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Sushi Taro

Sushi Restaurant · Dupont Circle
1503 17th St NW (P st NW), Washington, D.C. 20036, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:30 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:30 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 5:30 PM–10:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.6/10

Based on 154 votes

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    Alice
    "The omakase counter is an amazing experience."(4 Tips)
    Mike V.
    "Braised pork belly + spicy tuna roll = perfect meal."(3 Tips)
    David V.
    "Get the Sushi tasting menu ... amazing experience and totally worth..."(2 Tips)
    dawn.in.newyork
    "The best authentic and fresh Nigiri Sushi ever in this town."(3 Tips)
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  • authentic
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  • Derek F.

    Sushi omakase offers good sample of the available fish. Yellowtail and tuna are the standouts on the platter. Miso soup is rather unusual. Labeled as Fisherman's Miso, it includes a fish head. Beware.

    Derek Fromson · January 17, 2013
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  • Carl G.

    I love sushi. This is the first sushi place I've been to in some time where I saw things I didn't recognize on the menu. They have everything, and it's all mouth-watering! The prevalence of native Read more

    Carl Gieringer · July 25, 2011
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  • Kat L.

    New Zealand king salmon was surprisingly better than the fatty toro. BBQ eel and yellowtail is always good. Sake cod was fine and prawn and veggie tempura were fine. Skip the mushroom diva mushy.

    Kat L · September 5, 2014
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  • Kat L.

    Best happy hour in DC! Get the salmon, eel, and fatty tuna roll with scallion. Rainbow roll, shrimp tempura are a close second. Yellowtail was a nice addition. Spicy tuna roll was only okay.

    Kat L · November 28, 2013
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  • Edrea

    Undoubtedly the BEST authentic Japanese food in town. Presentation is stunning and food is immpecable. If its good enough for the Japanese Embassy.. it's definitely worth the price for the experience.

    Edrea · February 27, 2012
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  • Washingtonian Magazine

    Sitting at the sushi bar and watching the chefs do their deft blade work on hulking slabs of fish, making edible art with Zen-like calm, provides some insight into what makes Sushi Taro special.

    Washingtonian Magazine · January 9, 2012
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  • Jason T.

    Easily the best sushi in town. It's pricey, but it's also a really solid experience. They also have great lunch specials -- bowls of ramen and so on. Can't go wrong here.

    Jason Townsend · August 29, 2011
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  • Kat L.

    Splurge for fatty tuna. Grilled eel no better than cheaper eel. Eel tempura and avocado is excellent. Yellowtail only okay - nothing special. Spicy tuna is very nice but not a must.

    Kat L · October 10, 2011
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  • Alice

    Housemade udon noodles and salmon belly on rice are great deals here! Sushi is fresh and high-quality. My favorite sushi restaurant in the DC area so far!

    Alice · August 9, 2014
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  • Jules W.

    Several delicious uni options: Maine & Cali uni sashimi, uni & tofu dish, uni tempura. Intimate ambiance, great service, love it.

    Jules Weiss · December 17, 2013
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  • Sucker4Acoustic

    Traditional Kaiseki and Sushi tasting menus are amazing. It's a bit pricey but it's an authentic, delicious experience. Wonderful service. You get what you pay for.

    Sucker4Acoustic · October 20, 2011
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Sushi Taro has even gotten a stamp of approval from the Japanese Embassy–their staff often frequents this spot. They have a great set of weekly deals, too. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · July 2, 2013
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  • Jeff M.

    Avoid this place. I loved it - then they gave me food poisoning, next bad service and then they lied about a sushi happy hour. Too expensive for what you don't get. go somewhere else and save money

    Jeff Mack · September 10, 2011
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  • Diana T.

    The rainbow roll and mackerel nigiri tastes so fresh and flavorful. Excellent bar seats with great view of 17th st. For a moment you forget you are in DC.

    Diana Thai · March 12, 2014
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  • David V.

    Get the Sushi tasting menu ... amazing experience and totally worth it! Do it through village vines and get 30% off! Also a free bottle of saki on Tuesdays!

    David Vasquez · February 3, 2011
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  • Kat L.

    Best lunch special in Dupont. Slow service. Lunch bento box with fried chicken or eel was awesome. Too bad only open on weekdays for lunch.

    Kat L · August 31, 2011
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  • Rodney S.

    I've often heard that Sushi Taro has the best sushi in town; however, I don't eat sushi. It may have good sushi, but their cooked dishes are horrible.

    Rodney Shaffer · January 29, 2010
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  • Jose P.

    Absolutely fresh and delicious sushi.. Try the rainbow roll and the fun tempura roll.. Happy hour 50% off between 5-7 pm

    Jose Pratiboè · May 20, 2015
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  • Food Network

    Belly up to the bar between 5:30 and 7pm for half-price sushi, wine and beer. Via CityEats.com Read more

    Food Network · March 20, 2013
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  • Eric K. Noji, M.D.

    Natto. Exquisite. This is one of three of the best reasonably priced sushi places in the DC area

    Eric K. Noji, M.D. · September 11, 2014
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  • Matt B.

    Came here for restaurant week lunch. The fish was very fresh and everything was delicious.

    Matt Bernstein · January 23, 2015
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  • Mike V.

    Cute tables by the bar overlooking 17th St if you don't have a res. Braised pork belly + spicy tuna roll = perfect meal.

    Mike Vallebuona · January 29, 2012
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  • dawn.in.newyork

    Really great lunch deals. The best authentic and fresh Nigiri Sushi ever in this town.

    dawn.in.newyork · January 26, 2015
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  • Erin P.

    Great happy hour (ends at 7). Half off some rolls, beers, wines, sake, etc. Expensive place, affordable HH

    Erin Ponsonby · March 13, 2015
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  • Washington Post

    *** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. (Tom recommends the wild yellowtail, sweet shrimp, uni or panko-crusted chicken.) http://wapo.st/rd9N3J

    Washington Post · October 12, 2011
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  • Courtney M.

    Happy hour with half price sushi and drinks from 5:30 until 7. But get here early, it feels up quick.

    Courtney May · November 22, 2011
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  • Janet M.

    The sashimi of fatty tuna, air-shipped from Japan is on the best dishes list in Washingtonian Magazines 100 Best Restaurants issue.

    Janet McNichol · February 26, 2010
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  • Arthur K.

    Amazing food, super attentive staff... Orgi is an excellent service staff!! Best Japanese I've had yet in dc.

    Arthur Kuo · April 5, 2013
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  • Kat L.

    Fatty tuna is worth every penny. Skip croquettes, wagyu, and shrimp. Salmon and yellowtail only ok.

    Kat L · December 22, 2012
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  • Serious Eats

    Come early to stake out a seat for happy hour at this excellent 11-seat sushi bar.

    Serious Eats · April 23, 2014
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  • Alex Z.

    Wow! sushi is amazing! This place is high end! If you can't decide get a sushi or sashimi omakase!

    Alex Zaltsman · May 12, 2010
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  • Amy K.

    If you miss their old menu, you can get maki and nigiri at the bar. It's a special bar menu. Yum.

    Amy King · December 15, 2010
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  • Anne H.

    Bento lunches are balanced, filling, and delicious!

    Anne Henochowicz · February 22
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  • PC Z.

    If the set dinner is too rich for your blood, try their amazing lunch specials.

    PC Zai · May 16, 2013
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  • Jim S.

    Try the Yuzu Sour. So refreshing! Also, lunch here is the best value in town.

    Jim Steiner · July 13, 2012
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  • Nate L.

    Excellent spot for talking business over lunch. Nice view. Good sushi. Great vibes.

    Nate Long · November 17, 2011
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  • Angie C.

    AMAZING SUSHI & a variety of saki! Definitely a great place to go.

    Angie C · March 22, 2012
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  • Alice

    The omakase counter is an amazing experience. Highly recommend.

    Alice · August 9, 2014
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  • Collin C.

    Best sushi experience in DC. Try the sea cucumber.

    Collin Chartier · November 24, 2015
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  • Vanessa C.

    Meh. Been here twice. Still not impressed. Overpriced and mediocre compared to Omen in NYC.

    Vanessa Carter · February 22, 2013
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  • Rhonda R.

    Order Omekase style, chefs won't steer you wrong with freshest straight from Japan.

    Rhonda R. · January 16, 2011
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  • Stephanie D.

    Awesome during restaurant week! Be prepared for a 4 course meal

    Stephanie DeDecker · August 21, 2015
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  • Chris K.

    This is quality sushi with lots of special fish. They didn't have my Uni sushi barameter

    Chris Konecny · August 22, 2014
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  • Cal

    The sushi was quite tasty here! You MUST try the braised pork belly! It's to die for!

    Cal · October 2, 2012
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  • Chuq Y.

    This place will ruin you for sushi elsewhere in the city.

    Chuq Yang · December 17, 2015
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  • Kelly

    Holy Crap...the arugula roll with ginger sauce is amazing!

    Kelly · April 4, 2013
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  • Susie C.

    Excellent sushi, but get there early for dinner.

    Susie C. · August 11, 2011
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  • Chuck C.

    Great window seating and perfect spicy tuna rolls

    Chuck C · October 31, 2010
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  • Brian Y.

    Have the hojicha pudding. Perfect delicate dessert after a fine meal.

    Brian Yamanaka · September 28, 2010
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  • Brian Y.

    Have the slow braised pork belly in soup. OMG it's heaven!

    Brian Yamanaka · September 27, 2010
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