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Makoto Restaurant

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4822 Macarthur Blvd NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-1557
+1 202-298-6866
Tue - Thu 18:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The food is exquisite ... as it should be at this price level. The service was friendly and helpful. The ambience was a little subdued on this occasion as there were only two other couples eating dinner (a bit surprising for Thursday evening). Well worth a visit and return visits.

Thank AICinAbertawe
Chevy Chase, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

While you can order ala carte, the most interesting experience at Makoto is to try the eight course Omakase' menu. The chef prepares seasonal foods into exquisite offerings of taste, texture, scent and arrangement to bring you a lovely and relaxing evening. I cannot stress enough that this is more than dinner out. It is an experience. The decor is... More 

Thank Arlethea M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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131 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Call to ensure they serve sushi, otherwise enjoy the expensive, well prepared, cooked fare. Not sure if the food reaches the haughty heights of staff attitude, though.

1 Thank 4masei5
Bethesda, Maryland
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

This is an experience for your palate. Tokyo's best competitor is right here on McArthur boulevard. The service is impeccable, your glasses are never left empty and seldom will you have the chance to serve yourself for the staff is attentive, courteous and silent. The food, prepared only a few feet away from you is fresh, it is served on... More 

Thank Jean C
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

Sushi bar has room for about ten and tables can seat another 16-20 maximum. This is a cozy authentic Japanese experience, beginning when you enter and must exchnage your street shoes for slippers. The female servers are dressed in traditional dress and the music is soothing jazz swing from an earlier era. But the sushi is the real star of... More 

Thank wbmarcus
Sandy, Utah
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385 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015 via mobile

The Makoto restaurant is a wonderful place for great Japanese food Great selection and variety. The service is at him to give without being overbearing

Thank Rick_Sue1969
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727 reviews
496 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015

My partner and I finally made it up to Makoto after a long time of wanting to go. It was an amazing meal and one of the best restaurants in DC. It was surprisingly not too hard to get a reservation here, calling on Sunday and getting something on Wednesday night. The vibe and decor of this place is very... More 

1 Thank jg325
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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218 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 683 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2015

Small, spartan atmosphere. But fantastic food. Service good and friendly but in poor English. Hard to understand some of the explanations. The 8 course menu was really well put together. And I liked the smallness and simplicity of the lay out of the restaurant. But what was the deal with jazz music?

5 Thank UE_DC64
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198 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2014 via mobile

First went here in the mid-1990s when it was one of the first innovative omakase restaurants in DC. Still reliable even though not quite as unusual. Delicious eight-course omakase includes sashimi, sushi, shabu shabu, salad. Pair it with warm or cold sake. Standard menu without the add-ons is perfect. Great ambience for quiet conversation. Service is impeccable.

Thank Derek F
Key Biscayne, Florida
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2014

Let's start with the non-fantastic: the place is small and cramped in a basement; getting a reservation is a challenge; the demeanor may be appropriate in Japan but is no totally comfortable in the US at that price point; a touch of attempts to upsell but I may have misinterpreted what we were being told because of the accent; a... More 

1 Thank Jose A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$40 - US$40
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:00
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: +1 202-298-6866

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