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About Matuba Japanese Restaurant
Matuba Japanese Restaurant serves sushi as well as other traditional entr�es. The inside of the restaurant is simply decorated with drop ceilings and wood paneling. The decor on the walls is just as much for education as it is for aesthetics, as hung throughout the restaurant are charts with different types of sushi and sashimi along with their Japanese names. This visual guide makes ordering at Matuba that much easier for sushi novices, as they can simply find a picture of something they like and order that.
Matuba has dinner options like shrimp tempura and tekka don, but the focus of the menu is on the sushi and sashimi. There are several types of rolls that guests can order or they can get one of the combination sushi boats or bento boxes. These meals can feed anywhere from one to four people and are usually a sampler of various menu items.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Hours of Operation:
Closed on Tuesday.
Lunch: Monday, Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Diiner: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Old Georgetown Rd
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Our food is great for parties. We offer a variety of hot food delivery and personalized sushi for any occasion. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
Our restaurant is conveniently located next to the Cordell Ave - St. Elmo Ave Parking Garage. Additional parking is available at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Del Ray Ave. Metered street parking is also available. Parking in the garage is free on weekends.
Matuba is accessible both via Ride-On and Metro. We are located within a ten-minute walk from the bus bay at the Bethesda Metro station. There are also many Ride-On bus stops scattered about in the area.
Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Matuba Japanese Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
This was the second time we went to Matuba, and honestly made reservations by thinking it was another place. The first time a year ago, the a/c was broken. This time the temperature inside was still hot but better. That was about the highlight. The table was dirty with someone's left over chopsticks. 20 minutes from getting out drinks before ordering anything. I want to try the fried pork and what arrived was a leather patty that could've been out of a frozen food box. The sushi my husband got was ok, except his came with avocado, which the menu did not state. Service continued to be sub par. Am surprised at previous reviews, as this is not the best sushi place in Bethesda. So disappointed. Will not return.
A friend and I recently had dinner at Matuba Restaurant. I have eaten many times at this restaurant and with few exceptions the food and service have been excellent. I had the combo teriyaki chicken with vegetable and shrimp tempura. The tempura is always freshly made, crips, and never greasy. The chicken also was well prepared. My friend had the lobster sushi that was excellent; however the Japanese fried chicken was a little over done with not very much flavor. The ambience was quiet and comfortable for pleasant conversation. This is still one of my favorite restaurants in Bethesda.
Food was not all too good and there were some pieces of caviar sprinkled across my pickled ginger, which the restaurant didn't really seem to care about. Too bad this is the only japanese and sushi restaurant option on opentable for downtown Bethesda. Other than that, the service was at its usual decent level.
We had sushi and various rolls. It was very fresh and tasty. I hadn't been in this restaurant in over 20 years and was so happy to find it again. If it hadn't been on Open Table I may not have remembered where it was (moved out of the area in 1996.) I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves sushi.
I frequently dine at Matuba in Bethesda. The food is always excellent and dependable. The Terriyaki chicken ad the shrimp/vegetable tempura are well prepared and beautifully laid out on the plate. the tempura is crisp, not at all creasy, and works well with shrimp and a variety of vegetables. The Terriyaki chicken also is well prepared, tasty, tender, and moist. My companion usually orders a verity of sushi to complement her meal. These are also well prepared by chefs at the front counter using very fresh components. The noise level is quite tolerable for a Bethesda restaurant. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Bethesda.
Ordered spicy tuna donburi which would have been great if it wasn't as salty as it was prepared. The miso soup was also salty, and edemame beans seemed to not be so fresh, which kinda ruined the overall dining experience. Otherwise, had satisfactory service from an attentive server and restaurant was clean as it always is.
haven't been there in a couple months/year and as always.. food was good to great, service, excellent. I like sashimi, fresh fish, and not any smell from it. Nice and bright colors... friend has the spicy lobster roll, (she wanted more spicy) a chinese thing. LOL.. overall, enjoyed the dinner.
For years I have dined at Matuba Japanese Restaurant and have appreciated the consistently excellent food and the service that is always attentive. The sushi and authentic Japanese dishes are delicious and well prepared. The restaurant is small and can get crowded at peak dining times; however the ambience is comfortable and the noise level acceptable (especially in comparison to many other restaurants in Bethesda).
Everyone was very friendly from the moment we walked in the door, the sushi was spot on, and the place had a lot of character. It had a small business/ family owned feel, with great food and personality, which I will always support when I find a place worth while. We will definitely be making a trip back soon.
I like their selection of sakes and quality of their sushi isn't too bad (nothing to be too impressed about either). They have a $14.95 dinner special which I have ordered a few times already and I like the selection of meat/seafood they let you choose from. Their menu prices are pretty fair for being in downtown Bethesda.
We have eaten here for many years and enjoyed it until recently.
There was an unmistakable atmosphere of stress and strain among the staff which gave the restaurant an uninviting atmosphere. Children have overtaken the sushi bar in back with the moving display.
Please find a new manager for this otherwise great restaurant.
Always good fish. Always. Often, their specials are really special, too - the mackerel was stellar on this occasion. One problem, and it's beyond the control of the restaurant: families with children are generally seated in the upstairs area, which is fine. I have children, and the upstairs is a bit more tranquil, which is great. However, many patrons feel like its OK for their precious little ones to scream during dinner. When they're at the next table from me. Which is NOT OK when I'm trying to relax and enjoy excellent sake and sashimi. This has happened with truly annoying regularity on my last several visits. The waitstaff are apologetic, but there's really not much they can do about clueless parents.
We had not been to Matuba in a number of years. We were disappointed in the food. The green salad had a very mayonnaise-y dressing, the salmon teriyake had a nice sauce, but the fish itself was kind of yucky under the skin. The sushi rolls, too, were just not great, although I can't really pinpoint why. Service was adequate, not memorable. Overall, don't think we will return.
After living in Japan for nearly 10 years, I returned to the US about two years ago. My wife and I have searched for authentic Japanese restaurants since we've been back, and Matuba is one of only two restaurants in Maryland that we'd recommend. The food is great, the waitstaff are helpful, and the decor is tasteful.
We used to eat at Matuba often, and the food was always good back then. We came back after a long hiatus, and found the food to be really poor this time. Not one of the four of us liked our meals. The chicken was dry, the tempura was over-fried, sauces tasted terrible, etc. There are other much better Japanese restaurants around - this one has gone downhill.
The restaurant was clean and open. The wait staff were friendly and attentive. However, the food reminded me of China, more than Japanese. I have lived in both countries and have eaten their notable foods. I have eatened at this restaurant in the past (1990 through 1998) and the food's quality and texture was very different than what I experienced on Father's day. Having known the quality and taste of original Japanese dishes and the previous quality of this restaurant, I am sadden at what was presented as Japanese dishes.
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