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Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant

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4822 Macarthur Blvd NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-1557
+1 202-625-9080
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Warrenton, Virginia
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334 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

If you like beautiful décor and delicate ambiance, this is not the place for you. If you want really great simple sushi, go here ASAP! I took my kids here for lunch. I got the Chirashi (which is the best deal on the menu...even had a piece of fatty tuna in it!). Also ordered salmon skin, octopus, scallop and a... More 

Thank Thero_Kenman
Chatham, Illinois
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158 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

I small place on the second floor with few tables and no frills. The service was attentive and quick (even though the place was full with more people waiting). We ordered a few pieces of nigiri, which were prepared and delivered very fast, so the whole dinner took us only half an hour (you do feel a little rushed). The... More 

Thank edge46
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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146 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Not much raw seafood in this part of DC so, fortunately, Kotobuki gets the job done with minimum frills. Fish is serviceable but not top class.

Thank 4masei5
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73 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

I love sushi. I've eaten lots of it in DC. And it's all been good. Then there is Kotobuki. I remember taking my nieces and nephew there once to pick up a huge order for our family dinner. While there, we gorged on all kinds of delicacies while the meal itself was being prepared. It's a modest place. The decor... More 

Thank Jon F
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Under $20 with lunch chirashi is the best bargain in DC, high quality of fish, you'll get "TORO" also. No shop in DC can't beat this price and quality. My family's been known this restaurant over 15 years, $1 sushi on the way way back was the best. Highly recommend.

Thank Chad T
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231 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

I had dinner here this evening. We sat at the sushi bar. I ordered a small warm sake, and the sushi special. For $20, they serve a variety of extremely fresh nigiri sushi (ebi shrimp, unagi eel, salmon, tuna, flounder, yellowtail) with your choice of maki (I had spicy tuna roll). It was the freshest-tasting sushi I can remember. They... More 

Thank FMCMaryland
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016

The sushi, sashimi, and chirashi are excellent, always tasty and fresh. The rest of the menu is limited, mainly kamameshi and a few other things. The price is excellent. The place is fairly basic, with the decor quite outdated despite the new chairs. But the quality and price of the food and the friendly service make up for the lack... More 

Thank Laura P
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2015

We came here for lunch on the way to the airport, and our timeline was tight. Despite being short on time, we were craving chirashi and we heard good things about Kotobuki, so we called ahead and asked if it was possible to place our order on our way there and still dine in on arrival. They were very accommodating... More 

Thank Zach D
CH, North Carolina, United States
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2015

Get there early (it gets crowded). Get the scallops, too. I go there again and again. It's a bargain price but with first class food.

Thank SeanW301
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,742 reviews
1,088 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,501 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2015

This is one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in DC. Food is fresh and delicious. And staff is friendly. We always order the chirashi or chirashi deluxe (only available on the dinner menu) and the unadon set. The Ankimo (appetizer) is also excellent. Good value for money.

Thank HelenaGuerra

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4822 Macarthur Blvd NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-1557
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-625-9080

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?