very friendly and personable. Our server had great recommendations, especially regarding the high ball cocktails.
Sake selection is carefully curated.

Can’t wait to come back for karaoke.

This establishment is perfect for so many occasions.

Well done.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great, but very overpriced for the size. The service was mediocre. Our server didn't seem to know what any of the dishes contained or what was available. We waited on three dishes for 30 minutes before the server came to ask if we wanted the check. When we let them know we were still waiting on food, the food took another 20 minutes to arrive. We ordered mochi at the end and the flavors we were offered were entirely different from the ones that came to the table.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Quality sushi and extensive drink menu. Yakitori was just ok, nothing special. The salmon sashimi was the best I've ever had. Very fatty tuna was incredible. Mochi for dessert, they have different flavors depending on the day, very good!

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JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was an experience dinner for sure. Great for a group that is willing to try some sushi and great cocktails. We'll be going back for karaoke.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was fine but the service was awful. Plus the karaoke is communal. Just very unorganized and rude staff.

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BN
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sexy cool and fun vibes . Recommend to all peeps.
Really good food

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L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and some of the best sushi I've had in DC. The only confusing part was the way the menus were laid out. There was a sushi/nigiri/sashimi menu and what I thought was a drink menu. But the "drink menu" had food items in the middle. We missed these items completely. Service was good and decor was beautiful. Need to come with a reservation for days like Friday and Saturday! We tried before and it was a 1:30-2hr wait. Came back with a reservation :)

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