Sushi Ogawa

4.8
154 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.



Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of Operation
M-Sat 5-10:30pm; Closed on Sunday
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Phone number
(202) 813-9715
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Minoru Ogawa
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Private Room
What 154 People Are Saying
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PZ
Washington DC
1 review
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
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect sushi course with kind explanation^^

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OT
Washington DC
56 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
22 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
9 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
4 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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MD
Washington DC
3 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
9 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
14 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
2 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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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality fish. Great value. Currently the best sushi in DC.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So. Dang. Good.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. So much food and a great experience.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. We did the omakase menu and it was fantastic!

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant serves traditional Japanese food. Not flashy, just excellent quality with traditional flavors. If you are looking for fusion or some other kind of modern take, this is not the place. if you want to have a superb Japanese meal, the freshest fish and the classic take on sushi, this is great choice. Plus, they serve Born sake--the best in the world.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Stated simply, the worst. The food was remarkably bland with the exception of the fatty tuna. I was unaware it was possible to ruin simple dishes such as miso soup. My wife lived in Japan for many years. When we left, she remarked how it was not only the worst Japanese food experiences she'd had, but one of the worst overall dining experiences in DC, period. I would recommend steering clear.

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b
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Somewhat boring. Menu was very traditional. Sushi was fresh but bland. I can’t honestly say there was anything exceptional about the meal. Sorry.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi ever. We are sushi lovers and have been to Japan. Really amazingly fresh and tasty. FIRST QUALITY.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat sushi in DC

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SF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a private room that was exceptional with excellent service and outstanding fresh sushi.

Even the sorbet dessert was interesting taste!

Definitely authentic Japanese.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

For starters parking is abysmal. Your only option is to pray you find a street spot. If you’re lucky.

Food itself as a traditional sushi restaurant is very good; however I would not put this place under the “Asian Fusion” search category as it is far from that experience.

A sushi junkies dream but not for those less adventurous in the raw seafood category.

Good value for the price though.

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RF
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

All my review is aimed to make this restaurant better. I love sushi capital, which is a cheaper restaurant owned by chef Ogawa and serve relatively good fresh nigiri compatibles with the price. I believe only criticisms can be beneficial.

This is an okay restaurant but not worth $$. We tried Omakase here, which is only $80 each person (relatively cheap compared with those $100+ omakase). But restaurant experience is cut more than 20%.

First thing first, I need to mention this is a Michelin Recommended restaurant of 2017. I don't think Michelin would shoot a glance at this place again this year, good job.

We reserved this restaurant at 8:30, and we arrived at 8:10. Waiter told us our table will be ready in few minutes, but we hadn't got seated until 8:40. By the time we got seated, there were 3 vacant tables. It's not dinner rush hour.

Appetizers were tempura and egg pudding. They were warm but not hot. Tempura weren't crispy and could because late serve or prepared before.

All the seaweed from sushi were wet. I can't believe this could happened to this restaurant. Unacceptable. Fatty tuna were served in both sashimi and nigiri. Duplicated kind of fish?

Also, when we ordered food with waiter, I mentioned more than twice that we wanted sea urchin from Japan if Uni is included in our Omakase dinner. Waiter told us he would tell the chef our requests. When the nigiri arrived, the Uni didn't come right and waiter didn't give any explanation at all. He totally forgot it!

Dessert supposed to be green tea ice creams with frozen grapes. The grapes were not frozen and ice cream is melting.

There was another table getting the same exactly order with us, I believe they will agree with me as well.

Sorry chef Ogawa, but you really disappointed me this time.

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s
St. Louis
44 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional omakase - leaves you full, but not at the point of explosion. Closest thing to Japanese first-rate sushi that we've had in America. Kudos to the Itamae.

It was very quiet/near empty the night we dined - sincerely hope that was an aberration. We saw lines forming at Sushi Taro in the Dupont Circle region. They are different experiences, but we liked Ogawa perhaps incrementally better. The service at Sushi Ogawa was impeccable.

Some of the negative reviews either: A) are one-off experiences, or B) written by customers who perhaps don't have a baseline for what makes for great omakase.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, quiet ambiance, but the food came out pretty quickly. It would’ve been nice for them to space things out some more. I also thought we didn’t get tremendous bang for our buck. It was a fun place to go to once, though.

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FR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sashimi was first rate, but quite expensive. Tempura was more moderately priced, but not fried quite long enough to be crispy.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a remarkable place. Friendly people and good service. The menu is all sushi with a few appetizers, no maki (rolls). The fish are fresh and have a few familiar ones, but most were ones that are not common in the usual sushi restaurants. The ones I tried were fantastic, and I would return here again, with friends. Great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in the city hands down.

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DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic quality sushi. The facility is small, which can be endearing, but the bathroom is right off of the dining room with little privacy. Also, sound carries in the small seating area and the conversations at other tables are hard to ignore. The ambiance left a bit to be desired, but the food was great and the Coltrane soundtrack played over the sound system was nice. We will return soon to try Omakase.

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