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Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant, Washington, DC

Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant

4.3
4.3
157 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
Nama is a Japanese-inspired restaurant and sushi bar by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow, located in D.C.'s vibrant Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. The menu of this intimate outpost of Nama Ko on 14th St. includes exquisite sashimi and sushi, vegetarian creations, dumplings, mouthwatering maki rolls and more. Nama's sushi bar, cozy dining room, and shady patio are a short stroll from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 16:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 16:00–22:00 Happy Hour Daily 16:00–18:00
  • Phone number
    (202) 414-7066
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Wei Zhong
  • Catering
    For catering from Nama, please contact eventsdc@schlowrg.com. We are happy to offer large platters to meet the needs of any gathering.
  • Private party facilities
    For private events at Nama, please contact eventsdc@schlowrg.com. We are happy to offer the entire space for large groups, celebrations and meetings.
  • Area
    Mount Vernon Square
  • Cross Street
    K St. Between 4th and 5th St. NW - Mount Vernon Triangle
  • Parking Details
    Choose from street parking or the nearest garage on L St. between 4th and 5th streets.
  • Public Transit
    Gallery Place/Chinatown
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sushi Happy Hour 4-6pm

    Multiple dates available
    Sushi Happy Hour features an entire sushi food menu that is discounted to "happy hour" prices. If you are looking to eat a lot of sushi, this is a good way to bring a couple of friends and be very happy with the pricing of all dishes. Our food, fish and rice are of the exact same quality and type served during regular dinner hours. Matching the food, there are great cocktail and sake offerings. We also invite you to be able to enjoy any of the Alta Strada Happy Hour cocktails as well! It's a win-win deal. Sushi happy hour ends at 6pm, which means that any orders after 6pm must be from the dinner menu etc.
    Sushi Happy Hour 4-6pm photo

What 157 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

157 Reviews
  1. Sicangu

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We often eat here. The food and service is always outstanding. We highly recommend to all sushi lovers.

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  2. ChristianP

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We liked this place. Great atmosphere. Bit overpriced?

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing happy hour menu. Super quiet, great ambiance.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    NRW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service for price. Would definitely return.

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  5. PerezM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the absolute pleasure of dining at Nama Sushi Bar and Restaurant recently, and I cannot sing their praises enough! From the moment we walked in, it was evident that this place was something truly special. My fiancé and I visited Nama Sushi Bar and Restaurant to celebrate her birthday, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The staff went above and beyond to make her feel incredibly special throughout the entire evening. First and foremost, the ambiance was perfect for a romantic birthday dinner. The restaurant had a warm and inviting atmosphere with soft lighting, which set the tone for a memorable evening. The star of the show, of course, was the food. The sushi was nothing short of amazing. Each piece was beautifully presented and tasted incredibly fresh. We tried a variety of rolls, and they were all outstanding. The creativity in their sushi creations was truly impressive. Whether you're a sushi aficionado or a newbie, you're sure to find something that delights your palate. But what truly stood out was the extra mile the staff went to make my fiancé's birthday special. They brought out a birthday dessert with a lit candle. At the end they also gave her a complimentary drink to use on her next visit or participating partners. The service throughout the evening was impeccable. The staff was attentive, knowledgeable about the menu, and always ready with a friendly smile. They made us feel like cherished guests, and it was evident that they genuinely cared about our dining experience. Nama Sushi Bar and Restaurant exceeded our expectations in every way. They not only served incredible food but also created a memorable and heartwarming atmosphere that made my fiancé's birthday celebration truly special. If you're looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion or simply indulge in exceptional sushi, Nama Sushi Bar and Restaurant is the place to go. We'll definitely be returning for more.

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  6. SantiagoM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it… went on restaurant week and it was delicious.. will try in regular times to compare prices but overrall great

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  7. KJStJ

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I decided to take advantage of DC's Restaurant Week and check out Nami Sushi Bar -- and it didn't disappoint. From the appetizer options (both of us checked out the crab rice) to the PLATE of sushi for the main course...and the dessert....pure perfection. Also, as a chopsticks amateur (left-handed, so I'm a lost cause), I appreciate that I didn't get a side-eye from the staff -- which has happened at other places before. Seriously though -- I will be hitting this place up on a regular basis.

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  8. Freeman

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our fav sushi spots in DC! Great ambiance for a date night! Quality sushi for the price and portion size

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  9. Sicangu

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We always enjoy our time at Nama Shushi Bar & Restaurant. The service is always outstanding and personal. The food is consistently very good and well prepared. We bring friends as often as we can.

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  10. ChelseaD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great team-they went above and beyond to arrange for a nice birthday surprise for a member of our group.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It definitely takes a min to get your food, but it’s good when you get it , overall great experience

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  12. LindsayS

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend. The maki/sushi was very good and sliced a little thinner than usual which made them so much easier to eat - I didn’t know I needed that in my life until I had dinner here. The sushi was fresh, well prepared, and delicious. The service was great, the atmosphere is awesome - the decor is really classy but also fun, color-wise. Last note - Happy Hour (4-6pm, M-F) is absolutely worth it, you save anywhere from $2 to $4 bucks on apps, rolls, and drinks.
    Nama Sushi Bar & RestaurantResponded on 29 December 2023
    We're so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your experience here. Hope to see you again soon!

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  13. TravisS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We got the Omakase option. The food was excellent but the service was severely lacking for the price. They never explained anything we were given so we were just guessing what fish or rolls we received. Honestly, I would've been happier with takeout and just a roll or two. Paying up for a subpar experience wasn't worth it.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was slow, but good. Some Rolls had more filler than fish. Overall taste of everything was good though. If you're in the area and want sushi, would recommend. Wouldn't go out of my way to go back though

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  15. SarahA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was a little slow. The food was amazing, as usual. I am a regular and the food is consistently great.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Diferente vs lo esperado. El servicio bastante malo como si no quisieran atenderte

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  17. Sicangu

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    we have made this one of our go-to places. The service is always great, and the food is just to our liking and a very good value. We bring friends and family who always praise the same things we like about Nama Sushi Bar.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    ambiance was great. sushi was mediocre at best and thats without considering the high price. Sushi was not even close to fresh, the rice was hard, and we found old food in our soy sauce dishes when we were seated. Paying $100+ for low quality fish + subpar service was a huge disappointment. Would not recommend.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was incredible- extremely high end preparation and super fresh products. Well done!!

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  20. michaels

    Charleston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, Imp pecan;y prepared food and great value

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  21. AundreaJ

    Alabama

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The spicy yellotail was my favorite and I got lucky and went during happy hour and only paid $8.00 for it!

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  22. Alex

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    overpriced for the quality of the food. I would not recommend the sashimi and nigiri.

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  23. NathalieR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the happy hour sushi and it was good. Server was attentive. Service was quick. Second round of sushi rolls’ rice was too mushy; too much water perhaps. Overall, good for the price.

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  24. EricS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing time at Nama. The head chef has the classic rolls down and his specials were incredible. We were able to sit at the bar and chat with him most of the night. Highly recommended if you can grab a bar seat.

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  25. EricaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I had about the most unwelcoming experience ever, and was very much looking forward to dining here after really enjoying the restaurant for last year’s restaurant week. I entered the restaurant without a reservation seeking a solo seat at the sushi bar, emboldened by recent news articles about women taking themselves out. The restaurant was about 40 percent full, with a number of seats at the bar. I was told they were booked and maybe something would open in 2 hours, at 8:45. I left the restaurant determined to have sushi and turned to OpenTable for a reservation — and wouldn’t you know, one was available here in 30 minutes? So I made a reservation. About 15 minutes after doing so the reservation changed to 2 people without explanation. I showed up for my reservation to a restaurant about 60 percent full, and asked why my reservation was changed to 2. The hostess pretended not to understand me. I sat next to a group of three having dessert (if seated when I originally wanted I could have filled a “solo”’seat, and I understand a restaurant preferring tables for two to maximize profit). Soon after, two people without a reservation were seated next to me. I ate a sub-par meal — much less fresh than last year, and the fish was dressed up to hide this. I was out before anyone else who was there when I came. Thanks for shaming a recently divorced, single diner. I will not be back here or at any of your affiliated restaurants (all of which I’ve eaten at) and will be spreading the word. Perhaps this is what you are going for. Mission accomplished.

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  26. CamilaA

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quality of suchi is amazing and delicious! Very creative dishes and of course if you allowed chef Alexis to prepare whatever he has in mind you are in for a treat ! Ambience is perfect and drinks are tasty ! Can’t wait to go back again.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, lovely ambiance. I came on a Sunday and it was like I rented out the place.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Service- gave great recommendations and were the perfect level of attentiveness. Environment was intimate yet fun, the small details of decoration(iron man helmet for example) made me and my date laugh. Food was incredible, and I highly recommend ordering the house sauces to mix and match!

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  29. DCM123

    West Virginia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience at Nama during Otakon weekend! Highly recommend.

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  30. MaryAnn

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed every single bite of my meal. Chef & staff are friendly. We will definitely come back. Thank you.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good fish and service Great location Thank you

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  32. Jonathan

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is fresh but they would be better with more hired help it was mainly one girl running the whole front of house by herself.

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  33. Summer

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing staff, extremely clean, and very fresh ingredients

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing !!! Thanks to Alexis for Omazake and Rosa took care of us with great service !!!!

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  35. Annie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Sat outside on the perfect day! Not many people there by 6:15pm during the week, but we had a reservation. Ordered the tempura shrimp which was rock shrimp. It was so good we ordered another. We also got three sushi rolls, all of which were delicious. On the pricier side, as expected with sushi.
    Nama Sushi Bar & RestaurantResponded on 15 April 2023
    We're so happy you enjoyed your time here on our patio! I agree, the tempura shrimp is delicious! We look forward to your next visit. - The Nama Sushi and Alta Strada Family

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  36. Mossdeluxe

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic sushi! Exceptionally tasty and well crafted. Loved the fresh Maryland crab. Highly recommend this gem of a sushi bar.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Was in DC for a business event , this is a nice place but it was admittedly very warm inside on a rather hot day. Love the sushi HH concept and the staff was friendly !

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  38. LynnH

    New York City

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot! Love the Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood. I am very picky about my sushi and this place passed.
    Nama Sushi Bar & RestaurantResponded on 15 April 2023
    Hi Lynn, Thanks for your lovely comment about us and the neighborhood. We hope to see you again soon! - The Nama Sushi and Alta Strada Family

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  39. kandkoutings

    Atlantic City

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good Place to grab Sushi. Although it is not the best Sushi i have ever had you will not be disappointed. A little pricey for what you get. The shrimp tempura was outstanding.

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  40. ADiner

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very disappointing. Mostly rolls, not very good ones stuffed with overcooked rice. Service lackadaisical. This is not the place to come for sushi. Prices are high for the quality. Definitely not worth a trip across town.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant using the Order Online button. Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 414-7066.

Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

22:30


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant

465 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    K St. Between 4th and 5th St. NW - Mount Vernon Triangle
  • Area
    Mount Vernon Square
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 16:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 16:00–22:00 Happy Hour Daily 16:00–18:00
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Choose from street parking or the nearest garage on L St. between 4th and 5th streets.
  • Public Transit
    Gallery Place/Chinatown
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Wei Zhong
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 414-7066
  • Catering
    For catering from Nama, please contact eventsdc@schlowrg.com. We are happy to offer large platters to meet the needs of any gathering.
  • Private party facilities
    For private events at Nama, please contact eventsdc@schlowrg.com. We are happy to offer the entire space for large groups, celebrations and meetings.
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