1503 17th St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Sushi, Seafood, Japanese
Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2, open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 to 10. Closed Sunday.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut North
Price Range: 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.
À la carte sushi $6 to $12, sashimi $15 to $22. Omakase menu $100 to $120, kaiseki menu $75, sushi tasting menu $75, sashimi tasting menu $65.
Sushi houses tend to be as good as their ingredients—which is why Sushi Taro, Dupont Circle’s neighborhood spot turned expense-account Zen den, has potential for sublimity: Owner Nobu Yamazaki spares nothing in sourcing his fish, and that dedication showed in recent slabs of pristine fatty tuna, smooth butter snapper from Japan, and California sea urchin that was a creamy taste of the Pacific without lingering fishiness. Cooked dishes such as conch steamed in sake as well as non-fish items such as beautifully marbled Wagyu beef were nearly as good. Only the kitchen’s erratic pacing occasionally interrupted the serenity.
This article appeared in the April, 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.