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Diners' Choice: Japanese restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Japanese cuisine in Washington, D.C. Area? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Two Nine restaurant
5.0
5 (37)
$50 and over
Japanese
Georgetown
About the restaurant
Kaiseki-Sushi Omakase Pop Up experience Georgetown, D.C. in the Tucked away food hall at the grace street collective. Curating a meal with hints of Hawaiian ingredients, flavor profiles and hospitality lead by Chef Zachary Ramos. Highlighting local produce from Karma Farm and Moon Valley Farm, Maryland. Seasonal seafood imported overnight from Toyosu Market located in Tokyo, Japan which will make every experience a new one every single time.

Our Tea Service is handled by Thomas Chen.
Seasonal Sake pairing curated by our very own Sake Scholar/Sommelier Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen.

First Seating at 5:30 P.M.
Second Seating at 7:30 P.M.
17 courses/$180 per person.
Sake Pairing/$80 per person.

*Tax and tip does not apply.
Top review
LaurenMvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
Even though still in their pop-up space, the meal was exquisite. The preparation, presentation and uniqueness of the courses made for a memorable meal. Can’t wait for the new establishment!
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA restaurant
4.9
4.9 (663)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Arlington
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Service was exceptional, food quality superb. Manager was very attentive, we enjoyed coming back time after time.
A photo of O-Ku - DC restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1605)
$30 and under
Japanese
Washington
About the restaurant
O-Ku DC invites guests to explore rare and unique dining options -traditional sashimi and sushi, innovative Japanese specialties and wood-fired robata-style dishes from the Kitchen's Binchotan grills. The fish and other ingredients are sourced from the highest-quality purveyors around the world and is committed to using sustainably sourced ingredients when possible.
Top review
JhayE
Dined 7 days ago
My go to spot to celebrate my friends birthday. Don't tell them that's where I take all of them!
A photo of Gyu San Japanese BBQ restaurant
4.8
4.8 (65)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Arlington
About the restaurant
At Gyusan Japanese BBQ, offer high-quality cuts of meat, that are known for their tenderness, flavor, and overall premium quality, which include cuts such as Wagyu beef, dry-aged beef, prime rib, and other premium cuts of beef, as well as premium cuts of pork, lamb, and other meats.Wagyu beef, for example, is known for its high level of marbling, which gives it a rich, buttery flavor and a tender texture. Dry-aged beef is beef that has been hung in a cool, dry place for several weeks, which helps to intensify its flavor and tenderize the meat.Our focus is often on using the highest quality and freshest ingredients, including premium cuts of meat, fresh seafood, and organic vegetables.From salad to sashimi and yakiniku to noodles, your friends and family are bound to find something to enjoy together.
Top review
ChefCandra
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
The all you can eat option only applies to the entire party. Since we both didn’t want it, we had to select a la carte items. The food was delicious.
A photo of Toryumon Japanese House - Arlington restaurant
4.8
4.8 (49)
$30 and under
Japanese
Rosslyn
About the restaurant
Great sushi is an art and a science. It’s a blend of precision knife skills, an immaculate attention to the quality of rice and a discerning artistic eye. Besides sushi, there are typical Asian cuisine on the menu as well. Years of experimentation and development have created a menu as bold as it is traditional, balancing the best of the modern art of the Sushi craft and Asian cuisine with the best of classical technique. Toryumon offers the finest elements of Japanese hospitality in an elegant setting that stirs the senses. From the moment you enter the toryumon Japanese house arlington, you will be impressed by the architecture, hand selected woods and a magnificent wall of masterpiece
*Sushi , Ramen and Hibachi Entree are Top three Signature dishes on the menu. We offer Dine-in, Take-out, Catering and Private Party ( party room allow up to 28ppl)*
Top review
LucaBvip
Dined on May 30, 2024
A no frill place with great sushi. Many noticed how fresh it was and well prepared. For some hard to understand reasons the pictures of dishes on the menu do not correspond to anything on the menu. Our waiter could not explain any of the main dishes.
A photo of Mari Sushi Bar & Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (28)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Reston
About the restaurant
Welcome to the new Mari Sushi, located just off of Reston Parkway.

We spent years trying to figure out why innovative and exquisite sushi can only be found inside the beltway.

Having procured some of the best chefs in the area and sourcing the highest quality ingredients, we now try to break that stigma.

Modern sushi, close to home.

From our steadfast preparation to make lunch easy, to our carefully curated dinner options, with a special Omakase on Friday an Saturdays, we aim to please. For the little ones who may not enjoy nigiri, we have plenty of options.

Our Friday and Saturday Omakase offerings are prepared with the notion that every customer leaves totally fulfilled. So after the planned courses, feel free to order anything again, on us. Please note: when reserving Omakase, please mention "Omakase" in the reservation notes, so we can prepare for your visit.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
This place was very nice. Noise level was moderate we were able to have our conversations. They were very nice and prompt. Would visit again
A photo of DAIKAYA 2F THE IZAKAYA restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2081)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Penn Quarter
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Awesome food, great service. Really enjoyed. Everything from the sushi, to the Danbury dishes, to the pasta. Fantastic.
A photo of Chaplin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1530)
$30 and under
Japanese
Shaw
About the restaurant
Chaplin's Restaurant & Bar is a 1930's style Japanese Ramen House and cocktail bar. Chaplin's Executive Chef and Partner, Myo Htun, is originally from Burma, but was cooking ramen in Japan at a young age. Myo received a blessing from his mentor in Japan after nearly 30 years of cooking in Japan, to come to America and continue to showcase his authentic Ramen and traditional Japanese cuisine. Chaplin's Restaurant demonstrates the aesthetic of a bustling ramen house in Japan in the 1930's silent film era. There is also a large outdoor dining area that is dog friendly. Chaplin's is located in the heart of the Historic Shaw neighborhood. And it is open until last call 7 days a week. Chaplin's received a Plate certification in the Michelin Guide in 2020. And it is located steps from the convention center and popular Logan Circle, 14th street and City Market.
Top review
NyendeVvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Fabiola was fantastic! Always on top of things and super helpful! We visited after looking all over for a good happy hour and this was my favorite spot for my visit! Will definitely be coming back here. Love that they had spirit forward cocktails on their Happy Hour and they were delicious.
A photo of Toryumon Japanese House restaurant
4.5
4.5 (160)
$30 and under
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located in the “Golden Triangle” of the Central Business District of The Downtown DC.

Toryumon Japanese House offers tasty Southeast Asian Cuisines. It’s trendy eatery offering creative sushi, Tokyo style Ramen Asian fushion meals!

Toryumon Japanese House serving everything on the menu is freshly prepared in-house with thoughtful attention to even the most subtle details. The restaurant blends classic Japanese culinary traditions with an new asian style food, ingredient-driven menu, warm hospitality and clean design to deliver a contemporary and engaging asian dining experience.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Humbly Yours.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Good food I recently dined at Toryumon and had a great sushi experience. The calm atmosphere matched the delicious flavors. The fish and rice were prepared just right. The special rolls were creative and full of flavor. The staff were friendly and helpful, making the meal even better. Toryumon is a good visit for anyone who loves sushi and wants a pleasant dining experience. It is a spot I will be returning to for more sushi and Japanese food.
A photo of Takara 14 restaurant
4.6
4.6 (134)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Logan Circle
About the restaurant
Our mission is simple: to make you happy by serving you a delicious meal of excellent quality. Whether you are a Japanese food expert or a first-time adventurer, we believe you will find our cuisine to be succulent and satisfying.

So come on in, eat tasty food, and grab a drink if you feel like it. But most of all, relax and enjoy!
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your visit and your support.
Top review
Madison
Dined 4 days ago
The food and service were excellent. The only non-positive part of the experience was that if someone would like to do the tasting menu, then the entire table is required to participate. I don't really eat seafood, but went to the restaurant for my husband's birthday since he loves sushi. He wanted to do the most expansive tasting menu, but it didn't make sense for me to do it given the cost and my food preferences. Otherwise, would highly recommend.
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