Haikan

4.7
189 reviews
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$30 and under
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Ramen
Haikan is our second Sapporo Ramen shop in DC after Daikaya. Haikan means, “pipe works” in Japanese, an ode to Atlantic Plumbing Building where we are located. At Haikan, we focused on creating the taste of ramen from the showa period, the golden age of ramen in Japan. There are over 1000 ramen shops in the city of Sapporo alone, and we are excited to share a completely new line-up of traditional Sapporo style ramen in DC. In addition to ramen, we are serving a playful selection of Japanese-inspired kozara (small plates) to share, or to start with, or to make a whole meal of by picking a few of them. Haikan's bar serves a collection of Japanese-inspired cocktails, and a concentrated selection of Japanese sake, shochu, beer, whisky, and more.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Ramen, Japanese, Japanese Speciality
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Wednesday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Friday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

Dinner:

Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12 midnight


Happy Hour:

Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Bar open till last man standing

at least an hour after kitchen closes .
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Phone number
(202) 299-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Katsuya Fukushima
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th St NW
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Parking details
There is street parking as well as public parking under the Atlantic Plumbing building.
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Public transit
U Street-Shaw Metro Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

There are plenty of places to get ramen in DC, but Haikan is doing it a bit differently. Try it for a casual dinner next time you're in Shaw.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 189 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing as always. yummy for all occasions! will come back for my 10th time soon haha

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

We had a reservation but there was poor host service and had to wait 20 min for our table with confusing communication. The reception is the first part of your experience at a restaurant and this one was poor.

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MM
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haikan is WONDERFUL!
Fabulous authentic ramen - delicious food, fun drinks, GREAT staff, hip ambiance, takes reservations, has parking underneath, next to Landmark Indie film Atlantic Plumbing.
Always love them - and this time when Nick and Pablo understood we were celebrating my little sister’s Sr Olympic Tennis Gold Medal, so generously sent desserts.
TERRIFIC!!!!

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VW
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome ramen, however, the service wasn’t great.

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BH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome meal and we tried the Spicy Ramen and a few apps - not too spicy though - perfect.

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great ramen place in U st. Daikanya’s sister restaurant??? Hard to book a table. And a bit pricey.

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RS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ramen is tasty and there are lots of add-on options. We sat facing the open kitchen, and it was fun watching them pump out bowl after bowl of ramen.

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best ramen noodles I have ever tasted! All the dishes we tried were interesting combinations, and most of them were delicious.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were late for our reservation by 30 min (thanks, DC traffic!), but we were still seated immediately. Service was great and our food came pretty quickly. They have an open kitchen and we were seated at the bar, so it was fun to watch the cooks work in front of you.

The ramen here is excellent! The broth is complex and delicious, but not too rich, and the noodles are fantastic and hold onto the broth well. Only complaint is that it's a little expensive for what you get, but it's DC so I guess that's expected. This was actually the second time we came to Haikan. It's now our go-to for a dinner before going to the 9:30 club for a show.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Feel like the ramen portions have gotten smaller but the prices have not. I'm more than OK with the prices, but the portions are small.

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HA
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ramen was really good and the food was hot. Our food did come at different times but within 10 mins of each other. I would recommend.

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KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had my doubts that this would be as good as my favorite Ramen place but Haikan did not disappoint! It’s delicious and has great appetizers and cocktails too!

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BD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was at least my 5th or 6th time at Haikan in the past year or so and even though I love trying new foods and new places, I really can't stop coming back. It's my go-to place. The food is incredible (favorite ramen spot in DC, and I've been to several), the portions are perfect (full and satisfied and cozy, not too full and hating yourself haha), and the value is hard to beat. I'll probably be back within the next few weeks honestly. Love this place!

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BE
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Convenient spot if you are catching a show at the 9:30 club.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious!

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LD
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food--but was seated almost 45 minutes after my reservation. To the staff's credit, they comp'd our drinks and starters. Delicious food and great servers.

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JS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional ramen, exceptional service. My favorite ramen to get is the spicy shiyo with a spice bomb and butter. We tried their french fries which were delicious though on the salty side due to probably the soy sauce. The crab ragoon was tasty and cripsy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic broth was rich and delicious. Fun cocktails and attentive but not over bearing servers. Great place to people watch too!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Worst host ever! Super rude!

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JD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Haikan a few times and I am never disappointed. I love the vegetarian ramen with the vegetarian spice bomb. This is my favorite ramen spot. Thanks so much!!

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A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best ramen!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful Service, Great food, Beautiful surroundings, everything was great.. best date night

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s
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very tasty Ramen, great ambience and value.

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T
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent. The poutine is a delicious appetizer, and my fave is the spicy shoyu ramen with an added spice bomb and butter. It's amazing.

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AK
Washington DC
365 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carl is always awesome. Food is excellent!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Haikan is wonderful for lunch, dinner, happy hour, etc. It's a great little spot to get a full meal for a decent price.

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P
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my go to places for great food and fun vibe.

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ET
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I tried Haikan for the first at the recommendation of a friend who is a regular. It was also a my first time having pho. The service was prompt. The server was courteous and helpful. The food was flavorful. I would certainly return.

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AK
Washington DC
365 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heidi is so personable and professional. Carl is amazing to work with!

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JL
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for happy hour and ramen.

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AK
Washington DC
365 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carl always on point and very friendly. The food is awesome!

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AK
Washington DC
365 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carl is the man, and the food is excellent!

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g
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it!! Will be back as often as possible.

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OT
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We happened to be there at Restaurant Week and decided to go for their Restaurant Week special, which was three small plates of various ramen, followed by mochi ice cream. Everything was great -- but I don't think I would opt for three plates of ramen again, even if small -- we were stuffed, and that was even with taking most of the last plate home with us. But that was our only issue. We sat outside, which made for a quiet meal and easy conversation -- it was far noisier inside, even quite early in the evening.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I wish I would have sent back the ramen the included canned tuna. It was horrible and the smell was repulsive. Also a Japanese restaurant that tries to mix Italian classics with traditional ramen shouldn’t exist. Their carbonara ramen was all wrong. For dessert, they cut up one Mocchi ice cream ball per person. Definitely the worst ramen shop I have been to in DC.

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CR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff are amazing, food was amazing, great birthday!!!

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KM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour prices, crab wontons, and vegetarian ramen. Too much ramen dishes however for the restaurant week menu.

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DB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Too loud in there! But not sure what you can really do. People are just loud. Love the food and service is 💯

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CA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We highly recommend it. Delicious food (ramen) at a very reasonable price. Great service and nice outdoor tables to sit at in spacious area.

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G
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love Haikan. Always a treat and as former NYers we LOVE their late hours. :)

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