100 Very Best Restaurants: – Izakaya Seki

Photograph of Izakaya Seki by Scott Suchman

About Izakaya Seki

1117 V St NW
Washington, DC 20009

The oh-so-simple but fabulous mix of mushrooms with butter and garlic—cited by the New York Times as one of the best dishes of 2022, nationwide—speaks to the less-is-more culinary magic that happens at this two-­story Japanese restaurant run by father-daughter duo Hiroshi and Cizuka Seki. You’ll also taste it in a fluffy omelet studded with unagi; a perfectly grilled Hokkaido sardine; a tempura of whiting and shrimp with bright wasabi salt; and a pristine array of sashimi. Moderate.