4822 MacArthur Blvd., NW (Second floor)
Washington, DC 20016


Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades

Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese

Opening Hours:
Open for lunch Monday through Saturday noon to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday and Sunday 5 PM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 10:30 PM.

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Ankimo (monkfish liver); sunomono salad; oshizushi; eel kamameshi; eel unadon; fatty tuna and yellw; mango mochi.

Price Details:
Starters, $1.50 to $6.50; entre├ęs, 9.75 to $25

Special Features: Kid Friendly, Good for Groups

Scene: Food Specials

Cheap Eats 2010: Kotobuki

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: An exception to the avoid-cheap-sushi rule, chef/owner Hisao Abe’s DC restaurant eschews flourishes and puts his money where it counts—fresh seafood.

What to get: Ankimo, small pucks of pâté-like monkfish liver; sunomono salad, a collection of vinegary shrimp and fish; nigiri, including fatty tuna and yellowtail; one-stop meals such as eel kamameshi and eel unadon (both rice-based dishes with broiled fish) that come with pickled mushrooms, radish salad, and miso soup; mango mochi, a rice-paper-encased scoop of ice cream.

Best for: A fast meal for couples and small groups—there are few tables, and they turn quickly.

Insider tip: Specials are often worthy—look for a sign on the wall or ask your server what just came in. 

>> See all 2010 Cheap Eats restaurants here.