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Soba at Izakaya Seki
Soba at Izakaya Seki
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Where to Slurp Some Soba

It isn't the trendiest noodle dish in D.C., but it can be found

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While D.C. is no stranger to the popularity of noodle dish, soba noodles haven't enjoyed the same boom here as such other varieties as ramen and pho.

The thin, delicate noodles, traditionally made from buckwheat flour (but often made using both buckwheat and wheat for the sake of durability), can be enjoyed cold with dipping sauce, stir-fried (in the case of yakisoba) or in a soup similarly to udon. In Japan, the ability of a chef to make fine soba is considered practically an art form.

Sushi restaurants are usually a safe bet for those seeking soba, though there are some exceptions. Izakaya Seki on V Street, for example, serves simple, traditional Ojiya soba cold with a dipping sauce and in a warm soup. A few blocks away, DC Noodles does yakisoba with grilled salmon and a rich sauce. And even Peruvian Chinese restaurant China Chilcano serves a hiyashi soba dish at brunch. Without further ado, here are several places to find soba in D.C.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. China Chilcano

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418 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-0941
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Hiyashi soba, a dish at brunch here, is made with with chilled buckwheat noodle, kumato tomato, avocado, ponzu, and white soy.

2. DC Noodles

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1412 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-8424
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In and among the range of Asian-inspired noodle dishes at DC Noodles is the Sosu Yakisoba — buckwheat soba noodles with grilled salmon, a mix of veggies and some toasted nori.

3. Izakaya Seki

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1117 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-5841
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This small but well-appointed Japanese spot serves soba two ways — cold with a dipping sauce or warm in a dashi soup.

4. Maneki Neko

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238 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 534-8666
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This neighborhood Japanese restaurant in Falls Church has soba in several formats, including a tempura soba dish (both a hot and cold take), yakisoba, and an Okinawa-inspired version with pork.

5. Nagomi Izakaya

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1990 M St NW, Suite 100
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 525-4016
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Diners can find cold soba noodles on the menu at Nagomi, served with a dipping sauce as well as some vegetable tempura. On occasion the restaurant also offers hot soba noodles as a special.

6. Sakana

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2026 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 877-0900
Sakana features a number of noodle dishes on its low key, casual Japanese menu, including a yakisoba option.

7. Sushi Taro

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1503 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 462-8999
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This minimalist Japanese sushi bar near Dupont serves cold soba noodles at lunch time only. Sudachi soba, spiked with citrus, is an occasional special.

8. Tachibana Japanese Restaurant

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6715 Lowell Ave
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 847-1771
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Tachibana has an healthy list of noodle dishes on offer, almost all of which can be ordered with udon noodles or soba noodles.

9. Yona

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4000 Wilson Blvd Ste C
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 465-1200
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Chilled soba at Yona is $13, and served with seasonal veggies, sesame, and chojang.

10. Yosaku

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4712 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 363-4453
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Yosaku, though boasting a menu mainly filled with sushi options, offers a tempura soba noodle soup. The dish is similar to udon but features buckwheat soba noodles, and comes with a side of shrimp tempura.

1. China Chilcano

418 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Hiyashi soba, a dish at brunch here, is made with with chilled buckwheat noodle, kumato tomato, avocado, ponzu, and white soy.
418 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

2. DC Noodles

1412 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
In and among the range of Asian-inspired noodle dishes at DC Noodles is the Sosu Yakisoba — buckwheat soba noodles with grilled salmon, a mix of veggies and some toasted nori.
1412 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Izakaya Seki

1117 V St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
This small but well-appointed Japanese spot serves soba two ways — cold with a dipping sauce or warm in a dashi soup.
1117 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

4. Maneki Neko

238 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
This neighborhood Japanese restaurant in Falls Church has soba in several formats, including a tempura soba dish (both a hot and cold take), yakisoba, and an Okinawa-inspired version with pork.
238 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

5. Nagomi Izakaya

1990 M St NW, Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20036
Diners can find cold soba noodles on the menu at Nagomi, served with a dipping sauce as well as some vegetable tempura. On occasion the restaurant also offers hot soba noodles as a special.
1990 M St NW, Suite 100
Washington, D.C. 20036

6. Sakana

2026 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Sakana features a number of noodle dishes on its low key, casual Japanese menu, including a yakisoba option.
2026 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Sushi Taro

1503 17th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
This minimalist Japanese sushi bar near Dupont serves cold soba noodles at lunch time only. Sudachi soba, spiked with citrus, is an occasional special.
1503 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

8. Tachibana Japanese Restaurant

6715 Lowell Ave, McLean, VA 22101
Tachibana has an healthy list of noodle dishes on offer, almost all of which can be ordered with udon noodles or soba noodles.
6715 Lowell Ave
McLean, VA 22101

9. Yona

4000 Wilson Blvd Ste C, Arlington, VA 22203
Chilled soba at Yona is $13, and served with seasonal veggies, sesame, and chojang.
4000 Wilson Blvd Ste C
Arlington, VA 22203

10. Yosaku

4712 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
Yosaku, though boasting a menu mainly filled with sushi options, offers a tempura soba noodle soup. The dish is similar to udon but features buckwheat soba noodles, and comes with a side of shrimp tempura.
4712 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

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