daikaya restaurant bar washington dc
Image: Daikaya
SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY: 11 A.M. - 10 P.M. | THURSDAY - SATURDAY: 11 A.M. - 11 P.M.
202.589.1600 | WEBSITE

Daikaya is first and foremost about ramen. The bar scene may be secondary, but it’s a fantastic accompaniment to the giant bowls of steaming noodles, plates of seaweed-wrapped rice balls and crunchy crab croquettes. The restaurant has created its own brand of D.C.-cool with its spare, wooden room and lofty upstairs izakaya den decorated with Japanese manga wallpaper. Drinks include the requisite—and excellent—sake and shochu list, but also a solid selection of Japanese whisky and beers and a handful of quirky cocktails infused with ingredients like fermented walnut syrup and palo cortado sherry.

Known For
  • lots of whisky
  • lots of sake
  • full menu
  • bar food
  • craft beer
What to drink
A Hitachino white ale or a carafe of sake.
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