Yuzu

4.1
158 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Cosy
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
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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

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3.0Dined on 5 August 2018

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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4.0Dined on 18 July 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

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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3.0Dined on 5 May 2018

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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4.0Dined on 24 April 2018

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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3.0Dined on 4 March 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

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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4.0Dined on 10 February 2018

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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1.0Dined on 19 January 2018

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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1.0Dined on 14 January 2018

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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5.0Dined on 31 December 2017

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

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1.0Dined on 8 December 2017

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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5.0Dined on 18 November 2017

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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4.0Dined on 31 October 2017

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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5.0Dined on 26 October 2017

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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4.0Dined on 17 September 2017

Pleasant dining experience with varied Japanese options.

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4.0Dined on 13 August 2017

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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5.0Dined on 12 August 2017

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

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4.0Dined on 6 July 2017

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

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2.0Dined on 2 July 2017

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

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2.0Dined on 22 June 2017

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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4.0Dined on 27 May 2017

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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5.0Dined on 14 May 2017

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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4.0Dined on 13 May 2017

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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3.0Dined on 22 April 2017

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

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4.0Dined on 22 April 2017

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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4.0Dined on 8 April 2017

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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5.0Dined on 23 March 2017

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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5.0Dined on 20 March 2017

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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5.0Dined on 17 March 2017

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

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2.0Dined on 11 March 2017

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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4.0Dined on 25 February 2017

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

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2017

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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4.0Dined on 8 February 2017

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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4.0Dined on 28 January 2017

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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5.0Dined on 27 January 2017

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

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5.0Dined on 6 January 2017

I have been to Yuzu during the day a number of times both for personal and business lunches. It is uncrowded and the sushi is fantastic. The staff is very accommodating and it feels like eating in a small eatery in Japan. Well worth the trip!

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2.0Dined on 25 December 2016

Went to Yuzu Christmas Day since it was one of the only restaurants open in Bethesda. Food was OK but service was terrible. We sat in booth opposite kitchen window which may have been the worst place to sit in restaurant.

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