When people ask me for the best sushi in the city I always say Oya. It isn’t your typical Japanese sushi place as it is actually a french/asian fusion restaurant with many other things on the menu besides sushi. However this place knows how to make an incredible roll and they also offer some of the most unique combinations that all stand out as different and memorable. My guilty pleasure is the short rib tempura roll- tender bbq flavored short ribs with pieces of asparagus and cheese in the crust of tempura with a dollop of mashed potatoes on top… trust me, you’ll think about this roll for weeks on end and drool every time it enters your mind. I also love the spicy crunchy tuna roll which is light, has just the perfect amount of crunch, and the tuna is always as fresh as can be.
The best part about Oya though is their incredible happy hour. They have a really nice lounge area with couches and tables for many parties to park for awhile and enjoy the drinks and food. Most of the sushi rolls are just $6-$7 at happy hour with the specialty rolls coming in around $10. House wines are $6 and it’s the perfect spot for an after work meetup with friends. And, the happy hour prices continue until 8pm! I’m not going to promise that the service is going to be good, but the sushi definitely makes up for it.
Finally, I took some friends that were in town from New York to Oya recently and we sat in the dining room and had a full meal. The walls are accented in white with treatments including marble, roses and chains. There is also a fireplace in the center of the dining room that creates a sense of warmth and comfort even in the hottest of months. They have a $29 three course prix fixe menu that includes multiple options per course and it very well may be one of the best deals in the city. The best part is that you can have sushi as one of your courses so you get the best of both worlds.
I highly suggest Oya for your next happy hour venture. Don’t be fooled by the unassuming facade on 9th Street… I promise you will not be disappointed with the atmosphere or the sushi.
777 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001