Cheap Eats 2018: Blue Ocean Izakaya

Photo by Scott Suchman

About Blue Ocean Izakaya

9440 Main St
Fairfax, VA 22031

Decades before the izakaya trend hit DC, this discreet, dark-wood-clad restaurant was turning out the kind of meals you might find down a Tokyo back alley. It’s easy to splurge—especially on sushi and seasonal specials—but budget diners can still eat well. Home in on the excellent teishoku, set meals that include entrées like miso-marinated fish and three sides (such as spinach oshitashi or marinated tofu), plus miso soup, rice, gingery salad, and sashimi come evening. Lunch brings even more delicious deals. Also good: Seafood sunomono; assorted tempura; sushi sets.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.