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DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA, Washington, DC

DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA

4.2
4.2
1924 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Please be advised that the reservation is for the Izakaya on the second floor and not the ramen shop on the first floor. The ramen menu is not available at the Izakaya. The Izakaya, located on the second floor of Daikaya, is a casual restaurant that serves Japanese comfort food to accompany a diverse selection of bar offerings. The izakaya experience is perfect for after work, before a big night out, as a full supper, or for late-night bites with friends. The cuisine is freestyle and adaptive in nature. Each izakaya in Japan puts its own touch on its menu items. The plates are typically small so that one can sample many different items.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Izakaya, Creative Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 589-1600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Katsuya Fukushima

  • Catering

    Unfortunately, We don't offer catering.

  • Private party contact

    Josh Eshelman: (202) 589-1600

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Cross street

    Between G and H

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available around the neighborhood. There are also 3 garages within 2 blocks of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Across the street from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, servicing, Green, Yellow, and Red Line trains.

  • Entertainment

    DJ's every Friday and Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

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What 1,924 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Japanese

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  1. MD

    MadtownDairymaid

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service very good and noise level fine until very end when it was packed. The miso salmon was tasty, though a tiny bit over cooked for my personal taste. Dump,inns were delicious. Grilled avocado a standout winner. The marinated squid with grapefruit (on the specials) was not to my taste… sort of bitter and slimy rather than chewy. But it was worth a try. The special ice cream was sweet and delicious, though I never could find the yuzu candy in it. Overall, I’d certainly go back and keep trying things on the very interesting menu.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Menu was appealing but did not expectations . Food was poorly executed and enough salt to make your blood pressure rise.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We were a few minutes late but the host was cool about it. Food was delicious. It was obvious that a lot of work and efforts. Service is very attentive. The only thing is that servings are extremely small. We knew that they serve small dishes, like tapas. Even then, the serving sizes were a bit too little.
  4. WF

    WizFan

    Washington DC

    257 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    257 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Specials were all amazing, particularly the salmon and the fried octopus. Green tea gin and tonic was refreshing. A sign of the times that the place closed up around 10 pm on a Saturday night. Still not back to pre-pandemic crowds.
  5. EG

    EricG

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Fine but not great. Concept good but the food was lacking in flavor.
  6. SA

    StephanieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This Izakaya is great!! The decor and atmosphere is really cool and the food was absolutely delicious! Between two of us we had about 7 plates and a dessert and everything we had was super tasty! It’s a little pricey but eat little plate is it’s own little gourmet treat! Staff was super friendly and attentive. If I lived in the area I would absolutely be a regular!
  7. A

    Aubrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is excellent! Great cocktails, ambiance and staff. The food was delicious and we had a lot of fun trying new things. Highly recommend!
  8. s

    spatzdo

    Washington DC

    159 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    159 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Love the grilled Avocado. The Udon was also yummy. They have Happy Hour pricing as well.
  9. RF

    RenoFoodie

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was interesting but the best was still the ramen. I’m which case, Daikaya is the superior value. Service was slow and a little strange. Beers and drinks took a long time to show up. Food items seemed to appear in no apparent order. We even ended up getting our ice cream before the last savory dish. They add 20% tip to the bill so maybe there is no incentive to provide good service. Probably won’t come back.
  10. B

    Blatchley2

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Beautiful space with underwhelming food. Good for drinks at the bar or small plates but get dinner elsewhere.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The manager surprised us a little by kicking out moments after the
  12. FF

    FoodFinder

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Generally a nice spot. The plates are tapas portions. Daily specials are more like typical dinner portions. Food was yummy. Tables are a little close to each other so the noise level depends on who is sitting next to you. Lighting is moody but for those with visual impairments can be a little difficult.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Small plates are ridiculously small. Good food, but won’t go back.
  14. C

    capsaiCyn

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Place was nice, location was great (we were going to a concert at the arena). The food was just so-so, especially for the prices. The waiter was very nice but a bit intrusive. I don't mind that they include the tip, as we always tip 20% anyway unless the service is insanely bad.
  15. M

    Morgan

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    The food is excellent and decor is very nice. However the music is too loud and prices too high compared to other great options in DC.
  16. JR

    JoeR

    Washington DC

    194 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    194 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience1
    While the food is still great, the experience isn't any longer. Our server was friendly, but a little overwhelmed and the bar was slow making drinks. The music is ridiculously loud, which makes it impossible to have a conversation. Prices for food are OK, but drink prices are way too much for what you get. While we've always enjoyed the food, I can't see us returning.
  17. MH

    MayaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food and wonderful service!!!
  18. MO

    MONICAB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was good. There was a huge delay in someone’s “entree” coming out and I asked for no onions but there were onions in there. Otherwise everything was good.
  19. CS

    CandySandwich

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Perfect for a pre-theater bite to eat.
  20. JG

    JGrayson

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3
    Drinks are fine except for the green tea tonic & jin. The poke bowl is terrible. Service is…..
  21. D

    Discriminated

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    What a sad experience. As we were required to give a credit card information before making a reservation, we decided to look at the restaurant before we ask for a table. It was Sunday at 6:30 pm. We went inside and seeing that there were plenty open tables, we requested a table for 4, but after they asked if we had a reservation, and as didn't have yet, we were told that they were fully booked for the night and didn't offer any option. I was intrigued and went back to the OpenTable app and was able to make a reservation for 6:45pm - same day, which means, a few minutes later! They ended up having to honor it and we were then sited in one of many tables they had open. We then placed our order, which took a while to come and in the mean time, the server kept bringing dished that we hadn't ordered. What really intrigued us is that we were there for close to an hour and a half and two tables next to us that were empty when we arrived, were still unoccupied by the time we left. And at the end, even though we were just 4, the bill came with 20% service charge, not as a suggestion, but added in the total. Being honest, with this experience, I was not only intrigued with what happened, but was also concerned that the food would come with someone's spit on it.
  22. NM

    NoahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fantastic and authentic Japanese place. Small plates are superb. Ambiance is wonderful. Would highly recommend.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Small plates are meant to be shared, but the portion sizes of this restaurant were absurdly small - many of the dishes were really only enough for 1 person, which was disappointing. Ex: the lamb chop was $8.50 and you get one small, lonely lamb chop. We’re used to getting at least 2-3 at that price. The value left a lot to be desired.
  24. TH

    TeleHillFoodie

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Blew our socks off! We could have been back in Tokyo. The service was understated but very friendly with excellent recommendations - what followed was a tour de force. We sat in a lovely booth and got treated to inventive and tasty dishes. We wanted more tastes so had five small plates. It started out with fried garlic - that had been marinating in miso broth. Lucas recommended it and we loved it! We had the miso salmon - also a long preparation process. It was tender and full of flavor. The chicken and the baby potatoes were also A+ as were the oysters. I would say that we plan to come back but already have - we had lunch the following day at the ramen shop downstairs - also excellent. Put it on your downtown DC list!
  25. KJ

    KJPY

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    Extremely overpriced for what is offers. The ambience is good tough. The mandatory 20% service fee is just ridiculous.
  26. K

    Kevin

    Western NC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Bustling popular and noisy. Service a bit slow, but food interestingly good. Biggest issue? Can’t get ramen from downstairs!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place! The service is amazing and the food is sooooooooo good
  28. AN

    AnaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good place, good food! Authentic and cozy ambience.
  29. M

    Maryann

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious. Waitress was awesome, the prices were great.
  30. DJ

    DebraJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lucas our server was amazing. The value of the seafood ramen bowls was also pretty decent. When we got our bill it was not detailed. It just had a total. We think we were charged for 2 lamb chops when we only ordered 1. We can not be sure. We also don't know if we were charged for the extra bread that was served with our buratta. We were told we could get more bread so we did. Was it extra? I don't know. I would tell someone to try it out for themselves. Was it for me? I'm not sure.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Ordered almost everything on the menu and everything but the curry was terrible. Poor service and nasty drinks.
  32. JH

    JulieH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed this restaurant during Happy Hour. We had not been for a long time and the menu has changed a lot. Every dish we had was carefully made and presented and delicious and interesting. The service was great, even though the place was full. Definitely on my list to go again with friends.
  33. SA

    SusanA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Arrived for 8:15 reservation for Restaurant Week to be told that the kitchen closes in 20 minutes. Hardly a welcome. One dish was tasteless. We got our third course before the 2nd course. Were told the kitchen stayed open an extra 10 minutes for us. Hardly a pleasant dining experience. Could have done fast food!
  34. D

    Diby

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The good is delicious and fun...I always have a great time here.
  35. MM

    MocoMom

    Washington DC

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Servers and hostess were great, most of the food was solid, but would have loved to have been able to order off the non-restaurant week menu!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Really bad experience, service was bad but they charged us for the service charge for 2 people
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Server was not attentive, did not offer refills or so. Food came out late and the food runner and server were figuring it out where was my food. Salmon dish and potato salad no flavor. To top it off 22% of service charge “tip” was charged automatically. I don’t mind even 25 to 30% tip but when you have great service and food
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great value for restaurant week! Loved the food and drinks.
  39. JK

    JackieKD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant week spot!! Food was delicious and our server was attentive and wonderful
  40. WW

    WilliamW

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Other than it being a bit noisy, it was a fantastic place to eat - great food and atmosphere!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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You can order delivery directly from DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA using the Order Online button. DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA is rated 4.2 stars by 1924 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA

705 6th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between G and H

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Izakaya, Creative Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available around the neighborhood. There are also 3 garages within 2 blocks of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Across the street from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, servicing, Green, Yellow, and Red Line trains.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Katsuya Fukushima

  • Entertainment

    DJ's every Friday and Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 589-1600

  • Catering

    Unfortunately, We don't offer catering.

  • Private party contact

    Josh Eshelman: (202) 589-1600

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