Izakaya (2F) - No Ramen
Food was excellent and the saki pairing with my 3 course meal.
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.
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!
Service okay, food was terrible
Awesome atmosphere, and tasty authentic food. We went on a Sunday nights, so it was a little quieter but still lively. It seems like a really fun place to share a meal with friends
Portions too small for four ppl to share one dish. Need at least 2 orders in order to get more than one bite
The food was absolutely delicious, I would definitely reccommend
Always a great time, camenfor the new year's tasting menu... exquisite. Bar is the best place to sit, friendly servers and amzjnf food and cocktails!
Great food. The middle-aged blonde waitress who served us was incredibly rude, unprofessional and incomptent.
One of our favorite spots in DC. Our server Mary was delightful - so charming and helpful! The Kaiseki experience was a wonderful way to close out the year, and we are so grateful to the kitchen for accommodating our dairy-free restrictions. Thank you!
Everything was awesome once we got our drink order in.... that took a while longer than it should have....
We loved it! The food and drinks were amazing. The shareable plates were so fresh and good. Definitely going back soon.
Food was very interesting, nothing like any Japanese food we’ve had before. Beef tongue and tenderloin were the best dishes we had!
Everything was great but you have to get the potatoes they were the best I've ever had in my life.
We spent a bundle, but left unimpressed by anything but the groovy Asian atmosphere. Service was polite but uninspired. And of the dozen or so dishes we tried, nothing was memorable except for the price. There are better izakayas in DC ... and generally speaking, places that are working much harder to offer you a memorable small plate experience.
Delicious, inventive, and fast. Perfect pre-holiday-cocktail-party meal. The one downside is that the tables are very close together - i.e. my wife was closer to the table next to us than to me which made conversation awkward, especially since part of the joy of going out is talking about people sitting at other tables.
I come back to Daikaya over and over because it is magical. We've had celebrations here, brought family when they visit, and it is a hit every time. We order the grilled avocado, dashi custard, and pork + brussels sprout skewers and then try whatever is new as well. The experience is always great and the staff are very knowledgable. To me, this is one of the staple DC restaurants that doesn't get enough recognition.
Daikaya Izakaya was awesome! The food was inventive and delicious - everyone was happy with all of the dishes that we ordered which honestly never happens. My personal favorites were the Mentaiko Spaghetti and the Grilled Tako. I am not usually a sake fan but the draft cocktail was delicious. The atmosphere and decor were trendy and fun. I never feel obligated to comment on service at restaurants but the staff here was fantastic and extremely accommodating. We decided to try it out before a concert. Of course, traffic was terrible and we arrived 15 minutes late for our reservation and we were pinched for time. They were completely understanding and got us seated quickly despite our late arrival. We told our waitress about our situation and she highlighted her favorites on the menu, got our food and drinks out quickly, and checked in to make sure we were meeting our quick time frame. She even made sure we refilled out drinks before happy hour ended. My only disappointment was that we could not spend more time there and try more plates!
The meal was disappointing. The menu has changed and it is no longer well organized, so it is difficult to determine how much food to order. We ordered too much. They cram the tables together so it is very loud and impossible to have a private conversation because the table next to you is practically on top of you. We used to like Daikaya, but will not go back.
It was a nice visit until my hat went missing. We were dinning at the bar. I hung a cap and my jacket on the hooks under the bar. When I went to get my jacket my cap was gone. When I went to go back and look a second time staff was very unhelpful. I can’t help but to feel like someone from the large group drinking with one of the head chef’s (according to the bartender) is enjoying a new cap today.
We have enjoyed introducing friends to Daikaya Izakaya. Having lived in Japan for 4 years we know it is not traditional but is very much authentic — old flavors in new ways, and wonderfully successful. All of our friends have enjoyed it as much as we do, with this latest pair of Asian experts raving about it as a “gem” and a “special find.”
Great food at a reasonable price for downtown DC. Perfect for a date. Food is adventurous so be prepared to try new things.
The food was excellent but there wasn’t much of it. A 70 cent thing worth of zucchini (if that) for 3 dollars! My Cacio Pepe udon noodles we cod when they came out. We spend around 80 and I still had to eat more when we got home.
Great environment - and Killer price on small plates. Not very private - but still a great experience.
I love Daikaya Izakaya. The food is fantastic, and it is one of the few Japanese restaurants where I would willingly take friends from Japan. The service is responsive and friendly. It is a bit crowded and noisy, but that does more to give a sense of authenticity than anything else, and the neighbors are generally friendly. Seating is quite close, so it would be a terrible place to organize a conspiracy!
I asked the waiter for sake on the rock.
And he served me with a big ice in the nice rock glass. The makes me so happy since other restaurant served me ice in water glass or tea cup.
Food taste pretty good but each dishes are pretty small and pretty simple rather than creative.
We needed about 10 dishes to be satisfied and cost me $245.00 for two.
And I think the waiter and I both forgot about cat fish karaage order. Didn’t get it.
I am a regular customer at Daikaya and I had not been there for a few months, and I was very disappointed with the service on Friday. Generally, the waiters are really sharp but on Friday that wan’t the case. Although the food was good, the waitress messed up our check twice, it was completely inaccurate, plus the food took way too long and she would disappear for a long time. I even noticed that the tables right next to us were also complaining.
I usually go for the enoki mushroom and the edamame, which were taken out of the menu, and it is really a pity.
This was my second time at Daikaya Izakaya. The food and the service here are good, but the DJ (at least on the Friday night I went there) played a disruptively loud selection of music that ranged from bizarre to awful. Even J-Pop would have been preferable.
Waiter was amazing and everything he suggested was amazing. Tables are a bit too close for comfort, so sit in one of the center booth if possible. Every single thing we ate was amazing. Great experience, you can’t go wrong.
Food was all great, we did have a small snafu with our desert coming out with our entrees but the server was incredibly friendly and helpful and got that resolved. Overall, I'd come back here for another date night.
When the restaurant charges ~$8 for a piece of beef smaller than a tea spoon, they should expect no return customers. The crying baby at 8PM was aweful and destroyed the ambiance. So.... Also, we did not get everything we ordered. We cannot recommend this place
Our server was excellent . . . friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Lots of interesting and unique food choices. A good place to visit if you are an adventurous eater. Small-plate serving sizes. My husband and I shared 7 or 8 items. I am not talented with chopsticks and asked for regular utensils and only got a spoon. I would have liked a knife and fork.
Could not be more impressed by Izakaya—from the creative small plates to the service to the atmosphere, we really enjoyed it. Standouts would be the pork and brussels sprouts dish and the cacio e pepe udon noodle dish. Highly recommend.