Good sushi is practically an elevated art form, and it usually comes with a price tag to match. But dining on Japanese cuisine doesn't always require an expensive night out. Thanks to the popularity of happy hour in D.C., it’s possible to find discounted sushi around town without sacrificing freshness or quality. Here are several places with sushi happy hours that don’t break the bank.Read More
15 Sushi Happy Hours to Try Now
The rare time “affordable” and “sushi” appear in the same sentence
Try this Chevy Chase restaurant at happy hour if the (totally worth it) omakase tasting menu is out of reach. Hand rolls are $5 and drinks specials are available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. daily.
This long-standing Tenleytown locale offers $1 sushi from 5-7:30 p.m. every day.
Tono Sushi has a daily happy hour until 7:30 p.m. Deals include some $1 nigiri, a few $3 rolls, and discounted drinks and small plates.
Wok and Roll
The patio in Adams Morgan is a prime location for people watching and $1.25 nigiri during the week from 5-8 p.m.
The sake hour at this sleek sushi joint runs from 4:30-8:03 p.m. (that’s weird) on every weekday but Wednesday, when the specials run all day long. For $5, customers can get beer, sake, some maki and temaki rolls, and certain small plates (cocktails drop to $10).
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Between 4 and 7 p.m. on weekdays at the bar, sushi can range from $5-$10 depending on the offering during happy hour. There are drinks specials, too.
Arrive early to snag one of the 11 bar seats before happy hour stars at 5:30 p.m. It runs until 7. The deal is half-priced high-end sushi — including salmon roe nigiri, tamago, and spicy scallop rolls — along with drink specials. Given the quality of the product, it’s arguably the best deal in town.
Mai Thai Georgetown
At this Georgetown spot with views of the Potomac River, select rolls are only $3. Drinks range from $2 to $4 during happy hour from 3:30-6 p.m.
Formerly Maté, the revamped Georgetown restaurant from Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld offers $6 maki rolls (like spicy tuna and California) alongside $6 mojitos, margaritas, wine, and beer from 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays.
Every weekday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. cocktails can be had for $5 and beer costs less than $4. Those drinks wash down the discounted specialty rolls ($9). There are some small plates on special, too.
This crowd-pleaser adjacent to the White House offers its entire sushi menu at half-price every day during happy hour from 3-6 p.m. The same deal applies after 11 p.m.
Select rolls are two for $10 during the happy hour that runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday.
Sei has a daily happy hour that goes from 5-8 p.m. Find $7 rolls and $6 hamachi sashimi among other discounted appetizers .
From 3 to 7:30 p.m., a selection of speciality rolls are priced at $5 at this Arlington location. They also discount several small plates, too.
Sea Pearl Restaurant & Lounge
Those in need of a happy hour in the suburbs can find $4 sushi and $1 oysters from 4 to 8 p.m. (Tuesday through Friday) at this Mosaic District location.