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Daikaya

Ramen Restaurant, Noodle House, and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, Washington
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  • DC Dining Adventures
    After ordering the Grilled Avocado with housemade ponzu, fresh wasabi, you'll never go back to eating non-grilled avocadoes!
  • Erin M.
    Erin MerchantSeptember 7, 2015
    Ramen is wait list only. Get there early, otherwise expect to wait. Pretty legit Sapporo style miso, but the regular is good too. Add a spice bomb and get a 22oz Sapporo Reserve. Eat it hot and quick.
  • Kaz K.
    Kaz K.February 15, 2016
    Always crowded here, get here early or expect to wait at least 30-60 mins. Ramen is pretty good. Great atmosphere. My fave on the menu is the gyoza, though.
  • Juliana M.
    Juliana MatsugumaSeptember 10
    If you like Ramen, this place is mandatory in DC. Great place, decoration, food and price. The service is exceptional as well. There's usually a waiting list, but it's worth the waiting.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    The Chilled Cucumberhas a crisp taste with a bit of heat, prepared with rayu vinaigrette, crispy garlic, ground sesame seed, and chili thread.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    Want eggs on eggs on eggs? Order the Rocky made of Onsen egg, sea urchin, salmon roe, sweet dashi broth.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    You can't leave without ordering the Pork and Brussels Sprouts “Okonomiyaki-style” with Kewpie mayo, okonomiyaki sauce, and aonori.
  • Howard J.
    Howard J. LeeNovember 10, 2013
    Everything is amazing. The hash brown nachos (sounds odd, but, trust me) is so amazing! Friendly bartenders and amazing staff. It feels like home every time I go!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 17
    On the ground floor: Sapporo-style ramen in a bustling setting. Upstairs, an izakaya specializing in Japanese bar food, whiskeys, shochu and Japanese beer. Read more
  • Chris
    ChrisApril 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The choice and volume of the music left me unsure if this was a restaurant or a club. Regardless, tasty ramen - albeit long seating wait times - with a trendy quasi-secret "izakaya" bar upstairs.
  • Eater
    EaterNovember 21, 2016
    Japanese whisky is the star spirit at Daikaya izakaya. The menu lists the usual expressions from Suntory and Nikka, along with two choices from Mars. Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchJanuary 11, 2014
    The Bitches Say: B+. Daikaya is definitely worth the trip for brunch. We’d like a little more consistency, but overall we loved it. Awarded with the Best French Toast and Best Veggie Dish of 2013!
  • Adna
    AdnaMarch 25, 2015
    Great service. The beansprouts were sautéed before being put in the soup, which added a unique flavor to the broth. The soft boiled egg was amazing.
  • Alexa S.
    Alexa ScordatoAugust 11, 2013
    Put your name in then head upstairs to Izakaya for a drink or appetizers. Brunch on weekends is a unique experience - small Japanese plates inspired by brunch classics like chicken and waffles.
  • Katie
    KatieDecember 12, 2013
    Great ramen & they don't skimp on the meat portions. In addition to the tasty food, the vibe is way trendier than most of the places in Chinatown & they played awesome music. Worth the visit.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresJanuary 25, 2015
    Lives up to the hype! You'll have some of the best ramen here! I recommend the Spicy Miso Ramen with chashu and egg add-ons.
  • Mohan B.
    Mohan BergAugust 5, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The miso based soups are excellent. The spicy isn't as spicy as you might expect so don't be scared away. Be prepared to drink lots of water because this food is salty by design. Eat it hot!
  • Bryant B.
    Bryant BalatbatFebruary 9, 2016
    When the line up is long to to the izakaya upstairs instead. Also that brunch menu is amazing. Try as much as you can, it's all good.
  • David D.
    David DyTangNovember 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Possibly the best ramen in DC, as long as you add the pork belly and soft boiled egg to your bowl. Stick to a max of two people and go early to keep your wait times down.
  • İlkay C.
    This one is Shio but Spicy ramen was better for me. Also dont forget add as topping egg and butter to your ramen.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Ruth P.
    Ruth PuiOctober 21, 2014
    The beef tongue is tender and spicy, the chicken Kara age is superb. Fried garlic is yummy and unique. So happy I made the stop, and loved the improved old fashioned!
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaJune 19, 2016
    Culinary heaven. The chef is a genius. The staff is well versed on the food. Go with a group of friends that like to try and share so you can tackle the incredible menu.
  • Kei H.
    Kei HarrisSeptember 7, 2015
    First time having authentic ramen and it was delicious. I was even able to stomach nori and nitamago which I had never been able to before.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaDecember 3, 2014
    Great ramen-- try the spicy miso. Tender, new noodles in refreshing broth. If they have pork belly, get it. It has a hint of ginger and it melts like butter.
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherNovember 9, 2015
    Daikaya Izakaya is my favorite Japanese restaurant in DC. Never fails to please, amaze & satisfy. Reservations recommended.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MateOctober 18, 2013
    I won't give to much away but look for the bartender with the monogram "pimp" on his sleeve and a stylish bow tie. Not only does he make one of the best old fashioned in the game he also had great req
  • İlkay C.
    First try for Gyoza and when it is hot yoh cannot get the flavors. So you should wait couple minutes for cool !
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Laura
    LauraFebruary 18, 2013
    Good food and they have a small hidden room at the back so good to know for a bigger group; they will soon open sth upstairs! And the sake was very good.
  • Spoon University
    Spoon UniversityOctober 18, 2016
    The noodles themselves here are what makes Daikaya stand out. They have a perfect al dente bite that is unmatched — probably because they import them from Sapporo for prime quality. Read more
  • Paige C.
    Paige CSeptember 20, 2014
    The best ramen I have ever had. Also try their amazing potstickers. My brother used to be a chef here and I will always love this place!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 16, 2013
    There are two ways to experience this restaurant: Stay on the ground floor to sip the broth and slurp the noodles of Sapporo-style ramen or go upstairs to order from a menu small plates.
  • Acacia H.
    Acacia HenryFebruary 26, 2014
    Delicious food and friendly staff. They recommended the not on the menu pork belly which was delicious!
  • Juli J.
    Juli JakuFebruary 19, 2015
    Ramen are great, but be ready for a wait and a crammed and loud environment. Upstairs has a ramen special on Fridays- best if you want to avoid the crowds
  • Rice L.
    Rice LiuJune 3, 2015
    They have an app that arranges reservations and seating. Note that the open table is for the Bar upstairs with no ramen
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostFebruary 13, 2014
    How long is the wait? Co-owner Daisuke Utagawa says it’s usually 45 minutes. Come after 9 p.m. and you likely won’t have a wait. On a recent Friday night at 7:45, the wait was 75 minutes. Read more
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresJanuary 25, 2015
    Gyoza is their only appetizer but it's a delicious starter while waiting for the amazing ramen.
  • Lauren
    LaurenApril 2, 2013
    I ordered shio ramen & it was delicious! Very filling, generous portion & the broth was savory. Add the spicy powder & a splash of gyoza sauce, so good!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 23, 2014
    Ramen on the bottom, izakaya on top. Grab a drink upstairs while waiting for a seat to open up at the ramen shop.
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KohnDecember 21, 2014
    Sake Bombs are a must. Inside is ginger beer, sapporo, angostura bitters, and a ball of sake in gelatin that pops in your mouth.
  • Aman C.
    Aman CAugust 9, 2014
    The shoyu ramen was quite good. A whole lot of bean sprouts, probably more than necessary. It isn't spicy at all so add some of the chili powder they have on the tables.
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GabeJune 28, 2015
    Go upstairs for a drink while you wait and get extra for when you go downstairs to eat since they don't offer cocktails down there.
  • Mimi N.
    Mimi NguyenNovember 19, 2013
    Shoyu ramen was pretty good. Broth is lighter than it looks. Be sure to ask to add pork belly to your bowl! It's not listed on the menu. You'll thank me later :)
  • Niels S.
    Niels SwimbergheMay 10, 2015
    I love this place, great ramen, great atmosphere, and it's being prepared before your eyes.
  • Daniel G.
    Good, but an awful lot of money for a bowl of ramen, and it's not *that* good. Though, I like the smoky added by the bean sprouts; it's a nice signature.
  • Kojo A.
    Kojo AmoakoSeptember 20, 2013
    I've never been so inclined to leave a tip after eating somewhere. This place is the truth. Get the pork belly add on if you're about real life.
  • Lauren Y.
    Lauren YamagataApril 7, 2013
    Head upstairs to the Izakaya and try the pork & brussel sprout skewers, miso braised cod, onigiri, chawanmushi and more! Delicious!
  • Ruth K.
    Ruth KFebruary 21, 2016
    Best ramen in DC. Best egg. Looking forward for a decent competition to come around to offer up other styles e.g., tonkatsu
  • Ab
    AbMarch 25, 2016
    Pick any. I vote Ship + egg (you must add an egg) + spice bomb on the side.
  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca BrownOctober 24
    Loved the ramen here. Kirin beer in the bar upstairs. Nice gyoza. Book as it's busy!
  • jenrandall
    jenrandallAugust 22, 2013
    Oh the ambience! The music selection and the wait staff seemed hand-picked for good vibes and diversity.
  • P J.
    P JSeptember 7, 2015
    So many things to drink, so little time. The menu isn't bad either. I recommend the octopus.
  • Emily A.
    Emily ArdenSeptember 18, 2013
    Grab a drink upstairs while you wait, and dessert afterwards for that matter... Everything was delicious and the entire staff was super friendly!
  • Carsten S.
    Carsten SchmidtNovember 3, 2015
    In my book the best of the ramen places in DC. The noodles are amazing way better than at that h street ramen place.
  • Erika
    ErikaMarch 26
    Spicy miso THE BEST!!! This ramen is the best I've ate in my life. If you are near from chinatown you must go!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostApril 10, 2014
    Ramen purists might blanch at the thought of a noodle bowl without pork, but they've probably never had chef Katsuya Fukushima's vegan ramen Read more
  • Rajani P.
    Rajani PrasadAugust 13, 2013
    First off- wear a bib! Nice waitress, great view of the kitchen when sitting at the bar but $16 for sodium-rich soup after all said and done is too much for me.
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsJuly 26, 2014
    Washingtonian recommends the crab croquettes, sake-grilled oysters, grilled skewers, and fried chicken with Kewpie mayo-chili sauce.
  • Erin P.
    Erin PSeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the spicy miso broth (originally not listed on the menu but recently made official). Also love the egg add-on!
  • Antipologirl
    AntipologirlJanuary 1, 2016
    I've tried three different ramens and they're all good: the spicy miso, plain miso, and shoyu. Defibitely my favorite in DC.
  • Susan M.
    Susan MareckMay 7, 2013
    Cool ramen place, crowded, noisy, great ramen, just what you would expect from ramen bar. Would recommend if you are hungry and like noodles.
  • Carl Lu Y.
    Carl Lu YinJune 18, 2016
    The spicy miso ramen is very good. The ramen eggs are very flavorful and the additional pork belly is a must
  • deenuhfoowad
    deenuhfoowadOctober 20, 2014
    the shiyo ramen was simple and amazing. add the egg. so gooood. the wait was pretty long though even on a Monday night.
  • Tamara D.
    Tamara DeikeFebruary 27, 2014
    Let Robbie the server from Long Island, order for you. He's got a magical list of non-menu items that are mind-blowing.
  • Ching Y.
    Ching Yu ™November 2, 2013
    Ask for the sliced pork belly topping with your ramen, it's not listed on the menu.
  • Jim G.
    Jim GoudreauOctober 9, 2015
    Great izakaya upstairs from the ramen restaurant. Really good authentic dishes as well as twists on classics.
  • Jake F.
    Jake FrasierJanuary 14, 2016
    Make sure to get a spice bomb for your ramen - so delicious!
  • Roger C.
    The ramen craze has been going on in the US for some time. Having been to several places in NYC, SF, Chicago etc.... this one is ok. I think they need more ramen options.
  • Christina
    ChristinaNovember 3, 2016
    Some of the best ramen I've ever had. Big, hearty, portions!
  • Anastasiia ..
    Spicy miso is really good! Try it and you will not regret it! Best ramen place in DC!
  • Jillian M.
    Jillian MatundanOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the bar to watch the guys if you can. Fun to watch. EVERYTHING is good here. Eat it up!
  • Tyrus M.
    Tyrus ManuelNovember 12, 2013
    Tasty lunch, great beer menu. Japanese and domestic on draft.
  • Isaac T.
    Isaac TaitOctober 17, 2014
    Upstairs has great drinks and amazing bar food in smaller portions. Downstairs is all about ramen. Ask your server for details if you're a newbie
  • Dennis P.
    Dennis PanekDecember 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Got the Shoyu Ramen and they had Pork Belly as a special. Happiness in a bowl. So worth the (long, long) lines.
  • Dave
    DaveJuly 7, 2015
    The Shoyu Ramen is really good, but be sure to get it without bean sprouts.
  • Atlanta Food & W.
    Head to Atlanta Food & Wine Festival May 29 – June 1 as Daikaya’s Chef Fukushima teaches how unique beverages, from sakes to infused cocktails, influences his tapas-style menu. Read more
  • Faith C.
    Faith Cabico-ArshonMarch 31, 2013
    Apparently, we just found out that there's a bar upstairs that serves cocktails and small plates. And, the first floor is just ramen and gyoza.
  • Erika
    ErikaMay 4
    Spicy misooo THE BOMB!!! I must say that is one of the best ramen 🍜 that I've eaten in my entire life!!! ❤️
  • Emily
    EmilyAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Go during off times for no wait, always add in pork belly and sip the yummy broth!
  • Ernie and Dora H.
    Portions hefty enough to share! Ernie & Dora Hiers, Fiction Faith & Foodies Blog Read more
  • Rotimi A.
    Rotimi A. WilliamsFebruary 22, 2016
    A spendy bowl of Ramen that might come with a long wait, but otherwise tasty. I liked the spicy Ramen.
  • Charlene
    CharleneSeptember 8, 2013
    Try the pork and Brussels sprouts skewers, okonomiyaki style, and the cod roe spaghetti!
  • Ben R.
    Ben RMay 31, 2016
    Good if not amazing ramen. They wildly overestimate the wait times. Don't forget to add an egg.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchApril 13, 2016
    Daikaya‘s messy crab Hollandaise Japanese egg concoction is nearly a Benny and absolutely delicious. Read more
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerOctober 1, 2016
    Great happy hour drink specials! Check out the bar upstairs (separate front door though).
  • Anastasiia ..
    Anastasiia ....August 20, 2016
    My favorite is with dark miso! Line 2 in the menu, get it and you wouldn't regret!
  • Mary-Katherine M.
    Mary-Katherine McKenzieNovember 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You'll have to wait but it's worth it. Get anything with a spice bomb and you'll be happy.
  • Sarah Marie G.
    Sarah Marie GerrityJanuary 25, 2016
    The spicy miso, while not super spicy, does pack a great amount of heat. Personal favorite.
  • ketzirah l.
    ketzirah lesserOctober 15, 2013
    Fantastic food. Listen to the chef and select dishes in order from the menu groups!
  • Pablo R.
    Pablo RamosApril 4, 2015
    get the spicy ramen with butter, they have free iced water pitchers but try the Mexican coke
  • Christine L.
    Loved the noodle texture but, the shoyu broth was alright and the chasu tasted a bit gamey. The spice bomb did make it tastier though.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy miso is amazing. Must order. Why don't they have it on the permanent menu?!!
  • Donna Mc
    Donna McApril 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Tourist tip: Shio ramen with extra noodle, corn, and butter. Yes, butter.
  • Joanna P.
    Joanna PoeAugust 30, 2013
    Good enough ramen if you have been missing it. This place is super loud though, so don't go expecting to be able to chat with friends.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan K.March 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the bar for close up view of the action. 3 person crew. 1 on wok. 1 on noodles. 1 on broth.
  • Leonardo V.
    Leonardo VillaJune 15, 2016
    I wish the ramen size were more generous. I ordered the Shoyu Ramen with extra pork and still think there was too little pork. Too little noodles. Too little everything. A bit expensive, yet.
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda RosenbergMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the shio ramen. Add the egg. Skip extra noodles. Displaces too much of the delicious broth.
  • Liane W.
    Liane WeissenbergerOctober 12, 2013
    Great service and amazing food. Try the salmon rice bowl for a little few spoonfuls of deliciousness
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsOctober 2, 2013
    Ponzu-filled, grilled avocado with wasabi is a must. Use a spoon. Trust us.
  • @mrfboyer
    @mrfboyerMarch 13, 2015
    Veggie ramen & add pork belly! Brunch is by far the best secret in town!
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TAugust 17, 2014
    Fantastic ramen, very flavorful noodles. Loved all the bamboo shoots, too.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get chawanmushi, pork Brussels sprouts, pork miso rice ball. Edamame good for happy hour. Chicken thigh and beef tenderloin skewers were well cooked but disappointingly bland.
  • Renato K.
    Renato KTDecember 12, 2016
    Ramen (Misso) and guioza was good but not perfect. Very crowded and the waiting list was poorly organized. However the waiter was very friendly, helpful and efficient.
  • Rich Y.
    Rich YuehJune 12, 2015
    Add some pork belly to your ramen for maximum flavor. The house iced tea is pretty good too.
  • Tram L.
    Tram LeMarch 23, 2016
    The upstairs restaurant is the best!! Amazing small plates of Japanese inspired food.
  • Sila D.
    Sila DFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    dope - the ramen soup with the egg is so dope. i could drink that broth all day...
  • Nicole T.
    Nicole TsengApril 17, 2016
    Stuffed cabbage at the Izakaya is real good - the perfect delicious comfort food
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HJanuary 11
    Best ramen noodles I've ever had! Chashu pork was fantastic. Soup was a bit salty though
  • Justin W.
    Justin WinterMay 8, 2016
    Got to visit the #1 ranked Ramen place in #DC. I understand why!
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RubensteinSeptember 6, 2014
    Crab & corn croquettes were really delicious. Good happy hour with food & drinks!
  • Francisco C.
    Probably one of the best noodles in D.C. Spicy noodles are fantastic ! And not that spicy
  • Dianna K.
    Dianna KJanuary 24, 2016
    vegan ramen available here. if you love ramen, come here. voted #1
  • Z W.
    Z WangMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Not bad. Good noodles. Broth leaves you thirsty all night because of sodium. LOVE the egg.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RephloMarch 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome! Amazing tuna poke, eggplant, grilled Avocado, fried garlic.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BaroneFebruary 27, 2016
    I love the inclusion of Brussels sprouts in the vegetarian ramen.
  • Brad B.
    Brad B.December 27, 2014
    Spicy Miso is great. Portions are good, no need to do too many add ins.
  • Elana Z.
    Elana Zygman BaninOctober 10, 2016
    Vegetarian ramen is amazing!! So full of vegetables and broth is so savory.
  • Ingrid W.
    Ingrid WongApril 29, 2015
    Delicious vegan shio ramen. Potstickers are average.
  • Yong K.
    Yong KwonSeptember 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Shio or shiyo won't disappoint. As long as you get da spice bomb. Boom.
  • Marriop
    MarriopMarch 3, 2013
    Get the vegetable ramen and then add both the roast pork and the pork belly. It's the best bang for the buck. Also quite filling.
  • Amy J.
    Amy JacksonFebruary 22, 2014
    Love love love this place. Amazing food, great service, fun atmosphere.
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PeiranoNovember 18, 2014
    Miso salmon ! Get it. Also all the specials are delish
  • Camille
    CamilleJune 19, 2013
    Try the vegetable ramen and turn it over with some pork. Best of both worlds.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Gyoza was amazing.
  • Suzannah S.
    Suzannah SimmonsMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The house sake is mediocre. Step it up while you are here and try the "Drunken Whale" (Suigei Tokubetsu)
  • Helene M.
    Helene MartinJanuary 30, 2016
    Ramen really is delicious. The wait can be a big much, though.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MonsalveOctober 13, 2015
    Okay, yes, this lives up to hype and was worth the nearly hour wait on a rainy Saturday, but the ramen was just so damn good.
  • Terence B.
    Terence BeebeFebruary 20, 2015
    First Ramen spot. Great food. Staff was great. Quick service
  • Mehkta W.
    Mehkta WaneyJanuary 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Shio ramen is my favorite. Perfect broth. Not too salty.
  • Sylvie H.
    Sylvie H.May 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    At the Izakaya upstairs: get the chawanmushi and the mentaiko!
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PeiranoApril 28, 2015
    Always save room for dessert !!! Surprisingly delicious and great service
  • Anastasiia ..
    Anastasiia ....November 23, 2015
    My new favorite spot for ramen! Order black ramen it's so goood!
  • Brian T.
    Brian T.July 13, 2015
    The izakaya upstairs is really great for gluten free diners
  • Shion G.
    Shion GuhaFebruary 17, 2015
    Spicy miso broth + spice bomb + pork belly + extra veggies. You will thank me later.
  • Zac N.
    Zac NAugust 4, 2016
    Izakaya located upstairs, cool bar
  • Rizalyn V.
    Rizalyn VargasJuly 27, 2013
    Vegetarian friendly!! Love their noodles, broth, and vegetables.
  • Rob M.
    Rob MeyerSeptember 12, 2015
    Spicy miso ramen and vegan ramen are both so excellent.
  • Jason H.
    Jason HermanOctober 22, 2013
    Great veggie options. Real quality ramen and great atmosphere.
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DoyleApril 5, 2013
    Simply amazing ramen. Worth the wait and cool vibe.
  • Robert W.
    Robert WAugust 4, 2013
    Pass on the brunch menu, but definitely try the yuzu-lemonade. You will not regret it.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LJuly 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Grilled avocado and chawanmushi. Chili Cucumber if you're in the mood. Seared enoki mushrooms are overpriced.
  • Brad P.
    Brad ParksMarch 19, 2016
    add the spice thing and an extra egg, well worth it
  • lucy e.
    lucy elliottSeptember 22, 2013
    Brunch is a treat! Don't miss the French Toast or Chicken & Waffles!
  • Chelsea D.
    Chelsea DicksonOctober 22, 2013
    Such a fantastic lunch menu! Highly recommend the Chicken rice bowl!
  • Akhil
    AkhilApril 3, 2013
    The Vegetarian Shimo Ramen was delicious! Tastes great with the corn-
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel P.April 24, 2013
    The ramen is okay. If you're a hardcore ramen eater who eats authentic ramen, you might be disappointed.
  • Stuart W.
    Stuart WrightMay 23, 2014
    One of my favourite Japanese restaurants! Impressed al the way around!
  • Hao H.
    Hao HuangMarch 11, 2016
    A fast food type of ramen, overrated for its star and price. Only good for a quick bite
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GriffinJuly 13, 2015
    Great noodles and great people, everything is good
  • Marta P.
    Marta PlanaFebruary 21, 2014
    Everything was really impressive!!! Great music with your meal!
  • Jane A.
    Jane AvrietteOctober 17, 2013
    The ramen is good. Be sure to get the gyoza.
  • Maria L.
    Delicious food!Polite and attentive staff, what else does anyone need??
  • Kristi M.
    Kristi MorrisNovember 24, 2013
    Get the shoyu ramen with pork belly - delicious!
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PeiranoNovember 18, 2014
    Skip the ramen and go upstairs ! Ramen had little to no flavor. Vegetable ramen is what I ordered and it was not impressive. My husband got the spicy miso and it's just spice no flavor profiles
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenAugust 24, 2015
    the shoyu ramen is so good
  • Justin C.
    Justin ConstantAugust 4, 2013
    If they have it. The spicy miso was awesome.
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina ParkJune 13, 2016
    Spicy miso with extra veggies!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SvetlikMay 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    'Wednesday Cat' is a great beer in a great can. Who knew beer could even BE so buttery
  • Dana W.
    Dana WDecember 15, 2013
    It's frustrating when you need to keep reminding them what you ordered...for multiple items.
  • Marriop
    MarriopMarch 3, 2013
    Get there early. 15 minutes means an hour if you arrive after 6pm
  • Melissa T.
    Melissa ThompsonMay 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't bother going upstairs. The ramen bar downstairs is where it's at.
  • Mari S.
    Mari SaMay 15
    Order Spicy miso ramen and gyoza
  • Rhea S.
    Rhea S.September 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegetable Noodles <3 The broth was amazing!
  • Robert B.
    Robert BrownFebruary 20, 2013
    Only 40 or so seats. A few days old, so go now before the word gets out!!!!
  • Alex P.
    Alex PopovaAugust 24, 2015
    Go late at night to avoid crowds! Daikaya can be pretty noisy, so wouldn't recommend as a "catch up and talk spot".
  • Erin L.
    Erin LindgrenJune 18, 2015
    Ramen! Add the spicy ball. Don't add broccoli.
  • Allan B.
    Allan BJune 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy miso with menma, corn, and pork belly. Yes please!
  • Kat L.
    Kat LMay 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Shio was really light and refreshing if you are in the mood. Miso was good but salty.
  • Ebrahim B.
    Ebrahim BandookwalaFebruary 21, 2015
    Vegan ramen with bakudan ! :-)
  • Ivan P.
    Ivan PeraltaFebruary 18, 2014
    The best Ramen in Town! You have to try it!
  • Yum K.
    Yum KAugust 21, 2014
    Spicy soyu♡ id like to try not spicy soyu, too.
  • Robel K.
    Robel KassaMay 15, 2013
    The Shuyo ramen with corn, pork, and butter. Clutch.
  • Eric G.
    Eric GreenwoodSeptember 17, 2016
    Order everything Tom suggests. He's a food wizard.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle StewartDecember 12, 2013
    Jesse is a gem at the bar. Get a Sake Bomb.
  • Max N.
    Max NgMay 26, 2014
    Ramen itself was pretty good. You can do better than a bad attitude sulking hostess.
  • ishan k.
    ishan kapoorApril 19, 2014
    Considering the long wait times, it is definitely once in a lifetime experience ;^)
  • D S.
    D SicApril 11, 2016
    Some of the best noodles and broth in DC
  • c0uP
    c0uPMay 24, 2016
    The vegetarian ramen + spice bomb 👌👌
  • Mario B.
    Mario BarrajaDecember 8, 2015
    I think is very unfortunate that something that could potentially be good is eventually so excellent at making the dining experience bad. Fail.
  • Sandra R.
    Come at 11:45 for lunch to beat the mass office exodus.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew ShannonJuly 19, 2015
    Spicy Miso Ramen is everything you want here!
  • Jyoti G.
    Jyoti Gill2 weeks ago
    worth the wait!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Monika F.
    Monika FilipovskaMarch 16, 2016
    The vegetable ramen is amazing
  • Brendan B.
    Brendan BJuly 5, 2015
    Izakaya upstairs takes reservations but ramen downstairs does not.
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanFebruary 1, 2015
    Pretty decent ramen. Fair price though the pork was pretty thin. Quality was decent. 3.5/5
  • Erika
    ErikaMarch 16
    Wowwwww the spicy ramen was delicious one on the best I have eat!
  • Marissa R.
    Marissa RyanMay 27, 2015
    Spicy ramen ftw. I still dream about it....
  • Serena M.
    Serena MayJune 16, 2013
    Come for the broth and the noodles
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YFebruary 5, 2015
    Red bean and wasabi FROYO
  • Alejandro M.
    Alejandro MenaSeptember 25, 2016
    Spicy Miso Ramen 😍
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FosterJanuary 18, 2014
    The wall in the entryway has sharp edges so be careful.
  • Brian R.
    Brian RoseSeptember 22, 2015
    Ramen with pork belly and spice bomb.
  • Marion
    MarionFebruary 22, 2015
    No need to bother with the upstairs. Stick with the ramen.
  • Camille
    CamilleJune 19, 2013
    Eat your noodles first. Don't forget to slurp! Oiishi
  • Naa P.
    Naa PilarMay 29, 2015
    Eat the beef tongue and the fries chicken
  • Janet Z.
    Janet ZApril 29, 2013
    I will just say "yum"!
  • Jamie D.
    Jamie DumbillFebruary 14, 2016
    Ramen and gyoza are delicious
  • Simon O.
    Simon OwensSeptember 20, 2013
    Get the ramen with the brown fermented egg
  • Kat Y.
    Kat YuNovember 17, 2013
    Brussels sprouts and pork; pee wee potatoes
  • Johnnie G.
    Johnnie GeorgeNovember 23, 2013
    Have the Spicy Miso Ramen. Yummy!
  • Michael Steven W.
    The Shoyu Ramen was awesome!
  • Mike t.
    Mike the ElderAugust 21, 2015
    Sapporo style ramen!
  • Alan
    AlanAugust 17, 2013
    add an egg - so good.
  • Tony S.
    Tony StarkJuly 15, 2015
    Spicy Miso is a must!
  • Bobby
    BobbyNovember 23, 2015
    Can't resist the spicy miso ramen
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca M.November 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The pork dumplings. Best.
  • Hilary G.
    Hilary GladstoneSeptember 30, 2013
    Try the quail! Very tender.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KyleAugust 9, 2014
    Call ahead for reservations
  • Kate M.
    Kate ModicOctober 9, 2014
    Spicy ramen. You don't need anything else
  • Sam H.
    Sam HargadineNovember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go alone. Sit at bar. Repeat often.
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PeiranoMay 5, 2015
    Go to the upstairs and skip the ramen
  • Vishnu S.
    Vishnu SarvagnaApril 14, 2016
    Spicy miso ramen is the best
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YFebruary 5, 2015
    Vegetable ramen
  • Michael H.
    Michael HolzheimerJanuary 16, 2014
    Spicy miso is incredible
  • Juan S.
    Juan SanchezSeptember 4, 2016
    Spicy miso soup: Delicious!
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PeiranoAugust 14, 2015
    Skip the ramen and head upstairs
  • Daly
    DalyMarch 21, 2014
    Spice bomb is a +
  • Michelle J.
    Michelle JaegerMarch 2, 2013
    Definitely get the dumplings.
  • Lauren Y.
    Lauren YMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't wait for the upstairs izakaya!
  • Justin T.
    Justin TaylorSeptember 12, 2013
    Great beer great food
  • Maricel G.
    Maricel GundayaoJuly 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Vegetable ramen with egg.
  • Ted V.
    Ted Van HoutenDecember 31, 2013
    The Hambagu tastes like Salisbury steak!
  • Paul C.
    Paul CunninghamSeptember 7, 2014
    Good ramen and pork belly
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 30, 2016
    Ramen good. That is all.
  • Max N.
    Max NgMay 26, 2014
    Bad attitude from black hostess with the blonde bangs. Why hire a hostess that gives a bad attitude after we have a simple request to have the table seats instead the counter seats ? Plain rude!
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SmithJuly 2, 2016
    Everything!
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YJanuary 24, 2015
    Shishito peppers
  • Phil L.
    Phil LOctober 1, 2015
    Best ramen in DC
  • Katie F.
    Katie FotofiliDecember 22, 2015
    Add bamboo shoots (menma) to your ramen!
  • Vince N.
    Vince NgMarch 6, 2016
    Soft serve
  • Gozde H.
    Gozde HostenSeptember 29, 2015
    Small plates but delicious food
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan ShuttMarch 12, 2014
    Music sucks, but this place has some legit Ramen...
  • Daisuke U.
    Authentic Sapporo Ramen
  • Sven L.
    Sven LuckermansFebruary 15, 2014
    Spicy miso ramen + bamboo!
  • Katarina K.
    Katarina KatsmaJanuary 27
    Vegan ramen! These are a few of my favorite things 🎵
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Jason Stratton, chef of Spinasse, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Ramen. Read more
  • Philip S.
    Philip SorianoFebruary 24, 2013
    High-5 the manager Eddie for wearing a Hugh & Crye shirt.
  • Brett p.
    Brett payneDecember 6, 2014
    Get a spice bomb!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BlueApril 3, 2016
    Vegan ramen!
  • Nick 🍾 F.
    Nick 🍾 FarinaJune 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    when in doubt, add more egg
  • Chun W.
    Chun WongMay 15, 2015
    Its a decent ramen place.
  • A viajante c.
    A viajante comilonaDecember 27, 2016
    As always very good!!!
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HughesNovember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy miso😻
  • D.m. M.
    D.m. MoralesSeptember 29, 2014
    bakudan spice bomb!
  • Cody M.
    The ramen is good.
  • Sierra B.
    Sierra BarkdollMarch 1, 2016
    Ramen with bamboo added in!
  • David P.
    David PhamMarch 1, 2014
    Put butter in your soup
  • Sierra B.
    Sierra BarkdollMarch 1, 2016
    Spicy miso ramen
  • Jimmy O.
    Jimmy OsallaAugust 4, 2015
    Spicy miso ramen
  • Derek W.
    Derek WongAugust 7, 2015
    Spicy Miso Ramen
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher ChenMarch 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Now open for lunch
  • Eli L.
    Eli LindnerNovember 10, 2013
    Spherified Aperol Spritz
  • Cameron
    CameronAugust 11, 2016
    Spicy Miso
  • Aries K.
    Aries KeckMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Upstairs is open!
  • Elaine J.
    Spicy miso
  • Erica L.
    Erica LopezOctober 23, 2015
    Spice bomb
  • Jonathan Y.
    Jonathan YipJuly 22, 2013
    Just bad ramen. Being a Californian I was highly disappointed.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MoolchandaniOctober 22, 2013
    I really wanted to love this place, but the food was just ok.
  • C D.
    C DOctober 9, 2013
    it was alright, expensive.
  • Francisco O.
    Francisco OjedaSeptember 6, 2015
    Deben entrar al local del segundo piso, los platos son pequeños pero de un sabor increible.
  • Maria
    MariaSeptember 1, 2016
    Вкусные и очень сытные супчики рамен со свининой:))) порции огроменные!!!
  • Denis L.
    Denis LyapinOctober 20, 2014
    Великолепная лапша!
  • Chelsi M.
    Spicy Miso Ramen👌🏽
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