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Have It Their Way: Where to Find Omakase Menus in D.C.

Let the sushi chef make the decisions.

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Sushi connoisseurs know that an omakase menu is the way to go when price is no object. With omakase, diners put themselves in the hands of the chef, who chooses dishes that showcase the freshest and finest ingredients available.

In this update to Eater's omakase guide, featured newcomers include O-Ku, Nama by Michael Schlow, and the polarizing (yet highly acclaimed) Sushi Nakazawa. There have also been some changes to previous favorites, including the closing of Makoto in the Palisades.

More interested in a la carte offerings? Check out the hottest sushi destinations in D.C. right here.

—Updated by Travis Mitchell

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sushiko 

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5455 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 961-1644
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Sushiko’s tasting menu restaurant within a restaurant, Kobo, is currently not taking reservations. In its stead, the main dining room offers two omakase experiences. A flight of six pieces of nigiri runs $30, and a selection of fresh sashimi is $45 per person.

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2. Perry's Restaurant

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1811 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-6218
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Perry’s offers an omakase meal won’t break the bank. Chef Masaru Setsuraku’s 10-piece nigiri experience is $38, and the 20-piece sashimi option is $60.

3. Sushi Ogawa

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2100 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 813-9715
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This sister restaurant to Sushi Capitol serves omakase starting at $100 at the sushi bar and $80 at a table. The typical menu includes 12 to 14 courses from chef-owner Minoru Ogawa, who trained under his sushi master father in Japan.

Sushi chef Minoru Ogawa
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4. Sushi Taro

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1503 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 462-8999
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The Michelin-starred omakase counter at Sushi Taro rates among the best D.C. has to offer. It begins with a handful of small dishes followed by fresh sashimi and sushi. There is no fixed price, which allows the restaurant to be flexible with its ingredients and lets guests shape the pace and amount of food. Charges start at $180.

5. O-Ku DC

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1274 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 888-8790
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The Union Market location of O-Ku’s small chain offers a modern approach to sushi along with a large selection of Japanese whiskey and other beverages at its upstairs bar and rooftop. Make an evening of it with the chef’s $100 per person progressive omakase. The restaurant also has locations in Charleston, South Carolina, Atlanta, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

6. Nobu Washington D.C.

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2525 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 871-6565
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This international sushi powerhouse is a place to see and be seen over bites of raw fish. The base-level classic omakase is $120 a person, and the upgraded chef’s tasting is $150. Vegetarians can take advantage of a custom meatless menu for $80, and couples can order the $125 omakase for two during dinner Sunday through Thursday.

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7. Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant

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465 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 414-7066
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Chef Michael Schlow, known in D.C. for vibrant hangouts including Tico and Alta Strada, has brought his take on sushi to Mount Vernon Triangle. Take the guesswork out with chef’s selections priced at $30 per person for nigiri or $35 for sashimi.

8. Kaz Sushi Bistro

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1915 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 530-5500
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Kazuhiro Okochi, or “Chef Kaz,” offers a variety of omakase options. Try the traditional tasting menu, which starts at $90 for six small dishes, a sushi course, and a dessert. An upgraded $120 deal is available, as is a full-on sushi experience priced a la carte. Diners are served a few pieces of premium fish at a time and can let the chef know when they’ve had enough.

9. Sushi Nakazawa

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1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 289-3515
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Few restaurants are as highly acclaimed and polarizing as Sushi Nakazawa. Critics praise the world-class omakase from chef Daisuke Nakazawa and his D.C. protege Masaaki Uchino, where rounds of expertly-prepared fish wow sushi counter diners for $150 (the menu is available for $120 in the dining room). The location at the Trump International Hotel discourages some diners from setting foot there no matter how good it is.

10. Sushi Capitol

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325 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

Omakase at the popular Sushi Capitol is priced at $50 for the chef's choice of sushi, sashimi and rolls. An advance reservation is required, with a minimum order of two.

11. Yume Sushi

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2121 N Westmoreland St A-2
Arlington, VA 22213
(703) 269-5064
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Chef Saran Kannasute opened this restaurant at the tail end of 2018, bringing another omakase counter to Northern Virginia. The $85 menu is served at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

12. Takumi

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310B S Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 241-1128
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Out in Falls Church, Takumi’s menu adapts to the day’s delivery of fresh seafood. it’s a flexible spot for different appetites and budgets. A tasting of six pieces of nigiri and a roll starts at $22, while 17 pieces of sashimi can be had for $40.

13. Sushi Hachi

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735 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 640-1881
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Sushi Hachi is feeding Southeast D.C. with a seven-course chef’s choice. Settle in with bites ranging from premium sashimi to smoked American wagyu beef for a relatively affordable $52 per person.

1. Sushiko 

5455 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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Sushiko’s tasting menu restaurant within a restaurant, Kobo, is currently not taking reservations. In its stead, the main dining room offers two omakase experiences. A flight of six pieces of nigiri runs $30, and a selection of fresh sashimi is $45 per person.

5455 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

2. Perry's Restaurant

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

Perry’s offers an omakase meal won’t break the bank. Chef Masaru Setsuraku’s 10-piece nigiri experience is $38, and the 20-piece sashimi option is $60.

1811 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Sushi Ogawa

2100 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Sushi chef Minoru Ogawa
Sushi Ogawa [official]

This sister restaurant to Sushi Capitol serves omakase starting at $100 at the sushi bar and $80 at a table. The typical menu includes 12 to 14 courses from chef-owner Minoru Ogawa, who trained under his sushi master father in Japan.

2100 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

4. Sushi Taro

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

The Michelin-starred omakase counter at Sushi Taro rates among the best D.C. has to offer. It begins with a handful of small dishes followed by fresh sashimi and sushi. There is no fixed price, which allows the restaurant to be flexible with its ingredients and lets guests shape the pace and amount of food. Charges start at $180.

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

5. O-Ku DC

1274 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The Union Market location of O-Ku’s small chain offers a modern approach to sushi along with a large selection of Japanese whiskey and other beverages at its upstairs bar and rooftop. Make an evening of it with the chef’s $100 per person progressive omakase. The restaurant also has locations in Charleston, South Carolina, Atlanta, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

1274 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

6. Nobu Washington D.C.

2525 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Yellowtail with jalapeno
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This international sushi powerhouse is a place to see and be seen over bites of raw fish. The base-level classic omakase is $120 a person, and the upgraded chef’s tasting is $150. Vegetarians can take advantage of a custom meatless menu for $80, and couples can order the $125 omakase for two during dinner Sunday through Thursday.

2525 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037

7. Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant

465 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Chef Michael Schlow, known in D.C. for vibrant hangouts including Tico and Alta Strada, has brought his take on sushi to Mount Vernon Triangle. Take the guesswork out with chef’s selections priced at $30 per person for nigiri or $35 for sashimi.

465 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. Kaz Sushi Bistro

1915 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Kazuhiro Okochi, or “Chef Kaz,” offers a variety of omakase options. Try the traditional tasting menu, which starts at $90 for six small dishes, a sushi course, and a dessert. An upgraded $120 deal is available, as is a full-on sushi experience priced a la carte. Diners are served a few pieces of premium fish at a time and can let the chef know when they’ve had enough.

1915 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

9. Sushi Nakazawa

1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Few restaurants are as highly acclaimed and polarizing as Sushi Nakazawa. Critics praise the world-class omakase from chef Daisuke Nakazawa and his D.C. protege Masaaki Uchino, where rounds of expertly-prepared fish wow sushi counter diners for $150 (the menu is available for $120 in the dining room). The location at the Trump International Hotel discourages some diners from setting foot there no matter how good it is.

1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

10. Sushi Capitol

325 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

Omakase at the popular Sushi Capitol is priced at $50 for the chef's choice of sushi, sashimi and rolls. An advance reservation is required, with a minimum order of two.

325 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

11. Yume Sushi

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

Chef Saran Kannasute opened this restaurant at the tail end of 2018, bringing another omakase counter to Northern Virginia. The $85 menu is served at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

2121 N Westmoreland St A-2
Arlington, VA 22213

12. Takumi

310B S Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Out in Falls Church, Takumi’s menu adapts to the day’s delivery of fresh seafood. it’s a flexible spot for different appetites and budgets. A tasting of six pieces of nigiri and a roll starts at $22, while 17 pieces of sashimi can be had for $40.

310B S Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046

13. Sushi Hachi

735 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Sushi Hachi is feeding Southeast D.C. with a seven-course chef’s choice. Settle in with bites ranging from premium sashimi to smoked American wagyu beef for a relatively affordable $52 per person.

735 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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