Daikaya Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen
Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 - 2PM
Sunday: 11:30AM - 3PM
Sun to Thurs: 5 PM - 10 PM
Fri/Sat: 5PM - 11 PM
Please note that the last orders to the kitchen are 15 mins prior to closing.
Happy Hour: 5-7PM Mon - Fri
It was a nice visit until my hat went missing. We were dinning at the bar. I hung a cap and my jacket on the hooks under the bar. When I went to get my jacket my cap was gone. When I went to go back and look a second time staff was very unhelpful. I can’t help but to feel like someone from the large group drinking with one of the head chef’s (according to the bartender) is enjoying a new cap today.
We have enjoyed introducing friends to Daikaya Izakaya. Having lived in Japan for 4 years we know it is not traditional but is very much authentic — old flavors in new ways, and wonderfully successful. All of our friends have enjoyed it as much as we do, with this latest pair of Asian experts raving about it as a “gem” and a “special find.”
Great food at a reasonable price for downtown DC. Perfect for a date. Food is adventurous so be prepared to try new things.
The food was excellent but there wasn’t much of it. A 70 cent thing worth of zucchini (if that) for 3 dollars! My Cacio Pepe udon noodles we cod when they came out. We spend around 80 and I still had to eat more when we got home.
Great environment - and Killer price on small plates. Not very private - but still a great experience.
I love Daikaya Izakaya. The food is fantastic, and it is one of the few Japanese restaurants where I would willingly take friends from Japan. The service is responsive and friendly. It is a bit crowded and noisy, but that does more to give a sense of authenticity than anything else, and the neighbors are generally friendly. Seating is quite close, so it would be a terrible place to organize a conspiracy!
I asked the waiter for sake on the rock.
And he served me with a big ice in the nice rock glass. The makes me so happy since other restaurant served me ice in water glass or tea cup.
Food taste pretty good but each dishes are pretty small and pretty simple rather than creative.
We needed about 10 dishes to be satisfied and cost me $245.00 for two.
And I think the waiter and I both forgot about cat fish karaage order. Didn’t get it.
I am a regular customer at Daikaya and I had not been there for a few months, and I was very disappointed with the service on Friday. Generally, the waiters are really sharp but on Friday that wan’t the case. Although the food was good, the waitress messed up our check twice, it was completely inaccurate, plus the food took way too long and she would disappear for a long time. I even noticed that the tables right next to us were also complaining.
I usually go for the enoki mushroom and the edamame, which were taken out of the menu, and it is really a pity.
This was my second time at Daikaya Izakaya. The food and the service here are good, but the DJ (at least on the Friday night I went there) played a disruptively loud selection of music that ranged from bizarre to awful. Even J-Pop would have been preferable.
Waiter was amazing and everything he suggested was amazing. Tables are a bit too close for comfort, so sit in one of the center booth if possible. Every single thing we ate was amazing. Great experience, you can’t go wrong.
Food was all great, we did have a small snafu with our desert coming out with our entrees but the server was incredibly friendly and helpful and got that resolved. Overall, I'd come back here for another date night.
When the restaurant charges ~$8 for a piece of beef smaller than a tea spoon, they should expect no return customers. The crying baby at 8PM was aweful and destroyed the ambiance. So.... Also, we did not get everything we ordered. We cannot recommend this place
Our server was excellent . . . friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Lots of interesting and unique food choices. A good place to visit if you are an adventurous eater. Small-plate serving sizes. My husband and I shared 7 or 8 items. I am not talented with chopsticks and asked for regular utensils and only got a spoon. I would have liked a knife and fork.
Could not be more impressed by Izakaya—from the creative small plates to the service to the atmosphere, we really enjoyed it. Standouts would be the pork and brussels sprouts dish and the cacio e pepe udon noodle dish. Highly recommend.
The plates are WAY too small. Small plates are meant to be shared. These plates were so small they were unsharable. It was just absurd. I repeat, the plates are TINY. The tenderloin plate which was about $10 had three small pieces of meat in one skewer. How do you even share that? We were a party of two the bill came out to $100 with tip and I came out completely unsatisfied. If you're an upscale restaurant that's fair but don't be cheap and be stingy with the size of your plates.
Host was aloof and made no effort to get us a table despite having a reservation. We sat at the bar and waited for our table but the host never returned so we just ate at the bar.
The food is inventive and delicious, particular kudos to whoever is formulating the specials.
The service however is problematic, surly and forgetful, a terrible combination. The floor manager was great, but obviously doesn’t actually serve you :(
Celebrating my birthday at Daikaya Izakaya was one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. We had a group of eight, and the hostess, our waiter Lucas, and Isaac on the bar staff couldn't have made us feel more welcome and accommodated. They were so attentive to our large group, and kept the food and drinks coming all night-- Lucas and Isaac even occasionally came by to prompt us to cheers :)
10/10 would recommend! And make sure you try the burrata & all things octopus
Hit or miss when it comes to food or service - expects much better when I am a regular and consistently spend over $150.
Good food and service as always. Much more quiet than normal.
Favorite restaurant in DC. There is something for everyone! It's my go-to for special occasions, friends visiting from out of town, etc.
Very creative fusion euro-Japanese food and beverages. A good place for young professionals to go and listen to ecletic music and the sample the same in food. All menu is small plates to you can try a wide variety of offerings.
The food and the place are really good. I love it very much!
Mediocre food. No dish was special. An Udon dish with cheese was badly overcooked and mushy. Very disappointing.
Service was spotty at best. Our drinks got mixed up, they were out of a few sakes we wanted to try, and every time a food runner dropped off part of our order, it was wrong. Every time. We were given food that belonged to the table next to us, food runners asked us if we knew what was on plates, things like that. At a certain point it was almost a free-for-all between our table and the table next to us: food would be dropped at one of the two tables and we'd have to figure out which table it belonged to. There was a DJ playing at level that allowed for conversation, which added to the beautiful ambiance...basically the only thing this place had going for it. The food was fine, but not good enough to justify the price or the lackluster service. Will not be back.
Upstairs sucks but the ramen is great
The food was delicious, the sake menu has some excellent options and it is a great, fun place to indulge with friends. Highly recommended!
Maybe A little to loud
The tuna poke was excellent. Can be very loud.
Daikaya is our go to dinner spot before we go to wizards games. The last two times we were there the service has been poor. We have a short window of time before the game starts and we are used to dishes coming out at a good pace. The last few visits our last two dishes have come out very late. One instance they forgot to place the order which we were confused about since all the other items came out on time. The last time there was no reason provided when asked about the final dishes. In addition, when we asked about the menu changes (some of our favorite dishes are gone-inoki mushrooms, chicken thighs, dynamite wings) we were given a dismissive response. When we asked about the new chopsticks, we were told they’re not new, they’ve been around for two months. Most patrons don’t visit the same restaurant every week or every month with the extensive choices we have in the DMV so I wouldn’t say 2 months is a long period of in restaurant-going world.
Overall, we were disappointed with the service.
Delicious food! Very crowded and noisy even on a week night. Going to tryvit for lunch. Nice decor and very helpful staff. Good for a quick dinner.
Staff went out of their way to accommodate my friend with a million allergies. Food is consistently good and I love the decor.
We enjoyed Daikaya, but it was not at all what we expected because the Web site is misleading. I was convinced I was reserving a table at a Ramen place, because a Google Search for Ramen brought me to Izakaya. But the Ramen places (two of them) are down stairs and Izakaya is upstairs. Not being familiar with Japanese I figured I was making a reservation in one of the Ramen houses. We enjoyed the tapas-style food in Izakaya, then went down to Bantam King for Ramen soup. So it all worked out. The server was great, but tried to tell me that it was my fault for not knowing where I was going. I disagree, the way the reservation system is set up (at least via Google) is very confusing for first timers.
We ended up here by accident thinking we'd made a reservation for the ramen joint on the first floor. The wait for ramen was crazy long so we decided to stick with our reservation upstairs. We were VERY pleasantly surprised. There was a large variety of tapas options and we ended up getting the spicy edamame, a fried chicken dish, curried pork belly, brussel sprouts, zucchini, enoki mushrooms, octopus, and probably one or two others that I'm not remembering. Our favorite was the octopus. I'm usually not a fan but it didn't have the chewy texture you sometimes get with octopus and had a delicious smoky flavor. We also split a carafe of sake which was also very good.
Really enjoyed are experience. Food and service great!!
Good am service were great. Music is loud very energetic and good. Will return soon. Want to try ramen shop.
Great, inventive, fun food! Loved the different flavors and textures. Lively atmosphere. Great DJ. Can’t wait to go back.