Forget the packages of ramen noodle that got you through lean times in college. Yosaku, a silver of a restaurant in DC's Tenley, has a raft of ramen and udon noodle soups to warm the soul - we like the miso ramen with fish cake, chicken and seaweed.

"117 neighborhood eats, WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE MARCH 2008"


A recent paint job has resulted in a brighter, lighter interior at this gracefully aging Wisconsin Avenue restaurant, which for two decades now has been the reigning sushi joint in Tenleytown—a place for wealthy older couples, graying American University professors, and smugly romantic young couples on dates. The prime real estate here is to be found outside, on the patio, under an umbrella. The dining room can occasionally feel cramped, the upstairs is dimly lit, and no one ever seems to sit at the sushi bar. And no wonder: Only two of the seats afford a decent view. The others are rendered useless by the restaurant’s tendency to stack its plates up at the far end of the bar—a time-saving convenience that seems, nonetheless, an unmistakable message to stay away. Take it as a cue to look beyond the raw fish. There are some pretty good preliminary nibbles to be had—a special of green-mussel miso, with silken broth and plump, soft mollusks; a better-than-average tempura; and a dish of marinated bean sprouts, all sharpness and crunch. A beef negimaki, glazed with teriyaki sauce and stuffed with green onions, has a good deal more give than you’d care to see, although, when topped off with some of the accompanying swirl of thinly shaved onions and a little of the orangey miso mayo, the ungainly rounds begin to approach the gruff charms of a Steak-Umm. The sushi menu contains few surprises. The fish is of generally good quality, and the more conventional choices—tuna, salmon and yellowtail—are reliably firm, slippery, and pleasantly cool to the tongue.
Todd Kliman (4/12/2005)

------Washington City Paper-----


Desperately seeking sushi? Or maybe authentic Japanese dishes? We have everything you need to satisfy your craving for a delectable Japanese meal.

Yosaku Japanese Restaurant was established in 1982. Since then, it has been not just a community favorite but also a well-known establishment in the Washington, D.C. metro area. It has been regarded by many as an important Japanese fixture visited regularly by not only Sushi afficionados but also by folks from the Japanese community, including members of the Japanese Embassy. Yosaku has often been noted for its authenticity, friendly owner, and the courteous and attentive waitstaff. Its owner, Kiyoto Kondo, also launched Tono Sushi ( in 1998.

Yosaku is located at

4712 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Washington, D.C. 20016


It's in Tenleytown near the Tenleytown-AU metro station.


Business Hours:


Lunch : Mon - Thu 11:30am - 2:30pm
Fri 11:30am - 3:00pm
Sat & Sun 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Dinner: Mon - Thu 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Fri & Sat 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Sun 3:00pm - 10:00pm


Happy Hour Available!!! Everyday 5:00pm - 7:30pm


Free Delivery

(Limited delivery area - minimum $15.00 order).   We deliver lunch, too!