Sushi is one of the most delicious and sought-after foods in any city, and Washington, D.C., has some special, curated options that will leave your mouth watering.
Here are three of the best sushi restaurants in the city that you must add to your restaurant list!
1503 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20036
Sushi Taro is arguably one of the best sushi restaurants in the city. The vibe is “high-end luxury,” and you feel it the moment you walk into the restaurant. You can book your table to eat a-la-carte off the menu or reserve a tasting, which will be personally curated for you by the chef.
If you prefer the a-la-carte menu, you can check for daily updates on the Sushi Taro Facebook page. The cool thing about this restaurant is that they only serve the freshest seafood and constantly change their offerings to reflect that.
However, if you’re looking for the ultimate sushi dining experience, then you must try one of the tasting menus. You can choose from three different tasting options, each offering the best that the chef has to offer with their own unique twists. You can check out your options and pick the one you like best, here.
Sushi Taro is very popular among locals and tourists alike, so it would behoove you to make a reservation as far in advance as you can!
1915 I Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20006
KAZ Sushi Bistro is a charming, little sushi spot in the neighborhood of Foggy Bottom. With only 74 seats total, it offers an intimate setting for its diners, as well as delicious authentic sushi. Chef Kaz opened the restaurant in 1999, and with its strategic location next to The White House, The World Bank, and George Washington University, among other important government institutions, it has become one of the most sought-after Japanese food destinations in the city.
The menu is comprised of a mix of salads, appetizers, and sushi options. Start off with a vegetable or claim miso soup and some edamame and calamari salad to share with the table. Then move on to the sushi orders. Make sure you order tons of nigiri, which is just the raw fish without the rice to get the most of the fresh seafood offerings. Favorites include unagi, which is eel, and the various types of tuna.
The restaurant also has many sushi rolls to choose from. You can go with a more traditional California roll, or spice it up with a crunchy eel roll or a shrimp tempura roll.
And if you wanted to take all the work out of choosing, Kaz offers several tasting menus, where the talented chefs will create and curate the entire menu for you.
444 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20004
Sei is one of those modern, trendy, Asian fusion restaurants that’s taken over Washington, D.C. But the great thing about it is that it does all of that so much better than the other Asian fusion spots in the city. Here you can find some of the most unique and creative sushi rolls.
You must try at least one of the specialty sushi rolls offered on the menu. The most popular ones include Snow White, which consists of eel, avocado, apple puree, and sweet soy sauce; Spicy Salmon Cilantro, made up of fresh salmon, spring roll crunch, cilantro, and spicy miso; and Spicy Tuna Tataki Maki, with spicy tuna, kurogoma sauce, chili oil, and cucumber.
If you want to deviate from sushi a bit, you should also taste one of the vegetable or meat shareable dishes, which can be found on the tapas menu, here.
4221 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20008
Though this isn’t the absolute best sushi, it’s worth adding to the list because you can’t beat their dine-in deal! For $19.99 a person, you can get all the sushi you can eat and handle. The sushi is of decent quality, so it’s totally worth it if you’re just looking for a casual weeknight dinner.
Check out the full menu here.
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