50 Best Restaurants 2018: Tachibana

A Japanese restaurant in McLean

Photo by Rina Rapuano

Consider Tachibana a reliable go-to for all Japanese cravings. In addition to the long sushi bar dominating the boomerang-shaped dining room, capably prepared classics like ramen rival any of the celebrated noodle shops in downtown D.C.; crackly tempura and rich barbecued eel prove just as tempting. If the urges lean toward sushi, pay attention to the list of what’s freshest that day. Lunchtime brings the option of ordering sushi samplers or ginormous bento boxes including shrimp tempura, yakitori, California rolls and a portion of grilled salmon graced with gloriously crispy skin. With the addition of gratis miso soup and a ginger-dressing salad, there’s little chance of saving room for dessert. A $6 kids’ menu—featuring sushi rolls, not chicken tenders—allows parents to make it a family affair for just a little extra.

Japanese | $$$
6715 Lowell Ave., McLean

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