Shibuya Eatery

2321 18th St NW, Washington
(202) 450-2151

Recent Reviews

Scott Marmol

I really liked their food and customer service, excellent area nearby to my apartment. The cashiers are always very kind. Would recommend to others.

Nicholas C.

This place hit my soul. Got the shaved Waygu beef in simmered onion hot noodle soup and salmon avocado sushi roll. The atmosphere is quite unique with a nice view of 18th st.

Christine H.

Shibuya eatery is a great place to get a quick bite or a full dinner. It uses 3 floors of the building and if you're sitting in Death Punch, you're sitting in a lovely speakeasy meets punk rock themed bar with amazing robatayaki. - Food 4.5/5 Our faves were the 6 Hour Beef Short Rib (5/5) and Koji Cured Chicken Breast with Wasabi (5/5). The wings (4.5/5) were excellent too. Though it comes with a disclaimer that it could be smaller than your average portion, a 4 oz piece of meat is not small at all when considering the abundance of options. The Japanese Eggplant with Sweet Miso (4/5) was okay though I prefer it slightly less crunchy and more cooked. The yam (4/5) was excellent and had great balanced flavors between sweet and savory. - Drinks 4/5 I highly recommend trying some of the Japanese beer. The matcha green beer was surprisingly good (and Green!) The lemon beer was refreshing as well. - Service 4/5 The server was helpful in giving us recommendations and the attentiveness was great. - Cleanliness 4/5 - The place is doing everything it can to be covid safe. - Ambiance 5/5 - A cozy atmosphere with fireplaces on screens to make you feel "warmer" on a cold day!

Courtney W.

A needed addition to the neighborhood, this place has a great selection of foods - and their sushi was amazing! We feel like we scored on the Winter Restaurant Week and were able to get a lot of food for our first foray into their menu. The service and friendliness of ordering really set them apart (we called in our order and picked it up) - cannot wait to get more, everything looks so good and the flavors were great!

T B.

My wife and I were looking for a place to spend our first anniversary together and wanted Japanese. We tried to other places but couldn't get a reservation and Shibuya was our third choice. Was a bit dubious about a non-Japanese chef, but the food turned out to be really really good. Also they buy their fish from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo! Kit and Joe took care of us and made the experience that much better. They were awesome and very knowledgeable about the menu and had great recommendations. Definitely will be going back.

katherine t.

My friends and I stopped by here during Covid for some Japanese bites and cocktails. From the moment we were seated we were greeted with exceptional service - our waiter was kind, attentive, and answered all of our questions. We ordered some bento boxes, a donburi dish, the rainbow sushi roll, wings, and chicken skewers. Although I personally didn't try them, the only disappointing thing seemed to be the chicken skewers - the folks at my table didn't care for them. Everything else was phenomenal. I'm a big sushi snob, and the rainbow roll was fresh and delicious - I just wish there was more. The cocktails were great as well, I ordered one that was described to me as "an upscale hard lemonade" - it was served up in a coup glass and had yuzu amongst other things that I'm forgetting. Great drink, highly recommend. We got some sake for the table as well which was fantastic. I can't wait to return and try some of the other offerings because I love Japanese food, and Death Punch/Shibuya Eatery really delivers.

Lilian Hu Nguyen

We went for lunch and were the only diners that day. I would actually say the food is closer to a 3, but gave 4 stars due to the service and friendliness of the servers. This was our first time here and we ordered a couple bento boxes. The pork belly, which really should be juicy and tender due to all the fat, was very very dry. It seems the pork was cooked over too high a flame, the outsides were closer to burnt than charred. A couple of the veggie sides ordered were good, but the "purple sweet potato" wasn't purple..it was just regular sweet potato. But it was also very dry. The other non-Asian spot in the area we've tried yakitori at is Zeppelin (pre-COVID), and there was a huge difference in the food product at Zeppelin and here. Again, the servers were both very friendly and attentive and seemed genuine, which helped the experience.

Lily H.

We went for lunch and were the only diners that day. I would actually say the food is closer to a 3, but gave 4 stars due to the service and friendliness of the servers. This was our first time here and we ordered a couple bento boxes. The pork belly, which really should be juicy and tender due to all the fat, was very very dry. It seems the pork was cooked over too high a flame, the outsides were closer to burnt than charred. A couple of the veggie sides ordered were good, but the "purple sweet potato" wasn't purple..it was just regular sweet potato. But it was also very dry. The other non-Asian spot in the area we've tried yakitori at is Zeppelin (pre-COVID), and there was a huge difference in the food product at Zeppelin and here. Again, the servers were both very friendly and attentive and seemed genuine, which helped the experience.

Olga B.

We had a delicious Valentine's Day takeout meal from Shibuya including the lacquered duck leg, yakisoba, hamachi, Japanese eggplant, Koji cured chicken thigh, chicken wings, and more. Everything was delicious and flavorful, especially the chicken with the grill char. Not only that, but when the order on the hamachi got messed up, Candace went above and beyond to get it to us, even sending it in an Uber. Really wonderful and thoughtful! Thank you so much!!

Mike Q.

For the most part disappointed. The temarizushi box set I would say is worth it. The slices of seafood on top of the rice are big. For 40$ you're getting a good amount of food for DC prices. I loved the salmon, squid, scallops, and both whitefish. The shrimp seemed over cooked to me and lacked flavor. Most disappointing was the tamagoyaki. I always like saving this for last as a slightly sweet and savory bite. The tamagoyaki just tasted like regular egg with some grilled char. Texture was a bit wet. I don't know what this place was thinking serving the donburi with soggy rice. Once mixed with the poached egg, I was basically eating congee. It's 19$ for the wagyu beef option, and it's absolutely not worth it. The simmered beef was.. welp exactly what simmered beef should taste like. I didn't know what I was thinking picking that option and hoping for something special with the wagyu beef. Throwing beef into boiled water just takes all the flavor out. Beef should be blanched at best and never boiled in my opinion. A grilled or braised option would have been much better and I think they should change this option permanently. I'm sure they have better options and if you do decide to eat here, don't get the donburi. For the plethora of Japanese food in DC and even in the SAME block, I'd say just take your bets elsewhere.

Meghana Chandra

Great patio with a lovely firepit! The food and service were both really good. Great vegetarian choices - loved the yam and the donburi!

Jessica W.

I can't say enough good things about this place. This place is such a gem. This is the type of place you explore new foods with your tastebuds and you won't be disappointed. I haven't tried about 50% of the menu just because every time I go back I get the same thing. I keep telling myself the next time I go I'll try something new. My style has been ordering a bunch of small plates with whomever I'm with and order more as the time goes on. My favorites are: beef short rib with Tare Glaze, wings with Tare glaze, and chicken breast with wasabi accompanied with ginger & carrot dressing salad, edamame, and the onigiri rice ball. Favorite drink by far is the Lemon Lager. I don't like beer but this is DELICIOUS. Covid-19 wise I feel like everything is kept clean, spacing inside is perfect & you feel comfortable. In the fall I also sat outside and the experience was just as good. Talking to the owners about how the restaurant will continue to evolve is so exciting. I can't wait to see the other floors, taste more or the menu, and most importantly enjoy it as the world comes back to normal.

Yosef Riad

Amazing! Chef Darren and Candice really kill it. Pork belly and short rib skewers to die for. Healthy portions of sushi.Sake selection is on point. Really best Japanese yakitori and sushi spot I’ve been too. Bravo guys, hats off to Shibuya.

Dipika Mouli

Unfortunately I found everything from the vegan menu to lack flavor. I ordered the carrot, yam, and eggplant dishes and they were simply charred without much on it. I ordered a hot soba noodle dish as well and in addition to being delivered totally cold there it didn't have the accompanying items that were supposed to come with. The portions were also frustrating (literally 12 green beans for $7?). The rolls were good, luckily.

Angelica D.

Had our meals outside under the heat lamps, before going to death punch for the pop up bar. The noodles were okay, but the broth didn't have that much flavor. I was really excited for the temarizushi box but was definitely disappointed. There was too much rice and not enough fish. There were barely any other toppings on the rice, like pictures posted on their social media. Not much to say other than I wish the food was better. I'll have to give this place another try once indoor dining resumes. The great part about my experience was the holiday drinks from Death Punch. I loved that you can enjoy the drinks at the restaurant.

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