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
Overall great. Polite, friendly and informative server. Great tasting food. Nice ambience. Not too loud.
interesting place for sure, but the recommended cooked avocado was just ok, but served with two extremely long hairs for extra protein, so I guess that made it better...
the recommended creamy-type egg was, similarly, just ok (No Hair)
The quantity was very little. That was my only problem. For the money we pay, the portions are tiny.
Immersive dining experience.
Just go and eat, no words to explain it
Excellent food, went for anniversary. Will definitely go back.
Very fun and interesting food for sharing.
I miss the variety of the old menu!
Amazing atmosphere, great service, outstanding food. Features an adventurous tapas menu and some of the finest cocktails I’ve had in a long time. My only gripe is the sound levels for the music was a bit high. Short story- would highly recommend
Waiter was very educated on the menu and helped us make great choices. The food was amazing, we actually reordered some of the plates twice.
I came here with three friends on a Friday evening. Happy hour was great. We enjoyed the food although it can be a little pricy.
The menu looked amazing and we were excited to try it out. The actual tasting fell flat. Plates are tapas size and we had about 9-10 different plates (around 2-3 of them we thought were quite good/interesting). the pork belly and Brussel sprouts which was touted as the dish to end with was an unfortunate underwhelming--the Brussel sprouts were great and we wished we had a plateful of those; the pork belly was mediocre in preparation (too gristley and I have had pork belly before where I didn't feel like I was chewing on cud). Most dishes were just okay - the ones that were a fusion felt like they took away from a clean dish to muddy the flavors a bit (the spaghetti with roe in what seemed to be an alfredo sauce felt unnecessary - keeping it with a ponzu-type sauce would have been better, we felt.
Beef tongue and fried garlic were the high points of the meal. Grilled oysters were meh. Would have rather had raw oysters. The desserts we tried were okay. We were glad we tried it because I had wanted to for some time, but we came away from it with better to go for ramen.
worth noting is that the wait staff are great - very attentive and explain the dishes beautifully
First time in DC and first time at this place. I’ve chosen the place based on yelp which was a big mistake. Their reviews were good and seems like they should be able to get it together. The place itself was ok but food was way overpriced. We left hungry and not satisfied. Bummer.
Izakaya is my favorite restaurant in DC. The vibe and quality of food allows for a unique experience each time I come here.
Food is good, nothing special though. Too pricey for the very small amount of dishes.
Noice level was so loud we couldn't converse with our friends. Had to ask the DJ to lower the volume but it was still very loud.
Food was amazing and our server, Jeremiah was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable about the wines and made excellent wine food pairing recommendations.
It was fun to try something a little different with my daughter. Our plates were all presented well, and it was fun to sample so many different things. I will be back!
Server was very informative, dishes and drinks were delicious! Absolutely recommend
Though the food was very good, the value of the items were beyond what they were worth. I would not come again because I felt as if my money was not being well spent.
Great service, reasonable prices, yummy food and great ambiance.
Best service I’ve had in DC. Plus the food was beyond stellar!
Dont like that they serve our courses separately. With my partner we were never eating at the same time.
We went for restaurant week and the food was amazing!! Each of us chose from 5-6 courses, all were delicious. Our server was great, very attentive, and we all had a wonderful evening. Will definitely be back!!
Fantastic food as always. Staff are very kind. Good selection of difficult to find Japanese sake and whiskey.
No regular menu available, very limited options and loud environment
I was there for restaurant week and was hoping for something new and innovative. While it wasn't bad, the menu was not nearly the amazing experience normally served on the 2F. I would definitely come during non-restaurant week for the creamy roe spaghetti dish, the pork belly and brussel sprouts, and everything else. But that limited menu during restaurant week wasn't my favorite (service, ambiance are killer good tho).
I went during restaurant week so I can only speak to what was on the menu there, but it’s a great variety and has something for everyone. I’d definitely go back!
Really good restaurant! Tried the restaurant week menu and it’s worth it. One of a must go place in DC!
In the top 3 most disappointing meals I've had in the last 10 years. Hadn't been here in the past year or so & was really looking forward to it. Restaurant Week menu was uninspired, different from regular menu & the food tasted like something you might eat if someone's old grandma was feeding you - bland & boring. The egg w/ bortaga toast was simply scrambled eggs over a slice of unexceptional toast w/ 3 small slices of bortaga on top. Wouldn't bother w/ the toast & the eggs were eggs - nothing more. The Donduri, warm rice w/ green tea & shredded nori w/ cold poached egg (Onsen? egg) was less tasty than the rice & warm poached egg I make at home for breakfast. The Loco Moco was the same dish essentially with a well done hamburger in it. The fried cauliflower w/ unseasoned & fried in flour - bland & flaccid - and the accompanying lebneh was bland even with the addition of a wee bit of soy broth. The burrata was OK (again, how do you eat burrata w/ chopsticks?) but had some unidentifiable pink gel on top - no flavor, greasy grilled bread. Strawberry shave ice dessert was 1 berry on ice w/ a little strawberry syrup but plenty of whipped cream. One portion of beef tenderloin was fine if pedestrian while the other was 2/3 gristle. Grilled a nice med-rare though. All in all truly pedestrian fare. Won't return - guess the place has slipped in the last year. Too bad - I really used to look forward to eating here before the Caps' games.
Restaurant week-no a la carte so we were forced into a fixed menu. Nearly no food for $40. Commercial potato chips on one appetizer plate. American cheese and mackerel sandwich was the only fish in the fish course selections. Yuck. Tons of bad tartar and fake cheese, I couldn't even taste the fried mackerel. Then they added 3 Shochju drinks, that I didn't order, to my bill for an extra $36. I'm glad I checked the bill. Awful experience. I do not recommend at all.
Great ambiance. A little pricey for what they're serving. Also watch out for the fast talking "wine guy" who upsells drinks but doesn't mention certain japanese brands of alcohol will make them almost $20.
My husband and I visited Daikaya for restaurant week and we were a bit disappointed to find that some of the menu items listed on their website as being on their restaurant week menu weren't being served, but otherwise - food and ambience was amazing. Will definitely return!
A great experience made special by Josh, Jesse & our wonderful barkeep who made a special cocktail for my wife on our anniversary!
The food was fresh and unique. It was sooooo loud and the specialness of the dinner was lost a bit because of that.
A nice, cozy setting, even for a large group (there were nine of us). The waitress was knowledgeable about all the food on the menu, which was as s help for those unfamiliar with Japanese food.
The menu is limited, but good. The hiyashi chuka, cold ramen with pork loin, vegetables, and spicy miso. It was delicious! Made with ramen noodles rather than the udon noodles one might expect, but was delicious nevertheless.
A very enjoyable time was had by all!
Tapas style Japanese. Very fun food and cool vibe. Definitely would come back when in the DC area.
Service and food have suffered over time. We visited this location on more than one occasion and have found service as of late to be lacking. The hostess did not make us feel welcome. The Waiter was condescending when we placed our order. Several of the food items were not available and the food just seems to of lost its taste. We will not be returning.
I have eaten here several times. The food is adventurous and delicious. It is a good place for a group because the plates are small and many different items can be ordered to accommodate different dietary needs. Yum.
Loved this spot for a pre-theater quick meal. Pork and brussel sprouts was great. Grilled baby corn was cute and served as a good vehicle for the butter, which was delicious. Miso salmon was good - but I make better :) The thing to do here is to order food that you wouldn't get somewhere else - and there are plenty of options. The portions are on the smallish side but I happen to like it that way and thought the prices were ok given the atmosphere and location. The server encouraged us (two average sized females) to get 6-9 plates. We got 5 and it was plenty.
The tuna poke could have used a little more seasoning, but everything else (especially the desserts) were AMAZING! would go again for sure. Good for date nights