OYA Restaurant

October 20, 2009

A while back, me and a few girlfriends got together for dinner out after work. We wanted to splurge without breaking the bank so we decided on OYA in D.C.’s Penn Quarter area. I know what you are thinking…why would we decide to splurge at OYA of all places, if you didn’t want to spend a ton of money? I’ll tell you why. It’s this crazy thing called a Prix Fixe (fixed price) menu which allows you to choose various options from a limited menu for a set price. OYA offers a $29 fixed menu from which you choose a first and second course and a dessert. The menu is fairly large for a fixed menu, so we actually had a nice variety to chose from. In addition, OYA offers half glass wine pours, so you can indulge without paying for a full glass.

For dinner, I started with the salmon tempura roll with seven pepper sauce. It was crunchy, hot and spicy-really good. For my second course, I chose the fish and chips. The dish was definitely an upscale version of fish and chips, but to my disappointment, it had all the heavy oiliness of the traditional dish. I wouldn’t order this again. The “special” house dessert is the banana bread pudding with caramel sauce and coconut. I’m not a huge fan of banana, but this was really impressive! The other desserts were fair.

Aside from the food, OYA provides a unique atmosphere. It’s very upscale and modern with chabby chic touches and details that are quite impressive (i.e. wall of fire and wall of water). The service was impeccable. Check out some pics of the interior below.

wall of fire

wall of fire


Sadly, the lighting was too dark for pictures, but I promise the plates were beautiful.

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brandi October 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm

wow – that place looks so cool! We don’t have any restaurants that look like that here ;)

Ashley October 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Things to try that you might like better: Hangar Steak, Scallops, any of the sushi rolls with the whipped wasabi. These are also included on the prix fixe.

Jennifer October 20, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Thanks for the recs. Oh, and I should point out that the veggie options were very limited on this menu.

Ashley October 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Ahhh!!!! This just made my day! By far, my absolute favorite restaurant in DC. Went there countless times during lunch break and after work and visit every time I am in town. Thanks for covering them. I HIGHLY recommend OYA!

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