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4822 MacArthur Blvd., NW (Georgetown)
(1) 202-298-6866 | www.makotorestaurantdc.com
HOURSTue.-Thurs.: 12:00pm-2:00pm, 6:00pm-Close (last reservation 8:30pm); Fri.-Sat.: 12:00pm-2:00pm, 6:00pm-Close (last reservation 9:30pm); Sun.: 6:00pm-Close (last reservation 8:00pm)
BEST FORLunch; dinner
RESERVATIONSNecessary for weekend dinners (2-4 weeks in advance); strongly recommended for lunch/weekday dinner
PRICE (8-10 COURSE PRIX-FIXE DINNER)USD 70
FAMOUS PLATESSoft-shell crab; Chilean sea bass
DRINKS AND WINESake; beer; wine
# OF SEATS25
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
This formal kaiseki restaurant is as close as you can get to traditional Japanese dining in Washington, DC. At the door, you’ll be asked to remove your shoes before you enter the intimate dining area, which is a simple, brightly lit space with room for only 25 guests. Those seated at the counter will get the added bonus of watching the action in (and feeling the heat from) the open kitchen. Every detail is in place at Makoto (down to the fresh wasabi), and the menu changes daily, so no matter how many times we visit, we’re always wowed by the elegance of the presentation and freshness of the ingredients.
Japanese expats for a refined taste of home, small groups celebrating special occasions, and foodies who appreciate kaiseki.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
There is a dress code. Clean-cut jeans are allowed, but men must wear a collared shirt. For ladies, we’d recommend something like a subdued dress or business casual attire (slacks and a blouse). Oh, and don’t forget cute socks, since shoes are removed at the door!
GO HERE WITH
A date; visiting parents; significant other; adventurous foodie friends
WHY WE LIKE IT
We're enamored of the fresh, tasty, and artfully presented food. Plus, the quiet, refined atmosphere and impeccable service make us feel completely zen.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The stools are a bit uncomfortable for a two-plus hour meal. Also, we know this is a little petty, but when we splurge for a nice dinner, we wish the water were complimentary (tea is complimentary, however).
GOOD TO KNOW
They’re sticklers for the rules here, so be sure to turn off your cell phone and arrive appropriately dressed. Also, an a la carte menu is available, but we highly recommend the USD 70 tasting menu; you’ll get to see the best that the kitchen has to offer, and it’s definitely worth the price. Make a reservation at the counter for the best seats in the house. If you reserve for dinner, you will be expected to put your credit card down to hold the reservation (and if you should pull a “no show” you will be charged USD 80).
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