Kushi Izakaya & Sushi
Closed Down
Farewell Message

Since first opening our doors March 2010 we have brought the Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood
and beyond our much loved modern Japanese cuisine in an izakaya setting.

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi has closed its doors at the end of September, 2014.
We would like to thank our loyal customers and great people that we have met along the way
throughout the 4 years of business. A special thanks to all the employees for all their hard work
and dedication. You have been the best staff a business could ever ask for.

We apologize for any inconveniences and truly appreciate your understanding and concerns.

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi
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Platter Drop Off and Offsite Catering Services

Although our restaurant operation has closed, we continue to provide catering services serving 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.


to design your next event with us.

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Kushi Izakaya & Sushi opened its doors in March 8, 2010 as one of the first Izakayas in the city of Washington, DC, serving modern Japanese cuisine.

In 2011, Kushi was nominated for James Beard's Top 25 Restaurants in America, and was the semi-finalist for the Best New Restaurant category.

What is 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.


"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 hello 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