Bride & Groom MOM Subscribe

Find Local

Best Bites Blog > New Restaurants

Whole Foods Opens Sushi Bar Izakaya

Nigiri and flower tea come to P Street.

Looking for a sushi fix in Logan Circle? A full-service sushi bar is now open for business inside the P Street Whole Foods, taking over the front space that used to be the cafe. Dubbed Izakaya: An Asian Diner, it’s clearly making an effort to distinguish its offerings from refrigerated supermarket sushi.

When I dropped by during a midweek lunch rush, there were no less than five white-jacketed chefs working behind the bar. The sushi offerings are pretty standard, with about a dozen classic rolls (California, spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, rainbow…) and assorted nigiri platters, but there’s also a full Japanese menu of salads, dumplings, tempura, rice bowls, and teriyaki platters.

No sake here, but the Asian diner is jumping on the fancy tea trend with “BouqueTEA” in flavors like peony and red star lily. It’s served in glass cups, so as the tea steeps, exotic flower buds bloom before your eyes. Fancy, and at $4 a cup, a bargain compared to the Park Hyatt’s chi-chi tea cellar.

Izakaya: An Asian Diner, 1440 P St., NW; 202-332-4300;

Read Next

Where to Buy Fireworks in DC for the Fourth of July

blog comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular on Washingtonian

An Abridged History of Places Being Labeled the "Brooklyn" of Washington

Donald Trump Sues José Andrés Over Old Post Office Hotel Restaurant

Why All the Old Malls Are Turning Into Town Centers

6 Great Swimming Holes Near Washington, DC

5 Great Hotels and Inns to Stay at in Bethany Beach, Lewes, and Rehoboth

6 Can't-Miss Restaurant Openings This Week

Things to Do in DC This Week August 3-5: Cayucas, Trivia at Denizens, and Citi Open Happy Hour

15 Water Parks to Make a Splash Near Washington

21 Things to Do in DC This August