With a slight improved wine list and a few upgrades in decor, this place could easily be Michelin star
If you want to experience real Japanese food, you should go to this restaurant. It is expensive, but worth it in a special occasion.
My friend and I read and understood that I made reservation to table so we can order other than sushi. It turned out Omakase we ordered had included side dishes we didn't know. It was much better than we thought. We could make reservation at counter. You may want to change your write up to what's included that make difference in impression. As we had visited other Ogawa where sushi only Omakase, that's what expected this time. Yes, we recommend to our friends. Arigatou.
Excellent sushi and sashimi. Service was very attentive.
Very pricey so we reserve for very special occasions only.
Best sushi. Omakase set was awesome!
This place was way too ridiculously priced for the quality of the food you get. The sushi was good, but no better than sushi you could get at a much more affordable restaurant. I went for a friends birthday and was disappointed. The chefs specials included many dishes but again, the food quality was just not worth the price.
Fantastic sushi, fresh fish. Authentic Japanese sushi
The food was stupendous and sushi chef deliberate and engaged, wonderful experience.
Happened upon Sushi Ogawa through OpenTable. It was late and we were looking for a place to walk to. We were warmly greeted and seated promptly. The service throughout the meal was excellent. Our server knew the food and was great at making suggestions. We had the chef's selection and were not disappointed. It's a lot of food! The appetizer was an egg custard dish and it was delicious! The sushi tasted very fresh and was a great variety of fish. The menu was well priced for the quality of the food!
It's a beer and wine place which is not unusual for a sushi restaurant. The interior is clean and attractive but had a bit of a cafeteria layout. Tables are all in rows and lighting a little bright. If you combined the food and the service with a warmer room you would have fine dining.
It was a very well designed profile and array of food with amazingly fresh taste. I enjoyed the omakase style of dining which made this a unique and enjoyable experience.
Best sushi place in DC
We were fortunate to sit at the sushi bar and be served by Mr. Ogawa. The sushi and entire meal was fantastic!
Quiet ambience in authentic Japanese atmosphere. Food is fresh and tasty. Omakasae had new culinary revelations.
The sea urchin tastes just amazing. The tempera is a little bit disappointing. However, the rest of the dishes are good.
One of the best Sushi restaurant in DC area.
Ambiance is not appealing at all. Food was good- but I expected much more variety. I could have eaten the same quality sushi ay my local neighborhood place.
Always excellent and very authentic!
amazing omakase, very small restaurant vibe. would definitely recommend the bar seating if available.
Very good sushi, and the miso soup (which had clams in it!) was very tasty. The ambiance was a bit ... odd. In the room where we were seated, there were no windows and there was no music playing. It felt a bit like a grotto. Good for conversation, but a bit ... odd. Still, if I stay in the dupont circle area again and want sushi, I would consider returning.
Go to sushi restaurant in DC! Very friendly staff. Need a dose of this sushi regularly. The rice is very good in terms of cooking methods utilizing right variation of vinegar, water and and fish is very fresh. I really enjoy my experiences at the counter but the dining room is fine as well!
Food excellent. Service far too rushed.
Door wasn’t opened when we arrived
It’s a prime place for Tokyo Style Sushi and sashimi. We are the omakase at $80 per
Person. All was delicious and authentic Japanese. It’s an original edi style sushi place for foodies seeking that style nigiri all imported from Tokyo as we are being told. - not a fine dining experience.
We will be back for a la carte nigiri and sashimi.
Slow inattentive service in an empty restaurant. Great sushi served after long waits and an indirect waiter. Pathetic.
This meal was horrible. The entire staff was from another restaurant and was useless. There is no way that the food was prepared by the chef -- sashimi was cut incorrectly and sushi was mediocre. Dessert was a store-bought mochi. Meal was advertised as an omakase dinner but was just a sushi sashimo combo. Cost $80 for what should have cost at most $20 -- even without the horrible service.
Excellent sushi! Great intimate environment for a really nice dinner. Service could have been a bit better at times.
I booked via OpenTable the lunch at 12:00 to entertain my boss and his wife. but when we arrived there, the place was still closed. Nobody was there. No light was turned on. I had to shout in the dark “is anyone here?” That was very embarrassing for me because I told my boss it’s the best jap restaurant in DC. But obviously they forgot about our reservation. We waited for 5 mins in the dark, and then someone who i believe works in the kitchen arrived and was surprised by our arrival. Our table was not ready either. Another person came and moved the table in front of us... I can’t believe this is the service I received.... I’ve been to sushi phase several times and this is the worst service I ever received.
They were short staffed with no real host, so we stood in line for an hour for our 8:45 reservation. We finally got our table at 9:40pm. Normally they are extremely buttoned up and professional, but last night it appeared as they had all new staff on their first day. That said, the food was as always excellent.
The quality of fish in the sushi and sashimi were really good, but the knife work was below average and size of the fish was small for the price. The service was really bad and took way too long to get our food.
Had a really delicious, lovely meal at the sushi counter!
Food was awesome but the ambiance was lacking. I understand that they are trying to stick to tradition but liven the place up a little with some better music and some artwork.
I have been to many sushi restaurants around the world including Japan where I travel at least 3 times a year and within the US. Sushi Ogawa is the Best Sushi in the US period.
Great Sushi. Not the greatest ambiance, but a nice quiet place with terrific service. My new go-to place for sushi in D.C.
It’s hard to find a better neighborhood gem than Sushi Ogawa.
Either this restaurant has really gone down in quality, or reviewers have a case of “the emperor’s new clothes” (or lack of sophistication and exposure). We have had sushi from Tokyo to LA to Seattle and Vancouver, New York City, and in Morocco prepared by Japanese chefs to name a few. The reservations available at 8/8.30 the Saturday night of booking should have been a red flag after the govt shutdown ending was announced. Thankfully we went earlier (to a sparsely populated dining room), as we had to go out for drinks and second dinner to wash the taste away. The monkfish liver was pocked, bland, and clumsily presented in chunks. The sashimi was unimpressive: salmon (boring), slimy, medium fatty tuna, and branzino. Bringing further disappointment was the nigiri course: the branzino reared its head again. Salmon also appeared for an encore in 3 flavorless pieces of maki. Clam miso soup was dull with bits of shell, and the anemic mochi just prolonged the agony. We don’t know how this place stays in business with Sushi Taro (not perfect by any means but solid) and Sushi Ko (same) anywhere nearby. One of the worst meals we have ever had, and we dine out frequently—if the bar is a different experience they should just shut down the dining room.
Was expecting much better quality of sushi. Got the omakase and was not impressed. Fish seemed not fresh. Seaweed was soggy. Sushi wasn't cut properly. Curious if it was a itamae or a random person. Overall not impressed.
Best sushi in Washington D.C. Nothing else I can say. Very happy with the meal. Well worth the price!