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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
Sushi Taro use to be my favorite place in the city. They then tried to become too fancy and the quality suffered and the prices went up. Every once in a while I get nostalgic and want to give them another chance. I did so last night. And they have just proved that they have mediocre sushi and mediocre service. It is a shame. I live less than a block from them and would be there all the time but I just can't suggest this place any longer to anyone. There are a ton of great sushi places in the city now. Sushi Taro's time has come and gone. Don't waste your money on this expensive and mediocre sushi. It breaks my heart that it is this way.
The BEST SUSHI we have ever had. It was delicious. Blowfish porridge was excellent. Ragu beef roll fantastic.
We will go back soon.
Because it is on the second floor, above a CVS, we never noticed it. Learned about this restaurant because it earned a Michelin Star.
This is one of the best sushi places in Washington DC? It's quite shocking! This place is even worse than those very average ubiquitous strip mall sushi places in LA. Omakase sushi came out as if some trainee sushi chef banged them out like school lunch meals. Sushi rice was way too sticky. Too much rice! All I can taste is the rice because my mouth is full of rice. The selection of the fish seems as if they had leftover for the day and selected them as their omskase. Quite shocking as to how thoughtless and uncaring the chef was in choosing such subpar selection sushi for their omskase.
The Sushi Kaiseki with sake pairing was superlative, especially with the Kobe beef sukiyaki entree. Most of the courses were subtle in flavor, and there were three sushi courses...standouts included the shad and Tasmanian trout. The tasting menu changes seasonally, allowing for new experiences each month or so. Wonderful service and overall dinner experience!
We ordered two sushi tasting menus. ($90 without tax. The price above is incorrect.) Going straight to the punch line my reaction was "How on earth did this place got a Michelin star?"
First, the food. The appetizer was decent. The main dish sukiyaki was too salty and nothing special about it. The real problem was the sushi, which was at most mediocre. There were too much rice in the sushi while the rice was also undercooked and too sticky. The prawn (Madagascar shrimp) and eel was overcooked and too dry. Botan ebi sushi was not even good as the ones I had in casual restaurants for $3. They also said they can’t make tamago (egg) sushi which sounded very ridiculous. I think there was no one who can handle tamago sushi in the kitchen that day. Overall the sushi was a disaster considering the high price.
Second, the service. No one said anything while we went out the restaurant. No thank you, no good bye, no merry Christmas, nothing. I had to go in again because my friend forgot to bring her bag and saw another table leaving. The owner, who was sitting in a table watching her smartphone, murmured ‘good buy’ in a very tiny voice – I’m sure the leaving customers couldn’t hear that – not even looking at them. I found it extremely rude and super inappropriate for a Michelin star restaurant. You’ll hear good-bye even for restaurants that costs $15/meal.
To be fair, I’ll mention the pros on this place: the portion of the food was quite large, and the restroom had incense-scent which was very Japanese.
But overall, I found this place very overpriced and unpleasant. If the tasting menu was half of the price I would’ve gave more stars. But when the menu is expensive and the restaurant has a Michelin star, your expectation goes up and Sushi Taro was not even close to the expectation. I don’t recommend this place at all.
We were a party of 5, 3 had the traditional tasting menu with pairing and two shared the big sashimi platter. The tasting menu was served in a well spaced time with generous pairing of sake. The only disappointing thing was the macha creme brûlée, not a good choice to close a very good dinner. The selection of sashimi was excellent.
I will not hesitate to recommend this place.
Food and sushi were excellent. While the restaurant is a bit pricey, we thoroughly enjoyed the meal, which was also a celebration of my twins' 16th birthday. We liked the appetizers of octopus, pork belly, shrimp "toast", and seaweed salad. The assortment of the sashimi entree was good, though we would have thought it either would include more pieces or cost less. My wife and I shared a bottle of sake, which again, though expensive at $70, was quite a treat.
Also, though I had forgotten to prearrange a dessert to commemorate the event, our server was thoughtful enough to put candles in the dessert and wish them a happy birthday.
Sushi Taro is legit. Even with a Michelin star just looking through their menu can tell you almost anything you would need to know about an experience here. A booklet of vague but intriguing ingredients initially excites even the most seasoned sushi veteran. I was able in one night to check items that have long been on my culinary tasting wish list. One such item was the whelk and tasting said shelled creature was new and something that couldn't be passed up. I came luckily when the "deadly" blow-fish was offered and eagerly but at the same time hesitantly enjoyed while putting my life in the hands of their chef's knife skills. Also available were an assortment of live options which serves a new level of excitement of dining here. These are only two examples but are merely the tip of the iceberg in a sea of other options that will bring anyone back time and time again. Variety and new experiences are what make going out to eat fun for me and that has never been more the case than at Sushi Taro. I felt there were so many things that simply would not fit in my stomach but it was an adventure to see what showed up on tables around us. Obviously the level and abundance of rare ingredients here was the most thrilling but the atmosphere and service nearly equaled its impressiveness. So much fun overall, thanks!
Every last bit was amazing. We took a deep plunge and did the Kaiseki tasting menu and was not disappointed. Went ahead and got the pairing as well. 3 hours later, we completed our feast in its entirety. The Green Tea Creme Brulee with the Green Tea Pudding just brought us back to life as we were on the cusp of a food coma. The service was perfect and our waitress was extremely knowledgable, a perfect guide for this culinary journey. Was happy to see the rest of the menu is very reasonably priced as well. Great vibes, great food and honestly i cannot stop thinking about that meal!
The restaurant speaks to serious Japanese cuisine. The quality of the ingredients, freshness of the fish, superb sake all make for a memorable dining experience. The nori (seaweed) melts in your mouth. Hand rolls are ethereal when ordered with Uni, chu-toro or ikura. The ikura has been handled in such a way that the individual red pearls are silky, smooth and devoid of any leathery components as found in other Japanese restaurants. Awesome cuisine.
I was surprise to taste such a high quality sashimi in DC area.
Appetizer, sashimi, desert were all excellent.
Only one thing was sub standard... sushi.
sushi rice was really terrible... under cooked and did not use top quality rice grain.
(They should wash rice and put wooden charcoal on top and put it in refrigerator over night before cooking)
For course meal they give out sushi 3 times... but they were all similar... I don't understand why they give out substandard sushi 3 time in one meal !
If we finish the course with sashimi and desert, that would have been much better dinner experience.
Sushi Taro need to prepare sushi rice to top standard and quality
Outstanding eight-course Kaiseki menu which included a blue crab and kaki (persimmon) appetizer, delicious sushi (the Tasmanian trout and maguro were especially noteworthy, as was the well-textured/flavored rice), and a hojicha (tea) pudding served in a whimsical mini glass jar. Always a wonderful experience!
I had lunch the week before this lunch at Sushi Taro. The lunch was wonderful and the fish very fresh. I liked it so much I wanted to go back and so when friends asked to have lunch together I suggested Sushi Taro. This time the meal was not so good. I had the exact same thing, the Bento Box. The fish was tired looking and the Spanish Mackerel was close to being "off". I don't really feel any desire to go back which is sad because I LOVE sushi. Too bad the kitchen/sushi chef is not consistent.
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