Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen
Everything is amazing! Our favorites were the beef tongue & custard egg w/mushrooms, sooo good!! Cant wait to come back for more!
I wish I’d discovered Izakaya sooner. Our server Joshua was wonderful. He sparked our enthusiasm about this interesting and delicious food. My friend and I are foodies who appreciate Julia Child and fusion: tradition, nuances, and experiments. Izakaya moves the traditional to new flavors. We will be back.
Before a show @Cap Center... @ 5:30 was no wait and food/service was excellent...
Did not live up to the hype. Underwhelming and overpriced. The salmon smelled and tasted off and portions were way too meager even for an izakaya. The cacio udon was so sweet and odd even my sugar-craving kids didn’t want seconds. Will not be coming back.
Delicious food! Worthy of venturing outside your comfort zone.
Loved the atmosphere. Every dish was delicious. Must haves are the spaghetti with roe and shiso, beef tenderloin, miso marinated salmon. Will definitely be back.
Disappointed that many of the vegetarian items where removed from the menu.
The food is to die for. The service is hard to find at times but the quality of the food makes it worth it
Many creative and tasty dishes, some better than others. The food came out really fast. Our server answered some questions and was friendly enough, although sometimes he was a bit detached. The decor is really cool and interesting, and they actually had a DJ playing goofy oldies music, which was fun, although it was really loud. Friday in DC though, I guess its expected. Overall, I would go again!
We have had consistently great food experiences at Izakaya (2F). Every dish is prepared to perfection, with wonderful depth of flavor for each unique dish. And we love all the small plate options. It's definitely one of our go to places for dinner with friends.
The food here was overrated to me - for example, burrata should be the creamiest, most delicious sin you commit at a dinner table, but instead of an oozing dairy delight, the ball of "fresh" cheese served at Izakaya is a medium-soft lump accompanied by a squirt of not-salty seaweed paste and flavorless roe-oil. I think the pink/black/white combo is supposed to look beautiful, but when a girl orders cheese she is not looking for art, she is looking for decadance. The "shared" plate of zucchini is an unspiced, poorly cooked half steak (soggy on the outside, hard on the inside) that is not cut into shareable pieces but rather doubly skewered whole, posing a serving challenge that you don't want to endure at such a "fancy" restaurant - with no knives or serving utentsils in sight.
Izakaya's owners seem to be banking on the economy of "small plates" and their beautiful decor. While the staff were gracious and efficient, the food is nothing to write home about let alone to pay Izakaya's prices for.
Creative and tasty Japanese tapas menu. Seating was a little tight on a Saturday night but the restaurant has a fun, energetic, and offbeat vibe. Nice spot for a date or evening out with friends.
Very unique. We really enjoyed it and the food was delicious.
This is a Japanese 'tapas bar'. We enjoyed the unique flavors.
Some, like the ocra and zucchini had no favor, while the scallop, beef and noodles were divine.
I wish the portions were a little more generous. It's a fun experience.
Good food, good service. Cramped seating for my son and I who are both 6'4". Like the assortment of choices, but could add a few more vegan choices.
Waited 15 minutes to be acknowledged by a server. Food was very mediocre and the pork loin skewer was incredibly dry.
Fun , delicious and creative food, excellent service.
The restaurant has amazing food and service. I highly recommend it!
My boyfriend and I absolutely LOVED Daikaya Izakaya. It my first time and his second, and we'll definitely be back. We loved the spin on cacio e pepe and the chawanmushi! We also really enjoyed the grilled zucchini dish and the catfish kara-age. Great service and cocktails as well :) Highly recommend for pre or post Caps game, or any other night in Chinatown/Gallery Place.
We didn't enjoy the food very much. Everything was too salty or too sweet. We came very early in the morning and it seemed life the staff hadn't woken up yet
The food is just plain terrific. It is not a bargain. It is not even a good deal. It is expensive given how small the portions are. But the restaurant ambiance is nice - like and old Japanese Inn. And the food is above reproach. So go for the food.
Easily the best restaurant in Washington DC! Everything we order was delicious!!
Great cocktails, outstanding food, tapas style. I have had a great time and great meal every time I have gone to this restaurant. Finish your dinner with the pork and brussel sprouts. YUM
A friend recommended this restaurant and it was amazing. Small plates so you get to try many different items. My boyfriend and I had the waiter choose the meal for us, sending up three plates at a time, and everything he chose was amazing. He took the time to come explain each dish as it arrived to the table. I will definitely be going back.
I didn’t care for the food. It was a little too eclectic for my taste and it was too price for the portions
We sat at the bar instead of our table and had a great time. Darien was our bartender and was very personable, recommended some great plates (that we ended up ordering 2 more of!) and made our casual dinner out very enjoyable.
We went a few months ago for their regular menu, and it was great. Wouldn't recommend for Restaurant Week, though. The menu was not very good (taste or value), the host unwelcoming, the service spotty, and the dining space overcrowded (we were wedged between two other tables that were just a couple of inches away, and were stuck listening to conversations on both sides). Desserts were the only highlight. All in all, far from a repeat of our first visit, and memorable for the wrong reasons.
One of my favorite restaurants in DC. The sake and whiskey selections are solid and the food is always inventive and delicious. I am obsessed with the beef tongue! They sous vide the tongue before grilling which gives it a texture I haven't experienced before. Still thinking about it days later.
Went for Restaurant Week, and our food was brought out at differing times. Was with two people with dietary restrictions, but the waiter told us that the food comes out as it’s ready in the izakaya style. When he realized that our food had been delivered to the wrong table, he did comp two drinks for us. However, the food and experience was not worth the price, even during restaurant week.
Food was excellent and the saki pairing with my 3 course meal.
We had a great meal for restaurant week for a great value. I enjoyed relaxing with my boyfriend taking the time to share our meals, not worrying about rushing off for ramen downstairs. Our waiter was attentive and friendly.
A little cramped with seating at the small tables, otherwise food was delicious! restaurant week with sake pairing was worth it! Very cool environment, server was especially knowledgeable about the sake.
Restaurant week menu was not great.
My daughter and I had a great Restaurant Week meal at the upstairs restaurant on Friday night. Very cool decor - dark and cozy. The menu was creative and portions were generous. The food and service were excellent. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.
We had lunch - it was outstanding and quite reasonably priced.
Everything was awesome, but it was extremely dark.
Great birthday party with friends
A bit loud and a bit too cold. Maybe the heating system wasn't working properly.
Great food & drinks. Love the small plate menus so we can end up trying many dishes. Good DJ music & excellent services.
We did make the restaurant, just 20 minutes late due to snow storm. Tried to call 3x, but nobody picked up.
Loved it and our waiter Lucas was great. Host understanding and friendly. Tasty food, interesting dishes.
Pleasant ambiance, good music!