100 Best Restaurants 2012: Makoto
Tried and True: 10 Restaurants that Have Consistently Offered Very Good Dining
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
At Makoto, diners can cook their own shabu-shabu—thinly sliced beef, mushrooms, and udon noodles—in a hot pot of broth. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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Address: 4822 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-298-6866
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 2 and 6 to 10, Sunday 6 to 10.
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Required


Stepping into the Zen-like calm of this Japanese dining room is transportive. Street shoes are shed for soft slippers, cell phones are turned off, and bags are slipped into the wooden stool/bin that's your seat for the evening. The $60 eight-to-ten-course tasting menu means ordering is stress-free, too. The element of surprise--there's no printed menu--can up the adventure factor. Diners also have the option of ordering from an à la carte menu of sushi and Japanese delicacies.

The tasting menu is orchestrated much like a ballet: Courses rhythmically come and go, and thought goes into every detail, from the sake glasses--each sake commands a different one--to the personal pans for cooking shabu-shabu.

What to get: Smoky mussel soup; rice-cracker-coated soft-shell crabs, fried and served with chili and green tea; shabu-shabu of well-marbled beef; tuna, scallop, and floundernigiri; mackerel and yellowtail sashimi.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Very expensive.

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