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Washington, DC 20037
Mon–Fri 11:45 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Eudy Camillo Cruz
The sushi was delicious and seemed like it was pretty high-quality. If I'm in the mood to splurge, I would maybe consider going back, but I felt like it didn't live up to the hype. The service was lackluster, especially for a high-end place. Granted, we went for lunch on a Monday, but the restaurant was completely empty for much of our lunch. I guess people are either not into it or haven't heard that Nobu opened in DC. Given how empty it was, I was expecting friendlier, more personalized service, but I felt like we were still rushed out.
My first impression was that when I got a confirmation call for my reservation at 730pm on Sat night, I was told I may have to be asked to leave the table by 930pm if they need it. This was so obnoxious and my husband told everyone about this message. Our meal did take almost 2 hrs but not because we hung around but because getting lots of small plates and dessert took time. Second, the restaurant having the waitress bring the credit card machine to the table and wait until you tip her is so obnoxious. We would usually give 18%, but I think that wasn't an option and had to give 20% on a $200 dollar bill which meant around $250 for dinner for 2 people. It was good, but probably not worth it. I'm glad we went, but won't be going again for that price.
Highly disappointing - the meal was very overpriced and the service was terrible. The wait staff were arrogant and timing of courses was off. The entrees appeared only a minute after our appetizer. The meal was nothing more than average, but the snotty staff and poor service ruined the meal.
service was what will keep me from going back. i had spilled some beer over the table next to me. no one ever wiped it down. it was fairly significant amount . so we had our entire meal with two huge puddles of beer around my plates. i expect more from this type of restaurant.
food was very good overall.
other negative. no valet for lunch. parking very difficult in that area.
Very hip and trendy restaurant. My sushi was delicious, but the friends I dined with were not very impressed by the tacos and rolls they ordered. Additionally, everyone in my party received their food and finished eating before my food came out. As the guest of honor, it was a bit awkward to then have my friends watch me eat after they had finished their meals and the table had been cleared.
The demeanor of our server in particular changed when we opted not to go for the customized menu. Another incredibly off-putting experience was when the server brought the credit card reader to our table and looked over our shoulders when adding the tip. However the bus boy for our table was fabulous and made the night enjoyable.
Food was excellent, but Nobu has a lot of growing pains. You were short staffed so table service was slow. You were short on menus, so my wife and I had to share a menu till the waitress hunted down another menu which begs the question why the hostess who seated us did not provide menus.
The table next to us had five people and one menu. We asked for a wine list which appeared about ten minutes later. We ordered two cold appetizers and one hot appetizer. The hot appetizer arrived after our entrees so we sent it back. We also ordered a side dish which never arrived. Finally, one entree arrived 15 minutes before the other entree. High end restaurants don’t have these problems. At this point we would not recommend Nobu; we’ll try again in maybe a year.
Having been to many of the other Nobus around the country, this one was less impressive. No valet parking at all, and don't expect to find any street parking in that area. Nearest garage is about 2 blocks away on 24th. They said they will eventually have valet parking. This is in what seems to be an office building, and it has a very mundane decor and feel vs. other Nobus. You really don't feel like your in any place special. Very low ceilings too, prevents them from serving some of Nobu's better dishes you can get at over locations (like any Flambe dishes), due to fire code. Rather large, L-shaped boxy feel with very crowed bar area that blocks easy ingress/egress to restrooms. That all aside, the food is decent enough (for DC standards) as was the service, and both will probably only improve with time as the place just recently opened. Having valet, if and when they get it, will certainly help as well.
Nobu was good but way over priced. We did the chef’s experience where the chef picks the menu for you.
We had the shishito peppers, toro tartar, Yellowtail jalapeño, sashimi salad, salmon Su Miso, Black cod, shrimp and lobster, King crab Amazu,nigiri sushi, tuna and asparagus roll, salmon and avocado roll, red snapper and bento box desert.
The sushi was good but nothing shockingly good. The sashimi salad was just okay and not worth $25. The king crab Amazu and the black cod were great and would get them again. The bento box was good, but not great. Lastly, it took way to long to get each course. At one point the waitress told us the kitchen was backed up.
For the type of $$$$ for this place, go to Komi, Fiola, Del Mar, Pineapple and Pearls, etc...we could of totally done without the rolls, nigiri and dessert cause they were just there.
Everyone in our party of four had dined at other Nobu locations, had great experiences and were looking forward to our meal. We were disappointed that this new location does not live up to the other restaurants in the chain. The pros: beautiful space, timely service, some good dishes. The cons: boring atmosphere, servers that try hard but lack experience, stale menu - nothing that wowed is or challenged our preconceptions about Nobu. This felt like the lazy 300th location in a chain of 500 - possibly in a mid scale hotel in Akron. We won’t be back. We don’t recommend. Too many other great restaurants in DC. Spend your hard-earned dollars where the restaurant works for them.
The food was amazing--interesting dishes and unique flavors made for a truly enjoyable meal. That being said, my friends and I all left with the same complaint: the service.
At the price point (~$115/person) the service almost ruined the experience.
Our waiter repeatedly interrupted lively conversation to give us more-than-we-needed details about a particular drink or dish even after we made it clear that we didn't have any questions.
The waiter spent nearly 10 minutes walking through almost every item on the menu.
I wish he had let the food speak for itself. I would've been much more impressed.
The ambiance also left something to be desired. It felt dated at a time when there are so many new restaurants in DC that have put a concerted effort into creating spaces that feel fresh, inviting, and warm.
Oh! A very strange ending to the meal, when the waiter brought a credit card machine to our table to process our cards. He stood closely directing us on how to use the machine which made it awkward when it came time to add a tip. I've never seen that at any other restaurant.
Though the food really was exceptional, I don't think I would come back.
There are too many other great restaurants, at a lower price point, that offer a better dining experience.
Lunch was expensive - we had tea and water and still spent over $50/person but the food was amazing. We loved the yellowtail sashimi, the rock shrimp, the cod, the tuna and the bento box. We didn't have room for dessert but it sounded very good. The service is excellent and the restaurant was not crowded so the noise level was good.
OVERPRICED AND UNDER WHELMING!
I seldom leave reviews but this one needs warning!
We have eaten better Japenese food without all that "super hype ". I know, I lived in Japan but also know other super Japanese restaurants in D.C.
Also bringing that credit card paying device to the table and directly asking how much tip you want to leave by your very server who served you is extremely tacky!
Food was great. Service is Terrible. It was four us celebrating my birthday. We had two appetizers that we shared and we each ordered our own entree (it was known that we weren’t sharing them). One person meal came out when she was almost finished another meal, then mine then someone’s elses! When my meal came the first person was already done eating. This is unacceptable for this level of restaurant. The service needs to get better.
The food was good, but the service was fair at best. There were times when I had to get up from my table to request my waiter. We were not offered recommendations. I would go back again for a couple dishes, but I do not see this as a restaurant where I expect great food and service at exceptional value
I can now definitely say I’ve eaten a $45 lunchtime bento box.
The food was tasty. The soda costs $4.
The server started out good but then left us hanging at the end. Took 20 min to get the check, then we had to use a mobile card machine to pay. Think of what’s more uncomfortable than the server standing there while you enter your tip into the machine and wait for a receipt to spit out.
Dining by taxi?
The location is middling. In a city with great food everywhere at far more reasonable prices, I wish this place luck.
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