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Yuzu Details

  • 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: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "Excellent menu and quality, but service can be inconsistent. One strange experience overall: we were told that the chef did not show up...?"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "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
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "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
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "Yuzu may well be the best place for sushi in Montgomery Country. Each item we sampled was absolutely excellent. The chef's tempura roll was easily the best tempura I've ever had. The waitstaff almost all speak Japanese, which surprised me. They could be a little more attentive, but they're all very pleasant and helpful. Definitely on my repeat list!!"
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "The best Japanese food I've had in Washington. Sushi was excellent, the tofu (house made) was absolutely delicious, and the dishes all had the finishing touches you expect from a high end restaurant, although anybody would be perfectly comfortable walking into Yuzu in jeans and a t-shirt. I will definitely be back and hope Yuzu is here to stay!"
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "A lovely find...fresh and beautiful sushi. The warm compote of agar,tofu,shrimp, edamame and a hint of lemon zest is sublime. Umame! Excellent service and n overall delightful evening. The Chef's table is great...just would expect warm towels, better chop sticks, and soft drinks/hot tea to be included. Would also suggest oiling the beautiful chef's table so as to prevent the water marks that the diners need to contend with, and would move the coffee/hot water dispenser off of the main bar, as it is in full view and is distracting."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Somewhat limited menu beyond good but not outstanding sushi. The concept of ala carte small dishes for Japanese food is interesting but isn't presented very well beyond a few "staff favorites". The tempura corn was unusual but heavier on the tempura than corn. A nice addition to the limited offerings on that part of Wisconsin Avenue but not outstanding."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "The food was wonderful, that's what kept me go back again and again and also bring friends. However, the staff forgot to bring our miso soup, and we didn't realized until we had left."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "I think this is the most decent Japanese restaurant in the area, yet it's not authentic. The service is fast and courteous. I ordered a few kitchen dishes and sushi. sushi was smaller than I expected. Row fish was tasty but it could be better. Kitchen dish like Kakuni and Tsukune, they are a bit too americanized. Nevertheless I def will go back again. Because I can't get decent japanese food anywhere in DC met area."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "They have only one lunch special "bento box" but they allow you a vegetarian modification option which is nice. The sushi is good enough. For the price I would expect it to be a little more cold, with wasabi dots underneath--classically done, and more plump. The crunchy shrimp and "cooked" rolls turned out better than where I could compare their raw rolls.... the sushi buffet down the street makes more sense for the price at lunch I'd say. But this would be a good dinner place. And I will give them this... their edamame is awesome. It served cold and sweet but each bean has such a silky texture---pleasant surprise."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Lived in Japan and this is hands down the best sushi in the area."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Well, we gave it a try. Bethesda, and as far as I'm concerned the DC area, seems to be lacking a great all-round, non-sushi-only, Japanese restaurant. Yuzu is generic and mediocre. We had no complaints, but no kudos either. I don't eat fish and had beef prepared Korean-style. Tasty, but one-dimensional and served with a school-cafeteria salad. Dianne had sushi and found it middle-of-the-pack. She likes fancy, "chef's special" style sushi, yet the choices at Yuzu were limited. Service and atmosphere were commensurate with the food."
    Dined on 8/1/2013
  • "Sushi was excellent and had more interesting offerings than us standard. Service on an unexpectedly (to Yuzu) busy Sat was slow but the restauant made up.for that by bringing a couple appetizers on the house"
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "Authentic Japanese food - excellent sushi and sashimi. Best of the Japanese restaurants in the Bethesda area."
    Dined on 7/27/2013