About Blue Ocean Izakaya
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.