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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.

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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.

1503 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
P Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(202) 462-8999

Website:
http://www.sushitaro.com/

Public Transit:
3 blocks to east from Dupont Circle Metro station.

Executive Chef:
Nobu & Masaya

Additional:
Beer, Happy Hour, Wine

Sushi Taro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.2

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4.1

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Healthy (44)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2017

This is the best sushi and Japanese cooking that I have ever had.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Service could have been better for such an empty dining room. Waitress did not do a good job of explaining the specials despite several qs from our table.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2016

fantastic sushi! I live right down the street from Sushi Taro and am glad to have gotten in

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2016

We went there for our anniversary. Very goo

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Came for a special occasion, was utterly impressed. Seafood extremely fresh and our server was extremely knowledgeable of the entire menu.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2016

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.

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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on December 24, 2016

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2016

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2016

We have been eating at Sushi Taro for years and never had a bad meal or service. The fish is fresh and rest of food is delicious and if you are lucky to dine at the Omakase bar, it is over the top.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Best japanese restaurant in dc area!!! Very authentic. Fresh and best quality of fish

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2016

top notch. Lunch is a great time to experience Sushi Taro. lunch prices can be very reasonable and gives you a chance to explore. THe seafood is so fresh

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2016

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Sushi Taro is the Japanese restaurant in town.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2016

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2016

I'm puzzled by the Michelin star here. The ambience is average, the food was okay and certainly not anything creative.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 17, 2016

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!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2016

The service, quality and atmosphere of sushi taro is excellent. The sashimi is always of top quality and super fresh.

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2016

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!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2016

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Everything was fine except the welcome; where two women at the front couldn't quite seem to get their acts together, even though I was 5 minutes early and only needed a table for two. It's always good food, pleasant service and great value.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Wanted to try another Michelin restaurant. Sushi was fresh and better than some others, but overpriced. Not much of an ambience, had to flag down a service person for teas to be refilled.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Best sushi in DC by far. Comparable to places in Tokyo.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Fun, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Simply the best Japanese cuisine and sushi in Washington, DC.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2016

Food was great. We got there early so place was kinda empty and the dishes came very quickly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2016

The best Japanese restaurant in Washington.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2016

Best Sushi and Japanese food in DC. Great Service. Sublime decor. Hands down!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2016

Not your regular sushi restaurant. A good selection of other dishes you don't normally see and the quality of the fish is exceptional. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about all the items on the menu. Service was very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2016

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

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Authentic Japanese cuisine, excellent selection of sushi. The service was outstanding.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Healthy, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Sushi Taro was, by far, the best restaurant in town.Freshness, high quality ingredients and good service

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 23, 2016

The sushi was really good especially the Taro's specials, highly recommended. It deserves Michelin 1 star.

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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on November 22, 2016

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!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 21, 2016

Ordered a lunch box with salmon and added an eel on the side. Highly recommand it's tempora shrimp and sashimi! The salmon is little bit of oily but still pretty good and with fresh flavor

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Extraordinary meal! The fish is incredibly fresh and the tasting menu opened my eyes to a whole new realm of Japanese cuisine that I didn't even know existed.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Not the same Last time I was here but was worth it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2016

you should not recommend it , everything is not what was expected.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2016

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2016

The most delicious sushi in town! I never get tired of their bento box for lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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