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17 Standout Options for Sushi Around D.C.

No matter the budget or taste, D.C. has a sushi experience to match

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D.C. has long had a respectable mix of neighborhood sushi restaurants, affordable roll stops, and higher-end, special occasion places offering omakase menus.

This map runs the gamut from O.G. spots like 20-year-old Kaz Sushi Bistro (finish with green tea tiramisu) and Michelin-starred Sushi Taro — revered for its pricey tasting menu and its hard-to-crash sushi happy hour — as well as some newer spots like tiny takeout spot Sukuta in Navy Yard, Shibuya Eatery in Adam Morgan, and Ako by Kenaki in a Capitol Hill food hall.

Don’t see a personal favorite on the list? Sound off in the comments or shoot us an email (dc@eater.com).

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1. Sushi Keiko

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2309 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-3986
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Glover Park’s tried-and-true place (Joe Biden was a regular here while he lived nearby in the Vice President’s residence) for raw fish is known for its Butterfly Roll, a generous lineup of shrimp tempura, crabmeat, and eel topped with spicy mayo. The flounder carpaccio with truffle vinaigrette sauce is another hit. Wash down offerings with hard-to-find Japanese beers like Orion. Plus, owner Ferry Huang recently opened Onkei at Western Market with more small plates, sushi, Japanese sake, and wines on offer.

2. Shibuya Eatery

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2321 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 450-2151
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Sushi is but one speciality for this restaurant from Darren Norris, formerly of Kushi and Perry’s. The menu brings together ramen, kushiyaki grilled over binchotan charcoal that reaches temps of 975 degrees, small plates like the lauded Japanese potato salad, and fresh sushi.

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A temari sushi box set from Shibuya
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3. Kotobuki

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4822 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 281-6679
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Many people flock to this affordable sushi restaurant in the Palisades that sticks to basic nigiri and maki. There are no monstrous dragon rolls at Kotobuki. Instead, find items like kamameshi (vegetables and meat serve in an iron kettle) accompanied by sashimi and small dishes.

Various dishes from Kotobuki
Kotobuki is closed on Mondays.
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4. Zeppelin

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1544 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 506-1068
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Late-night karaoke is back at this Shaw hangout with a table reservation. Pick out some seafood shumai dumplings or hamachi carpaccio to pair with the bar’s colorful maki rolls and simple sashimi bites. Remember to get cocktails, too, like a shareable quart of the Zephyr, with vodka, Pimms, pandan, cucumber, ginger, lime, and bubbles. Chef Minoru Ogawa, whose father and brother are master sushi chefs in Japan, also has a showy namesake restaurant in Adams Morgan.

Large platter with several pieces of various nigiri
Sushi platter from Zeppelin
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5. Sushi Taro

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1503 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 462-8999
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Michelin-starred Sushi Taro is a pull-out-all-the-stops kind of a restaurant. The omakase counter tasting starts at $250 per person ($350 on Saturdays) with regular menu items including A5 Wagyu beef and lobster. For more affordable options, there is a daily a la carte menu and special sushi lunch dishes. Before the pandemic, sushi happy hour at the bar would command a line out the door before its 5:30 p.m. opening time.

A sampler box from Sushi Taro
A sampler box from Sushi Taro
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6. O-Ku

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1274 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 888-8790
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Union Market district’s sleek Japanese spot satisfies with traditional sashimi and sushi feasts, as well as small plates like Korean-style wings with Maytag-yuzu blue cheese, meats and fish cooked over a robata grill, and sake. O-Ku has rooftop seating, too.

7. Kintaro

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1039 33rd St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-4649
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This pocket-size Japanese restaurant makes for a serene lunch or dinner destination in busy Georgetown. Expect precise preparations of the standard sashimi, nigiri, and chirashi, all with the highest quality fish.

A chirashi bowl at Kintaro
Chirashi at Kintaro.
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8. Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant (Multiple locations)

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465 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 414-7066
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Chefs selections of nigiri and sashimi go for $30 and $35, respectively, at restaurateur Michael Schlow’s foray into sushi. One crunchy hand roll folds in salmon skin, cucumber, tempura flakes, red roe, and eel sauce. Vegetarian nigiri (spicy eggplant, beet tartare) are not to be missed. It’s also worth deviating from sushi for small plates like pork gyoza in a velvety soy-truffle broth or a kobe beef slider. Meanwhile, Nama’s sibling bar is running out of Tico on 14th Street NW also serves signature maki with Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) touches.

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Sushi from Nama
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9. Kaz Sushi Bistro

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1915 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 530-5500
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One of the city's sushi pioneers, Kaz Sushi Bistro serves omakase, chef's choice selections, lunch specials, and more. Despite being open for more than 20 years downtown, Chef Kaz Okochi still shakes things up on the menu. Try the sea bass napoleon with cilantro, peanuts, and fried wonton skin.

Kaz Okochi, owner and chef at Kaz Sushi Bistro in Washington, DC.
Kaz Okochi is one of the pioneers on D.C.’s sushi scene.
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10. Sticky Rice

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1224 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 397-7655
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This punky, party-ready sushi dive turns stuffy dining on its head with a gong that rings with every order of a sake bomb, creative rolls with fillings like tempura-fried sweet potato, and buckets of tater tots. For those not into the super-fresh fish, the menu includes lots of vegan options.

nori-wrapped sushi roll filled with veggies on a white plate
A vegan sushi roll at Sticky Rice
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11. Sushi Gakyu

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1420 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 849-3686
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The streets near the White House are lined with tourist traps: Sushi Gakyu is not one. On a menu that offers pristine fish and intricate rolls, find lobster rolls, spot prawn nigiri, and even rare fugu, or blowfish.

Sushi from Sushi Gakyu
Sushi from Sushi Gakyu
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12. Sushi Nakazawa

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1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 289-3515
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NYC-import Sushi Nakazawa’s 20-course nigiri-sushi omakase that stuns in the expert hands of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” chef Masaaki Uchino. There’s no dinner menu, which leaves more time to linger over an impressive list of Japanese whiskey and sake. The most coveted seats are at the 10-seat sushi bar that offers the best view of the action.

13. Yume Sushi

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2121 N Westmoreland St A-2
Arlington, VA 22213
(703) 269-5064
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Bangkok-born chef Saran Kannasute fulfilled his dream of opening his first restaurant on the outskirts of Arlington in 2018. Holding court behind a sleek sushi counter framed with a graffiti-splashed geisha mural, he’s not afraid to play with offbeat flavors like lavender-smoked salmon, monkfish liver, and uni with torched wagyu. “The Winner” is a fancy tower of foie gras, unagi, tuna rose, and caviar.

14. Takumi

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310B S Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 241-1128
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Takumi draws raves from the suburban set for dishes like seared scallop with yuzu and a delicate chirashi bowl. Don't be turned off by the unassuming strip mall location and neon signage. Chef Jay Yu is a veteran of Kaz Sushi Bistro who worked his way up from a start at Safeway.

Chirashi plus seared scallop negiri
Sushi from Takumi in Falls Church
Takumi [Photo: Missy Frederick/Eater DC]

15. Sushi Hachi

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735 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 640-1881
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At this Barracks Row sushi spot, pieces of fish dwarf the rice portions for nigiri. Owner Steve Yoon is also behind Arlington’s Sushi Rock.

16. AKO by KENAKI

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(571) 279-8667
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This sushi counter at the Roost food hall is from brother-sister duo Ken and Aki Ballogdajan (the former spent several years at Raku). Look for elaborate rolls like the White Tiger, with seared scallop, salmon, eel, granny smith apple, avocado, puffed rice, and sauce. Customers at Shelter beer hall can order sushi via QR code.

A plate of sushi rolls from Ako by Kenaki
A plate of sushi rolls from Ako by Kenaki
Stacey Windsor/For the Roost

17. Sukuta

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909 New Jersey Ave SE Suite 1
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 817-9302
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After parting ways with the Wharf’s high-end Japanese sushi spot Nara-Ya, Hawaiian chef Lucas Irwin now showcases his snazzy knife skills at a new pint-sized takeout and delivery operation in Navy Yard. His small but mighty sushi shop (attached to Side Door Pizza) sends out neatly packaged wooden boxes of soy paper-wrapped hand rolls, nigiri, sashimi, and experimental creations bursting with color, creativity, and top-tier ingredients. Think: Hawaiian amberjack, Alaskan king crab, torched big-eye tuna or salmon, and foie gras with a truffle ponzu glaze.

1. Sushi Keiko

2309 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Glover Park’s tried-and-true place (Joe Biden was a regular here while he lived nearby in the Vice President’s residence) for raw fish is known for its Butterfly Roll, a generous lineup of shrimp tempura, crabmeat, and eel topped with spicy mayo. The flounder carpaccio with truffle vinaigrette sauce is another hit. Wash down offerings with hard-to-find Japanese beers like Orion. Plus, owner Ferry Huang recently opened Onkei at Western Market with more small plates, sushi, Japanese sake, and wines on offer.

2309 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

2. Shibuya Eatery

2321 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Dining Review - Shibuya
A temari sushi box set from Shibuya
Deb Lindsey/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Sushi is but one speciality for this restaurant from Darren Norris, formerly of Kushi and Perry’s. The menu brings together ramen, kushiyaki grilled over binchotan charcoal that reaches temps of 975 degrees, small plates like the lauded Japanese potato salad, and fresh sushi.

2321 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Kotobuki

4822 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Various dishes from Kotobuki
Kotobuki is closed on Mondays.
Kotobuki [official]

Many people flock to this affordable sushi restaurant in the Palisades that sticks to basic nigiri and maki. There are no monstrous dragon rolls at Kotobuki. Instead, find items like kamameshi (vegetables and meat serve in an iron kettle) accompanied by sashimi and small dishes.

4822 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

4. Zeppelin

1544 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Large platter with several pieces of various nigiri
Sushi platter from Zeppelin
Zeppelin [Photo: Facebook]

Late-night karaoke is back at this Shaw hangout with a table reservation. Pick out some seafood shumai dumplings or hamachi carpaccio to pair with the bar’s colorful maki rolls and simple sashimi bites. Remember to get cocktails, too, like a shareable quart of the Zephyr, with vodka, Pimms, pandan, cucumber, ginger, lime, and bubbles. Chef Minoru Ogawa, whose father and brother are master sushi chefs in Japan, also has a showy namesake restaurant in Adams Morgan.

1544 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Sushi Taro

1503 17th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
A sampler box from Sushi Taro
A sampler box from Sushi Taro
Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Michelin-starred Sushi Taro is a pull-out-all-the-stops kind of a restaurant. The omakase counter tasting starts at $250 per person ($350 on Saturdays) with regular menu items including A5 Wagyu beef and lobster. For more affordable options, there is a daily a la carte menu and special sushi lunch dishes. Before the pandemic, sushi happy hour at the bar would command a line out the door before its 5:30 p.m. opening time.

1503 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

6. O-Ku

1274 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Union Market district’s sleek Japanese spot satisfies with traditional sashimi and sushi feasts, as well as small plates like Korean-style wings with Maytag-yuzu blue cheese, meats and fish cooked over a robata grill, and sake. O-Ku has rooftop seating, too.

1274 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Kintaro

1039 33rd St NW, Washington, DC 20007
A chirashi bowl at Kintaro
Chirashi at Kintaro.
Missy Frederick/Eater

This pocket-size Japanese restaurant makes for a serene lunch or dinner destination in busy Georgetown. Expect precise preparations of the standard sashimi, nigiri, and chirashi, all with the highest quality fish.

1039 33rd St NW
Washington, DC 20007

8. Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant (Multiple locations)

465 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Sushi from Nama
Sushi from Nama
Nama [official]

Chefs selections of nigiri and sashimi go for $30 and $35, respectively, at restaurateur Michael Schlow’s foray into sushi. One crunchy hand roll folds in salmon skin, cucumber, tempura flakes, red roe, and eel sauce. Vegetarian nigiri (spicy eggplant, beet tartare) are not to be missed. It’s also worth deviating from sushi for small plates like pork gyoza in a velvety soy-truffle broth or a kobe beef slider. Meanwhile, Nama’s sibling bar is running out of Tico on 14th Street NW also serves signature maki with Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) touches.

465 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Kaz Sushi Bistro

1915 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
Kaz Okochi, owner and chef at Kaz Sushi Bistro in Washington, DC.
Kaz Okochi is one of the pioneers on D.C.’s sushi scene.
Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

One of the city's sushi pioneers, Kaz Sushi Bistro serves omakase, chef's choice selections, lunch specials, and more. Despite being open for more than 20 years downtown, Chef Kaz Okochi still shakes things up on the menu. Try the sea bass napoleon with cilantro, peanuts, and fried wonton skin.

1915 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

10. Sticky Rice

1224 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
nori-wrapped sushi roll filled with veggies on a white plate
A vegan sushi roll at Sticky Rice
Sticky Rice/Facebook

This punky, party-ready sushi dive turns stuffy dining on its head with a gong that rings with every order of a sake bomb, creative rolls with fillings like tempura-fried sweet potato, and buckets of tater tots. For those not into the super-fresh fish, the menu includes lots of vegan options.

1224 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

11. Sushi Gakyu

1420 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Sushi from Sushi Gakyu
Sushi from Sushi Gakyu
Sushi Gakyu [official]

The streets near the White House are lined with tourist traps: Sushi Gakyu is not one. On a menu that offers pristine fish and intricate rolls, find lobster rolls, spot prawn nigiri, and even rare fugu, or blowfish.

1420 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

12. Sushi Nakazawa

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

NYC-import Sushi Nakazawa’s 20-course nigiri-sushi omakase that stuns in the expert hands of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” chef Masaaki Uchino. There’s no dinner menu, which leaves more time to linger over an impressive list of Japanese whiskey and sake. The most coveted seats are at the 10-seat sushi bar that offers the best view of the action.

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

13. Yume Sushi

2121 N Westmoreland St A-2, Arlington, VA 22213

Bangkok-born chef Saran Kannasute fulfilled his dream of opening his first restaurant on the outskirts of Arlington in 2018. Holding court behind a sleek sushi counter framed with a graffiti-splashed geisha mural, he’s not afraid to play with offbeat flavors like lavender-smoked salmon, monkfish liver, and uni with torched wagyu. “The Winner” is a fancy tower of foie gras, unagi, tuna rose, and caviar.

2121 N Westmoreland St A-2
Arlington, VA 22213

14. Takumi

310B S Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046
Chirashi plus seared scallop negiri
Sushi from Takumi in Falls Church
Takumi [Photo: Missy Frederick/Eater DC]

Takumi draws raves from the suburban set for dishes like seared scallop with yuzu and a delicate chirashi bowl. Don't be turned off by the unassuming strip mall location and neon signage. Chef Jay Yu is a veteran of Kaz Sushi Bistro who worked his way up from a start at Safeway.

310B S Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046

15. Sushi Hachi

735 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

At this Barracks Row sushi spot, pieces of fish dwarf the rice portions for nigiri. Owner Steve Yoon is also behind Arlington’s Sushi Rock.

735 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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16. AKO by KENAKI

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
A plate of sushi rolls from Ako by Kenaki
A plate of sushi rolls from Ako by Kenaki
Stacey Windsor/For the Roost

This sushi counter at the Roost food hall is from brother-sister duo Ken and Aki Ballogdajan (the former spent several years at Raku). Look for elaborate rolls like the White Tiger, with seared scallop, salmon, eel, granny smith apple, avocado, puffed rice, and sauce. Customers at Shelter beer hall can order sushi via QR code.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

17. Sukuta

909 New Jersey Ave SE Suite 1, Washington, DC 20003

After parting ways with the Wharf’s high-end Japanese sushi spot Nara-Ya, Hawaiian chef Lucas Irwin now showcases his snazzy knife skills at a new pint-sized takeout and delivery operation in Navy Yard. His small but mighty sushi shop (attached to Side Door Pizza) sends out neatly packaged wooden boxes of soy paper-wrapped hand rolls, nigiri, sashimi, and experimental creations bursting with color, creativity, and top-tier ingredients. Think: Hawaiian amberjack, Alaskan king crab, torched big-eye tuna or salmon, and foie gras with a truffle ponzu glaze.

909 New Jersey Ave SE Suite 1
Washington, DC 20003

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