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DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA, Washington, DC

DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA

4.6
4.6
1859 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese

Please be advised that the reservation is for the Izakaya on the second floor and not the ramen shop on the first floor. The ramen menu is not available at the Izakaya. The Izakaya, located on the second floor of Daikaya, is a casual restaurant that serves Japanese comfort food to accompany a diverse selection of bar offerings. The izakaya experience is perfect for after work, before a big night out, as a full supper, or for late-night bites with friends. The cuisine is freestyle and adaptive in nature. Each izakaya in Japan puts its own touch on its menu items. The plates are typically small so that one can sample many different items.

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Delivery

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Izakaya, Creative Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 589-1600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Katsuya Fukushima

  • Catering

    Unfortunately, We don't offer catering.

  • Private party contact

    Josh Eshelman: (202) 589-1600

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Cross street

    Between G and H

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available around the neighborhood. There are also 3 garages within 2 blocks of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Across the street from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, servicing, Green, Yellow, and Red Line trains.

  • Entertainment

    DJ's every Friday and Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

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What 1,859 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Japanese

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  1. SI

    ShaunI

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Not precovid but almost back to normal. Wish they would bring back the old deserts.

  2. J

    Jessa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing! Best izakaya I’ve been to outside of Japan.

  3. JK

    JamesK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfect. The entire staff was great- I sat at the bar but still interacted with several other members of staff who were friendly and engaging. John the bartender is fantastic, mixing great drinks and doing it quickly while being friendly and engaging with guests.

  4. a

    adamv

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Try the lamb chop, the karage and the okra skewer.

  5. t

    tommyt

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    tasty food decent service cool ambiance wish the portions were larger drinks were good 22% service charge wait time on food was a little on the longer side overall good experience

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Second floor reservation is not for Ramen. It’s for drinking and small portion food.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal. Everything was very good and our waitress was attentive and helpful.

  8. SS

    SolomonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was amazing! Both my sons are picky eaters. They especially won't eat something if they don't know what they're eating. But at Izakaya, they ate the food without asking any questions. That's how good it was!

  9. J

    Joehoff

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fantastic food and service. Our server, Lucas, was fantastic. He perfectly spaced out our dishes so we had a steady stream of fresh dishes coming out. I highly recommend ordering several plates and then asking them to disperse. It is not your traditional dining experience, it’s meant to be many small plates. I suspect some of the other reviewers that had poor experiences are not used to this style of dinning. It makes for an excellent evening. Drinks were top notch. It’s not a quiet restaurant but that’s why we went there, great energy and good playlist. Looking forward to coming back for many more date nights with my wife.

  10. NE

    NoahE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great selection, daily specials and drink specials. All of our food was outstanding, portions were reasonable and prices are fair for the quality. Highly recommend!

  11. M

    Miya

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    too expensive and extra service fee is surprising.

  12. JS

    JoeSchmo

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Our server seemed to be having a bad day and we could feel her stress being shared to us as customers through her attitude and un-friendly facial expressions. There wasn't a positive interaction the entire time besides the smile she seemed to squeeze out as we left the restaurant. It didn't bother me or my friend but it was noticeable and detracted from the entire experience. Attitude is everything. She still got the automatic 22% gratuity added to our bill so it felt like I was forced to tip someone who didn't attempt to provide basic customer service.

  13. KN

    KhangN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    They didnt have our table ready for our reservation then we had to wait 2 hours for our food after ordering.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3

    Entire operation felt too mechanical. All gratuity seems shared. No incentive for staff. Early last call on a Friday night. No one cared about anything. Meh. The food was good but the experience ruined.

  15. d

    dcfoodlover

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a reservation for the upstairs part but they allowed us to sit downstairs and still get the upstairs menu to accommodate a member of our party who was on crutches and couldn’t get up the stairs, meaning that our waitress had to go up and down to take care of us but she still did it and was great!

  16. CO

    ChristianO

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely incredible. One thing better than the next. Our server Lucas was great as well.

  17. E

    Elaine

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Really yummy izakaya! Great service and interesting decor

  18. t

    tyffyny

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area! I prefer the ambience of the upstairs over the downstairs. Every time I'm here I always have a fun time. This time I went to celebrate a birthday and they comped the desserts we ordered and also brought them out with candles! A very pleasant surprise.

  19. MB

    MichaelB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed this restaurant, will be going back often

  20. CC

    CCG4

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, food, and beverages. Lots of small plates packed with flavor and variety.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    There could be more food selections on the menu

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Food is fantastic my only issue honestly was the fact that I booked a 9:30pm reservation and arrived on time. When I was sat down to eat the waitress immediately told my table we had only 10 mins to order before the kitchen closed. What!? I would reccomend to the resturant that you should post somewhere on your website or this app that you do that. We felt severely rushed and it kind of killed the experience for us. Also we never had our drinks refilled once during our time there. Was like they were irritated we had a late reservation that was booked days prior, and this was on a Saturday.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5

    Check arrived prior to all our food which was weird. Also it’s weird that they recommend sharing plates when most plates are single servings

  24. SB

    SusannahB

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Super funky and cool restaurant… Like walking into a party!

  25. WL

    WolfgangLunch

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Daughter’s Birthday

  26. V

    Volo

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bummed that they were out of the pork and brussels sprouts, but whatever you do, don't miss the grilled avocado!

  27. VW

    VictorW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience and delicious food. They accommodated our toddler, who absolutely enjoyed the grilled bread. The smaller portions allowed us to sample many different dishes, but our favorite was definitely the Purin for dessert!

  28. HP

    HjalmarP

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tom and the team were outstanding! Absolutely fabulous meal.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as always, thank you.

  30. s

    spatzdo

    Washington DC

    154 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great small plates Japanese food in Penn Quarter. Love the grilled avocado and the pork and brussle sprouts skewers

  31. S

    Sued

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a good meal and at time at this place. Love the vibe, diverse menu, and Japanese beverage selections.

  32. N

    Nahima

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicous food, ambiance, and excellent servers. 10/10 experience!

  33. G

    Greg

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great, and the service was exceptional. We will definitely be back!

  34. h

    hazel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and amazing atmosphere. I would definitely go back!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The only, only complaint was the $8 half of an avocado. Other than that it was a great experience. Thanks for a fun night!

  36. OT

    OpenTableDiner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Excellent ambience and service with intriguing and well-prepared menu items. If only they could bring back the more extensive menu.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    The food was mediocre and the service was lacking— the server didn’t walk us through the menu, or, despite understanding we were sharing everything give descriptions of the serving size of each dish (for example, the very small lamp chop dish which was under seasoned and over cooked). We were really excited to go here, but it came up lacking in almost every category.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5

    Food was subpar. Been going here for a while, and this food experience was dissatisfying. Poorly under seasoned food. Portion sizes are small. Drinks are now just OK. Will not return unfortunately.

  39. I

    Isabella

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Izakaya was fantastic! Everything about the food was impeccable. My friend and I ordered the Grilled Saba Salad, Fried Garlic, Chicken Karaage, Jyaga Bata, Cacio e Pepe Udon Noodles, Tuna Poke, and Raspberry Yuzu Cheesecake -- it was all fantastic. Enjoyed every bite! One of my favorite meals I've eaten in DC in my years of living here. Drinks were wonderful too -- I loved the "Violet Violet." Beautiful decor and atmosphere -- although busy still felt intimate. Attentive and lovely service -- the staff all helped each other out which is always nice to see. Can't wait to come again!

  40. PK

    PrincessKira

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely amazing… I know the reservation says arrive 15 minutes early. If you plan to arrive at opening time, just come on time. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and plan to come again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA using the Order Online button. DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA is rated 4.6 stars by 1859 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

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Google Map for DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA

705 6th St. NW Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between G and H

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Izakaya, Creative Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available around the neighborhood. There are also 3 garages within 2 blocks of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Across the street from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, servicing, Green, Yellow, and Red Line trains.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Katsuya Fukushima

  • Entertainment

    DJ's every Friday and Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 589-1600

  • Catering

    Unfortunately, We don't offer catering.

  • Private party contact

    Josh Eshelman: (202) 589-1600

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