A Modern Japanese Izakaya
in Washington DC
465 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

202 682 3123 | 202 682 3124

    Mon - Thu
    5pm - 11pm
    last seating 10:30pm

    Fri - Sat
    5pm - 12am
    last seating 11:30pm

    5pm - 10pm
    last seating 9:30pm

    Mon - Fri
    11:30am - 2:30pm

    12pm - 2:30pm

  • Sun
    11:30am - 3pm

We offer a wide variety of authentic Japanese fare mostly on small plates: charcoal grilled skewers and wood grilled meats, seafood and vegetables as well as fresh sushi prepared by the city's most talented chefs. Our menus are driven by seasonal ingredients and change daily. We offer 2 types of pre fixe menu, seasonally inspired seven or five course menus that will take you on a culinary tour of Japan. The menu will change regularly to provide a fresh and diverse dining experience.


Our bar program features microbrew beers, sake, shochu, and small batch spirits from all over the world to perfectly compliment our Japanese fare.

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Platter Drop Off and Offsite Catering Services

Kushi provides catering from 2 to 2,000 people. Chef Darren Norris, the former executive chef at Ridgewells Catering, provides pre-set catering menus and custom catering in both Japanese and Continental cuisine.

Kushi's award wining sushi, platters and bento boxes are available for all events, large or small. Consider us for you next corporate & social functions, wedding, business meetings and private dinner parties. Skilled sushi chefs are available to be on site upon your request. We also offers full catering services including rentals & staffing.

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The artistry and flavors of nationally acclaimed Kushi now come to YOU in a midnight blue food truck... KUSHI-MOTO Food Truck brings modern Japanese food to the Nation's Capitol. Bringing authentic Japanese food through modern cooking techniques we have created a unique on-the-go quick service experience. KUSHI-MOTO Food Truck is available to hire for your next party, wedding or corporate event.

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KUSHI can accommodate large parties with advanced planning and can set-aside space and create unique menus for functions.

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Kushi is a Modern Japanese Izakaya and Sushi Bar in Washington, DC. New age culinary techniques coupled with traditional Japanese cuisine create a world-class dining experience.

What is Izakaya? Izakaya (pronounced ee-ZAH-ka-ya) It is neither a restaurant nor a bar. It is more of a place where people can share delicious food and relaxing drinks. A neighborhood hang out for all types of people, from the office worker on the way home, or a couple out for dinner, to groups of friends enjoying each other's company in a laid back environment.

The Kushi dining experience transports you to an authentic Japanese izakaya that one might find at a train station in Osaka or in Tokyo's trendiest neighborhood.


Probably one of the best ways to see what we're up to these days...


"Kushi was the most cheekily enjoyable, as well as the most innovative and
impressive restaurant we visited in a whirlwind week of dining."
New York Times

"I've never met a piece of sushi here I haven't liked."
Tom Sietsema, Washington Post

"In the Church of Reviewers, a return to favorite dishes is sometimes seen as the gravest of all cardinal sins. So how could I order skewered short ribs - melty and salty and robust in the way that only Wagyu beef can be - four times at Kushi? I've fallen for DC's most authentic Japanese izakaya."
DC Magazine

"This year brought one groundbreaking departure: Kushi. With the success of Kushi,
Darren Norris has sent a message to restaurateurs with plans in the works:
Think outside the box."
Washingtonian Magazine

"Lots of high-energy small-plates spots have opened, but there's nothing like this high-minded izakaya... Sushi is the draw and the quality of the fish is exceptional."
Washingtonian Magazine, Top 100 Restaurants issue

"Say hellow to Kushi, your new palatial, Tokyo-insipired retreat in the City Vista Building...
to bring sushi and grilled meats together in one glorious forum."

"The sake martinis are lovely, the fish is impeccable, and the grill items are simple.
Kushi is the perfect place for me to feed my sushi addiction."
We Love DC

"The pace is stark and chic... and perfectly sets a mood for putting exquisite
cooking methods on display."
Washington Flyer Magazine

"Kushi turns grilled Japanese tapas info dinner theater."
Tasting Table

"The Berkshire pork belly was a culinary knockout - cooked sous-vide at low temperatures
before being grilled for that buttery, melt-in-your-mouth silkiness."
Girl Meets Food