Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge

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Specializing in authentic sushi dishes, Hanaro is in the heart of Bethesda and offers a wonderful setting for a meal as well as a cocktail and nibble. Perfect for family and group meals, it is also a nice spot for a romantic dinner or a drink with friends. With a happy hour Monday through Friday, you can choose from a nice array of drink and food specials.

The lunch and dinner menus at Hanaro, though, are much more expansive and feature plenty of sushi along with many specialty dishes. Starters can include the signature tacos that are served on tortillas and can include Korean BBQ or unique seafood fillings. There are also unique entrées, noodle dishes and tempting desserts, including mochi ice creams. A meal at Hanaro is sure to be a treat, whether it is at happy hour or with the family.

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome sushi

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2015
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Had a great dinner here. The happy hour deals are great! Can't wait to come back!

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vipJordan
London
41 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Gave Hanaro a try after being a loyal and dedicated customer of another sushi place close by. I was blown away by how great the food was. I had always passed by Hanaro and never went inside, and boy was I impressed.

My party of three started off with the steamed Pork dumplings and Calamari. The Calamari was delicious: light, fluffy, amazing. I also had the House Salad.

For my main, I ordered the Volcano, Maryland, and Eel Rolls. All were amazing. 5/5 stars, will most definitely return.

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vipjmabbe
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are not from the area and just picked Hanaro as a last minute dinner spot. We were pleasantly surprised to find that Hanaro is not only a great place to hang out but the food is amazing! We loved the new Sashimi salad, the sushi and the fried rice!

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vipRyan
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2014
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food is good the service is not. Poor ambiance.

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vipvivalavida
Washington DC
193 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Our dinner was enjoyable but the sushi is not that remarkable. It was OK. The attention and service was impeccable.

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vipSEG1980
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2014
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Worst sushi experience I ever had... The lounge portion had a loud live group playing. Not the ideal ambiance one expects from a Japanese restaurant. Still trying to find the best sushi in Bethesda. Sushi Taro in DC is good. (The sushi is worst then pre-made to-go sushi that you can buy at stores such as Whole Foods and/or Safeway)

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vipChopchop
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2014
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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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vett66rob
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good sushi - nice selection!
Slightly loud but easily worth the noise factor.

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vipwilmotv
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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vipFoodieQueenMKH
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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!

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Takoma33
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMiais
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2014
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

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Megan
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipDBDiner
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2014
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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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Cookie
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipVicki
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Hanaro and we were very pleasantly surprised! The food and the service was fabulous

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vipAndreas
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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!

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Be156
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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Jenni
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MikeyMIke
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2013
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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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vipUKFoodies
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2013
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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).

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vipRichardB
Washington DC
657 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2013
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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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KateE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2013
Overall3food5service1ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2013
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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Iheartfood
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

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JessiK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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LAP82
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2013
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. The tempura ice cream was amazing!

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vipTomC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipEmmy
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Went here for a friends birthday. The food and service service were great. My drink was not very good though.

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Vassy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2013
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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vipJudy
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2013
Overall3food3service5ambience2

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Disappointed
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2013
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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vipEatHer
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2013
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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Yaomovers
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great happy hour, different specials everyday! Service is good, sushi rolls are original, unique and look amazing.

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Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 654-7851.

Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge is rated 3.8 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.