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Sep 25, 1998 10:44 AM

sushi in DC?

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I would love to know what the best sushi places in the
DC/Baltimore area are. Particularly interested in any
high-quality all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants. Thanks
and good eatin'!!!

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  1. Sushi-Ko on Wisconsin Avenue near Calvert Street in
    Washington is quite good, and not particularly
    expensive, though no all-you-can-eat deal.

    9 Replies
    1. re: peter

      Recommend Yakasuri's in Wheaton. Not all you can eat,

      1. re: francine

        I've tried just about everywhere and I don't think you
        can beat Sushi Taro in Dupont for quality and price.
        I think they have an inexpensive all-you-can-eat on
        July 4th. . .

        1. re: Behnaz

          Another sushi idea is Cafe Asia. THey have two locations: in downtown DC (on 19th St. b/w M and L) and in Rosslyn VA, on Wilson Blvd. They have a "happy hour" from 5:30 to 7:30 on weekdays where most of the nigiri is $1/piece and Sapporo is pretty cheap as well. The Rosslyn location just opened, so the waitstaff is still quite green; however, not many people know about it yet so the happy hour is still pretty uncrowded, unlike the downtown location.

          I agree with a previous poster that Sushi-Ko has gone way downhill in the last six months.

          Other favorites: Sushi Taro (DC, at 17th and P), which also has some great bento box specials and *excellent* service; Kaz Sushi Bistro (on I Street, I think); the service stinks at Spices (in Cleveland Park), but the sushi isn't bad.

          A friend also highly recommends the sushi at Japan Inn (on Wisconsin Avenue between Georgetown and GLover Park).

          Finally, Atami (in Clarendon VA) has a $25 all-you-can-eat deal. The sushi is OK (they often use too much rice) but if you can really pack it in, you might want to try this place.

          Hope this helps! :)


          1. re: Chris

            Don't bother with Japan Inn on Wisconsin -- they've got very little selection beyond the standard fare, it's not that great, and is lousy with kids.

            1. re: James

              "lousy with kids"

              what is this, the Scrooge sushi report? ; )


              1. re: Jim Leff

                appetizer plus/in arlington. quality is not the best- but its passable. sushi buffet, all you can eat, and custom ordering. lunch@$12 bucks. good bang for the buck

                1. re: stephen kaye

                  "sushi buffet, all you can eat"

                  not to be too much of a curmudgeon here, but bargain sushi strikes me as about as advisable (and likely as palatable) as bargain brain surgery!

                  With tricky stuff like this, I'd rather just save up and pay all I can pay for all I can a good place!

                  1. re: Jim Leff

                    normally, I agree w/you. but I'vetried a number of these buffets. the one I've mentioed above is ok. also sakura in scarsdale, and Ibis, in mamarroneck and thornwood.they're not nobu, but they're good at what they do

                    1. re: stephen kaye

                      Are these places in Westchester/Long Island NY??

    2. Did you get any suggestions? Would appreciate knowing
      what they were.

      1 Reply
      1. re: francine

        The best sushi in the metro-DC area is at Tapei Tokyo Cafe on Executive Blvd. in Rockville, MD. It is a Japanese/Chinese restaurant, and they do a large volume of business, and sushi is the absolute freshest we have ever tried. And between 11 a.m.-3p.m. it is 1/2 price, as is other Japanese dieshes, including a wonderful tempura of shrimp and vegetables.

      2. I have been to many sushi places in DC (I can't eat
        enough of the stuff!) and I would recommend Matuba in
        Bethesda (4918 Cordell Ave). I used to be a
        quasi-regular at Sushi-Ko in upper Georgetown, but the
        quality (and consistency) has fallen off in the last
        six months.


        1. The best REAL Japanese atmosphere can be found, for a price, at Makoto Restaurant, 4822 MacArthur Blvd.NW , 202-298-6866. But this is no Sushi bar. They specialize in a multiple course meal of Japanese delicacies. You remove shoes for slippers and sit on boxes at tiny tables, where you can watch the chef in action. The place holds less than 20 people, so reservations are recommended. They will serve sushi as one course, but emphasize that they are NOT a sushi bar.
          For sushi, we go to Yosaku at 4712 Wisconsin NW, where reservations are helpful also. It's also good and reasonable at Tako Grill on Wisconsin in Bethesda.