Sushi Taro underwent a major renovation in 2009, becoming an upmarket Kaiseki-style traditional Japanese restaurant under owner Nobu Yamazaki. In a kaiseki-style meal, diners don’t order off a menu. Instead, the chef presents a succession of selected dishes. The Suppon Kaiseki Tasting focuses on the very traditional soft-shell snapping turtle. There is also an excellent saké selection.
Long gone are the days when the capital’s residents would pine for a decent bowl of ramen or a quality roll of sushi. The best Japanese restaurants in DC have now effectively become some of the best restaurants in DC—period. When tired of indulging in all things pasta at the best Italian restaurants in DC or looking for something a bit more eclectic than the best tacos in DC, visit these local spots and devour all the soba, sushi and tempura your heart desires. No matter what you’re craving, these eateries are sure to deliver.