Bento, Maki, and Nigiri: Your Guide To DC’s Top Sushi Spots

These days, sushi is everywhere, from the supermarket aisle to a tapas bar. For days when you’re looking for something a little more special, we’ve got you covered. Here are the District’s top spots to get your favorite rolls.

Sushi Taro

Located in a nondescript location on the second floor of a Dupont Circle building, a ten-minute walk from the St. Gregory, this upscale sushi spot has made a name for itself with its cult omakase experience. Make reservations a month in advance for the in-demand chef’s choice dinners, where you can choose between fresh sushi or sashimi platters. Go for the sake pairing if you want a truly dreamy experience.

1503 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 462-8999


This brick-walled Adams Morgan joint offers a $1 nigiri happy hour deal that reels in the after-work crowds, but it’s the maki rolls that really keep everyone coming back. Go for one of the traditional low tables, where you can sit on cushions on the ground while you order a steaming cup of hot sake. A particular favorite here is the avocado-wrapped rainbow roll.

2605 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
(202) 332-7300


This Capitol Hill spot features popular lunchtime bento boxes and a $1.50 nigiri happy hour deal guaranteed to please both your tastebuds and wallet. If you’re still hungry after feasting on uni and tuna, check out the sashimi and maki offerings, with picks like the tuna, avocado, and tobiko-laden kabuki roll.

201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-2597

Sushi Express

This Washington Post-approved deli-style sushi lunch joint serves up cheap rolls and combos for the K Street crowd. For $9, patrons can get twelve pieces of sushi, including roe-topped classic California rolls or a crab-stick-and-egg Futomaki Roll. There’s also free miso soup with every order for an authentic and delicious experience.

1990 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 659-1955


Blink and you just might miss this tiny, hole-in-the-wall sushi restaurant, but your tastebuds will sure be pleased if you don’t. Just a few blocks from the St. Gregory, this cozy neighborhood spot serves up traditional fare like eel avocado rolls along with more eclectic offerings, like the cream cheese-and-salmon bagel roll and the spicy Crazy Roll, which comes packed with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, squid, shrimp, white fish, avocado, crab stick, and fish eggs. Vegetarians will love trying out delicacies like the dried gourd sushi and tofu roll.

2026 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-0900