Yuzu
Yuzu

Yuzu

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.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: Sushi, Japanese, 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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Yuzu reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (13)neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (8)special occasion (5)great for lunch (4)romantic (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Top-notch sushi
    DonnaVVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food here is truly a draw, when you want fine-dining Japanese. The sushi truly stands out from the pack. And If you want soup or salad plus a good amount of said sushi, the small plates are just right to round out the meal. We had seaweed-tofu miso soup, seaweed salad, miso glazed black cod and yellowtail cheek. Our server suggested a crisp, clean cold sake. Lovely.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Japanese
    50Eggs
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We really enjoyed the food and our waitress was absolutely charming. The sushi was fresh and delicious and the tempura had a wonderful, light texture. My only complaint is that the portions are small considering the somewhat expensive prices. I realize that qualitiy food costs money, but I would prefer larger portions.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Shellfish
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was fresh and delicious with a beautiful presentation. The service was "just right". The food was brought out timely, but not rushed.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solo4alvarez
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Best Japanese food ever in WDC. Many other most expensive places in town do not offer comparable quality. Outstanding!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • AUTHENTIC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Excellent fresh sushi, great menu options, food presentation was great !
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  • great experience at Yuzu
    cheesecake1
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I was recommended here and it has turned into my sushi addiction. Everything I've had there has been amazing. Even when I've tried something completely new and different, the quality of the sushi is excellent, the taste is divine, and the service is friendly and accommodating. For the quality they provide, the pricing is just right. I had the chef crunchy spicy tuna roll, and the salmon skin roll. the panna cotta is more than amazing. All delicious. Even their standard California or shrimp tempura Roll is perfection.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Disappointing
    JoKa
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were very disappointed with the food - the tempura batter was thin, the chirashi bowl was meager, the sushi rice had no flavor. For what we got, it was also very over-priced. The menu choices were limited - sort of Japanese/American fusion. Not a place for anyone who has had good Japanese cuisine.
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  • Don't go on a Monday
    TampopoVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    After so many good meals here, this one was awful. We have always gone to Yuzu because we could count on fairly authentic Japanese style sushi. This night was quite the contrary. We always get the premium sushi set and apparently the premium elements for the evening were some old toro that the chef tried to disguise by cooking it through. We did get engawa, which was nice, but otherwise it was a pretty pedestrian assortment. Seriously, you didn't have any frozen botan ebi to throw on instead of the plain boiled shrimp? The worst was the "traditional roll" which were spicy tuna and an inside out tuna/cucumber roll. Those are NOT traditional. Chef Ota needs to train his assistant chefs better if he's not going to be around every night.
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  • Very good!
    GGDC
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our second time here. Excellent sushi! Also had the corn tempura as an appetizer which was quite good. Sake martini and green tea mojitos complemented our meals. We'll definitely come back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food, fair service
    goodchoice
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had heard good things about Yuzu and went there recently. Tried the corn tempura, which was interesting -- light tempura batter. Had steamed chicken with sliced cucumbers and seaweed and a peanut sauce which was quite good. THe sushi and sashimi were also quite good as was the panna cotta (really!?). My only complaint was with the slow and not very professional service. Seemd like they were short-handed and someone from the kitchen was filling in. There are not a lot of great Japanese dining options in BEthesda, so I'll be back again. Hopefully the service will be better.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Sushi
    HumanExtraordinaire
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We went to use Yuzu as a farewell for my brother going to college. Very quiet and nice atmosphere. Mind you it was a Tuesday night. I went there due to the fact the chef is one of the few licensed to prepare blowfish, unfortunately he was not available that night. However the food is a bit higher priced and the portions are on the small side but the cuisine is definitely quality. The fish is super fresh and was absolutely delicious. The sushi menu is affordable but spending the extra cash for the more exotic dishes is definitely worth it. Though the dishes were a bit smaller than expected the food was surprisingly filling and had you wanting more. Great experience overall. I would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I tried this restaurant because I read a few good things about it, but felt very differently after eating there. The raw fish, by itself, was very good. But anything that was mixed, prepared, had a sauce or otherwise was a huge disappointment ... and at a high price!
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  • Unexeptional
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The sashimi consisted of very good ingredients, but was overpriced when compared to other Japanese restaurants in the DC/Baltimore area. The wine list is very brief and grossly overpriced for wines that retail for less than $10 a bottle when purchased by the case. It was not a bad experience, but there are much better alternatives in the area.
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  • Terrific Japanese food
    Malka
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wonderful sushi, sashimi and sukiyaki. This was my second meal here, and I plan to make it a habit. I love Japanese food, and this is about as good as it gets this side of Japan.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 37 reviews are from the Yuzu reviews archive.
  • Creative Japanese
    DonnaVVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    On our second visit to Yuzu, we were more impressed than ever with the creativity and imagination of the chef. Here are two stunning examples. 1) Edamame tempura is a ~ 9 mm solid sphere of shelled edamame as a tempura appetizer. 2) I love salmon skin sushi and Yuzu serves it as an entree - Brilliant! About ten 5 mm squares served on an elegant long, narrow plate with a zippy sauce. Last visit, too many dishes were served all at once. That didn't happen this time. The pacing was fine until nearly the end, when we were asked about dessert while I was still enjoying my entree. That was the only off note. The quality of the sushi stands out from the pack. A wonderful meal, and the sound level is appealingly modest.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Japaneses cuisine
    FSHSSVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    So happy to find a Japanese restaurant that serves really authentic and tasty food. We tried the corn tempura (a house specialty) and it didn't disappoint. The salty dip was a welcome change instead of the typical soy sauce-based dip associated with tempura. Make sure to order the soy sauce-braised pork belly. Different East Asian countries have their own versions and this is so well cooked that the meat melts in your mouth with no cloying soy sauce or greasy taste. NOTE: For those used to large portions of everything in many American restaurants - be forewarned that portions are small but typical of what you'll get in restaurants in Japan.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bento Box Excellent
    GreatBento
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I arranged a client lunch and made a reservation. We were seated immediately at the apppointed time by a really nice hostess and then promptly greeted by our waiter. The service is terrific, the food is excellent and flavorfull and the setting is very comfortable. They have menu selections for just about anything you'd like my bento box had fix, chicken and seafood and was great.
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    great for lunch
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  • Feel like I was back in Japan
    lvauthenticfood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Having been born in Japan, and living forty years in Japan, it is so good to have authentic Japanese food with hospitality that makes you feel you're back in Japan. If the interior was more visible and inviting from outside, it may attract more patrons. Great restaurant.
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    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • Pretty good sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    A Japanese friend recommended Yuzu as being some of the best sushi she had had outside of Japan. We had a la carte sushi for a Monday lunch-not the best time to order sushi-and thought it was good but not transcendent. The quality of the fish was a bit better than Raku but the portions were less generous and the prices were higher. (We didn't have any of the lunch specials but they were quite modestly priced.) The wife of the chef does a charming job of running the front of the house and also makes the desserts, which were very good. Considering the Japanese recommendation I think it will be worth it to try the restaurant again.
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  • NICE AND QUIET
    Margarita
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    It was nice and quiet on a Tuesday evening. Perhaps a little too quiet? Other than us, where were the other customers? The sushi was very good, as was the corn tempura; the other dishes were okay but not great. The waiter was nice enough, but not overly helpful when we were confused by items on the menu.
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    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent Japanese Food
    Malka
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    Jason
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
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  • Pleasant dining experience!
    BitofafoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Yoishi excelled himself
    KateVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Chef Yoishi excelled himself again. Strongly recommend an evening at the Chef's table
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Very good as always
    Mike
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Major disappointment
    NobodySpecialVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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?
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  • Most disappointing
    manfrommdVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    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.
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  • Outstanding sushi, noodles, miso
    allmanmadeVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    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.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in Bethesda
    KateVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely Worth Trying
    PickyEer
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but overpriced
    CalinMDVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    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.
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  • Oh, so good...
    Mike
    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.
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  • Incompetent service; so-so food
    KenCCVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    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.
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  • Poor service but good food
    Sushi4everymeal
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    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).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but...
    mersoVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Excellent menu and quality, but service can be inconsistent. One strange experience overall: we were told that the chef did not show up...?
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  • Great food, skip the cocktails
    sleight82VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Disappointed
    ScoutyVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    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.
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  • Japanese gem
    ZahavaVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Must have driven past this place a million times and never noticed it. Needed a place to go after the movies and read Open Rable reviews. Sounded good, and we went. So glad we did. Sushi was exceptionally fresh. We ordered Chef's specials - soft shell crab, tuna with jalapeño. They were excellent. Also had lotus root, tempura, tofu dumpling, miso soup and other rolls. Everything was exceptionally good. And the service was unusually outstanding. Attentive and helpful without being overbearing. The decor could use some sprucing up, but the food and service were terrific.
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    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Japanese food
    UKFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review of Lunch at Yuzo
    SeptupleLeafClover
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    Food was excellent. Music was appropriate. Staff was very helpful and timely. Wish that the tea was served hotter, and that was in a container that could keep it warmer longer, as the pot of green tea become cold very quickly. I intend to return regularly, as the food was great, and the service matched the food. The custard dessert was excellent.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.