Yuzu

4.1
160 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Authentic
Yuzu Bethesda is authentic Japanese restaurant dedicated to serving fresh, seasonal traditional Japanese fare. For the past 28 years, Chef Yoshihisa Ota has practiced the art of sushi making in the United States and Japan. Yuzu brings high end small plates and tasting dishes that are hard to find elsewhere into a relaxed family friendly environment.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday also open space at the Chef's Table for "Omakase" course dinner. Cooked for by the executive chef himself, the diner is taken on a culinary exploration of sushi and Japanese cuisine. Due to the limited seating and extensive prep work for Omakase, reservations are required.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(301) 656-5234
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Yoshihisa Ota
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Cross Street
Elm Street
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Parking Details
Metered and Pay-by-Cell Parking is available at the Public Parking Structure on Montgomery Ave, between Wisconsin and Waverly Street, and is FREE ON WEEKENDS.
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Public Transit
On the Metro RED Line - We are across the street and down one block from the BETHESDA station
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 160 People Are Saying
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BH
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A bit too pricey for the substance, but overall authentic taste and pleasant experience!

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LS
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We were there early (6:00 PM on a weeknight), so the restaurant was quiet, which was nice. Stylish place and great neighborhood. Food was just okay - we had the green beans gomaae, spring rolls, and crunchy spicy tuna, salmon avocado and california rolls. Everything was salty and mushy. Service was fine, but not great. Food arrived fast but then we didn't see the waiter again, ie, no water refills and had to ask for the check. No harm, no foul, but not a place I'd go back to.

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AC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great little place with fairly authentic Japanese food and a good variety beyond sushi.

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E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Really good food; without much vibe and very quiet. Great place to have a conversation. Sometimes, that's just what you want.

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JE
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and atmosphere excellent. Good size portions, diverse menu and beverages.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice staff and service. The dinning room was quiet. The sushi was priced for every budget.

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EH
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very kind and helpful in seating our party of 14. They made sure all of us were happy and well fed. The atmosphere of the restaurant was really nice and the food was perfect. I would go here again.

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S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This is a good Japanese restaurant, but not a special occasion restaurant, which is what I was hoping for. The food was tasty and not fancy, portions were rather small. We spent $50 per person with drinks and tip.

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j
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

This is my favorite Japanese restaurant. The food is excellent - especially the sushi - and you can always get a table. It is much quieter and less hectic than going to Raku. We eat here regularly.

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FG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The waiters were nice but service was slow. Food was just okay, not the best I’ve had.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returned here for another birthday celebration. Not much of a crowd initially given the snow/sleet but then more showed. Couldn't tell it was loud or not as we were the loud group of 7. Saw someone with a baby so could be kid-friendly too. Loved the sushi and the tapas style Japanese pub food. Some of it, like the cod is more like a meal, but don't forget to order some rice as it won't come with it automatically. Not a huge cocktail menu, but enjoyed my pisco concoction and others in the group enjoyed theirs too. They were out of one favorite tea, but others enjoyed theirs (cherry blossom for one and jasmine for the other. Attentive waiter who was not afraid to say, you might be ordering more than you think (it was a bit much at the end, but we pulled through). All were pleased with their foods. Will definitely come back, nice alternative to other establishments in Bethesda which get crowded and loud quickly and parking is close by too.

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GG
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Incredible sushi though service was not 100%. Waitress asked us to repeat our order which made us believe she was not listening the first time. Then parter’s entree was served a good 5-10 min before my entree arrived... and THEN we got served our appetizer. The manager seemed very nice though and at least the food was execllent.

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d
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Amazingly bad with ice cold sushi rice. Poor udon broth that tasted like an instant mix.

Embarrassing and in this day and age they should be ashamed of what they serve. Avoid at all costs.

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

The sushi was DRY....the rice was DRY....like it was made the day before. This was a Sunday, and we were the only people there for a noon business lunch.

Would not recommend going there Sunday. Perhaps during the week, the food is fresher.

Did not complain, as I was there on a "pitch"...and one never complains to the restaurant if one's food is bad when in a business sales situation.

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OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Fun place to start ringing in the new year.

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

terrible service-30 minutes before we got asked about what drinks we wanted. sushi smelled questionable so didn't even get to eat. waiter seemed to care less about us

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very underrated. The restaurant was pretty empty for a Saturday evening, but the sushi... DELISICIOUS! Such great quality fish! I mean really really good! Also their matcha cheesecake was amazing! I 100% recommend!

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f
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

this was my third timing eating at Yuzu, and the food was excellent, as it consistently has been. unfortunately, i was there with 2 friends and we each ordered different things. the person who ordered a noodle soup dish had it served first, and we expected that the 2 sushi dishes would follow shortly. they didn't. after a reasonable waiting time, i pointed this out to the waiter, who told us that they only had one sushi chef at work and we was not able to keep up with the number of dishes ordered. i pointed out that he shouldn't have served the soup dish if he knew that the sushi would be delayed, leaving one of us with the choice of eating while we watched (which we urged him to do) or waiting and having cold soup. the waiter agreed with me, but gave no explanation or apology.

because this was lunch and they may not have anticipated the number of customers who showed up, i'll give them one more chance to demonstrate that they can give good service. i'll recommend them for their food, but will warn people about the service.

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n
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the start, YUZU is convenient, barely a block from the Bethesda Metro Station. I had a Hot Pot full of chicken, tofu, fish and a tasty broth. Yummy! My companion had a vegetarian Udon noodle bowl which was very filling. I had a salmon/avocado roll which was perfect. YUZU is a great sushi parlor.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Pleasant dining experience with varied Japanese options.

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AC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place. For some reason, underrated. But the place is authentic, has some dishes you won't find anywhere else and the sushi is as good as anywhere else.

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VG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

delicious food; great variety of options; nice environment; will return

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent Japanese Cuisine!
Quiet setting. Not a fan of TVs in a restaurant.

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H
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Sunday afternoon, from 6 to 7 PM and we were the only ones in the restaurant.
At best: Meh.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Ok, so this was in June of 2017 and my son was in the envision© school. Anyways, on with the review. So in 2 Words, Horrible Food. Everything else was very nice, but that is just atmosphere and aesthetic. For taste, I'd give it 3 1/2 stars. But then, when me and my son were at our hotel the next day, he said "I feel very sick", and puked all over the floor. I remembered the roll we got was the "Chef's Special Roll: Lobster, I feel like they gave both of us bad rolls because I had the same thing and I puked as well. Good service and ice cream was made fresh. That ice cream was very good though.

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OT
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Yuzu is better than you'd ever guess from how empty it often is. I'm not sure whether it just hasn't yet been fully discovered or doesn't have enough things that make it really stand out -- but the food is consistently good to very good and the service is very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The eggplant dengaku and various tofu dishes (agedashi, dengaku) are among the best versions of those dishes we've had. The yuzu ice cream is simple but delicious, and I haven't seen it at many other Japanese restaurants. And it's quiet enough that you can actually hold a conversation without having to raise your voice. As Bethesda begins to fill up with chains, Yuzu deserves more attention.

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f
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

we went for lunch on a Sunday, and they have some good combos, as well as items from the regular menu. The sushi and rolls were tasty, with high quality ingredients. Service was good, and the prices were fair given the quality of the food and the Bethesda location.

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AC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Underrated place. They have a couple of dishes that you wouldn't find in other sushi places. Nigiri portions were a bit small though.

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PD
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Meh. Nothing horrible, but nothing great either; and for the prices the charge for sushi, it ought to be fabulous!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went there with my wife and my son.
We were very confortable.
We enjoyed Sushi set and Udon.
They are perfect for us.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service is good. There was nothing that made it really stand out but nothing that was wrong either.

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j
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is our favorite Japanese restaurant - the sushi is delicious and the service is always prompt and attentive. We eat here almost every week.

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CM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is becoming our new favorite sushi place. Perhaps not as trendy as some of the competition, but from a food perspective, I'd say it's the best sushi we've had in Bethesda. Recommend the Aburi Five, 5 pieces of sushi seared with a blow torch.

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G
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nothing fancy, but good, fresh sushi and udon. Quick too.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2017
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We went for dinner and were very disappointed with the food. We had a few different tempura dishes that lacked flavor. We had a sashimi sampler and found the fish was not fresh and the texture was tough. The chef's roll was not bad. Desert was disappointing. We ordered mochi ice cream -a favorite of ours. The strawberry flavor was excellent. The green tea flavor mochi was stale tasting and the the mochi was hard. The whole meal was very expensive for the quality of this food.

The service was very good and the restaurant is pleasant and comfortable. They need to bump up the food quality.

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J
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Japanese food at a reasonable price - and ample too.

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V
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience and fresh food! Atmosphere is fresh and fun. The highlights include the salmon carpaccio, gyoza appetizer, chicken karaange, and the chef's roll! The hospitality is so authentic Japanese!

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DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was my second time and they establishment. I am coming back for high-quality sushi. As my guest was very late, we had lunch at 2 PM. At that time the restaurant is almost empty and quiet. Service is very good , The fish is fresh, and the sushi is masterfully prepared. The only thing is, the place is a bit drafty and chill. Overall, recommended for sushi lovers like myself.

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H
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Outside doesn't seem like much but the sashimi is high quality and delicious. We had the house warm sake which was decent, edamame, sashimi, salmon roll, and green tea ice cream. The ice cream was excellent- strong tea flavor and not too sweet. We will be back!

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B
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, very fresh fish and very good quality. Service was fast and discreet.

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