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20 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. Even during the pandemic, sushi counters are finding a way to persevere with takeout and delivery. 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 — to hidden gems like the Hinata market in Bethesda, as well as some newcomers like Shibuya Eatery in Adam Morgan and Ako by Kenaki in a Capitol Hill Food Hall.

Restaurants on this map may temporarily close due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, so check with a business before showing up. A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hinata Sushi

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4947 Saint Elmo Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 656-1009

The back of this tiny Japanese market, off the beaten path in Bethesda, has a sushi counter that serves uncomplicated nigiri with traditional fillings like natto (fermented soybeans) and a range of sushi, sashimi, and chirashi platters that all costs around $20. Carryout and Doordash delivery are available.

2. Sushiko

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5455 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 961-1644
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This Friendship Heights staple is known for picturesque platters that offer impeccable raw fish carved into the shape of flowers. Kōbō, its internal option for seasonal tasting menus, is currently closed. Delivery is available on UberEats and Doordash. Call for carryout. It’s closed for indoor and patio dining.

3. Mita Ethio-Japanese Cafe

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703 Kennedy St NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 291-2695

This brand-new addition to the scene offers a combination not often seen around D.C. — Ethiopian kifto sandwiches and Japanese fish under the same roof. Sushi offerings are largely combinations ranging from $29.99 to $49.99.

4. Tachibana

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6715 Lowell Ave
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 847-1771
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In normal times, this McLean restaurant is typically buzzing with diners ordering specials like butterfish, escolar, and hotake scallop from its long sushi bar. The chirashi is an affordable way to taste a range of sashimi. Tachibana also offers omakase and several non-sushi Japanese dishes ranging from tempura to croquettes. Call the restaurant directly for takeout. It’s closed for indoor service but does allow customers to eat takeout orders inside.

Platter of sushi including scallops, uni, and various items of sashimi with garnishes
Sushi from Tachibana
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5. Perry's

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1811 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-6218
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Perry's is a dining destination thanks to its amazing rooftop bar, decked out in strings of lights overlooking Adams Morgan. It also has a full and varied sushi menu. Carryout and delivery are available through the restaurant’s website.

6. 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 for raw fish is known for its Butterfly Roll, a generous lineup of shrimp tempura, crab meat, and eel. The flounder carpaccio with truffle vinaigrette sauce is another hit. Wash down offerings with hard-to-find Japanese beers like Orion. Joe Biden was a regular here while he lived nearby in the Vice President’s residence. Carryout available here.

7. 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. Several variations of to-go sushi — including aesthetically pleasing fish-and-rice balls modeled after temari toys — are on the menu, along with more standard selections. Call for pickups, order delivery through third-party apps, or reserve a seat on Resy.

Dining Review - Shibuya
A temari sushi box set from Shibuya
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8. Sushi Ogawa

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2100 Connecticut Ave NW #100
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 813-9715
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Minoru Ogawa, whose father and brother are master sushi chefs in Japan, flies in fish from Tokyo. At Ogawa, omakase tastings start at $100 at the bar. He also lends his knife-wielding expertise to Zeppelin in Shaw. Carryout and delivery info here.

Minoru Ogawa
Minoru Ogawa
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9. 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. It’s open for takeout only. Call the restaurant directly.

10. Zeppelin

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1544 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 506-1068
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Late-night karaoke is on hold at this Shaw hangout, but there’s plenty of sushi to fuel singing session at home. Pick out some seafood shu mai dumplings or whitefish ceviche 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. Online ordering here.

Large platter with several pieces of various nigiri
Sushi platter from Zeppelin
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11. 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 main sushi tasting menu starts at $90 a person ($140 with pairings), and can easily stretch beyond that for wagyu and lobster sashimi upgrades. 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. Takeout is available through Toast, and there are also some high-end delivery sets available.

A sampler box from Sushi Taro
A sampler box from Sushi Taro
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12. 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 is back with traditional sashimi and sushi feasts, as well as small plates, meats and fish cooked over a robata grill, and sake. Online ordering available through the website, and O-Ku has rooftop seating, too. Happy hour now runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

13. Kintaro

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1039 33rd St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-4649
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This super small 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. Open for dine-in and takeout; contact restaurant directly.

A chirashi bowl at Kintaro
Chirashi at Kintaro.
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14. 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 $25 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. Order for pickup and delivery here. A new sibling bar running out of Tico on 14th Street NW also serves ramen and signature maki with Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) touches

Sushi from Nama
Sushi from Nama
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15. 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. Chef Kaz Okochi has been shaking things up on the menu despite being open for more than 20 years downtown. Takeout and delivery ordering can be found here.

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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16. Sushi Gakyu

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1420 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 849-3686
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Located near the White House, this addition to the local dining scene serves lobster rolls, spot prawn nigiri, and even rare fugu, or blowfish. Chef Yoshihisa Ota also operates the well-regarded Yuzu in Bethesda, Maryland. Takeout and delivery available.

Sushi from Sushi Gakyu
Sushi from Sushi Gakyu
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17. 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, monk fish liver, and uni with torched wagyu. “The Winner” is a fancy tower of foie gras, unagi, tuna rose, and caviar. Free delivery within a 5-mile radius; order online.

18. 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. Takeout available, including a nice selection of Japanese beer and sake; call restaurant directly.

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

19. Sushi Hachi

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735 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 640-1881
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Wagyu beef finds its way into nigiri 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. Pickup and delivery available here.

20. 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. Online ordering is available through the website.

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

1. Hinata Sushi

4947 Saint Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

The back of this tiny Japanese market, off the beaten path in Bethesda, has a sushi counter that serves uncomplicated nigiri with traditional fillings like natto (fermented soybeans) and a range of sushi, sashimi, and chirashi platters that all costs around $20. Carryout and Doordash delivery are available.

4947 Saint Elmo Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

2. Sushiko

5455 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

This Friendship Heights staple is known for picturesque platters that offer impeccable raw fish carved into the shape of flowers. Kōbō, its internal option for seasonal tasting menus, is currently closed. Delivery is available on UberEats and Doordash. Call for carryout. It’s closed for indoor and patio dining.

5455 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

3. Mita Ethio-Japanese Cafe

703 Kennedy St NW, Washington, DC 20011

This brand-new addition to the scene offers a combination not often seen around D.C. — Ethiopian kifto sandwiches and Japanese fish under the same roof. Sushi offerings are largely combinations ranging from $29.99 to $49.99.

703 Kennedy St NW
Washington, DC 20011

4. Tachibana

6715 Lowell Ave, McLean, VA 22101
Platter of sushi including scallops, uni, and various items of sashimi with garnishes
Sushi from Tachibana
Tachibana [Photo/Facebook]

In normal times, this McLean restaurant is typically buzzing with diners ordering specials like butterfish, escolar, and hotake scallop from its long sushi bar. The chirashi is an affordable way to taste a range of sashimi. Tachibana also offers omakase and several non-sushi Japanese dishes ranging from tempura to croquettes. Call the restaurant directly for takeout. It’s closed for indoor service but does allow customers to eat takeout orders inside.

6715 Lowell Ave
McLean, VA 22101

5. Perry's

1811 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Perry's is a dining destination thanks to its amazing rooftop bar, decked out in strings of lights overlooking Adams Morgan. It also has a full and varied sushi menu. Carryout and delivery are available through the restaurant’s website.

1811 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. Sushi Keiko

2309 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Glover Park’s tried-and-true place for raw fish is known for its Butterfly Roll, a generous lineup of shrimp tempura, crab meat, and eel. The flounder carpaccio with truffle vinaigrette sauce is another hit. Wash down offerings with hard-to-find Japanese beers like Orion. Joe Biden was a regular here while he lived nearby in the Vice President’s residence. Carryout available here.

2309 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. 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. Several variations of to-go sushi — including aesthetically pleasing fish-and-rice balls modeled after temari toys — are on the menu, along with more standard selections. Call for pickups, order delivery through third-party apps, or reserve a seat on Resy.

2321 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Sushi Ogawa

2100 Connecticut Ave NW #100, Washington, DC 20008
Minoru Ogawa
Minoru Ogawa
Sushi Ogawa [official]

Minoru Ogawa, whose father and brother are master sushi chefs in Japan, flies in fish from Tokyo. At Ogawa, omakase tastings start at $100 at the bar. He also lends his knife-wielding expertise to Zeppelin in Shaw. Carryout and delivery info here.

2100 Connecticut Ave NW #100
Washington, DC 20008

9. Kotobuki

4822 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

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. It’s open for takeout only. Call the restaurant directly.

4822 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

10. 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 on hold at this Shaw hangout, but there’s plenty of sushi to fuel singing session at home. Pick out some seafood shu mai dumplings or whitefish ceviche 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. Online ordering here.

1544 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. 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 main sushi tasting menu starts at $90 a person ($140 with pairings), and can easily stretch beyond that for wagyu and lobster sashimi upgrades. 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. Takeout is available through Toast, and there are also some high-end delivery sets available.

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

12. O-Ku

1274 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Union Market district’s sleek Japanese spot is back with traditional sashimi and sushi feasts, as well as small plates, meats and fish cooked over a robata grill, and sake. Online ordering available through the website, and O-Ku has rooftop seating, too. Happy hour now runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

1274 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

13. Kintaro

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

This super small 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. Open for dine-in and takeout; contact restaurant directly.

1039 33rd St NW
Washington, DC 20007

14. 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 $25 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. Order for pickup and delivery here. A new sibling bar running out of Tico on 14th Street NW also serves ramen and signature maki with Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) touches

465 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

15. 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. Chef Kaz Okochi has been shaking things up on the menu despite being open for more than 20 years downtown. Takeout and delivery ordering can be found here.

1915 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

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16. Sushi Gakyu

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

Located near the White House, this addition to the local dining scene serves lobster rolls, spot prawn nigiri, and even rare fugu, or blowfish. Chef Yoshihisa Ota also operates the well-regarded Yuzu in Bethesda, Maryland. Takeout and delivery available.

1420 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

17. 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, monk fish liver, and uni with torched wagyu. “The Winner” is a fancy tower of foie gras, unagi, tuna rose, and caviar. Free delivery within a 5-mile radius; order online.

2121 N Westmoreland St A-2
Arlington, VA 22213

18. 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. Takeout available, including a nice selection of Japanese beer and sake; call restaurant directly.

310B S Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046

19. Sushi Hachi

735 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Wagyu beef finds its way into nigiri 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. Pickup and delivery available here.

735 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

20. 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. Online ordering is available through the website.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

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