Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen

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Japanese
Reservations are for the upstairs Izakaya (NO RAMEN!) only and not for the Ramen shop.

The Izakaya is a full service restaurant featuring small plates of Japanese tavern fare, as well as a full bar with cocktails, wine, beer, and a large selection of sake and Japanese spirits.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service I’ve had in recent memory. Just outstanding. And the food was really delicious. The staff not only brought us delicious food and treated us wonderfully, but they even arranged for special take out for my husband. The food is excellent and a wonderful value. All around 10 out of 10. Thank you so much to the staff.

T
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Favorite small plates venue - service at the bar is EXCEPTIONAL!

The folks here really want to make sure you enjoy your experience.

At least 7 visits - not disappointed yet!

IA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing small plate selection and incredibly attentive bartender who very capably took the mood we were in and crafted delicious cocktails accordingly.

C
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great Japanese spot. If you've only ever had sushi, ramen, or teriyaki, this place is a must! Come try many classic Japanese dishes that you've probably never heard of unless you're a Japanophile or have been lucky enough to visit the country. The restaurant is sleek and atmosphere is nice. The dishes are all small plates or bites. Our server, half Japanese and half Italian was very knowledgeable and explained all of the dishes to make our decisions easier. The brussel sprouts, chilled cucumber, chicken karaage, enoki mushrooms, and cacio e pepe were all delicious! Great deal too, as the cost for three of us, including non-alcoholic drinks, 10+ small plates, and 3 desserts, was just over a Benjamin with tax and a generous tip.

PA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The look of the restaurant is really unique.
The food was very creative.
The only negative point I have to make is , that the music was way too loud !
It was difficult to have a decent conversation.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

DJ was cool and made the scene a bit more fun. Half full on a Saturday night at 8pm. We enjoyed some dishes (Brussel Sprouts), others were too salty and lacked complexity. Not great value... but small plates never are, right?

B
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Some tapas were standouts, such as the octopus dumplings, takayama, whole fried dorado, and Brussels Sprouts. The Rocky Balboa, with sea urchin and raw quail egg was loaded with salt and sugar. Flash-grilled okra was just plain boring. Noisy, vibrant atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was AMAZING!!!!

A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is phenomenal. Every single dish was delicious!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great value.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited to celebrate my birthday. We were seated quickly and attended to quickly as well. Waiter was excellent! Very knowledgeable. My favorite part was the ginger beer and chicken platter (forgot the name but looked like nuggets).
All In all, had a great experience!
I’d like to try the ramen downstairs next time 😁

TD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I booked a table at Izakaya for my bachelor party dinner, and I was not disappointed. The food was excellent. Our favorite was the beef tongue and the catfish, but it was all good. Staff were very helpful, attentive, and indulged us for pictures throughout the meal. The sake tasting was outstanding - lots of variety and expanded my sake palette. I appreciated the opporunity to speak with one of the sake makers! I will definitely be coming back.

K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic. The food was absolutely fantastic. We had 12 dishes to share and every one of them was delicious and executed perfectly. Unique flavors, textures and combinations. The space is dark and well decorated with unique lighting over every table and pop culture framed images on the walls. Casual and relaxed. Our server was the bomb. Steered us to the best things to try, helped with drink orders and a total master of every dish on the menu. I can’t wait to go back. The chef won Iron Chef twice (we didn’t know before dining there, but haven eaten there I’m not surprised).

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried out this restaurant as one of the diners had never eaten Japanese food. Everything was delicious. Plus the service was impeccable. We had special accommodations because of mobility issues of one of us. The management made special efforts for us as did the staff. This restaurant is outstanding on all levels.

KT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This is my second visit to Izakaya. The first time, the food was excellent, the flavors were beautifully composed, and everything tasted fresh. I was severely disappointed this time. The dishes tasted like they were put together on an assembly line and it seemed like there was an entirely different team in the kitchen. What a shock.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is great, would come back, very fun, unique food, great alcohol selection. Dishes embody character that match the space. It’s a yeehaw for me.

MH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always good and eclectic. Service was great. The Sake Bombs are very good. Hard to read the menu due to very low lighting. Bring a flashlight.

CL
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner at Izakaya Friday night. The cocktails were fantastic, so is their sake selection. The chicken skin yakatori special was probably my favorite. Can't wait to go back.

CA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daikaya never disappoints and tonight’s meal was elevated. The poke with wafer, enoki mushrooms in miso butter, beef tongue skewer and catfish karaage were outstanding. Highly recommend. Great cocktails too!

VT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

had a great time with my 16 year old son. We will be back!

CZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Cool atmosphere wish there was ramen but the bento lunch box had a bunch

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is extremely helpful! Very knowledgeable about Japanese food, culture, geography, you name it. The food is great, we enjoyed a deviation from the typical sushi and ramen Japanese food we’ve always eaten.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Thank you.

m
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal server. Food was excellent and price point is very accessible for a small-plate style restaurant. Would highly recommend it.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Worst meal in a long time. 4 of us came for the tasting menu during restaurant week. Overall each course was disappointing. The flavor of everything was the same for each course and that flavor was nothing special. Chicken was a bit undercooked, noodle dish tasted like an Alfredo, with tip the total was $235 so not a cheap meal by any means. I would save your money and go somewhere else

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the restaurant experience was a good value.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Poor service, food was greasy, nothing that we ordered was bad, but nothing really popped. In a city like DC where you have so many options, this just wasn't anything special.

PG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Nice server
Pretty bad food, including appetizers (small bites) main dish and desserts. There was not even one item that was enjoyable

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I have been here several times over the past several years and have always enjoyed the food. Didn’t realize it was restaurant week this time, and the selections were somewhat disappointing. It would have been nice to be able to opt out and order from regular menu.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Food is terrible.

s
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We usually have a great meal at Izakaya, but the restaurant week menu was not very good.

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food - fantastic. exciting but accessible to non-foodies too. quirky and fun atmosphere. attentive and quick service. can't wait to go again!

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Daikaya numerous times and have been curious about Izakaya. My only regret is we waited so long. It was amazing! The offerings were quite creative and inventive. The uni and quail egg shooters were phenomenal. The roe provided a very nice surprise at the end. The tuna tartare was the best I’d ever had and the chicken livers just melted in my mouth. Izakaya is a trip down umami lane.

VN
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Extremely bland food, expected at least close to authentic Japanese experience. However, the menu seemed to be European/American food using Japanese food. Overpriced with little actual flavor. Barely an Asian Fusion restaurant when the food just tastes like what you would get at another Spanish/European style restaurant.

P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Izakaya is incredible. The service was amazing, and Mike (our server) was VERY knowledgeable about all the drink selection they had, including the shochu, and was very friendly and gave incredible service. The beef tongue is unreal, the best beef tongue I’ve ever had. We’ll definitely be back every time we’re in D.C!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a solo meal! Sat at the bar in a corner seat and read a book. The bartender gave me some recs for what to eat and I had a wonderful meal. Nicely done Japanese/western fusion with a really cool ambiance.

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was such a wonderful meal! We didn’t know that one of the owners (and chefs) had gone undefeated on iron chef twice! We had some amazing scallop, tuna poke tartare (the best!), enoki mushroom, grilled okra, grilled zucchini, and some dessert. Everything was unique, seasoned perfectly and tastefully presented. Service was also great!

z
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! From the food to the service, I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and will definitely be back.

TG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Drinks were good but the food was better. The small plates were quite enjoyable and mostly suitable for sharing. In particular the Tuna tartare, the chicken leg skewer were excellent. The only disappointment was the raw octopus in a fermented vinegar. It was a very acquired taste and not to any of our liking. If you avoid this one plate you will have a great and reasonably priced meal in an engergetic atmosphere!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Love the place

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