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Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

(Now Closed)
Japanese Restaurant and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Mount Vernon Square, Washington
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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+
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Diana T.
    Diana ThaiMarch 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent sushi rolls particularly rainbow roll and classic futomaki. Great ambience and fun crowd.
  • 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!!)
  • 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.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LJuly 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • Kat L.
    Kat LFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Danai M.
    Danai MattisonJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Must try their fantastic sushi! spicy tuna and fried shrimp rolls are amazing! Although anything you order will be great!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:)
  • 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.
  • Weili S.
    Weili ShawFebruary 2, 2013
    Seared salmon belly/fatty salmon is amazingly smoky and creamy. Eel sashimi is must order.
  • Alex O.
    Alex OrrMarch 12, 2013
    Pork belly roll is soooo good. Duck fat ribs and pork belly skewer also wonderful.
  • Dan R.
    Dan RapelaOctober 29, 2011
    The saketini with vodka is fantastic. They also have an excellent selection of sake at the bar.
  • ❀mihoko❀
    ❀mihoko❀February 24, 2013
    Charcoal Grilled Pork Belly ( buTAbara: 豚バラ) & Sapporo please. Life is good.
  • 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 LOctober 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Taylor B.
    Taylor BerryOctober 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The name suggests sushi - which is good - but the grilled skewers (chicken w plum sauce, duck) and vegetables (eggplant) make the place.
  • 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!
  • Chris S.
    Chris StergalasOctober 16, 2012
    The tasting menu for $50 is a great value and well worth it.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieJuly 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • Dana Z.
    Dana Zureikat DaoudSeptember 27, 2011
    The freshest fish and the best Japanese restaurant in town. I loved their coconut margarita!
  • Allison
    AllisonJune 10, 2012
    Get their sashimi, bacon & asparagus, and duck ribs. So damn good
  • Jen B.
    Jen BissettFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Pork Belly is TO DIE FOR. Dinner is pricey, but lunch is pretty reasonable.
  • Vladimir V.
    Vladimir V.November 4, 2013
    Very helpful and open bartender named Daria. Love her cocktails.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJuly 19, 2012
    Try the White Widow - White whiskey, rose liqueur, hibiscus syrup, grapefruit and lime
  • Stacey
    StaceySeptember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Donna S.
    Donna SipofPerfectionDecember 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The duck leg that I shared with my date was awesome! Great place to visit totally recommend it!
  • Stefanie K.
    Stefanie KimNovember 17, 2012
    Get the pork belly skewers and black sesame gelato
  • Nick F.
    Nick FarinaNovember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Duck and pork belly and sesame ice cream or you are missing like the whole point
  • Miss Grace
    Miss GraceJuly 30, 2013
    You gotta try the pork belly roll....amazing!!
  • Asim M.
    Asim MishraNovember 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the seared fatty salmon nigiri and pork belly and Wagyu skirt steak kushiyaki skewers.
  • Karin M.
    Karin MillerAugust 18, 2013
    All was good but pork belly skewer was divine!
  • Alaa S.
    Alaa ShakerAugust 26, 2014
    Food's amazing, but value for price? You'll probably leave hungry.
  • 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.
  • Jason R.
    Jason RosenbergApril 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sitting at the bar is better than sitting at the table. It's fun to watch the cooks do their thing.
  • Lynn P.
    Lynn PinaJanuary 5, 2014
    Sushi is mediocre. Best thing I had was the coconut custard dessert with the green tea sauce.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GluckmanMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the beef dishes that are too well-done and focus instead on the tender pork belly and the flavorful duck.
  • Antonis K.
    Antonis KaragounisMarch 6, 2012
    The Kimchi with pork is crazy good. And Spicy!!!!!
  • Vashti J.
    Vashti JJanuary 23, 2011
    Great atmosphere, lovely servers. Also, SO many vegetarian options - thanks Kushi!
  • Mark D.
    Mark DatesMarch 12, 2011
    Black sesame ice cream!! Has a peanut buttery taste and the sake was good!
  • Suzette V.
    Suzette Van DelayFebruary 25, 2011
    try skewered & grilled anything! miso marinated fish is yummy.
  • Becky B.
    Becky BorgesSeptember 7, 2014
    Pork belly and okra skewers y'all
  • Katie L.
    Katie L.February 24, 2011
    Wagyu beef skewers. Order at least three. You won't regret it!
  • Jason R.
    Jason RosenbergMarch 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The wasabi ice cream tastes like cold wasabi. But after a few bites, you've had enough wasabi. Worth trying though.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Miso fish overrated and pricey. Skip Brussels sprouts and yakisoba. Get beef tataki and eel sashimi.
  • annie c.
    annie carliniDecember 22, 2011
    braised pork belly. on repeat. oh, and the champagne cocktail. on repeat.
  • Allison
    AllisonJune 10, 2012
    Be adventurous and try their sea salt gelato!!! @kushi
  • Geoffrey M.
    Geoffrey MaughamNovember 23, 2011
    Menu has been drastically reduced with many fewer vegetarian options. Such a shame.
  • Kimberly V.
    Kimberly VanApril 5, 2011
    Trust the tips - - the miso marinated fish is awesome.
  • Fritz H.
    Fritz HubigMarch 5, 2012
    Oceans Oyako Don.....delicious salmon and roe on rice
  • Kimberly V.
    Kimberly VanApril 14, 2011
    Get five orders of the miso marinated fish. It is that good.
  • Bethany L.
    Bethany L.June 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Leave room for the unique gelato. It's almost better than their sushi.
  • Katie D.
    Katie DinermanMay 29, 2013
    Great service, will be back!
  • Trang O.
    Trang OukOctober 28, 2012
    The black sesame ice cream is excellent!
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraAugust 29, 2012
    Try the Oysters - http://www.foodnomad.net/2012/08/kushi-izakaya-sushi.html
  • michael b.
    michael brashierJanuary 30, 2011
    The Hitachino Japanese ale was very good but a little expensive at $24/pint
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangJuly 29, 2010
    The o'toro sashimi was great. It says 5 pieces but I got 6! Maybe everyone does...
  • tony s.
    tony sApril 13, 2010
    pork belly's awesome. trust the bartender for a fantastic Japanese beer.
  • michael b.
    michael brashierJanuary 30, 2011
    The eel was the best I've ever had at a sushi place.
  • Kai B.
    Kai BrinkerMay 1, 2012
    The happy hour at "The Lounge" area goes until 8.
  • Le'Naiya B.
    Le'Naiya BlackwellJanuary 23, 2014
    definitely get the smoked salmon or skuna bay!
  • Steve S.
    Steve ShirleyMarch 16, 2013
    Try it all! It is fantastic!
  • Jimi
    JimiNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Aaron is the best bartender. See him Thursday & Saturday!
  • John B.
    John BrennanJuly 6, 2013
    WARNING: No sake bombing allowed.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Jamie Leeds, chef of Hank's Oyster Bar, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Grilled eggplant. Read more
  • Cartier D.
    Cartier DiamondDecember 6, 2012
    Try the maki rolls
  • Anthony I.
    Anthony IstricoAugust 3, 2011
    Awesome variety and fantastic food!
  • 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!
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KimballApril 21, 2011
    Don't get the Cucumber Suck-atini! But get the Sake Blossom.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 10, 2010
    Try the Black Sesame & Sea Salt Ice Cream
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JorgensenDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the pork belly. That is all.
  • Ghassan A.
    Ghassan Abu-GhaidaAugust 26, 2014
    Good sushi and izakaya
  • Jon M.
    Jon MoralesJune 8, 2012
    Love the duck sausage.
  • Lindsey F.
    Lindsey FongJuly 1, 2013
    Recommend the rice balls.
  • Justin H.
    Justin HamiltonJuly 13, 2010
    $4 Kirin drafts and tuna rolls a must for happy hour
  • corbett3000
    corbett3000August 28, 2011
    Try the Komotsuru sake. It's amazing.
  • Travis R.
    Travis RichardsonNovember 23, 2011
    Very good sushi and soups.
  • Suzanne Y.
    Suzanne YuenJanuary 24, 2011
    This place is awesome!!!!! Try the grill pork belly!
  • Yong K.
    Yong KwonAugust 19, 2014
    Pork belly skewer. Repeat.
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EmgeApril 2, 2011
    Pork belly and Ginger beer is great!
  • Lynn L.
    Lynn LeSeptember 1, 2016
    Delish sushi!
  • Anthony V.
    Anthony VeachMarch 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Large selection of sushi. Fish flown in from Japan.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RJune 7, 2011
    Moshi trio is phenomenal
  • 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.
  • Madison L.
    way understaffed when I was there.
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MartinoMarch 12, 2010
    Get the Duck Sausage. Awesome!
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