Nara-Ya

4.6
362 reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Nestled at the heart of the District Wharf, Nara-Ya brings traditional Japanese Cuisine with a modern inflection curated by D.C. renowned Creative Culinary Director Kaz Okochi. Featuring an elegant a la carte menu and available tasting menu's, Nara-Ya takes pride in the culinary artistry of the traditional Japanese kitchen while advocating a personal responsibility to environmental demands. It is our practice to source out local produce while offering sustainable farm raised and wild caught global marine products, while maintaining an unparalleled dining experience at Nara-Ya. In addition, Nara-Ya boasts an extensive sake & Japanese whisky list, including exceptional offerings rarely seen outside of the islands of Japan.

Reservations may be cancelled 48 hours in advance. Within 48 hours or no-shows will be 25.00 per guest fee.
Tasting menu requires participation of the entire table not available after 9:00.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 362 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.0
Value
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deravin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Value is mostly for location and ambience, aesthetic of food and presentation, some items are enjoyable but very steep for value

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ElizaA
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Looks way better in pictures. Entry way is great for pictures. Was slightly disappointed overall… food was so so. Great service though!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Long wait time

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The sushi was great! The other plates we ordered were ok. A little pricey for what you get. The service was good, but we had to wait too long between the starters and the main dish, that was the sushi.

We were celebrating our daughter’s birthday and the gave us a little cake and a drink for singing the “ Happy Birthday”. It was a nice evening.

The wine list is too narrow and too expensive. They should have more options if you don’t want to spend $300 dollars for a bottle.

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Abby
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was delicious and the cocktails were tasty. Great view

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance was amazing from the hallway to the elevator to the main dining area. We were consistently checked on, at appropriate times, by our waiter and supervisors to see if we needed anything. Our waiter, Alex, was amazing with his knowledge of the menu and drinks. He even provided free champagne and dessert to celebrate my wife’s birthday.

This is how you treat your customers.

The food was amazing. Bang for the buck—spot on!

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MistaForty
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The good is our server and the food he brought out was all prepared well and provided a great dining experience. I had the sea bass and the Naya ra roll and started off with the calamari. All were excellent as was our server who was responsive as well attentive. I wish id gotten his name. My problem is the reservation and seating system. Ive worked in Nightclubs and restaurants in DC for half of my life so I know how it works and things that can happen. However, If youre going to be adamant about arriving on time (even going so far as giving the wise advice of NOT driving if it can be helped) and going to the next person on the wait list after giving the patron a 15 minute grace period, AND requiring a credit card to even make the reservation, you cant be 25 minutes late seating someone who checked in 15 minutes early. We werent the only party with this experience that night. EVERYTHING else was outstanding and yes id go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Overall very enjoyable. Service was ok but clearly still a work in progress and given current issues understandable.

Food was great and we would go again.

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Michelle
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great view, great service and delicious food and drinks!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience2

The wagyu is just a thin strip off a larger chunk they likely bought from a general retailer. Nothing special and really not served correctly. The sushi is very solid, as were the other dishes we tried. No belinis with the caviar which is a weird thing. Honestly it’s a wharf restaurant that goes for jPOP type style which really completely missed the Japanese mark and doesn’t match with the picture of the food they propose to serve. It appears an ultra high quality refined place from the food picture and then you get in and it’s somewhat loud/garish/ and not nearly as defined as anything high end Japanese should be. I lived in Japan for a little over two years, that’s my qualification on the subject. Alex, our waiter was fantastic. Overall it’s just an overpriced place that’s a little too much on that DC bougie hopeful scale.

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lovefood
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Great food - appalling service. Ordered the tasting menu. received no description. No idea of number of courses. Drink orders delayed, delayed . Great environment and food overwhelmed by inadequate and appalling service. Would never go back.

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HectorH
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Marcus had great costumer service and was very helpful and Daniel helped us in the front with great communication skills on helping us find nara ya this place was amazing 10 out of 10

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vipKirstenT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The food and service once we finally got served was great. My only problem was that we had an 8:45 pm reservation and were not seated until 9:25. Then it took an additional 15-20 minutes to get a drink order put in. I’ve never waited an hour passed a reservation to order food. It was very good off putting considering the pricing and automatic gratuity but the food was excellent and our server was very knowledgeable about our items.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was fantastic. The food was great and their drink selection was really good. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Had to wait 35 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation. Watered down cocktails and food thrown on a plate (no presentation). Waiter couldn’t get our order timely and instead of bringing out the dessert assortment that two of us ordered, they brought out one item for each of us (which the menu said assortment of 4, therefore there should’ve been 8 total). This was our second time dining at Nara-Ya and we are sad to say we will not be dining here again.

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Jake
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for our anniversary and were blown away by the food and service. Thanks to our amazing server, Marcus! Splurge for the chef’s omakase, you won’t regret it.

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NicoleG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The sushi roll options were a little limited. I would have expected for such a fancy place to have super awesome rolls. I'll chuck it up to COVID.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went there after friends recommendations. Everything was great, setting, food, and service. The food left me speechless and our server, Sherette was spot on with everything she recommended. I can’t explain what a great experience we had. We’ll definitely be going back and requesting Sherette for her knowledge of the menu and great service.

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Prestige
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great view. Great Service. Excellent Sushi. If you get the Duck, ask for Medium-well unless you like it Raw.

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BeckH
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good good good good good good good good good good good (I had to write 50 characters somehow)

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vipVictorJ
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience3

We arrived for a 9 pm reservation booked here on open table and we were informed that the Chef’s Luxe Omakase would not be available. That is what we intended to order so we were dismayed that the signature offering was not available even though OpenTable allowed us to book. The server must have conferred with the chef/kitchen and came back and said they would provide an alternate Omakase. While this food was good it did not include the breadth of dishes promised by the signature offering. For example, it did not include any hot dishes. However we were charged the full price nonetheless. I find this to be less than truthful advertising and paying for $1000 dinner for two seems unreasonable given that the signature offering was not provided.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Food was not good at all. Overpriced and tasteless

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved the ambiance & the service. The food was a little expensive for what we got but it was still very satisfying.

MD
vipMDvadc
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I thought the prices were very high and compared to the value and flavor of the dishes, they don't correlate. The food wasn't poor by any means but I definitely have tasted better food elsewhere at a lower price point. I wouldn't go back or recommend.

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MaureenL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sushi was amazing. Bartenders were friendly, highly recommend a cocktail at the bar after dinner.

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Saika
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my birthday it was amazing.
I loved the atmosphere , ambience , design and decor of this place. The view is amazing, it felt like I was in Japan. Sushi was delicious tempura , Naraya roll, sea bass.For the ladies I’d recommend purple drink you must try , it’s beautiful and delicious , don’t remember the name of it but it’s super girly and for the gentlemen old fashioned i could smell the orange peel and it was perfect. I’ve finished of my birthday dinner with ganache and raspberries . Was top notch plus you can take beautiful pictures in the entrance and through the place. Service was 10 , manager came out to check on us as well. Definitely date night spot really romantic . It feels like “love “ is in the air and everywhere throughout the place with red , pink and blue soft chairs with dimmed lights and lanterns … thank you ! We’ve had an amazing time!

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vipMiaJ
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The experience is lovely and the food was very good! The only downside was that we had to wait 30 minutes for our reservation. There were multiple parties who were upset that our reservation times weren’t honored when we arrived. Other than that, it was really a lovely evening.

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Jhanelle
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great atmosphere! Great food! The view is also amazing in the evening.

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ninipack
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really, really delicious food and good service. We went on a busy night, but even though they were pretty swamped they met all of our needs and were friendly. We got the tasting menu, which I highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great!!!! Had an amazing time! Will come again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food, ambiance and service. The Omakase accommodated our allergies and was prompt and the service was second to none. The maitre d’ wrote a personal thank you letter for celebrating with them. Can not recommend highly enough

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BHouse
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing server who was friendly, knowledgeable and thoughtful. Food was amazing - we had the sea bass. The drinks were gorgeous.

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RogerR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was good, not crazy about the ambiance. Design and ambiance were a bit cheezy.

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Roxanahward
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing!

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AliciaL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and view!

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MauriceT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I have been eyeing this spot for a few weeks and finally got the chance to try it out. They did not disappoint, and we’ll definitely be back! The plating was beautiful and the quality of the food was well worth the wait

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vipDianeC
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it! Great vibe, great food. Excellent service

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ValM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nara-Ya was amazing! I took my husband here for his birthday and we were so impressed. Everyone was delightful and so helpful! The food is incredible, the best sushi I’ve had in a long time! The view and aesthetic are so beautiful! Thank you Nara-Ya for an awesome night!

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RachelB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing decor, amazing view! I will certainly be back!

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FranciscoS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

AMAZING. Can’t wait to go back again. Me and family had a great time.

FAQs

Nara-Ya is rated 4.6 stars by 362 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.