Here are the Very Best Japanese Restaurants in the DC Area

While you wait for Washington’s Japanese cherry blossoms to reach peak bloom, check out these six top Japanese spots from our 2016 100 Very Best Restaurants list.

Izakaya Seki

Scallop sashimi at Izakaya Seki. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

“Father/daughter team Hiroshi and Cizuka Seki quietly conduct one of the most impressive dining experiences in town.”

1117 V St., NW, Washington, DC 20009

Sushi Capitol

Photo by Scott Suchman

“Load up on rolls if you must, but this is a place to come and appreciate the subtlety and delicacy of the various white fishes that the Japanese prize.”

325 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20003

Sushi Sono

At Columbia’s Sushi Sono, a whole aji (horse mackerel) is deep-fried with salt and served as sushi or sashimi. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

“This is special-occasion sushi, but you might not know it, given the lack of trappings and the absence of ceremonial hush.”

10215 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, MD 21044

Daikaya Ramen

Photograph by Scott Suchman.

“You won’t go wrong with any of the five styles of ramen…”

705 Sixth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001

Crane & Turtle

Chef Makoto Hamamura (far right) worked at CityZen before heading Crane & Turtle. Photography by Scott Suchman.

“Crane & Turtle, which might easily have been an exercise in hipster self-congratulation—an expensive French-Japanese restaurant in a formerly working-class neighborhood—but instead seems so genuine and charming that you root for it.”

828 Upshur St., NW, Washington, DC 20011


Photo by Scott Suchman.

“It’s worth exploring the expanded small-plates menu. We’re fans of the yellowtail crudo with grapefruit, miso-mustard duck, and addictive popcorn-style shrimp with yuzu aïoli.”

5455 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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