1503 17th St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Seafood, Sushi, Japanese
Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut North
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Marinated whole baby octopus; thin-sliced Kobe beef; nigiri of eel, yellowtail, sweet shrimp, and salmon; sashimi of uni, scallop, and o-toro black-sesame brûlée; house-made mochi.
Sushi Taro is a favorite of Japanese expats and the Dupont/Logan crowd, so expect a wait even on weeknights. No crazy special rolls here—just well-executed classics like yellowtail with scallion and eel with cucumber. A lengthy nigiri roster offers more than most: three grades of tuna, three kinds of mackerel, four different clams. Beyond raw fish, look to the charcoal-grilled yakitori skewers and bowls of udon or soba noodles.