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Sushi Taro

4.4
1503 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

Sushi Taro is a first Japanese restaurant to feature a full course meal “KAISEKI” Tasting course. We offer exceptionally high quality and an authentic variety of “Nigiri” style sushi. Our style is “Genuine Japanese Cuisine” and we do not serve fusion-confusion and Americanized Japanese foods. ***** We have ranked #36 in entire restaurant in U.S. on Forbs Magazine, 2012. ***** For more information about Sushi Taro and “KAISEKI”, please visit our website. Also follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter for daily A la Carte menu and news updates.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday Friday: 11:30am 1:50pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:45pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:15pm; Closed Lunch on National holidays.
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Phone number
(202) 462-8999
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nobu & Masaya
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
P Street
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Public transit
3 blocks to east from Dupont Circle Metro station.
Additional
Beer, Happy Hour, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

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Sushi Taro in DC can be as casual or as fancy as you need it to be. Have a low-key dinner at the bar, or do the omakase for a special occasion.

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.
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3.0Dined on May 25, 2017

This was our first experience at this restaurant. They offer a great opportunity for your dinning experience. Saki offerings were fantastic. This is a more traditional dinning experience so expect more raw/rare offerings than a more modern sushi restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

love that place!

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2017

First off this place is extremely expensive. Now a little about me, I travel all over the world for work and pleasure so I have experienced all kinds of food and love to new and exciting foods. Not to brag, but I make very good money and do not mind dropping $200-300 on a great meal for two, but this food was not worth it in my opinion. Our check was almost $275.00 for four appetizers, and one big dish for two and four glasses of white wine. The place is in bad part of town, the door is so small it's on the side of CVS drug store, if you blink miss it...and looks extremely dated. The service was good, the crowd was extremely casually dresses like they we getting ready to mow the lawn. There are so many sushi places way better than this place for a lot less. We usually pay around $150.00 for the same amount of sushi & drinks in other sushi places.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Kaiseki tasting was amazing! Highly, highly recommend. King salmon was my absolute favorite.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2017

Always great food!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Great concept and well executed tasting menu with one of the better Sake pairings I have enjoyed. Not cheap, especially for what is essentially no frills sushi without any particularly expensive cuts, but the variety and quality are worth it for the most part.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

The surf and turf kaiseke is phenomenal. The sake pairings are perfect. Well worth it.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2017

Sushi Taro is the best Sushi restaurant in DC. By far. It is on par with restaurants I've been to in Tokyo.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2017

Always reliable, good value, excellent for quiet conversation

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2017

High quality food. You can taste the freshness as well as the care it took the chefs to make each dish. Our wedding anniversary ended on a high note with our experience here.

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2017

After high expectations, I was extremely disappointed at Sushi Taro's food quality. My first hint was after receiving the drinking water, I could definitely smell that the glass had not been properly cleaned. We ordered an Omakase Sushi and an Omakase Sashimi. Once the plates hit the table, I could instantly tell something was wrong. They had a strong old-fish odor. The presentation was very good, but the taste was overwhelmingly old fish.

I've eaten sushi at places from Michelin starred restaurants in Tokyo to grocery-store sushi.
There is absolutely no reason this place deserves a Michelin Star. The sushi at Wegman's grocery store is of higher quality and better taste.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

I lived in the DC Metro region over 30 years and Sushi Taro was always my favorite Japanese restaurant...I was never disappointed. Now that I have moved from the area, when I come back to DC I always go to Sushi Taro. The latest visit was excellent as usual....very fresh sushi with nice variety and some uncommon options. Large sake selection and Japanese craft beer selections are also nice. I will keep coming back!!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2017

This is a grossly overhyped sushi restaurant. The food is okay. Nothing memorable, good or bad, except for the price. You can get comparable sushi for less without having to endure the drama of getting into a Michelin rated restaurant. The seaweed salad was typical of the salad I've had at places in Bethesda, like Matuba or Take Grill. I chose the Omekase Sushi as my entree. It was a decent mix of fresh fish. The tuna roll was subpar. That was disappointing. If money is not a concern than you can go burn some at Sushi Taro.

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2017

Does NOT deserve a Michelin! Very disappointing. Also on dirty side. Portions very small.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Best Sushi in DC Area. Kobe beef also exquisite!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

My GF and I go to Sushi Taro all the time. We love this place. In My Opinion, the Fatty Tuna sashimi is the best thing on the menu and a must have when you go. they also have great warm and cold small dishes. I would recommend to anyone who like high quality sushi + seafood. Recently reservations are booking up quicker due to them being awarded (a well-deserved) Michelin star.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

This was my fourth visit to Sushi Taro in 4 years, and it has been consistently outstanding. The sushi is incredibly fresh, and they're always willing to accommodate my gluten-free restrictions.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2017

Excellent! We went for my mom's birthday and had 10 piece sush with spicy tuna roll, spicy scallop roll, udon and soba. Sushi was superb and udon was the best we have had in a long time. Soba was ok, but the noodle was hand made. I thought it was a bit pricy at first but after the meal I thought it was worth it. They do have good lunch specials at more reasonable prices but a lot more menu selections for dinner. Do make reservations even for lunch since the restaurant was packed and I did see a group get turned away. Overall, it was an excellent meal with good service and would definitly return for more.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2017

Wonderful midweek lunch. The Shrimp tempura is excellent!

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2017

Quality of sushi was commendable, but service was not. Perhaps it's one of those days, but there was much room for improvement.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2017

Their lunch menu is a great value.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2017

Excellent food, nice setting

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2017

We had a special lunch here on Monday to celebrate our wedding which occurred this past weekend. The food was phenomenal and the cost was very reasonable for sushi and sashimi at a Michelin starred restaurant. Amazing dining experience!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Great quality seafood, good ambiance any time of the day.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2017

Great kaiseki!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2017

Very nice dinning experience! Everything is perfect! Love the sushi!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Fantastic Kaiseki tasting menu. Wonderful fish cuts and great service.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2017

Taro is one of the most unique places I've been, and I can day with confidence it's the best sushi restaurant in DC. Our group did the tasting menu (pricey) and 98% of the food served were things I had never had before. If you don't have an open mind and a broad palette, I would stick to the a la carte menu, it's safer and cheaper.

Overall, two thumbs up.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2017

Best sushi

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2017

Sushi Taro has the best sushi in town. Not only do they have great presentation, but also kill it on taste and freshness.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Always great. Never know what is being served fresh.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Great quality food, attentive service - we really enjoyed our first visit. We plan to go back. The lunch menu has an excellent value and nice variety.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2017

I took my wife for her birthday. We drove 1.5 hours to get there. Worth the drive. Experienced one of the tasting entrees, an awesome experience! Will definitely return for a date night for some awesome food and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2017

Had a great experience and got to try some unique items while ordering the kaiseki tasting menu.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2017

The salmon melts in your mouth, what else can be said?

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

So happy to go to a Michelin starred restaurant and it lived up to the hype. We did the kasekei and the nigiri was insanely good. It was so fun trying all the varieties of fish. Can't wait to go back! We hope to do the Omikaze

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Taro was recommended as one of the best sushi places in DC, but was far from that. Haven't discovered a great sushi restaurant yet. Don't know if I had a bad experience that day but in my opinion they served me the worst edamame I have ever eaten, the sushi wasn't fresh, we didn't even like the presentation. We thought the rolls were cut too big, difficult for a women to eat, also the nigiris and sashimis. The soft shell crab wasn't good. Still looking for a good sushi place in DC.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Great food. Great ambience. A little slow with the service to bring out courses but that may be due to the careful prep and presentation and high quality food

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2017

Good service. Good sake pairing.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2017

Creative and authentic food but consistently arrogant management and staff. Guests are not greeted as they would be in Japan, but with a hautiness which says "show us you are worthy of dining in our presence." Yes, the food is premium and hard to find in DC. But the attitude gets old. The management should return to Tokyo for a few months to relearn Japanese hospitality.

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