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About Sushi Taro
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.
Washington, DC 20036
Japanese, Sushi, Seafood
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.
$50 and over
3 blocks to east from Dupont Circle Metro station.
Nobu & Masaya
Beer, Happy Hour, Wine
Sushi Taro Ratings and Reviews
Staff only provided a $120 per person tasting menu which was a surprise and not advertised. When asked about the regular menu, I was told I might be able to grab seats at the bar for a regular menu and that I would be charged a cancellation fee. I will not go here again. I cannot believe this place above the CVS got 2 Michelin stars.
Everything we ordered, from tofu to sushi, was authentic and top notch, and that's coming from my foodie friend who's eaten often in Japan with his Japanese wife. And it's still my favorite sushi place even after moving away in 2007! Even lunch options like tonkatsu curry is awesome. (It did get more expensive than I remember it though, which was inevitable, I suppose.) Highly recommended!
We went to Sushi Taro for Restaurant Week; it's a place we had wanted to try to some time. Overall our assessment is that it was good, but not great. Everyone in our party ordered the special menu, although with different choices. The appetizers overall were very good, great mix of flavors. The sukiyaki was barely warm, which affected our opinion. The sushi was excellent (although at the normal price highly overpriced). The mochi ice cream was, well mochi ice cream. Either you like it or you don't.
As soon as we had completed and paid for our meal, the manager came to the table and told us we needed to leave as they had another reservation. While we had no intentions of lingering and holding the table, and were actually getting ready to leave, we found this to be rather insulting.
Three of us came for restaurant week. Two had the restaurant week menu and were very happy with their meal. All of the seafood was both plentiful and very fresh and delicious. I ordered the bento box which is always a terrific value. I was a little disappointed this time in the fried oysters which were not as good as they usually are.
We took advantage of Restaurant Week to revisit Sushi Taro for the first time since it was renovated. Even though the restaurant was full, the service was efficient, the noise level low, and the quality of the food outstanding. The quality of the sushi is always superior. I am very happy for them they got a Michelin star. I recommend Sushi Taro to sushi afficionados and I will definitely go back-- soon!
Quite literally the best sushi in DC. Yes, it's expensive, but you're paying for the quality. If you can, go during Restaurant Week. Amazing deal, and while some restaurants give poorer quality food during Restaurant Week or dishes that add up to $35 (then, why I'm here during this particular week?), Sushi Taro is worth it.
Not up to their usual standards for sparkling freshness. Granted it was Restaurant Week; but I'd been there several times before for dinner during Restsurant Week, which were uniformly excellent. This was my first RW lunch; and the sushi had obviously been pre-sliced hours earlier . Not bad- but a far cry from their own standards. The other dishes were fine- if a bit pedestrian.
Came for a business lunch with colleagues during Restaurant Week 2017. We were the largest group there with 6 people. I would recommend this for a one on one lunch or couples dinner. The fish was some of the freshest I've eaten. Very sweet and mild, and melts in your mouth. The rice was incredibly delicate but firm enough to stay together to support the fish. My only critique is the service. Our waitress was noticeably overwhelmed even though there weren't that many tables. We had to ask several times for the drinks that we ordered - but she didn't charge us for them because of that.
Expected a lot more, even out of restaurant week. The Black Cod special was a morsel of a serving on a massive portobello. Service was slow and not particularly attentive to detail. Even our table was wobbly. In the past, Sushi Taro lived up to its hype, but our recent experience did not. We'll still go back since it remains one of DC's best sushi joints. Ready for Nobu to up DC's game.
Was disappointed, to be honest. Was really looking forward to it, used to eat here about 20 years ago and it's since gone under a transformation, but we paid a lot of money for dishes that were not particularly remarkable or memorable. The one memory that will stick was how overwhelmingly fishy some of the dishes were.
We were really excited to try Sushi Taro, especially since it had recently gained a Michelin star... we went with green tea, ordered some small dishes and rolls a la carte, accompanied by the sashimi omakase for two, and dessert. The rolls were creative and delicious. The sashimi was fresh and tasty, but not out of this world/better than our standby, strip mall sushi hole in the wall. The dessert was also quite unique and special. It was really good priced, but not what I was looking for in a Michelin star--I would recommend going with the tasting menu or the sushi counter experience, in the hopes of better understanding what made this place stand out.
We ordered a la carte sashimi and sushi, all of which was excellent. The prices were expensive but not unreasonable for the quality of the fish. The one cocktail we ordered was lackluster, one note, and not worth the price. Would not recommend ordering the cocktails.
My husband and I were in DC for our 20th anniversary and I wanted us to have a special dining experience. We got that and more at Sushi Taro. We went with the Kaiseke 9 course sushi meal with sake pairing and were absolutely thrilled. Our waitress was more of a host than wait staff. She welcomed us into the experience and was a personal guide through each plate. The textures, colors and flavors were out of this world and the sake was delivered in traditional vessels with a lesson on each wine and what make it special. The entire meal took 2 hours and 15 minutes and it was an INCREDIBLE experience.
Items included in the tasting:
A textures plate with row, shrimp, ponzu jelly/monkfish mousse, dried persimmon tasting, fluffy egg,served with an Ose Sake
A cauliflower cream sauce with shitake mushrooms and ponzu and mochi dumpling
A snapper broth soup with the most amazing succulent duck and vegetables served with kimoto sake
The most amazing oyster I have ever had so tender and delicious served with ponzu jelly, and two slices of Japanese grouper that was so delicate and velvety that I regretted eating it too quickly.
An amazing nigiri course
One of the most impressive beef hot pots ever,with kobe beef a cold poached egg and other seasonings served with sake (by now I was losing track of which sake we had)
Another nigiri course that we selected
And dessert which for me was Mochi ice cream with a luscious caramel drizzle. Soooo good.
It is an expensive meal, but every bit of it was worth the value.
Food: outstanding selection of fresh, thoughtfully-prepared dishes. The arctic char was the best sushi I have ever had in any city, and the hot pot main course was spectacular. Of the nine courses, only one left something to be desired: the mochi in the soup was a little too gummy for our taste.
Service: attentive and knowledgeable without being overbearing. Hardly any lag in folding a napkin once someone left the table, filling a water that had gotten below full, etc.
Value: We could barely eat dessert at the end of our kaiseki tasting, which should give a good indication of the amount of food provided. The sake selection was extensive and reasonably priced as well. Although the tasting menus are not cheap, we found them worth the cost.
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