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Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

(Now Closed)
Japanese Restaurant and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Mount Vernon Square, Washington
110 Tips and reviews
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  • Stephanie
    StephanieJuly 11, 2014
    This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in the city. However, quality, service, and selection has gone VERY downhill over the past two years. I will never come here willingly again.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    Definitely go with the Omakase Chef's Dinner Special where you can experience a daily selection of Japanese specialties including some delicious sushi!
  • Diana T.
    Diana ThaiMarch 9, 2014
    Excellent sushi rolls particularly rainbow roll and classic futomaki. Great ambience and fun crowd.
  • Lynn P.
    Lynn PinaJanuary 5, 2014
    Sushi is mediocre. Best thing I had was the coconut custard dessert with the green tea sauce.
  • Lynn P.
    Lynn PinaJanuary 5, 2014
    The spicy miso ramen with the soft boiled egg on top is a must. Perfect amount of spicy and the combo of the broth and meat is awesome.
  • Cleo Y.
    Cleo YoungNovember 13, 2013
    Half-priced rolls on Monday nights! Great skewers and fresh, tasty sashimi. The honey fried banana and black sesame ice cream make a great dessert.
    It’s a fun place to kick it with a few pals, a large order of beer/sake, and lots of different small plates–that’s izakaya! (Definitely try the seasonal specials.) Read more
  • Jason H.
    Jason HermanMay 4, 2013
    Don't sit underneath the speakers or you will never hear what people at the table are saying. It's "cool factor" over having an enjoyable meal & time!
  • Jason H.
    Jason HermanMay 4, 2013
    This place is so obnoxious and pretentious! They keep the music so loud and obnoxious with a DJ to make it seem hip and over the top. Don't waste your time here!
  • Christine O.
    Christine OsleboMarch 17, 2013
    We had three sushi rolls.... all.not very good. I've had better. Don't come here for sushi. On the other hand... amazing salmon and steak is pretty good!
  • Alex O.
    Alex OrrMarch 12, 2013
    Pork belly roll is soooo good. Duck fat ribs and pork belly skewer also wonderful.
  • Weili S.
    Weili ShawFebruary 2, 2013
    Seared salmon belly/fatty salmon is amazingly smoky and creamy. Eel sashimi is must order.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey ADecember 22, 2012
    Didn't get sushi, but everything else was really good. Definitely go for anything with the pork belly (skewer or rice bowl)! All three desserts were delicious too :)
  • Chris S.
    Chris StergalasOctober 16, 2012
    The tasting menu for $50 is a great value and well worth it.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LOctober 7, 2012
    Skip mini donburi and Fatty toro. Duck fat pork ribs only ok. Eggplant was good but would not order again. Sashimi trio, pork belly, and honey banana are must orders.
  • Manothong T.
    Manothong T.August 13, 2012
    If you know in advance your going there make a reservation otherwise you may end up at the grill bar which isn't terrible cuz you do get to watch your food be made
  • Kat L.
    Kat LJuly 21, 2012
    Oysters aren't worth it. Neither are the green beans unless you feel like eating veggies. Cold ramen is ok. The fresh sushi and sashimi is always safe. Great calamari, chicken sausage, ok hand roll.
  • Sir Apollo T.
    Sir Apollo TidmoreMay 15, 2012
    Whole fish. Grilled right in front of you at the open kitchen bar grill. Do it up! Tasty:)
  • Phillip P.
    Phillip PerryMay 5, 2012
    Are you a BBQ fan AND a sushi fan? Then get the braised pork belly roll for a little eastern-southern flair.
  • Alexis N.
    Alexis NascimentoApril 24, 2012
    We ordered the DELISH nigiri sashimi & pork belly, as well as a few rolls. Could've passed on the rolls, but the service was QUICK!
  • Kat L.
    Kat LMarch 10, 2012
    Miso fish overrated and pricey. Skip Brussels sprouts and yakisoba. Get beef tataki and eel sashimi.
  • Jen B.
    Jen BissettFebruary 29, 2012
    The Pork Belly is TO DIE FOR. Dinner is pricey, but lunch is pretty reasonable.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LFebruary 19, 2012
    Sit at bar. Order sashimi trio, duck and pork belly. Crispy duck thigh is tasty. Skip tofu and karage. Get honey banana and black sesame ice cream.
  • Danai M.
    Danai MattisonJanuary 19, 2012
    Must try their fantastic sushi! spicy tuna and fried shrimp rolls are amazing! Although anything you order will be great!
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    The charcoal fire pit and surrounding U-shaped bar dominate the room. But don’t ignore the raw items—sushi and sashimi are almost always pristine. What to get: Braised pork-belly rolls; duck sausage.
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 28, 2011
    Try the skewers for which this Japanese haven is named, as well as the other small plates that rotate according to the freshest seafood that's available that day.
  • Geoffrey M.
    Geoffrey MaughamNovember 23, 2011
    Menu has been drastically reduced with many fewer vegetarian options. Such a shame.
  • Chris
    ChrisOctober 30, 2011
    The saketini with gin is also fantastic. It's all a matter of taste. Also, the Akishika 'bambi cup' sake is amazing (and comes with a take home cup!!)
  • Dan R.
    Dan RapelaOctober 29, 2011
    The saketini with vodka is fantastic. They also have an excellent selection of sake at the bar.
  • Dana Z.
    Dana Zureikat DaoudSeptember 27, 2011
    The freshest fish and the best Japanese restaurant in town. I loved their coconut margarita!
  • Christina Z.
    Christina ZurlaSeptember 10, 2011
    Don't miss out on the pork belly. And if fresh sea urchin is ever on the menu, do yourself a favor and order it.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    Though sushi is definitely on the menu, Kushi is more about introducing the traditional Japanese izakaya concept with a grill counter, raw bar and the works. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Delores G.
    Delores GuggenheimJune 12, 2011
    Thanks 4 d tips all! Chose 2 eat here cuz of them. Not disappointed. Very good food! Excellent service. Came for sushi. But amazing grill skewers. Black sesame ice cream. Yumm!
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DelfinoApril 21, 2011
    Everyone raved about the pork belly skewers. This one was hard for me but I tried a bite of one and the name aside it was good! We sat at the bar for happy hour and the bartender was super helpful! A+
  • Jason R.
    Jason RosenbergMarch 23, 2011
    The wasabi ice cream tastes like cold wasabi. But after a few bites, you've had enough wasabi. Worth trying though.
  • michael b.
    michael brashierMarch 12, 2011
    check your CC statement. They charged me twice but when i called they said they didnt show it on their end. AMEX told me it happens all the time with the company that owns this restaurant.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DatesMarch 12, 2011
    Black sesame ice cream!! Has a peanut buttery taste and the sake was good!
  • Houston R.
    Houston RuckFebruary 5, 2011
    The rice ball (occasionally vegetarian), is best when grilled. The heat toasts the rice kernels and results in a nice nutty flavor.
  • Nisha C.
    Nisha ChittalFebruary 4, 2011
    You can't order wrong at this place, but I recommend the skirt steak skewer, the miso-glazed fish, and the braised pork belly. All amazing.
  • Vashti J.
    Vashti JJanuary 23, 2011
    Great atmosphere, lovely servers. Also, SO many vegetarian options - thanks Kushi!
  • Donna S.
    Donna SipofPerfectionDecember 3, 2010
    The duck leg that I shared with my date was awesome! Great place to visit totally recommend it!
  • Asim M.
    Asim MishraNovember 6, 2010
    Get the seared fatty salmon nigiri and pork belly and Wagyu skirt steak kushiyaki skewers.
  • Holly B.
    Holly BoundsOctober 20, 2010
    OMG this food is amazing. Get the miso marinated fish from the robato grill. The eel and avocado roll made me see Jesus. Seriously. Go here.
  • Taylor B.
    Taylor BerryOctober 6, 2010
    The name suggests sushi - which is good - but the grilled skewers (chicken w plum sauce, duck) and vegetables (eggplant) make the place.
  • Now Owl
    Now OwlSeptember 25, 2010
    The Nasu Agedashi (eggplant & chicken miso) was a surprise hit at our table. Also, try the braised pork belly maki and get a duck thigh under the robata menu.
  • Stacey
    StaceySeptember 4, 2010
    The "Shochu Breeze" is the best cocktail on the menu. It's quite literally a warm sunny day AND a cool breeze, all at once, in your mouth.
  • Metromix
    MetromixJune 21, 2010
    The black sesame ice cream may sound weird but it's AMAZING, tastes like peanut butter…but better! Read more
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 17, 2010
    Let someone else decide what gets put on your plate. Get down on this Japanese spots Omakase meal, which remixes to something new every 3 weeks. Read more
  • tony s.
    tony sApril 13, 2010
    pork belly's awesome. trust the bartender for a fantastic Japanese beer.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 19, 2010
    It's got everything you need. Boisterous, after-work izakaya drinking culture? Check. The kushiyaki serving skewered & grilled meats? Check. The raw bar slicing up the freshest fish from Japan? Check.
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