Sometimes, the urge to have Japanese food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Washington's best Japanese restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Washington. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Tako Grill – Bethesda or tell you that Kaz Sushi Bistro gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.


Lunchtime crowds are intense at this fantastic place, mainly because the food is robust, spicy, and delicious. Favoring authentic cuisine over mild-mannered adaptations, Nooshi gives young professionals what they want: flavor wild enough to keep...  Read More


"Arigato" means "thanks" in Japanese, and guests have nothing but gratitude for this local favorite's skilled chefs and fabulous sushi. Delicious appetizers include Arigato balls (dumplings made with cream cheese and scallions) or any of the...  Read More

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Hee Been

As authentic as they come, this Japanese and Korean favorite delivers great sushi, filling noodle dishes, and an extensive lunch buffet. Native Koreans know that Hee Been will provide a taste of home, complete with traditional garb worn by...  Read More

Blue Ocean Japanese Restaurant

From fresh sushi to sukiyaki and teriyaki dishes, plenty of Japanese favorites can be found at this bright eatery. The pleasant dining room is decked out with Asian prints, but the best seating is at the sushi bar overlooking the sidewalk. Bento...  Read More


This comfortable dining spot offers a range of Japanese favorites, from tempura to sushi. Prices won't break the bank, and the kitchen's mantra is consistency. Enjoy seaweed salad, a bento box special, or fresh, well-prepared sushi, like the...  Read More

The Palisades

This second floor hole-in-the-wall wins praise for its outstanding sushi and reasonable prices.

Sake Club

Stylish, tasteful and refined, this restaurant gives those living on DC's north side a place where they can sport their trendiest threads while savoring upscale Japanese fare and any of the 45 imported sake selections. The dinner menu lists, of...  Read More

Seven Seas

The pseudo-Chinese decor is uneventful, but the seafood, prepared with an Asian influence, more than compensates. Positioned near the entrance, fish tanks hold potential entrees, so you get an immediate sense of the quality and freshness of the...  Read More

This modern bistro dishes sushi with a twist. Chef Kaz Okochi originally trained as a fine artist and brings that sensibility to his cuisine. While he maintains a repertoire of classic sushi rolls, he also experiments, creating such delicacies...  Read More

Aficionados of fine Japanese food precisely presented in a delicate, multicourse fashion deem this place superb. Fresh sushi and sashimi display visual and culinary artistry, qualities that extend to the rest of the menu. Impeccably fresh...  Read More