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Matuba Japanese Restaurant

39 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Neighborhood Gem (56)
  • Kid-friendly (29)
  • Fit for Foodies (27)

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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
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Phone number
(301) 652-7449
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
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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.
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Cross street
Old Georgetown Rd
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Parking details
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.
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Public transit
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
What 39 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.7  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Artquilter (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2014

The staff was extremely kind. They discovered that it was my grandsons birthday and brought him dessert with a candle and sang to him accompanied by drums! My family loves the sushi.

vipBumble (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on August 3, 2014

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.

localfoodie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 6, 2014

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.

vipsakelover (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 4, 2014

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.

vipPooks (Miami)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

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.

localfoodie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 13, 2014

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.

vipsakelover (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on March 18, 2014

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.

vipWDC1 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 18, 2014

Matuba continues to be one of the best sushi restaurants in the Metro area. Its consistently high quality food and service makes this an area classic. This is a restaurant at which you will never be disappointed.

viptito (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on February 24, 2014

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.

localfoodie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2014

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).

vipNB41 (London)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

Matuba has been a good reliable, neighborhood restaurant for years -- welcoming staff, fresh sushi, varied Japanese menu with pleasant atmosphere --truly a neighborhood gem !

vipBigAl (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

Food was fine. Took forever to get our food because a waiter from another table took our food before our server could get to it. Consequently, we had to wait while the kitchen prepared another order. Otherwise fine and inexpensive.

Gourmande (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 15, 2013

The tasty and well prepared food, sushi and tempura that was ordered, is the reason for choosing this restaurant. Architecture and ambiance are less than appealing, especially for a Japanese touch.

Tomsha (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 15, 2013

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 27, 2013

I haven't been to Matuba in several years and was disappointed. It used to be one of our favorites, but the shashimi did not seem fresh and there was a fishy smell that was overwhelming.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 17, 2013

The food just wasn't that good. Sushi was okay; chicken teriyaki pretty boring. Very nice waitress though.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2013

This place was sub-par. It smelled like garbage from where we were sitting. Come here if you want to eat lousy food and wait forever to get attention from the server.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2013

They have loft saved for families. They prepare a special "chopstick" for my 3-yo son, very consideration. The food was great. We have been there several times and never got disappointed. Not cheap though, but worth the price.

vipLucus (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2013

Good sushi with a very casual ambiance. The staff and sushi chefs are quite friendly and actually are Japanese! The sushi and sashimi are well prepared and tasty. Enough to return for more.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2013

The bluefin tuna sushi and the edamame were great, and so was the service. We had a new dessert that was fantastic. It was green-tea creme brulee.