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What is:

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.

And the real origin of "Omakase" comes from terms that we use for Regulars who do not order from the menu, but ask chefs "give me something".  Then prepare something out of the menu.  This is the true "Omakase".  Which means that the "Omakase" style who can present the menu is not real Omakase, but it is a tasting course.

Charge:

Charges are $250 per person (tax & tips excluded) unless you have requested to upgrade in advance and if it is rare ingredients and expensive.

Most of the ingredients are our regular items, including A5 Wagyu beef, Lobster, etc. 

STARTING MARCH 2022, ALL SATURDAY AND HOLIDAY (if we open) RESERVATIONS WILL BE PREMIUM AND CHARGE IS $350 PER PERSON.

Restrictions:

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 eater, and gluten intolerance who cannot have regular soy sauce in cooking. We will try our best to entertain all other people with all other dietary restrictions.   If you are not adventurous or thinking of bringing non-adventurous friends, please think twice, before you may experience an awkward moment at the counter.

Another important additional note:  We are no longer accepting solo dinner.

Cancellation:

All cancellations made less than 7 days before your reservation will be subject to charge of $30 per seat and cancelations less than 72 hours are subject to charge $100 per seat.

Reservation:

Available dates for Omakase counter is releasing a month in advance date-to-date basis.  (4/20 for 5/20)

We are taking reservation request counting from 12:00AM.  We get 5 emails all in 12:00AM stamped especially for the weekend's dates and we will handle by in the order in mailbox to be fair to all.

The Omakase counter is closed on

  • Sunday & Mondays
  • during "DC Restaurant Week" in January and August
  • from Christmas to around January 8th
  • Last weekend of Cherry Blossom Festival  (Likely 2nd week of April)
  • and maybe on some national holidays.

Dinner operations start at 6:45PM (Your choice of seating time between 6:45 - 7:30), and we do not turnover seats, so there are no other parties before and after yours. We take a maximum of two parties at a night within our six-seats capacity.   We are no longer accepting solo diners.

Please send your reservation request to omakase@sushitaro.com including information such as name, date & time, party size at least.    Please do not expect us to reply over weekends and holidays.