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.
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.
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!
Sushi Ogawa was quite amazing. It’s very unassuming when you walk in but the atmosphere is very quaint. Go for the chef tasting menu. Everything is so fresh and delicious.
Unfortunately Sushi Ogawa did not meet my expectations. At this price point, the meal should be memorable and everything perfect. This was not the case. While some of the plates were delicious, they didn't amaze me. I've not eaten at any other Japanese restaurant in DC yet, and hope it is better than Sushi Ogawa.
Easily one of the greatest meals I have ever had. The service was fantastic and the waiter was very knowledgeable about everything on the omakase menu as well as the sake that we were guided to by him for our meal. A truly special way to wring in the new year with my girlfriend. As we are both Alaskan fishermen it was very educational getting to know where all of the fish had come from and how they were prepared; thanks to the knowledgeable waitstaff. And it all tasted fabulous. Can't wait to go back and sit at the counter on our next trip to DC.
We are very satisfied their food except their restaurant smell.
I don't know what it is but mixed with humidity and bad vent.
We went to there on the eve and only one waiter was there.
The group of family in the private room but they were very loud.
Sushi and Sashimi were fantastic. They were very fresh and good rice.
Sushi was perfect size for one bite.
Miso soup was very good taste but need something. At least some pieces of tofu cube or so.
I definitely go back again.
The food and service are outstanding at Sushi Ogawa. This is excellent Japanese food served beautifully.
Leave it to the chef Omakase is the way to go, without doubt!
The only word that comes to mind is exceptional. I did the Omakase bar-side option and the quality and freshness of the ingredients, the incredible knife skills of the chef, and the deliciousness of the fare were all remarkable. I can not compare this to anything else as it is the best sushi I have ever had (granted I have not been to Japan).
The freshest fish served with subtlety and sophistication. Outstanding!.
Love the bar/counter experience at Ogawa. The food is amazing -- best sushi I'm aware of in Washington. The food is equally amazing in the dining room, but the ambiance needs some work in that room.
This is an intimate restaurant with excellent food and great friendly service. We ordered the set meal for two, with selections by the chef for appetizer, several main dishes, soup, and dessert. All choices were delicious and we and enjoyed a slow and relaxing dinner. The dining room is small and intimate. It is a cozy and inviting room. The interior design is well done — simple in some ways and with delightful and surprising touches — see the murals in the entry corridor and on the dining room ceiling. Food was really excellent with very fresh flavors, fine ingredients, and excellent preparation. We liked this place very much!
Had a poor meal, and won’t go back. Way overpriced, especially given the alternatives in DC.
Great spot. The omakase was excellent. Sake recommendation from the server was spot on. Would definitely go back.
Hands down the best omakase in DC (I’ve more or less stopped going to Taro, Seki, Nakazawa, and Nobu). Make sure to sit at the sushi counter.
As always, it was excellent. Great fish, wonderful service. Can not recommend highly enough.
We did the tasting menu, and it is simply the best sushi I have ever had. Each piece was better than the last. My partner and I will be skipping our usual, moderately priced sushi restaurant and only going here from now on, even if it means eating out less often! Also, ask your server for sake recommendations - they know what they are doing.
The food was phenomenal. We got the tasting menu and all the dishes were so good. The server was great explaining all the different courses to us. Definitely not your typical sushi place. We loved it. However it was somewhat pricey so if your looking for a bargain this may not be your place. Family of four the bill with tip was almost 400. 00. Only two of us had drinks I had one sake and my friend had one beer.
Authentically Japanese. Fresh, delicious fish from Tsukiji market. We had the omakase menu at a table. We liked it so much, we are going back after Thanksgiving with our adult children as a surprise for them. We have all been to Japan before and this restaurant transports you back! Sake selection was outstanding too.
The fish was fresh and tender. Great sushi rice, which is the mark of a great sushi restaurant. Good sake menu, though it may be worth it if it included a bit more, and perhaps an summary of the flavors with each variety.
This was our first time at Sushi Ogawa, and it was our anniversary. We are new to the neighborhood and had walked passed the entrance several times. The service was exceptional, and the chef made special accommodations for us as we are vegetarians. The menu at Sushi Ogawa is rather limited and is fish only. We should've looked into this before making our reservation, but they were very kind and made us some lovely veggie rolls and even treated us to dessert. I would love to bring my non-veg sushi friends here sometime.
Made a mistake of sitting at the dining table instead of a counter. I had very high expectations of this restaurant but food was unfortunately mediocre at the table. It was not bad but just wasn’t memorable and some just lacked flavor. Server was friendly but lacked knowledge of food. I will try again though - definitely at the counter.
perfect sushi course with kind explanation^^
The fish here was delicious! Very authentic sushi served nicely. The waiter was very good as well. It is a little pricey but the quality was top notch
Truly enjoy the Omakasa (sp?) so no decisions have to be made, food is excellent!
Once again the best sushi outside of Japan! Sushi was fantastic, Service was excellent! The setting is great. Each piece of sushi melts in your mouth! Don’t turn any piece down! We will probably come here every year for my wife’s B-Day we love it so much. Service is so great, they found a way to seat us even though I messed up and showed up the wrong time for my reservation. Only caveat to the place, is be ready to shell out the $—fine sushi comes at a cost of $100 a plate + $12+ for additional pieces + 20% tip (although there is no tipping in Japan, I did get the impression tipping expected here—-but I could be wrong)—-but all totally with it for any special occasion!! Highly recommended!!
Great appetizer. Sushi was subpar. Fish was not top rate nor was the rice cooked correctly
The sushi counter at Ogawa is the best omakase in the district, hands down
One of the best restaurants in Washington. The chef’s meal at the bar (four seats or so) is an amazing experience.
Possibly the best sushi restaurant I've eaten in for a long time. I live in New York and frequent some of their best sushi establishments, so let me tell you this place is up there with the best.