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Sushi Taro

Sushi Restaurant$$$$
Dupont Circle, Washington
  • Has a stamp of approval from Food Network and Washington Post
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    • Washington Post
  • Ruth L.
    "Visited during restaurant week and loved it."(4 Tips)
    "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)
70 Tips and reviews
  • sushi
  • restaurant week
  • happy hour
  • sake
  • omakase
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  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    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.
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Kat L.
    Kat LNovember 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Kristen D.
    Kristen DrewesFebruary 7
    Get to the bar before 7. Happy hour = half off all drinks, sake carafes, and sushi. Everything is fresh and cared for.
  • Edrea
    EdreaFebruary 27, 2012
    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.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Derek F.
    Derek FromsonJanuary 17, 2013
    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.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkMarch 20, 2013
    Belly up to the bar between 5:30 and 7pm for half-price sushi, wine and beer. Via Read more
  • Carl G.
    Carl GieringerJuly 25, 2011
    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
  • Jules W.
    Jules WeissDecember 17, 2013
    Several delicious uni options: Maine & Cali uni sashimi, uni & tofu dish, uni tempura. Intimate ambiance, great service, love it.
  • Ruth L.
    Ruth LaToison IfillAugust 16, 2016
    Great service. Delicious food. Visited during restaurant week and loved it. Green Tea ice cream is not too sweet, just right. Also, sake pairings are tasty and strong!
  • Alice
    AliceAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Diana T.
    Diana ThaiMarch 12, 2014
    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.
  • Jason T.
    Jason TownsendAugust 29, 2011
    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.
  • Sucker4Acoustic
    Sucker4AcousticOctober 20, 2011
    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.
  • Jose P.
    Jose PratiboèMay 20, 2015
    Absolutely fresh and delicious sushi.. Try the rainbow roll and the fun tempura roll.. Happy hour 50% off between 5-7 pm
  • 26, 2015
    Really great lunch deals. The best authentic and fresh Nigiri Sushi ever in this town.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BernsteinJanuary 23, 2015
    Came here for restaurant week lunch. The fish was very fresh and everything was delicious.
  • Eric K. Noji, M.D.
    Eric K. Noji, M.D.September 11, 2014
    Natto. Exquisite. This is one of three of the best reasonably priced sushi places in the DC area
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 23, 2014
    Come early to stake out a seat for happy hour at this excellent 11-seat sushi bar.
  • David V.
    David VasquezFebruary 3, 2011
    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!
  • Kat L.
    Kat LAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 12, 2011
    *** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. (Tom recommends the wild yellowtail, sweet shrimp, uni or panko-crusted chicken.)
  • Mike V.
    Mike VallebuonaJanuary 29, 2012
    Cute tables by the bar overlooking 17th St if you don't have a res. Braised pork belly + spicy tuna roll = perfect meal.
  • Erin P.
    Erin PonsonbyMarch 13, 2015
    Great happy hour (ends at 7). Half off some rolls, beers, wines, sake, etc. Expensive place, affordable HH
  • Arthur K.
    Arthur KuoApril 5, 2013
    Amazing food, super attentive staff... Orgi is an excellent service staff!! Best Japanese I've had yet in dc.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • PC Z.
    PC ZaiMay 16, 2013
    If the set dinner is too rich for your blood, try their amazing lunch specials.
  • Anne H.
    Anne HenochowiczFebruary 22, 2016
    Bento lunches are balanced, filling, and delicious!
  • Jim S.
    Jim SteinerJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Yuzu Sour. So refreshing! Also, lunch here is the best value in town.
  • Isa L.
    Isa LaraJuly 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The incredible freshness of the fish makes all the difference
  • Courtney M.
    Courtney MayNovember 22, 2011
    Happy hour with half price sushi and drinks from 5:30 until 7. But get here early, it feels up quick.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Fatty tuna is worth every penny. Skip croquettes, wagyu, and shrimp. Salmon and yellowtail only ok.
  • Nate L.
    Nate LongNovember 17, 2011
    Excellent spot for talking business over lunch. Nice view. Good sushi. Great vibes.
  • Angie C.
    Angie CMarch 22, 2012
    AMAZING SUSHI & a variety of saki! Definitely a great place to go.
  • Collin C.
    Collin ChartierNovember 24, 2015
    Best sushi experience in DC. Try the sea cucumber.
  • Alice
    AliceAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The omakase counter is an amazing experience. Highly recommend.
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DeDeckerAugust 21, 2015
    Awesome during restaurant week! Be prepared for a 4 course meal
  • Amy K.
    Amy KingDecember 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you miss their old menu, you can get maki and nigiri at the bar. It's a special bar menu. Yum.
  • Kelly
    KellyApril 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Holy Crap...the arugula roll with ginger sauce is amazing!
  • Alex Z.
    Alex ZaltsmanMay 12, 2010
    Wow! sushi is amazing! This place is high end! If you can't decide get a sushi or sashimi omakase!
  • Cal
    CalOctober 2, 2012
    The sushi was quite tasty here! You MUST try the braised pork belly! It's to die for!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KonecnyAugust 22, 2014
    This is quality sushi with lots of special fish. They didn't have my Uni sushi barameter
  • Isa L.
    Isa LaraOctober 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretty amazing bonito ceviche roll w cilantro & lime.
  • Janet M.
    Janet McNicholFebruary 26, 2010
    The sashimi of fatty tuna, air-shipped from Japan is on the best dishes list in Washingtonian Magazines 100 Best Restaurants issue.
  • Yishi H.
    Yishi HuangAugust 26, 2016
    Sashimi is the best in DMV area
  • Rodney S.
    Rodney ShafferJanuary 29, 2010
    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.
  • Ruth K.
    Ruth KFebruary 22, 2015
    Happy hour has great deals on the freshest sushi.
  • Susie C.
    Susie C.August 11, 2011
    Excellent sushi, but get there early for dinner.
  • Rhonda R.
    Rhonda R.January 16, 2011
    Order Omekase style, chefs won't steer you wrong with freshest straight from Japan.
  • Will A.
    Will ArnoneJuly 22, 2016
    Best sushi in DC by far!
  • Chuck C.
    Chuck COctober 31, 2010
    Great window seating and perfect spicy tuna rolls
  • Steve M.
    Steve McKinneyOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Sushi Taro is closed for lunch on Mondays.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RoseNovember 20, 2012
    The sushi tasting menu is almost too much food. Almost.
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldAugust 23, 2014
    They removed their sushi bar!
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin AndersonAugust 21, 2014
    Try the flight of sake.
  • Dave A.
    Dave AndersonOctober 15, 2011
    Shrimp tempura has the essence of big mac. My favorite.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MackSeptember 10, 2011
    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
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangDecember 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This place will ruin you for sushi elsewhere in the city.
  • Brian Y.
    Brian YamanakaSeptember 28, 2010
    Have the hojicha pudding. Perfect delicate dessert after a fine meal.
  • Brian Y.
    Brian YamanakaSeptember 27, 2010
    Have the slow braised pork belly in soup. OMG it's heaven!
  • Namiko N.
    Namiko NaitoMarch 26, 2013
    Bamboo shoot is amazing.
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangDecember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sofy is am awesome waitress!
  • Dara A.
    Dara AlsulaymanOctober 3, 2014
    Omakase, sushi, sake
  • Siw S.
    Siw S.August 20, 2014
    I love the sushi here
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanMarch 30, 2012
    Try the bratwurst
  • Kat L.
    Kat LMarch 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Skip the udon.
  • Sam
    SamMay 26, 2011
    Great sake flights!
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa CarterFebruary 22, 2013
    Meh. Been here twice. Still not impressed. Overpriced and mediocre compared to Omen in NYC.
  • Joe P.
    Joe PieczynskiJanuary 18, 2014
    Terrible restaurant week menu
  • Matt J.
    Matt JeffersAugust 14, 2015
    The sushi was nothing special and the service wasn't good at all.
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