In his 2009 review in The Washington Post, food critic Tom Sietsema referred to our sushi counter as the "Omakase counter." In order to avoid any confusion by customers trying to make reservations, we coined the phrase. Additionally, the term demonstrates how different the Sushi Taro experience is from other sushi counters one may dine at.
Our Omakase counter is an interactive tasting course; Sitting at the Omakase counter is an educational and fun experience that does not exist at any other restaurant in the mid-Atlantic region. The Omakase counter meal comes with 4 - 6 small dishes, followed by seasonal sashimi, and sushi. Other than these small dishes, the pace of the meal as well as what you like and want is completely up to you. After the Chef presents the selection of daily fresh fish, you choose what you would like to eat.
Why not flat charge:
A few people questioned that why we do not set a "set price" for our counter customers. This is not easy to answer, but the main reason is because we have so many rare items that you won't find at any other restaurants. The availability and cost of these items varies seasonally. We do not want our customers to miss out on these rare delicacies by creating a pre-fixed menu. We prefer to interact and get to know our customers' culinary desires in this semi-course style.
Charges for the counter vary depending on what is available for your course and how much you actually eat. Charges are start at $180 (unless you have huge appetite or you intend to have our most expensive items!).
It is best to enter the Omakase counter experience with an open and adventurous mind - your taste buds will be challenged. Also, due to our style of cuisine, there will be minor restrictions that we cannot accommodate, including vegan, non-seafood, and gluten intolerance who cannot have regular soy sauce. We will try our best to entertain all other people with all other dietary restrictions.
All cancellations made less than 5 business days before your reservation will be subject to charge of $30 per seat, and cancellations made less than 72 hours before your reservation and No-shows will be charged $100 per seat.
Upon making your reservation, we will ask for some general information.
Omakase counter reservations become available at 10:00 AM for a month in advanced date to the date (example: June 10th for July 10th). Please understand that many dates / seats are occupied by our Regular's priority reservations.
Please note that we are taking requests counting from 10:00AM, (NOT 12:00 midnight).
The Omakase counter is closed on
- Sunday & Mondays
- during "DC Restaurant Week" in January and August
- from Christmas to 2nd week of January
- Last weekend of Cherry Blossom Festival
(Likely 2nd week of April)
- and on some national holidays.
Operations start at 7:00PM, and we do not turnover seats, so there are no other parties before and after yours. We take two parties at a night within our six-seats capacity.
Please request your Omakase counter reservation through this email address.
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