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“Wonderful find and fresh food”
Review of Izakaya Seki

Izakaya Seki
Ranked #607 of 3,298 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: Japanese
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

It's a gem! I love small restaurants that are not built for scale, but for quality. It is expensive, but the price is worth it. Take the recommendations of the staff, they really know their stuff. We enjoyed the sashimi, hamachi, and fish.

Thank Shane K
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

It was an excellent restaurant.... The food was great the sashimi was about as fresh and great quality as you can get. The Kushikatsu and the Kara-age was great. The the Udon was the delicious. Then my favorite... The Sake options/selections were beyond copious... about as best as I have seen in a restaurant (or liquor store for the matter). This place was a winner all around. If you love great japanese food and sake you need to go. I said it was pricey but I drank a lot of top shelf stuff.

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Thank j3866
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

The food is great, service has been very mixed (mainly depending on how busy they are). Lots of interesting options and an extensive special list that changes regularly. They don't take reservations and wait on a weekend can be very long- plan accordingly! Not a good place for a large group due to small size and no reservation policy, but great for 2 especially if you nab a spot at the sushi bar downstairs.

Thank oceanseekerDC
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Very hip environment offers many delights not the least of which is the enthusiasm of the wait staff. Sashimi sampler is not to be missed. Hamachi Kama was good. Pickled mixed wild mushrooms were amazing. Short ribs were underwhelming - flavorful but would have appreciated a serving that was more meaty and less boney - a forgivable nit. Chahan (fried rice) was good but not memorable. Shrimp Kaki-Age (rock shrimp, vegetable frittes) seemed to be over battered in comparison to the very appetizing version that caught our eye on a neighbor's table. Saki selection was escellent. We will return and explore further.

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Thank jiwaniec
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Some of the food here was fantastic, some of it so-so, and a few items not so great.
Tuna tataki was spectacular, a home run. The pork kakuni was also spectacular.
Octopus karaage sounded great but actual taste was mediocre.
The garlic fried rice was more like a risotto than fried rice, and didnt taste much like garlic.
They need to get a consultant in there regarding how to run the restaurant. Though there were plenty of wait staff, nothing seemed to work efficiently, service pretty slow. Space was not well utilized, crowded, wait staff sometimes crowded in corner looking lost.
The bar area downstairs had a nice ambiance which I took in while waiting 45 minutes for a seat, though told 20 minute estimate originally. We ate upstairs though. Would recommend waiting for a table downstairs if you have the time.
Overall the food was good. A few excellent, excellent dishes, though it's hit and miss.

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Thank someflipster
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