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Dupont Circle
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1900 Q St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1293
+1 202-265-7258
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:30 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 16:00 - 22:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri 16:00 - 22:30
Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Flavorful, wonderful Japanese (mostly) food. Even on the limited happy hour menu, there were items not available at your average restaurant and certainly not in Eastern Connecticut where I live. (I asked my traveling partner, who eats more often in DC and NYC, if I was being biased in my excellent assessment by our limited resources at home and he... More 

Thank nos-im
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

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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67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 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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139 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 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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107 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 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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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 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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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 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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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$30
Japanese, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
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
  • Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-265-7258
Japanese Kitchen + Bar

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?