Umaya

4.5
384 reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Umaya, where East meets West in a plethora of Japanese inspired small & large dishes. We focus on drawing from the simplicity of flavor in fresh ingredients, while giving it a Western flair. Specializing on the popular Japanese ‘street food’ - think small 'tapas' style dishes that are easy to share amongst friends & family. Our Izakaya grill features a one of a kind charcoal brick that is imported from Japan & allows for the natural flavors of the proteins & vegetables to radiate.

Umaya elevates the typical 'beer garden' concept with hard-to-find Asian dishes. Our menu promotes friends, coworkers, family to enjoy their time together. We carry a wide array of Asian beer & Japanese Whiskey, complimenting the tranquility of the restaurant. The menu will feature seasonal highlights; however, the time-honored staples will always be available. ‘Umaya’ directly translates to a ‘place that tastes good’ in Japanese; it is a place where you can go

Support Umaya during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 384 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ShayM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food was great but the service was a bit slow..Think they need to hire more servers. Took a while for us to get our check to leave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good except for the chef cussing the other chef out during what seemed to be their shift chain GW?

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service was really slow. They forgot at least 3 things we ordered and had to be reminded multiple times that they’d forgotten. It made the experience less enjoyable.

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vipBarbarap
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food & service

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vipZebaR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Attentive service, excellent food

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vipKarolyneC
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Such amazing Japanese food and wonderful service!

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AnnetteR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We ordered the premium omakase and were absolutely delighted with the freshness and quality of the fish. Delicious!

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vipladybird
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was sincere, thoughtful and professional; More than expected from reservation to check. Food was clean burning, beautiful presentation and most of all delicious! Atmosphere was Japanese style open. Bar looked nice too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I will not return to this restaurant.

BM
vipBrianM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were incredible. Running late due to the chaos in region from protestors and pandemic. They all went above and beyond. Look forward to revisiting once we have some normalcy in the world

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Jon1
Tucson
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good
food. Shrimp Tempura and fried rice arr amazing

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vipReadThisReview
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Overall, the food was mostly bland and less than remarkable. That's not to say it was bad, but of the three in our party, none were impressed enough, based on the meals we ate, to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visitors from Denver CO this weekend and we loved everything about Umaya!! The food was excellent and the hostess was so gracious and apologetic for the circumstances of COVID. Wish th3 local government woukd get it together and stop taking advantage of these small businesses.. its disappointing to see these small business owners struggle to keep their business going. Inwould highly recommend supporting your small businesses.saying prayers 🙏🏼💜💜💜

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tense time in DC, but the food and service was phenomenal! Very COVID-safe and worth the price. :) Shōyu ramen was amazing and the nigiri and tempura were 10/10. Definitely coming back soon!

MJ
MelJN
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as well as a variety of options. I will be going back in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I felt very safe dining inside as the patio doors were open, and they took temperatures upon arrival as well as ensured all who entered got a squirt of hand sanitizer. The sushi was decent and ramen was okay. My friend had the shrimp rice bowl and said it wasn't very seasoned, but I didn't try it myself. It was an average meal, might eat here again if I was starving and in the area, but wouldn't seek it out. I would consider this pretty americanized Japanese food.

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AndrewL
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I took my date here. I wanted to show her some Japanese food. We loved the skewers.
During the pandemic, the hostess took our temperature and gave use hand sanitizers when she greeted us. Price is a bit up, but it was a nice place for a date.

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vipLynne
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sushi was particularly fresh and tasty. Also squared sea bass great. Octopus was tough though. Will definitely return.

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vipDex024
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and services was great. Noisy, chilly and ambience is not great....

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were attentive and super friendly

RT
RThonyE
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for sushi.
Definitely going back soon.

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Mary
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service !! Been coming here since they open. Never disappointed. They are doing really well maintaining table distance and regulations.

CM
vipChristianM
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great experience.

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vipStephen
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food took a while to arrive. Sushi was nothing to write home about. Server was friendly and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Three times now we've made reservations and arrived to find no one there and restaurant not open. Food on the expensive side and waitress was rude.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi options and friendly staff.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
779 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late night find and it was excellent! Terrific service and the food was amazing, particularly the spare ribs. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Interesting cocktails. Not my favorite but the food was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I enjoyed everything: food, service, ambiance and drinks. The skewered items were better than the sushi to me. I will definitely go back.

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FionaW
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I went here for my birthday and the server was very nice! She even brought out mochi with Candles in it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing, good ambience

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YesicanU
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love it there, would come back! Please was clean And quiet

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience1

Food and service were really great but it was not in the most fun location and lots of passerby’s came in and out, which disrupted our meal and conversation a bit.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great time

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food123
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by Jennifer… And she was fantastic. She really made us feel welcome and safe.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were seated immediately, but the only server took forever to take our order. However, we did get our food pretty quickly. The volcano roll and wagyu skewers left much to be desired but the overall food and experience were decent.

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vipjohhnny1
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great diversity offered. Not traditional sushi and sashimi Great service

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Steven
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

a lot of choices for robatayaki, which is good. I tried 5 kinds of robatayaki and everything just perfect! The whole grilled squid also unbeatable! Lastly, the spicy miso ramen also pretty tasty!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Our server, Antonio was awesome!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Umaya using the Order Online button. Umaya also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. Umaya also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 290-3443.

Umaya is rated 4.5 stars by 384 OpenTable diners.

Umaya does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.umayadc.com/store/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.