Sushi Taro

Japanese + Sushi

  • 85
  • 2015 Best Sushi
  • 2016 Best Sushi
Overview

Sushi Taro serves up high-end seasonal kaiseki, featuring blowfish on the winter Fugu menu, along with sushi tasting menus in a chic space lined with blonde wood tables and bamboo window treatments. Situated in Dupont Circle, this locally and nationally recognized restaurant is an authentic Japanese favorite, even boasting embassy delegates from Japan.

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Accolades

  • One Michelin star 2016
  • Best Under-the-Radar Happy Hour 2016 - Washington City Paper
  • 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015 — Washingtonian
  • Best Japanese Food in Washington DC 2015 — Time Out
  • Three stars from the Washington Post 2014
  • Best Restaurants 2014 - Time Out
  • Zagat rating of 26 out of 30

Menu for Sushi Taro

Main Menu

Lunch

  • Bara Chirashi Set diced, variety of fresh fish & veggies on a bed of sushi rice like jewel box. served w/chawan-mushi
    $18.50
  • Tekka Chirashi Set a variety of sliced tuna on a bed of sushi rice served w/chawan-mushi
    $18.50
  • Sushi Mori Set assorted sushi chef's choice
    $15.00
  • Sushi Jo Set assorted sushi chef's favorite cuts of the day
    $25.00
  • Sushi Tokujo Set a greater variety of assorted sushi of the finest cuts and quality
    $35.00
  • Sashimi & Tempura Teishoku assorted sashimi & mixed tempura served w/small dish, soup, & rice
    $25.00
  • Tokujo Sashimi variety of assorted sashimi ofthe finest cuts and quality perfect share plate for business lunch
    $40.00
  • Today's Lunch Special served w/2 small dishes, soup, & rice
    $12.95
  • Saba Shioyaki Teishoku salt grilled boston mackerel served w/small dish, soup, & rice
    $15.00
  • Katsu Don Set fried pork filet scrambled w/poached egg & onion
    $12.00
  • Tem Don Set 2 prawn tempura on a bed of rice
    $13.00
  • Cold Soba Or Udon w/one topping
    Tempura $13.00
    Tororo $12.00
  • Hot Soup Udon Or Soba w/one topping
    Tempura $13.00
    Tororo $12.00
    Beef $13.00
    Wakame $10.00
    Kitsune $10.00
  • Lunch Bento Box 3 compartment bento box each filled with wild prawn & veggies tempura and fine cuts of sashimi and your choice of sushi (add $0.25), fried chicken, grilled salmon yu-an, eel kaba-yaki (add $2), fried oyster (add $1). served w/ miso soup, rice & pickeles
    $12.95

Dinner

  • Traditional Kaiseki Tasting this meal emphasizes cooked dishes. beginning with the first course, the chef strikes up a conversation with you through food, offering a series of small plates that highlight the natural flavors of special ingredients at the height of their seasonal cycle. as the chef prepares each course, he employs a variety of japan's most traditional cooking techniques, and strives for an almost spiritual simplicity and elegance in the presentation. he also brings a sense of whimsy to the meal, by creating contrasts between interesting tastes and textures, some of which will probably be new to you. as the meal progresses, the chef leads you to the centerpiece of the tasting, a platter called the "hassun" in japanese, which features an unusual combination of ingredients arranged to evoke a natural landscape in miniature. after this centerpiece dish, the chef eases you toward the end of your meal with several smaller, concluding dishes. this is the most traditional form of kaiseki dining in japan
    $80.00
  • Sushi Tasting this meal combines sushi with a variety of traditional kaiseki dishes, creating a unique approach to the enjoyment of these different aspects of japanese cuisine. by alternating between cooked dishes and sushi, the chef keeps your palate refreshed, curious, and open to the subtle flavors of our sushi offerings. at sushi taro, our chefs prepare sushi in the authentic style that became popular in old tokyo more than century ago, and that remains the most typical form eaten in japan today. this style is called "nigiri sushi" also known as "edo-mae sushi," and it is characterized by small, hand-squeezed morsels that balance delicately seasoned rice, the freshest slivers of seafood, and a hint of wasabi, along with just a touch of our special house soy sauce. each piece should be bite-sized, and the seasonings should be light and should gently enhance the tastes of the fish and rice
    $80.00
  • Suppon (soft Shell Turtle) Kaiseki Tasting (minimum of 2 orders per table), "suppon," or soft shell turtle, is considered to be the most elegant fare for soup. "suppon" was the favorite of imperial courts though out asia and of course was enjoyed by emperors at the kyoto imperial palace for centuries. according to archeological evidence, soft-shelled snapping turtles have been eaten in japan since at least the 1st century and the cuisine has history in china going back some 5,000 years. since ancient time the chinese considered "suppon" to be equivalent to medicine and the japanese adopted this belief as well. therefore, even today in japan, turtle is considered very high-quality food. the nutritional value of turtle is undisputed. today, japanese doctors recommend turtle stew for late stage cancer patients
    Pairing $145.00
    Without $90.00
  • Surf 'n' Turf (wagyu & Lobster) Kaiseki Tasting (minimum of 2 orders per table) "Wagyu" is a breed of cattle naturally predisposed to produce beef that is densely marbled. In fact, Wagyu beef surpasses USDA marbling standards for prime-grade beef. Often referred to as the "Foie Gras of beef," Wagyu has an exquisitely tender texture and incomparable, luxurious taste. You may already be familiar with the famed Japanese Kobe beef -- the most expensive beef in the world. Wagyu is the same breed stock that yields the famed Kobe beef of Japan.
    Pairing $245.00
    Without $180.00

Drink Menu

Sake in Daiginjo Class

  • Daishichi - Myoka Rangyoku, Junmai Daiginjo 24oz, Fukushima Prefecture this sake is brewed by the "kimoto" method. brewer set the goal of creating a truly superb brew that would exceed all existing boundaries for japanese sake. brewer only gives the title "myoka rangyoku" to sake in years when they believe that they have attained the highest possible level. gorgeous & complex, this sake reaches perfection through a longer, more powerful process of maturation. it is the ultimate accompaniment for the finest cuisine.
    Bottle $700.00
  • Born - Dream Come True, Junmai Daiginjo 33. 5oz, Fukui Prefecture aged for five years at very carefully controlled temperature. this sake has very mellow and elegant aroma and a velvety smooth flavor.
    Bottle $470.00
  • Born - Wing of Japan, Junmai Daiginjo 24oz, Fukui Prefecture this sake was served as the state dinner when former u.s. president bill clinton visited japan in 1996. also this is the japanese government's official sake on the japanese version of airforce-1 flight.
    Bottle $260.00
  • Kubota - Manju, Junmai Daiginjo 24oz, Niigara Prefecture this sake is one of most popular premium sake known to all japanese.
    8oz Carafe $66.00
    Bottle $180.00
  • Dassai (Otter Fest) 23, Junmai Daiginjo 10oz, Yamaguchi Prefecture combining the best ingredients, old-fashioned know-how, and cutting edge technology features a delicate, fruity aroma and an elegant, refined flavor.
    Bottle $85.00
  • Oze No Yukidoke, Junmai Daiginjo 24oz, Gunma Prefecture elegant but most robust aroma of all daiginjo sake. we use this sake as 1st paring of all sake parings for kaiseki tasting's as introduction to break an image of sake that most of people have.
    8oz Carafe $55.00
    Bottle $150.00
  • Born - Tokusen, Junmai Daiginjo 24oz Fukui Prefecture fermented at length in very controlled temperatures, this junmai daiginjo features a very strong, powerful flavor but retains the elegant aroma of ginjo.
    8oz Carafe $55.00
    Bottle $150.00
  • Born - Muroka Nama Genshu, Junmai Daiginjo 24oz, Fukui Prefecture unfiltered (but not cloudy sake) and unpasteurized. this sake is fermented 2 years at low temperatures. this is the most robust taste of sake we can offer.
    8oz Carafe $44.00
    Bottle $120.00
  • Takacho - Dai Gin, Junmai Daiginjo Genshu 24oz Nara Prefecture one of oldest brewer, producing sake for over 300 years. rich & bold with unique hint of effervescent from natural fermentation after bottled. also robust taste.
    Bottle $120.00
  • Tomio - Genzo Bottle, Junmai Daiginjo 24oz, Kyoto Prefecture this sake is genshu, which means undiluted sake. naturally fermented alcohol contents is 19%, compare to most of sake is 14% - 16%. strong, yet this sake have daiginjo fragrance.
    8oz Carafe $41.00
    Bottle $110.00
  • Kitaya - Kansansui Kasumizake, Junmai Daiginjo 10oz, Fukuoka Prefecture this unique sake is daiginjo and slightly cloudy like unfiltered (nigori) sake. very refreshing.
    Bottle $45.00
  • Dassai 50, Junmai Daiginjo 10oz, Yamaguchi Prefecture
    Bottle $35.00
  • Kamotsuru - Gold, Daiginjo 6oz, Hiroshima Prefecture this is the sake that president obama drunk at most famous sushi restaurant in the world "sukiyabashi jiro" in subway station in tokyo, japan with prime minister abe.
    Bottle $30.00

Sake in Other Classification

  • Oze No Yukidoke - Omachi, Junmai Ginjo 24oz Gunma Prefecture this sake is made of 100% "omachi-mai" rice. see the difference on the taste.
    8oz Carafe $36.00
    Bottle $100.00
  • Hakkaisan, Ginjo 24oz, Niigata Prefecture this ginjo sake is made by the daiginjo process that demands extra care and extensive brewing skills. its light and elegant flavor and smooth finish make this especial sake.
    Bottle $90.00
  • Ryoshi Zake - Kan Nihonkai, Junmai Ginjo 24oz, Shimane Prefecture very unique flavor of hint of saltiness on the pallet. well goes with any japanese dishes.
    8oz Carafe $33.00
    Bottle $90.00
  • Kubota - Koju 24oz, Tokubetsu Junmai Niigata Prefecture made with soft water, this sake has a well-rounded and mellow flavor and pleasant finish.
    8oz Carafe $29.00
    Bottle $80.00
  • Hakkai San, Honjozo 24oz, Niigata Prefecture
    8oz Carafe $27.00
    Bottle $75.00
  • Takacho - Jun Gin, Junmai Ginjo Genshu 24oz, Nara Prefecture first time imported to u.s. rich & bold with effervescent from natural fermentation after bottled. nothing like you have ever tasted before.
    Bottle $70.00
  • Amabuki - Omachi Ichigo Nama, Junmai Ginjo 24oz, Saga Prefecture this sake is using unique technique of strawberry yeast for fermentation.
    8oz Carafe $25.00
    Bottle $70.00
  • Amabuki - Omachi Himawari Nama, Junmai Ginjo 24oz, Saga Prefecture this sake is using unique technique of sunflower yeast for fermentation.
    8oz Carafe $25.00
    Bottle $70.00
  • Bunraku - Nihonjin No Wasuremono,yamahai Junmai 10oz, Saitama Prefecture
    Bottle $30.00
  • Sushi Taro, Tokubetsu Junmai 10oz, Niigata Prefecture
    Bottle $30.00
  • Tengumai - Yamahai Jikomi , Tokubetsu Junmai 24oz, Yamagata Prefecture "yamahai" is old method of sake making style. it is very technical and not many brewers continue this style nowadays. good "yamahai" sake will tingling your taste buds.
    8oz Carafe $23.00
    Bottle $65.00
  • Kamaya Kyuzaemon - Taru, Tokubetsu Junmai 24oz, Saitama Prefecture "taru zake" is type of sake that matured in cider barrel, so you enjoy aroma of cider while you drink it.
    8oz Carafe $23.00
    Bottle $65.00

Other Type of Sake63+3

  • Hakkaisan - Nigori Sparkling, Nigori Sparkling 12. 17oz Niigata Prefecture serious sparkling sake produced by well-known serious brewer. this sparkling sake is not gimmick like all other sparkling sake in the market.
    $40.00
  • Dassai Nigori 50, Junmai Ginjo Nigori 10oz Yamaguchi Prefecture unlike most other nigori sakes, this sake is not too sweet and leaves no thick finish. instead, this nigori sake is a full-flavored, refreshing semi-dry.
    $35.00
  • Kikusui - Perfect Snow, Nigori Genshu 10oz Niigata Prefecture
    $30.00

White Wine

  • Dornier Cocoa Hill, Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2011
    $9.00
    $36.00
  • Gustave Lorents, Dry Riesling, Niersteiner Oelberg, Spatlese, 2011
    $11.00
    $44.00
  • St. Urbans-Hof Estate, Riesling, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany, 2011
    $11.00
    $44.00
  • The Eyrie Vineyards, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Or, 2012
    $12.00
    $48.00
  • Springs, Chardonnay, Mendocino, Ca, 2011
    $10.00
    $40.00
  • Talbott, Chardonnay, Monterey County, Ca, 2012
    $19.00
    $76.00
  • Soliste L'age D'or, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Ca, 2010
    $100.00
  • Man O War, Sauvignon Blanc, Waiheke Island, New Zealand, 2011
    $10.00
    $40.00
  • John Anthony, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, Ca, 2012
    $14.00
    $56.00

Champagne / Sparkling Wine

  • Gruet - Burt, Sparkling Wine, New Mexico, Nv
    $11.00
    $44.00
  • Gimonnet-Gonet, Burt Tradition, Champagne, France, Nv
    $90.00

Red Wine

  • Chateau Gigognan Cotes Du Rhone Vigne Du Prieur Rouge, Rhone, France, 2011
    $10.00
    $40.00
  • Angel Vine, Zinfandel, Colombia Valley, Or, 2010
    $14.00
    $56.00
  • Jezebel, Pinot Noir, Oregon, 2012
    $11.00
    $44.00
  • Emeritus, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Ca, 2011
    $20.00
    $80.00
  • The Pessimist, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, Ca, 2012
    $10.00
    $40.00
  • John Anthony, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Ca, 2011
    $105.00

Plum Wine

  • Umeshu - House-Made Plum Wine (May - Oct)
    $12.00
  • Choya - Umeshu Dento
    $8.00
    $42.00
  • Choya - Umeshu Kokuto (Plum, Rum, Brown Sugar)
    $8.00

Sho-Chu

Barley

  • Iichiko - Frasco, Barley, 60 Proof
    $17.00
    $20.00
  • Iichiko - Kurobin, Barley
    $13.00
    $85.00
  • Ichiko - Seirin, Barley, 40 Proof
    $8.00
    $52.00
  • Gokoo, Barley, Aged 3 Years in Oak Barrels
    $10.00
    $65.00
  • Yokaichi, Barley
    $7.00
    $45.00

Sweet Potato

  • Tenshi No Yu-Waku, 83% Sweet Potato, 17% Rice, Aged 2 Years in Sherry Barrels, 80 Proof
    $17.00
    $72.00
  • Heihachiroh, 84% Sweet Potato, 16% Rice
    $14.00
    $95.00
  • Kiccho Ho-Zan, 83% Sweet Potato, 17% Rice
    $13.00
    $85.00
  • Tomino Ho-Zan, 83% Sweet Potato, 17% Rice
    $13.00
    $85.00
  • Ikkomon, Sweet Potato
    $13.00
    $85.00
  • Jinkoo, 83% Sweet Potato, 17% Rice
    $10.00
    $65.00
  • Kaidoh, 83% Sweet Potato, 17% Rice
    $9.00
    $58.00

Rice

  • Mugon 10 Years Aged, 80 Proof
    $15.00
    $48.00
  • Torikai
    $17.00
    $20.00
  • Shiro - Ginrei
    $10.00
    $65.00
  • Zuisen Hiryu 5 Years Aged, 60 Proof
    $13.00
    $85.00
  • Zuisen, Awamori, 51. 8 Proof
    $10.00
    $65.00

Other Type

  • Towari soba (buckwheat)
    $10.00
    $65.00
  • Gyokuro rice spirit w/ green tea
    $10.00
    $65.00
  • Amami Kokuto 65% raw sugar, 35% rice
    $9.00
    $58.00
  • Aka No Ne 65% carrot, 35% rice
    $8.00
    $52.00
  • Sudachi-Chu grain & sudachi citrus
    $8.00
    $52.00

1503 17th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$$$
    Atmosphere: Modern, Refined, Upscale
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
    Good For: Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
  • Noise Level: Quiet
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (202) 462-8999
  • Private Dining Room: No