Sushi Ogawa

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173 reviews
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Sushi Ogawa serves the sushi of Chef Minoru Ogawa. With over 40 years of experience, Chef Ogawa exhibits his expertise daily with ingredients sourced domestically and internationally.

Sushi Ogawa features a peaceful and soothing environment with a minimalistic design which allows guests to experience an intimate dining affair.

Due to limited space, online reservations are for the dining room only. Please call the restaurant for reservations at the sushi counter.



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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal!

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BD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi Ogawa was quite amazing. It’s very unassuming when you walk in but the atmosphere is very quaint. Go for the chef tasting menu. Everything is so fresh and delicious.

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BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Unfortunately Sushi Ogawa did not meet my expectations. At this price point, the meal should be memorable and everything perfect. This was not the case. While some of the plates were delicious, they didn't amaze me. I've not eaten at any other Japanese restaurant in DC yet, and hope it is better than Sushi Ogawa.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easily one of the greatest meals I have ever had. The service was fantastic and the waiter was very knowledgeable about everything on the omakase menu as well as the sake that we were guided to by him for our meal. A truly special way to wring in the new year with my girlfriend. As we are both Alaskan fishermen it was very educational getting to know where all of the fish had come from and how they were prepared; thanks to the knowledgeable waitstaff. And it all tasted fabulous. Can't wait to go back and sit at the counter on our next trip to DC.

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ML
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are very satisfied their food except their restaurant smell.
I don't know what it is but mixed with humidity and bad vent.

We went to there on the eve and only one waiter was there.
The group of family in the private room but they were very loud.

Sushi and Sashimi were fantastic. They were very fresh and good rice.
Sushi was perfect size for one bite.
Miso soup was very good taste but need something. At least some pieces of tofu cube or so.

I definitely go back again.

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h
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are outstanding at Sushi Ogawa. This is excellent Japanese food served beautifully.

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E
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Leave it to the chef Omakase is the way to go, without doubt!

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VC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only word that comes to mind is exceptional. I did the Omakase bar-side option and the quality and freshness of the ingredients, the incredible knife skills of the chef, and the deliciousness of the fare were all remarkable. I can not compare this to anything else as it is the best sushi I have ever had (granted I have not been to Japan).

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d
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The freshest fish served with subtlety and sophistication. Outstanding!.

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Love the bar/counter experience at Ogawa. The food is amazing -- best sushi I'm aware of in Washington. The food is equally amazing in the dining room, but the ambiance needs some work in that room.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an intimate restaurant with excellent food and great friendly service. We ordered the set meal for two, with selections by the chef for appetizer, several main dishes, soup, and dessert. All choices were delicious and we and enjoyed a slow and relaxing dinner. The dining room is small and intimate. It is a cozy and inviting room. The interior design is well done — simple in some ways and with delightful and surprising touches — see the murals in the entry corridor and on the dining room ceiling. Food was really excellent with very fresh flavors, fine ingredients, and excellent preparation. We liked this place very much!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Had a poor meal, and won’t go back. Way overpriced, especially given the alternatives in DC.

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LW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. The omakase was excellent. Sake recommendation from the server was spot on. Would definitely go back.

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RS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best omakase in DC (I’ve more or less stopped going to Taro, Seki, Nakazawa, and Nobu). Make sure to sit at the sushi counter.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, it was excellent. Great fish, wonderful service. Can not recommend highly enough.

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WR
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We did the tasting menu, and it is simply the best sushi I have ever had. Each piece was better than the last. My partner and I will be skipping our usual, moderately priced sushi restaurant and only going here from now on, even if it means eating out less often! Also, ask your server for sake recommendations - they know what they are doing.

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BD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal. We got the tasting menu and all the dishes were so good. The server was great explaining all the different courses to us. Definitely not your typical sushi place. We loved it. However it was somewhat pricey so if your looking for a bargain this may not be your place. Family of four the bill with tip was almost 400. 00. Only two of us had drinks I had one sake and my friend had one beer.

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F
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentically Japanese. Fresh, delicious fish from Tsukiji market. We had the omakase menu at a table. We liked it so much, we are going back after Thanksgiving with our adult children as a surprise for them. We have all been to Japan before and this restaurant transports you back! Sake selection was outstanding too.

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PZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fish was fresh and tender. Great sushi rice, which is the mark of a great sushi restaurant. Good sake menu, though it may be worth it if it included a bit more, and perhaps an summary of the flavors with each variety.

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r
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Sushi Ogawa, and it was our anniversary. We are new to the neighborhood and had walked passed the entrance several times. The service was exceptional, and the chef made special accommodations for us as we are vegetarians. The menu at Sushi Ogawa is rather limited and is fish only. We should've looked into this before making our reservation, but they were very kind and made us some lovely veggie rolls and even treated us to dessert. I would love to bring my non-veg sushi friends here sometime.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect sushi course with kind explanation^^

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OT
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish here was delicious! Very authentic sushi served nicely. The waiter was very good as well. It is a little pricey but the quality was top notch

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a
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly enjoy the Omakasa (sp?) so no decisions have to be made, food is excellent!

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the best sushi outside of Japan! Sushi was fantastic, Service was excellent! The setting is great. Each piece of sushi melts in your mouth! Don’t turn any piece down! We will probably come here every year for my wife’s B-Day we love it so much. Service is so great, they found a way to seat us even though I messed up and showed up the wrong time for my reservation. Only caveat to the place, is be ready to shell out the $—fine sushi comes at a cost of $100 a plate + $12+ for additional pieces + 20% tip (although there is no tipping in Japan, I did get the impression tipping expected here—-but I could be wrong)—-but all totally with it for any special occasion!! Highly recommended!!

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GM
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great appetizer. Sushi was subpar. Fish was not top rate nor was the rice cooked correctly

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RS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi counter at Ogawa is the best omakase in the district, hands down

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best restaurants in Washington. The chef’s meal at the bar (four seats or so) is an amazing experience.

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TO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Possibly the best sushi restaurant I've eaten in for a long time. I live in New York and frequent some of their best sushi establishments, so let me tell you this place is up there with the best.

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DO
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, impeccable service. Server was very knowledgeable and helpful in navigating the menu.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food excellent service

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MW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit for an anniversary dinner, the location was once Pines of Florence (?) many years ago. We had the tasting menu and sake selections recommended by the staff that made it a wonderful meal. We found the fish fresh and delicious. We highly recommend Ogawa.

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N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Everything was fine, but nothing was outstanding except, perhaps, the service. The young men who greeted and served us were very personable. But, they were very casually dressed, looking more like bartenders in a dive bar than servers in an elegant, over-priced restaurant.

The food was mostly ordinary, with a few excellent pieces of sashimi included. Nothing to write home about.

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v
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Plain atmosphere but fantastic sashimi and sushi. Between Dupont Circle and Woodley Park.

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TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most delicious sushi I’ve ever experienced. Hats off to the host and chefs.

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TO
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding sushi, possibly the best I’ve ever had, which includes Nobu in NY and Sake No Hana in London.

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OT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

Omakase was excellent, would most likely come again

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D
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great for sushi lovers

price a bit high so only for special occasions

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent sushi

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love our sushi, and Sushi Ogawa is our special occasion place for sushi. Absolutely the best fish in the area, as they get daily shipments in from Japan. Service is amazing, and you can’t beat the sushi omakase at only $80. We sat at the bar and basically had our own personal sushi chef for the evening. Our omakase included an appetizer, sushi, miso soup, a hand roll at the end, topped off with a Yuzu sorbet for dessert. An amazing meal that can’t beat.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Service was pretentious, food was amazing

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