Sushiko II - Chevy Chase

5455 Wisconsin Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815


Neighborhood: Tenleytown/Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase

Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese

Opening Hours:
Daily for lunch and dinner.

Nearby Metro Stops: Friendship Heights

Price Range: Moderate

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
Spot-prawn nigiri; scallop sashimi; sashimi or nigiri of salmon, yellowtail, yellowtail belly, and mackerel; soft-shell crab; salmon teriyaki.

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Daisuke Utagawa brought DC its first sushi bar when he opened his Glover Park location in 1976. It now has lots of competition, but his artful interpretation of Japanese cuisine, expressed best in his small plates, keeps his restaurant and its newer sibling interesting.

The emphasis is less on authenticity and more on creativity—crispy blocks of fried eel are paired with a balsamic reduction, and rock shrimp are rolled with jalapeño, cilantro, and mayo in an unusual maki. Fish flown in from Japan—often on the specials list—shines most. Recently, that included flash-seared salmon belly, me-dai (a smooth white fish), and mejina (sweet black fish). The Chevy Chase spinoff is flashier in design and its sushi slightly better; together the restaurants are a smart pair.

Also good: Chicken dumplings with basil-like shiso; soft tofu in spicy chili-and-ginger broth; nigiri with toro and uni; soy-and-sake-marinated tuna sashimi; salmon and tuna five ways; spicy crunchy tuna roll; house-made coconut ice cream with mango mousse.

DC location open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday through Monday for dinner. Chevy Chase open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate to expensive.

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