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Salmon poke from Coconut Club
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Where to Eat Poke Around D.C.

A rundown of D.C.s raw fish restaurants

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Salmon poke from Coconut Club
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Poke has found a foothold in D.C. over the past few years. The Hawaiian dish centered around raw fish appears on menus from Japanese izakayas to New American dining rooms, but it’s most commonly enjoyed at dedicated poke counters brimming with customizable options. While the D.C. area is losing one of its original Hawaiian restaurants this month, but there are still plenty of places to get poke.

Most restaurants on this map allow customers to create their bowls with different types of fish, dressing, and toppings. So picky eaters, vegetarians, and the seafood-averse can still come up with combinations that work for them.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Poke Dojo

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7110 Bethesda Ln
Bethesda, MD 20814
(240) 696-0990
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Bethesda Row now has a go-to for poke bowls in signature combinations and build-your-own options. The Lava Bowl packs heat with spicy tuna and salmon along with jalapeno and spicy mayo. There’s also a vegan option, filled with organic tofu, vegetables and herbs.

2. Lei'd Hawaiian Poke

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2741, 8032 Leesburg Pike suite d
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 972-1070
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Smack in the middle of Tysons Corner, this build-your-own poke counter offers 10 types of protein and creative bases like matcha edamame rice, soba noodles, and wonton nachos. Stay basic with sweet Maui onion salmon or shoyu tuna, or turn up the heat with red volcano shrimp or Sriracha aioli sauce.

3. Coconut Club

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540 Penn St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-5500
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Poke gets a dedicated section of the menu at chef Adam Greenberg’s island vacation-style hangout near Union Market. Choose from either a spicy tuna or Scottish salmon base, each paired with its own toppings and crispy wonton chips.

Salmon poke from Coconut Club
Salmon poke from Coconut Club
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4. Tiki Taco

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2010 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 986-2121
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This colorful basement cafe in Dupont Circle offers Hawaiian twists on tacos with fillings like jerk chicken and Kailua pork. The shop sells three simple flavors of poke made with either salmon or ahi tuna. There’s a vegetarian bowl as well. Mix-ins are simple here, letting the seafood shine. That’s especially true with the “traditional” option (sweet onion, scallions, island spices, and salt).

5. Abunai Poke

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1920 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 838-9718
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Originally a food truck, this downtown poke place offers both build-your-own bowls and preset combos that incorporate spicy salmon, garlic ahi, tofu, and octopus. There’s a sibling location in the Bourse food hall in Philadelphia.

6. Honeyfish Poke (Multiple Locations)

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1401 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 792-5539
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This chain is based out of California but has established a footprint here, with locations downtown and in Rockville. Customers order based on how many scoops of poke they desire, and then choose from various toppings, proteins, and fillings (kanikama, or imitation crab stick, is one of the more unusual choices).

Several options from Honeyfish Poke
Honeyfish Poke [Official photo]

7. Poke Papa

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806 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-7653
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Another restaurant with both existing and make-it-yourself options, this homegrown poke spot has grown into three locations (Chinatown, Foggy Bottom, and Bethesda). It takes cues from not only Hawaiian, but Thai and Korean cuisines as well.

8. Aloha Poke

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50 Massachusetts Ave NE Union Station, l027
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 863-0405
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This Chicago chain has a Union Station location that provides grab-and-go options for busy travelers hopping on the train. There’s another Aloha in Dupont Circle.

9. Poki DC (Multiple Locations)

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906 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 851-4867
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Customers at Poki DC go through a five-step process to design their bowls, choosing everything from crunch factor to toppings. Sauces like sweet strawberry and bases like zucchini noodles make for more unconventional options. All the choices also means it’s easy for orders to get out of hand.

10. Pokè Bar

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1735 N Lynn St
Arlington, VA 22209

This national chain counts a Rossyln storefront as its D.C. representative (a Merrifield location closed after opening in 2018). The poke shop does build-your-own bowls with bases like tortilla chips and main events like scallop and albacore. There are various sizes and sides, too.

11. Pokeworks (Multiple locations)

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4221 John Marr Dr
Annandale, VA 22003
(571) 830-6118
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This poke chain has a stall at the Block, Annandale’s Asian food hall. Its poke bowls strive for clean flavors and don’t go too crazy on the toppings, though visitors can customize their own versions, too. There’s another location in Tysons Corner, the first of three expected to land there. The company has plans to eventually open seven locations in D.C.

A sushi burrito and poke bowls from Pokeworks
A sushi burrito and poke bowls from Pokeworks
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1. Poke Dojo

7110 Bethesda Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

Bethesda Row now has a go-to for poke bowls in signature combinations and build-your-own options. The Lava Bowl packs heat with spicy tuna and salmon along with jalapeno and spicy mayo. There’s also a vegan option, filled with organic tofu, vegetables and herbs.

7110 Bethesda Ln
Bethesda, MD 20814

2. Lei'd Hawaiian Poke

2741, 8032 Leesburg Pike suite d, Vienna, VA 22182

Smack in the middle of Tysons Corner, this build-your-own poke counter offers 10 types of protein and creative bases like matcha edamame rice, soba noodles, and wonton nachos. Stay basic with sweet Maui onion salmon or shoyu tuna, or turn up the heat with red volcano shrimp or Sriracha aioli sauce.

2741, 8032 Leesburg Pike suite d
Vienna, VA 22182

3. Coconut Club

540 Penn St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Salmon poke from Coconut Club
Salmon poke from Coconut Club
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Poke gets a dedicated section of the menu at chef Adam Greenberg’s island vacation-style hangout near Union Market. Choose from either a spicy tuna or Scottish salmon base, each paired with its own toppings and crispy wonton chips.

540 Penn St NE
Washington, DC 20002

4. Tiki Taco

2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

This colorful basement cafe in Dupont Circle offers Hawaiian twists on tacos with fillings like jerk chicken and Kailua pork. The shop sells three simple flavors of poke made with either salmon or ahi tuna. There’s a vegetarian bowl as well. Mix-ins are simple here, letting the seafood shine. That’s especially true with the “traditional” option (sweet onion, scallions, island spices, and salt).

2010 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

5. Abunai Poke

1920 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Originally a food truck, this downtown poke place offers both build-your-own bowls and preset combos that incorporate spicy salmon, garlic ahi, tofu, and octopus. There’s a sibling location in the Bourse food hall in Philadelphia.

1920 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036

6. Honeyfish Poke (Multiple Locations)

1401 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Several options from Honeyfish Poke
Honeyfish Poke [Official photo]

This chain is based out of California but has established a footprint here, with locations downtown and in Rockville. Customers order based on how many scoops of poke they desire, and then choose from various toppings, proteins, and fillings (kanikama, or imitation crab stick, is one of the more unusual choices).

1401 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005

7. Poke Papa

806 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Another restaurant with both existing and make-it-yourself options, this homegrown poke spot has grown into three locations (Chinatown, Foggy Bottom, and Bethesda). It takes cues from not only Hawaiian, but Thai and Korean cuisines as well.

806 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. Aloha Poke

50 Massachusetts Ave NE Union Station, l027, Washington, DC 20002

This Chicago chain has a Union Station location that provides grab-and-go options for busy travelers hopping on the train. There’s another Aloha in Dupont Circle.

50 Massachusetts Ave NE Union Station, l027
Washington, DC 20002

9. Poki DC (Multiple Locations)

906 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Customers at Poki DC go through a five-step process to design their bowls, choosing everything from crunch factor to toppings. Sauces like sweet strawberry and bases like zucchini noodles make for more unconventional options. All the choices also means it’s easy for orders to get out of hand.

906 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

10. Pokè Bar

1735 N Lynn St, Arlington, VA 22209

This national chain counts a Rossyln storefront as its D.C. representative (a Merrifield location closed after opening in 2018). The poke shop does build-your-own bowls with bases like tortilla chips and main events like scallop and albacore. There are various sizes and sides, too.

1735 N Lynn St
Arlington, VA 22209

11. Pokeworks (Multiple locations)

4221 John Marr Dr, Annandale, VA 22003
A sushi burrito and poke bowls from Pokeworks
A sushi burrito and poke bowls from Pokeworks
Pokeworks/official photo

This poke chain has a stall at the Block, Annandale’s Asian food hall. Its poke bowls strive for clean flavors and don’t go too crazy on the toppings, though visitors can customize their own versions, too. There’s another location in Tysons Corner, the first of three expected to land there. The company has plans to eventually open seven locations in D.C.

4221 John Marr Dr
Annandale, VA 22003

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