Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge
Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge

Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hanarobethesda.com/
  • Phone: 3016547851x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 2:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 2:30pm - 1:30am, Saturday: 2:30pm - 1:30am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Kathy Han
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge would love to cater your next event. We can offer anything from sushi platters to Korean Bar-B-Q and also provide you with an in-house sushi chef.
  • Entertainment: Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge offers a full service bar and a DJ every Friday and Saturday night.
  • Special Events: Please visit our Facebook, website or Instagram for the latest updates on our weekly special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St. Elmo
  • Public Transit: The Bethesda Metro station is on Wisconsin Ave approximately two blocks from Hanaro.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available also garage parking is available within one block of Hanaro. Closest garage parking is available on St. Elmo and also Woodmont Ave.
A word from Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge
Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge is located in the heart of downtown Bethesda. We specialize in modern fusion sushi cuisine and also other Asian dishes. Hanaro combines and utilizes tastes from Thailand to Korea, using the freshest and most local ingredients that are available. We offer an atmosphere that is suitable for an intimate dinner with your significant other or a group of your friends to celebrate a birthday and everything in between.
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Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (5)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (4)good for groups (4)fit for foodies (3)hot spot (3)romantic (2)special occasion (2)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • .food was better last year...
    linkVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Service was slow and unattentive..probably due to young inexperienced server...it was hard to eat in this place..but we were so hungry
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  • Good find.
    vett66rob
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Good sushi - nice selection! Slightly loud but easily worth the noise factor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great value & service
    wilmotv
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Thanks for a wonderful 1st time experience. The sushi & sashimi was simply fabulous.The fried rice was sublime--the vegetables still had their crunch! Our entire family are foodies; the 6 & 17 year old raved about the fried rice. My husband & I tried, we concur. Ms. Ung provided great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi & Sake Fun
    FoodieQueenMKH
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This is my third time at Hanaro and each experience is pretty good. I had girls night outting with one of my best gal pals and it was pretty fun. Wednesdays are ladies night and you get a half prices bottle of wine so we ordered a bottle of white. We both had really good rolls. I ordered the June Roll which was their special for the month. It had shrimp tempura in the middle and was topped with spicy mayo and lobster salad. I also ordered the spider roll and the eel roll. My friend got the spicy mango roll, the calamari and the dumplings. All really good choices. I still think that Hanaro's prices are pretty crazy though. $15-20 FOR A ROLL?!?! Get outta here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Sushi
    Takoma33
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My friend and I did a late lunch at Hanaro. Neither of us had ever been and we both were amazed by the creative sushi roll combinations and the ultra-freshness of the fish. Everything was delicious and very fresh. Shortly after arriving, we were surprised to learn their happy hour started. So the speciality rolls were discounted. Appetizers are discounted as well. We also had warm sake which was very good. They have an excellent sake list. We will definitely return. The atmosphere is very nice and our server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was bad
    FairVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for dinner on Mother's Day. The food was good. The roles were descent but the service was horrid. The food came out all wrong, and the kids ordered chicken teriyaki but brought pad Thai. And he problem was that the waitress said it was correct. Same with my sushi. It was a mess. The manager did take care of it but it was a mess.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 32 reviews are from the Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge reviews archive.
  • Unbelievable
    Megan
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This restaurant was some of the best service I have ever received. Our server was amazing and the owner came and spoke to us and was wonderful! The Lobster Roll was the best sushi I have ever had and I will absolutely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre at best
    DBDinerVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    A very mediocre Asian trying to please many palates. Dumplings were fine, nothing out of the ordinary. Pad thai was disappointing. It had four lousy shrimp. The sushi was fair, at best. And really, really pricey. I had one roll that was so devoid of flavor and was almost $12. Ordinarily I would give a place a second chance and go again. But owing to the cost, I will not "eat the risk."
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  • Love Hanaro!
    Cookie
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Went for the 2nd time for holiday dinner with a friend. First time was with family. 2nd time was during happy hour. Loved both times. It is also a lot more quiet than other restaurants in the neighborhood even with a full house. Happy hour is half prize on some dishes and the large sake and $3.00 off some of the sushi rolls. Shrimp Shumai is very good. My friend and I both are crazy about the Hanaro special sushi roll. Their Pad Thai was okay but all in all I will be going back with more friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    VickiVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    First time at Hanaro and we were very pleasantly surprised! The food and the service was fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first visit there. The
    birthdaycelebration
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Our first visit there. The was simple but great! Our server, apologies i don't recall his name, was attentive and friendly. Food was great and for the right price. We 'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy hour is a great special
    Be156
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    While the sushi probably isn't the best I've ever had, it was very good and especially at the low prices that are offered during happy hour!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent sushi spot
    Jenni
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We've been looking for a good place for sushi and we loved hanaro! Great specialty rolls and traditional rolls. We enjoyed the beef drunken noodles, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less than expected...
    MikeyMIke
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Our server was not entirely interested in serving us. You know, when you have to ask for everything that they should be asking you, and you feel awkward because it seems you are inconveniencing their night........ Food was good, but nothing to get excited about and want more. Compared to the reviews online it fell way short of that. Also, does not feel like a sushi restaurant, just a regular old bar with eating space attached. Will try somewhere else next time....
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  • Meh...
    UKFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Bought an Amazon Local deal for Hanaro and decided to try it on a Monday night for dinner. The place was pretty quiet, with perhaps two other tables full of diners. We ordered two sushi rolls which tasted fine, but we wondered how fresh the ingredients were as the rice and fish were so cold it was like they'd all just come out deep-thaw. Our mains were chicken teriaki, which was Ok but tasted more like grilled chicken and cabbage; and Port Katsu, which had a nice sauce but the breading was so thick it was like eating chicken fried steak. The service was friendly and the miso soup was nice. Otherwise we had a very average experience and probably won't return (sorry).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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  • Fine tuning needed
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    The restaurant uses very good ingredients, especially the fish in the shashimi. However, the sauces and dressings taste like they come out of bottles bought at a supermarket. The decor is varnished brown drab. While the wait staff is very good, an oblivious busser dumped tableware into bins immediately adjacent to our table. Some fine tuning could make this a very good restaurant
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  • Amazing sushi. Service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Amazing sushi. Service was slow becUse bar was busy. Nice watress ,not her fault. Ic u cld imprve the slow delivery you would have a wunnet.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The restaurant is cute but kind of empty and cold on the side we were first seated on. I ordered the vegetarian sushi bar and my friend had the shrimp tempura. The miso soup and green salad were great, as well as the cosmo I had. It was delicious. My meal was good (one would hope they don't mess up the cucumber roll) but my friend's tempura was unseasoned and bland. Even the sauce that came with it was tasteless. Other than that the place was okay. If we were to return it would be to give them another chance and try something different.
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  • Birthday fun
    Iheartfood
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    We celebrated my birthday and we were a table of 14 and the waitress did great! Beyond the service the obviance of city,music,chic was exactly what we were looking for! Now to the good stuff our food was above and beyond our expectations of an Asian restaurant! The chef was dead on with every plate! The shrimp dumplings,kani roll,wings,all of the terryaki dishes,rice just everything we ordered no one was not beyond satisfied and impressed out of big group of women that is un heard of lol! And the Tokyo teas were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was my first time here
    Dee1
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    It was my first time here and I must say it was a great pick for a first date and the desert was amazing!!! Will come back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food
    LAP82
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    The food was delicious. The tempura ice cream was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good meal
    TomC
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    The sushi was very good and all around enjoyed the experience. The waitress went above and beyond when she ran after me as I'd left my credit card behind.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a fabulous find! I went
    EmmyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    What a fabulous find! I went with my coworker and we both ordered bento boxes: teriyaki shrimp, rice, dumpling, soup, salad, half an order of California rolls, and a watermelon slice to refresh your palate at the end. Just ten bucks! I'm gonna say it... better than Raku down the street and cheaper. Plus checking in on yelp got us free edamame to start. We needed to at least taste their actual raw sushi though, despite already having so much food, so we split an order of the salmon avocado roll. Very good. Not skimpy, nice plump pieces of fish. *One star shy of a perfect score because I wish they had more variety of rolls, or were more lax about substitutions. But not too big of a deal, because overall I will 100% be back.
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  • Good dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Went here for a friends birthday. The food and service service were great. My drink was not very good though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi
    Vassy
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    This is me and my boyfriends affordable "date spot." We have never really ordered an entree as we both loooovveee Hanaro's sushi. The Cherry Blossom Roll is to die for! Highly recommend this place. It's not THE fanciest of places and the service isn't as attentive as in higher-class joints, but everyone is very nice and quick in responding to needs and/or special requests. :) The bar is also usually quite full, but I have not had good experiences with their drinks. Not my cup of tea.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    My husband and I came here in hopes we could find a good sushi place in Bethesda that wasn't as packed as Raku and we have now found our neighborhood sushi gem! Friendly and fast service with really delicious and fresh sushi. Their spicy tuna rolls are actually spicy and their salmon nigiri was as smooth as butter. We genuinely enjoyed our meal and will definitely be returning. Try the spicy mango roll, you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We ate outside on the patio
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    We ate outside on the patio as we had our little doggy with us. The food was good and the waiter was excellent!
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  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Our server was outstanding. We had a party of 10 and provided excellent service. He was very attentive and even memorized the entire order without any mistakes! Great food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place was great and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    This place was great and the sushi was phenomen can't go wrong with the octopus nigiri, the firecracker roll, the spicy mango roll or the steamed dumplings. The service was excellent. I would definitely recommend, especially for a romantic date night which was what I went for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved this restaurant!
    Deelish
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    We loved this restaurant! We had to have two orders of the firecracker rolls, they were awesome. There are other choices for those who don't want sushi, but clearly sushi is the star here. The ambiance was lovely, and the location in the heart of Bethesda can't be beat. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • There was nothing really outstandin
    roguepersonVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    There was nothing really outstanding about this restaurant. Its decent sushi, but for the price, you pay, there's nothing that stands out about this place that will make you come from any distance if you have a sushi restaurant closer to you. I cannot honestly recommend it, but I can say, if you're passing by and have a craving for sushi, this is a place to check out. But I wouldnt' go out of my way to come here.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • OK food, OK service -- that's it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    Decent Japanese fare. Nothing too offensive, nothing to wow us either. two issues (1) the place had an unpleasant smell. Kinda musty I would say. (2) we told them that this was a birthday dinner for the kids (it was!), no reaction. I didn't expect much, but maybe a mini desert? After all, the bill was well over $100 (for 2 adults + 2 kids) and we had no alcohol, and no fancy menu items... To sum it up, we didn't think it is worth going back.
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  • Happy Hour specials
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Awesome food, great happy hour, different specials everyday! Service is good, sushi rolls are original, unique and look amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is probably the best
    BethesdaDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    This is probably the best Japanese restaurant in Bethesda. Delicious food nicely prepared; attentive service. Far better than average.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Food was just ok. There are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Food was just ok. There are many better options for Asian food in Bethesda.
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  • The sushi is excellent, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    The sushi is excellent, but the non-sushi options are limited and less well done.
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  • Great food and music!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    I went on a Friday night so it was 21+ . Great DJ playing hip hop, R&B, and some reggae. The lounge area is small but this place is definitely a GO. We went to the restaurant part first which is still on the small side but we were sat immediately since we used open table for our reservation. The food was good and service was great too.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hanaro rolls are great
    Brunchman
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Hanaro has great rolls and i've found the food all around to be very good there. It quickly became one of my go-to places for sushi in the bethesda area. Get there and try their lobster roll!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate