Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen

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$30 and under
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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
63 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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

ED
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server Tom was fantastic. Excellent knowledge of menu and Japanese Whisky. Enjoyed the beef tongue a lot.

E
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I usually love this place but a couple of the dishes fell flat this time. We usually order the Enoki mushrooms and love them but this time they were stringy and the flavor was lacking. The mushroom custard was also disappointing. Hopefully this was just an off night.

h
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here 3 times and each time I found the food, cocktails and service to be superb. Love it!

C
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is more of an experience. The dishes are very small but unique. My husband and I ordered about 14 dishes and were finally full. Our server, Shelby, was the BEST! She went above and beyond by printing our ticket to a concert without us even asking her!
We would return for another dining adventure.

SR
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing, atmosphere is very fun and lively

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time. I will definitely be back again!

BT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

While the service was decent (server was friendly and generally there when we needed him), the food was disappointing. While nothing was terrible, most of our dishes were bland and non-interesting, especially when compared to how they’re described on the menu. None of us were impressed with any of our selections, and the chicken thighs and udon were the only two dishes we all agreed tasted good (not fantastic, but pretty good).

We had high hopes for the rice balls, chicken skin skewers, pork and Brussels Sprouts, and whole fish, but none met our expectations. Again, none were bad, but none we’d order again.

All in all it was kind of a letdown. The Ramen downstairs is usually fantastic, so I recommend staying on the 1st floor and passing up on the the 2nd floor experience.

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