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Yuzu Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.yuzubethesda.com
  • Email: info@yuzubethesda.com
  • Phone: (301) 656-5234
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Yoshihisa Ota
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elm Street
  • Public Transit: On the Metro RED Line - We are across the street and down one block from the BETHESDA station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • 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.
A word from Yuzu
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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Sashimi was outstanding. Seaweed combo salad was delicious. Salmon cheeks dish was very special. Decor not outstanding, but food was first rate and server was very helpful."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Went for a last-minute dinner at 8pm on a Friday. The restaurant was nearly empty, however the hostess first seated us at a cramped two-top next to a wall. We asked to be reseated, and she then attempted to pull apart a six-top to create another two-top for us...she seemed satisfied with the wobbly results, but we finally managed to convince her to give up one of a dozen unused four-tops. The hostess was gracious throughout, but it was a needless and stupid hassle, and a poor start to the evening. It then took f-o-r-e-v-e-r for them to take our order...perhaps retribution for being so "demanding" (I promise we were polite the entire time). The food was OK, but not great. An unremarkable experience -- certainly not worth $150 for two."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My husband and I recently had a mid-week dinner at Yuzu and found the experience pleasantly reminiscent of our time in Japan. We did not sample the sushi but tried the grilled black cod with miso and scallop carpaccio and both were delicious small dishes. Both the preparation and the size seemed more Japan than Bethesda. We were less impressed with the miso soup with fish and shrimp, too much going on and the fish bones were a distraction but the desert -panna cotta - was to die for. Also really appreciated the attentive service. Overall - a 4 star experience and we will be back!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Chef Yoishi excelled himself again. Strongly recommend an evening at the Chef's table"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Yuzu is one of my go-to restaurants in Bethesda. The food and service are always very fine, and you can actually hear your dinner companions. One new item that we really enjoyed was the flounder usuzukuri -- a sashimi that was marinated a bit in the ponzu sauce, mmmm!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I read some of the reviews on Yelp and here on OpenTable. I went expecting fun, interesting, and flavorful Japanese-inspired food. My wife and I left $100 lighter, and not at all satisfied. The food wasn't bad. It just wasn't especially good - nothing to justify the high prices (that $100 included only green tea and bottled water to drink). We left hungry and got a charcuterie plate at a bar up the street. Highlight: the yellowtail "cheek" (collar). Lowlight: having to ask for ponzu to go with it. And then ask again for another (tiny) bowl of ponzu, as we were sharing the fish across the table. Portions were scant and, did I mention, high-priced and entirely unremarkable?"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Having read reviews on Open Table and in the general press, I had expected better. The restaurant decor is quite spare and very cold, and the overall feeling was that even though it recently opened, the place needs a make over. The food is mediocre at best. Their sushi and rolls lack the quality that you would find at nearby Raku. The vegetable tempura was pretty much a tasteless mass. There is not too much at Yuzu that I would find redeeming. This is a one and done experience. If you want to dine here, go quickly. I don't think it will be around too much longer."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "At the Yuzu chef''s table, you will have a food and sake experience of a life-time. Chef Yoishi is an artist as he gracefully puts together the finest Japanese food I have ever tasted. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Having passed by Yuzu a couple times a month for a long time, we finally stopped in for a late Sunday lunch.... and we were amazed! Service was friendly and attentive, and the food was among the best Japanese we have had anywhere in North America. Three-course lunch was a good value."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Food at Yuzu is sophisticated and elegant. Their sushi is notch above what the 99% of the DC area sushi restaurants serve. I would like to try chef's menu (omakase) next time. Many things there are carefully selected, including sake and BGM. Their friendly and efficient servers made our dining experience pleasant. The only snag is the space that seems a bit bare and characterless. Great addition to the area Japanese restaurants."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "A little disappointed to finally find a restaurant with good, authentic Japanese food, then to find the portion sizes are tiny and prices too high (and they charged for green tea, which is not customary). The chirashi I ordered had the thinnest slices of sashimi I'd ever seen--definitely should be more fish on there for $25. I would highly recommend the Aburi 5 sushi, though. It would have also been nice if the waiter spoke better English (he didn't speak Japanese either). We had a miscommunication where we thought we were asking about an item that was included in our dinner, then found that he'd charged us extra for it. Of course we paid… Although the selection here is better, I think we'll stick with Sushi-Ko next time."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Even though the restaurant was only 1/3 full on a Saturday night, the service was woeful. Our server (apparently) decided to refrain from putting in one diner's order, since everyone else was served but that diner's sushi was nowhere to be seen. Eventually, he brought part of the order, and only after we brought the problem to his attention. (I say part because one dish NEVER arrived.) The food, when it came, was OK, but nothing that surpassed that served at many other Japanese restaurants in the area, including some within blocks of Yuzu. This was Yuzu's second chance (after better service, but equally unmemorable food, soon after opening), and it failed miserably. We won't be returning."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "The lightly grilled yellowtail cheek was fabulous. And you simply must get the eggplant with chicken. Yuzu also pleases by having a relatively low noise level and really nice jazz in the background. Love this place."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "The service was awful the server didn't know what was ok the menu. Didn't know what sashimi was. Couldn't tell us what teas they offered. But once the food actually came the meal itself was good. The restaurant was poorly set up and so you have to wear your jacket inside as the door floods it with freezing winter air. There not many great sushi restaurants in the dc area with decent prices. So wear a jacket and your patience. And you will have at least good decent fish. I recommend the seaweed salad and the tuna sashimi (although it is not offered on the lunch menu)."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "All food was great - appetizers, soup, sushi, and dessert. Beers were also good, and a nice selection of local bottles. Cocktail was less than desirable. I will return though!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We were a party of 9. Our reservation was at 6:15 And we didn't leave until after 9 pm. We initially Sat for a while before drink orders were taken. It took 20 min to get half the drinks and another 15 minutes for the rest. We are talking wine and sake. From the time our dinner order was taken until only sushi came was another hour. Add another 15-20 min for warm dishes BUT the last meal came out another 15-20 after that!! 3 people ordered sushi but it was brought out on One plate. Food was good but I wasn't crazy about The miso soup. Maybe they are not equipped for large parties, but this was at the top of my "slowest and poorest" service list. It's relatively new so perhaps it will improve."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Ate at Yuzu for a last-minute dinner with a friend mid-week. Made a last-minute booking through OpenTable and hopped up around 7:30. The restaurant was fairly empty, with a couple of folks at the sushi bar and 2-3 tables filled. Our server was very friendly and courteous. We started with green beans in a miso sauce - yum! Then we shared a large mixed tempura (awesome) and 3 sushi rolls, which were freshly made, delicious and perfect size. We'd read about Yuzu in Bethesda magazine as a top Japanese restaurant and we weren't disappointed at all. Of course the meal was fairly expensive (we did not have alcohol and paid over $50), but it was a nice treat. Would return again."
    Dined on 10/1/2013