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Raku-an Asian Diner

Certificate of Excellence
Dupont Circle
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1900 Q St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1293
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The correct name is Rakuya. It just opened this week, in the same place as the former Raku. For those of us who loved the former Raku, this was a real disappointment. Gone are the wonderful cocktails, in are lots of saki drinks. Gone are all of the old, wonderful fusion plates, even including wakame salad and the great soups... More 

Thank Donaldo H
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

We describe the food as Asian fusion. The look and feel of the p lace has evolved over the past 10 years, but we still love it.

Thank Ayo A
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

If you are looking for exceptional Asian food in Washington, I would highly recommend this place. Go try it !

Thank Laura C
Harbeson, Delaware
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133 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

I had the delicious duck entree and my husband had a sushi mix. Our friends had the fresh salmon dinner special. We all enjoyed our meals. Great Service. Great ambience.

1 Thank TVL4Ever3
Amherst, New Hampshire
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95 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Conveniently located on Q Street NW, near Dupont Circle (there are a few similarly named restaurants, so be sure it's the right one). Extensive menu, complete with fancy umbrella drinks, the whole range of sushi and noodle dishes--including a nice pad thai. Everything our foursome ordered was very good.

1 Thank PriscillaKerrs
Vero Beach, Florida
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Raku just opened in the neighborhood -- steps away from my go-to place, Cactus Cantina. My first visit to Raku was very nice. I enjoyed splitting the petite sashimi appetizer -- three or four pieces each was just right. Then I enjoyed a special that featured lobster and other types of seafood while my companion had the huge red curry... More 

1 Thank Pam S
Richmond, Virginia
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I have never been disappointed here. The food is always well prepared and tasty. The only suggestion is to decrease the salt content as it can be too heavy handed on some menu items. But over all, I have been very pleased with the dishes ordered. I always want to return.

1 Thank Kristen W
Holden Beach NC
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

Reviewed menu on line and checked to see if they were open. Bad way to treat loyal customers!! Closed for renovations. Website is not customer friendly!!

Thank Cindy C
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

Got here and there was a sign on the door stating that they will be back in the fall. Currently closed for renovations. They didn't mention this on their website.

Thank Gabriel E
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Raku is a reliable neighborhood favorite, with attentive service and delicious pan-Asian food. We love eating outside at the large outdoor patio area on a nice day, and part of it is nicely shaded. Sushi is terrific, as are the soups and noodle bowls, and I'm a big fan of the kale salad.

Thank John W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$16 - $16
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1900 Q St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1293
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: 202-265-7258
REOPENING spring 2016

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