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Kushi Izakaya & Sushi Restaurant Review - Japanese Gastropub in Washington DC

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Kushi Izakaya & Sushi Restaurant Review - Japanese Gastropub in Washington DC
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The Bottom Line

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi is a Japanese Gastropub featuring a sushi bar, a robata counter and a fresh fish market. The restaurant offers authentic Japanese fare and Japanese microbrews, sake and spirits. The atmosphere is casual and lively. Kushi Izakaya & Sushi is open for late night dining and is conveniently located within a short walk from the Verizon Center and the Washington Convention Center.

Pros

  • Great sushi and Japanese fare
  • Late night dining and lively gathering place
  • Offers an extensive selection of sake and Japanese beers.

Cons

  • Located in a transitioning neighborhood (Mount Vernon Square)
  • Noisy
  • Expensive

Description

  • Address: 465 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Phone: 202-682-3123
  • Hours: Mon–Thurs 11–2am, Fri–Sat 11–3am, Sun 11am-Midnight
  • Reservations: Accepted for parties of 6 or more.
  • Prices: Sushi $4-10, Sashimi Sets $24-40.

Guide Review - Kushi Izakaya & Sushi Restaurant Review - Japanese Gastropub in Washington DC

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi is Washington, DC’s first family-run Izakaya (Japanese Gastropub). The restaurant features a sushi bar, a robata bar (where they prepare kushiyaki, skewers of meat, seafood and vegetables grilled over open charcoal pits) and a fresh fish market.

Menus are designed to offer mid-sized plates which can be ordered throughout the meal and pair well with Kushi’s beer, shochu and sake selections. Dishes such as Heritage Breed Chicken with Plum Paste, American Wagyu Short Ribs and Miso Marinated Octopus are prepared directly in front of diners at the robata bar.

At the sushi bar, delicate, fresh fish such as sea urchin, fresh horse mackerel and toro are expertly crafted. Kushi’s fish is sourced locally, as well as flown in twice per week from the Tokyo fish market.

Kushi has a very casual and energetic setting. The decor is modern with vaulted ceilings, reclaimed wood bar tops, and large paper lanterns imported from Japan.

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