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
Happy Hour: 5-7PM Mon - Fri
No regular menu available, very limited options and loud environment
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
The food had no flavor and the food suggested by the waiter was just really basic. The happy hour drinks and apps were good but that's about it.
Everything about Daikaya was yummy, from the house-made Arnold Palmers to each of the creative, tasty dishes. Two of us sampled almost all of the small dishes and there was not a bite left! We also had a combo sashimi (daily special) and a dessert, their take on pana cotta. Usually I do not favor that as a dessert, but on the server's recommendation we tried it (as a "lighter dessert option") and it did not disappoint. The combinations of flavors in every dish were delightful. The service was also fast but not rushed. We were there on a Sunday afternoon for lunch, which was probably slower and quieter than a typical Saturday night but had a great experience.
This place has wonderful small plates. And a great drinks menu.
My wife, 2 daughters (9 and 12) and I were completely out of our comfort zone by looking at the menu. Our waiter greatly explained the options we had and what were the most "kids friendly" dishes.
Everything tasted very good and different to what we are used to.
It was a very good experience for us.
The food is just amazing. Small plates that are meant to be shared, so it makes for a great time with a group or a date.
I guess this would be referred to as new age Asian? In any case, very interesting twist on traditional Asian favorites. Definitely one for Foodies and Non-Foodies alike. Memorable small plates were the Sushito Peppers, Tuna Poke, and Hambagu. All delicious and suitable for sharing. Dining room has an active but not deafening feel to it. Would definitely return.
Delicious food! Really quite exceptional. The cod roe pasta was particularly tasty. I'll definitely be back.
Not very many options. No ramen. The food didn’t come out at the same time so half our party ate their lunch then the rest of the food came out later. No dessert, only French press coffee.
Delicious food! Great service!
Ridiculously hard to get to my table, which was late in opening up. Food is good; if you go at an off-peak time, maybe whole experience would be worth it. Conversation was difficult.
We came for the tail end of lunch, and got very distant service and constant reminders the kitchen was closing. Otherwise, I've always loved my experience here and food remained delic.
Food was unreal!!! Would go back 10/10 times. Handcrafted drinks that were awesome and I had to order a few dishes twicez because they were so good
Interesting Japanese food and cocktails. Really cool ambience and great service.
It wsd good.service and great place and well.located. Food are good.size and gives a variety of choices to go by. There really. wouldn't be any bad food choice
The location and ambiance of this place is fantastic. The food is for the adventurous and those willing to step outside of their comfort zone. The presentation is fantastic and the cocktails are delicious.
Too many dishes that we ordered were swimming in mayo. Why overdo this? I felt ill afterward. I am not coming again.
Are you into unauthentic Japanese food? Then go here, you’ll love it with tons of mayo slathered on practically everything! With all the positive reviews, I thought maybe DC food scene has changed for the better. NOT! As my friend said, “I have not had anything good in DC.”
Great place, highly recommended
The food and service were great but it was so loud we could barely hear each other
Deceiving online menu
Disappointed in the variety of flavors. Every dish seemed heavy on miso/soy sauce which drowned out the other wonderful flavors I associate with Japanese food. We were there fairly early in the evening and already they had run out of specials.
The food here is always spectacular. Staff is pretty much always polite, eager to provide recommendations, and helpful, with the hint of the occasional grumpy person. Drinks are a little too expensive, but that’s not exclusive to Daikaya. Overall, the atmosphere is wonderful with great food and great energy.
Excellent customer service, food, and sake selection.
I loved the vibe of this restaurant. It was relatively quiet and the food was great! I especially enjoyed the Tako Weena sausages and the mini donburi. The rice was very flavorful for being a simple dish. The service was also quick and the servers were very accommodating. I will definitely come back in the future!
So good! Make sure to get the grilled avocado and Shelby as your server. She guided us through every dish perfectly.
Great food and selection of saki, the wait staff is excellent, not for the budget conscious.
Very interesting food. The wait staff is excellent! Environment is a bit noisy. Expensive, but not unreasonably so
Great place to go on a date! Enjoyed every second of it