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Daikaya is the combination of the dreams of three men, realized in one space—their ideal restaurant, that they could frequent together, in Washington, DC.

Our restaurant is divided into two separate restaurant spaces, the Ramen Shop on 1F and Izakaya on 2F. Daikaya Ramen opened its doors on February 14, 2013, and the second-floor Izakaya opened on March 28, 2013.

The Izakaya (2F) is a casual restaurant that serves Japanese comfort food to accompany a diverse selection of bar offerings. The izakaya experience is perfect for after work, before a big night out, as a full supper, or for late-night bites with friends. The cuisine is freestyle and adaptive in nature. Each izakaya in Japan puts its own touch on their menu items. The plates are typically small so that one can sample many different items.

Daikaya Ramen (1F) offers Sapporo-style ramen, which is widely considered one of Japan’s most prominent and influential ramen styles. Sapporo style ramen is distinguished by its Chintan stock; a clear soup base that requires over 16 hours of careful preparation to achieve its delicate and complex depth. The stock contains chicken, pork, and beef. Our noodles are imported from Sapporo, Japan, and made by Nishiyama Seimen Company according to the recipe we developed. Our recommendation is to sip the broth, slurp the noodles, and then dig into the roasted vegetables and broth-soaked meats. After three bowls, it becomes an addiction.