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About 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.

7345 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Elm Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 656-5234

Website:
http://www.yuzubethesda.com/

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.

Public Transit:
On the Metro RED Line - We are across the street and down one block from the BETHESDA station

Executive Chef:
Yoshihisa Ota

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8

service

4.6

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4.6

value

4.8

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Very underrated. The restaurant was pretty empty for a Saturday evening, but the sushi... DELISICIOUS! Such great quality fish! I mean really really good! Also their matcha cheesecake was amazing! I 100% recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

this was my third timing eating at Yuzu, and the food was excellent, as it consistently has been. unfortunately, i was there with 2 friends and we each ordered different things. the person who ordered a noodle soup dish had it served first, and we expected that the 2 sushi dishes would follow shortly. they didn't. after a reasonable waiting time, i pointed this out to the waiter, who told us that they only had one sushi chef at work and we was not able to keep up with the number of dishes ordered. i pointed out that he shouldn't have served the soup dish if he knew that the sushi would be delayed, leaving one of us with the choice of eating while we watched (which we urged him to do) or waiting and having cold soup. the waiter agreed with me, but gave no explanation or apology.

because this was lunch and they may not have anticipated the number of customers who showed up, i'll give them one more chance to demonstrate that they can give good service. i'll recommend them for their food, but will warn people about the service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

From the start, YUZU is convenient, barely a block from the Bethesda Metro Station. I had a Hot Pot full of chicken, tofu, fish and a tasty broth. Yummy! My companion had a vegetarian Udon noodle bowl which was very filling. I had a salmon/avocado roll which was perfect. YUZU is a great sushi parlor.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Pleasant dining experience with varied Japanese options.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

delicious food; great variety of options; nice environment; will return

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Excellent Japanese Cuisine!
Quiet setting. Not a fan of TVs in a restaurant.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Sunday afternoon, from 6 to 7 PM and we were the only ones in the restaurant.
At best: Meh.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Yuzu is better than you'd ever guess from how empty it often is. I'm not sure whether it just hasn't yet been fully discovered or doesn't have enough things that make it really stand out -- but the food is consistently good to very good and the service is very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The eggplant dengaku and various tofu dishes (agedashi, dengaku) are among the best versions of those dishes we've had. The yuzu ice cream is simple but delicious, and I haven't seen it at many other Japanese restaurants. And it's quiet enough that you can actually hold a conversation without having to raise your voice. As Bethesda begins to fill up with chains, Yuzu deserves more attention.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

we went for lunch on a Sunday, and they have some good combos, as well as items from the regular menu. The sushi and rolls were tasty, with high quality ingredients. Service was good, and the prices were fair given the quality of the food and the Bethesda location.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Underrated place. They have a couple of dishes that you wouldn't find in other sushi places. Nigiri portions were a bit small though.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Meh. Nothing horrible, but nothing great either; and for the prices the charge for sushi, it ought to be fabulous!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

I went there with my wife and my son.
We were very confortable.
We enjoyed Sushi set and Udon.
They are perfect for us.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The food and service is good. There was nothing that made it really stand out but nothing that was wrong either.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 23, 2017

This is our favorite Japanese restaurant - the sushi is delicious and the service is always prompt and attentive. We eat here almost every week.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 20, 2017

This is becoming our new favorite sushi place. Perhaps not as trendy as some of the competition, but from a food perspective, I'd say it's the best sushi we've had in Bethesda. Recommend the Aburi Five, 5 pieces of sushi seared with a blow torch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Nothing fancy, but good, fresh sushi and udon. Quick too.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We went for dinner and were very disappointed with the food. We had a few different tempura dishes that lacked flavor. We had a sashimi sampler and found the fish was not fresh and the texture was tough. The chef's roll was not bad. Desert was disappointing. We ordered mochi ice cream -a favorite of ours. The strawberry flavor was excellent. The green tea flavor mochi was stale tasting and the the mochi was hard. The whole meal was very expensive for the quality of this food.

The service was very good and the restaurant is pleasant and comfortable. They need to bump up the food quality.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Good Japanese food at a reasonable price - and ample too.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Amazing experience and fresh food! Atmosphere is fresh and fun. The highlights include the salmon carpaccio, gyoza appetizer, chicken karaange, and the chef's roll! The hospitality is so authentic Japanese!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2017

This was my second time and they establishment. I am coming back for high-quality sushi. As my guest was very late, we had lunch at 2 PM. At that time the restaurant is almost empty and quiet. Service is very good , The fish is fresh, and the sushi is masterfully prepared. The only thing is, the place is a bit drafty and chill. Overall, recommended for sushi lovers like myself.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Outside doesn't seem like much but the sashimi is high quality and delicious. We had the house warm sake which was decent, edamame, sashimi, salmon roll, and green tea ice cream. The ice cream was excellent- strong tea flavor and not too sweet. We will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Food was excellent, very fresh fish and very good quality. Service was fast and discreet.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2017

I have been to Yuzu during the day a number of times both for personal and business lunches. It is uncrowded and the sushi is fantastic. The staff is very accommodating and it feels like eating in a small eatery in Japan. Well worth the trip!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Went to Yuzu Christmas Day since it was one of the only restaurants open in Bethesda. Food was OK but service was terrible. We sat in booth opposite kitchen window which may have been the worst place to sit in restaurant.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 25, 2016

We were sited in Avery uncomfortable table near the bathroom and poorly lit area at the very bs k of a restaurant and service was very poor ..it took forever to bring the our soup dishes out and than no one came around to refill water or tea and condiments for the soup were missing w no one to ask for them...it was not a supper busy time but I still think the waiters are nice polite but not well trained ...
That's a very unpleasant experience !

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2016

a little pricey, but the food was delicious. we were there for lunch, but ordered from the regular menu.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Excellent and attentive servers who anticipated our needs. We never had to ask for anything. The gyoza appetizer was a little soggy - not crisp as I had expected, and it was a bit salty. The rest of the meal was excellent and beautifully prepared.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2016

We always have a great meal at Yuzu. The miso soup, the tempura, the chef's roll, the eel and avocado roll, the vegetarian bento box - etc. - all delicious. Great service and no wait to get seated.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2016

Already a favorite. Interesting sushi and other items menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Fun, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Liked everything. Pricey, but the food was amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2016

This was my second time at Yuzu and it was just as amazing as the first time. Our server, Masa, was outstanding! The sushi and sashimi were fresh and absolutely delicious!

Great Japanese restaurant! Don't miss it if you are in the Bethesda/Chevy Chase area!

Tags: Great Beer, Outstanding Value, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Fun, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Awesome all around... food, service, value, ect.! Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Spicy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2016

We liked the crunchy tuna sushi; salmon avocado was also good
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Solid Japanese restaurant - great food. Innovative green tea cream cheese cake and sesame seed ice cream. Convenient location and easy parking.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Food is ok but ordinary. The restaurant was empty on a Saturday night and the ambience was non-existent. There were mix up in our orders. Ok family place, but no reason to return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Nice, quiet spot for a sushi dinner in the heart of Bethesda. The staff is prompt and very friendly, and they have a nice happy hour at the bar. It was a nice surprise to see that they had Kirin on draft, but they also offer cold sake and wine on their happy hour menu. The cost was roughly the price I expected for Bethesda, which is a bit more than we usually pay but at least delivered on quality to match. My husband's sushi was fresh and tasty, and my vegetable maki was well-made and flavorful. It's well worth trying their desserts, too, because their ice cream is delectable, particularly the unusual complexity of the black sesame. All in all, we had a very nice pre-theatre dinner at Yuzu.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 28, 2016

We had never been to this restaurant in downtown Bethesda. The food and service exceeded all expectations, and the prices were quite reasonable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2016

This was my first time at Yuzu since my mother moved to Chevy Chase. Came for a girls night out with my mother and goddaughter, all of us avid sushi lovers. We definitely loved the vibe of Yuzu. It was comfortable and our server was very friendly, always coming over to make sure we were happy and satisfied.

We shared everything so we did everything family-style if you will. We had 2 large sashimi platters, pork shumai, flounder carpaccio, chicken yakitori, assorted seaweed salads, and more. Honestly, everything was amazing! Service was well-timed and friendly, Orion beer was delicious, just a fabulous experience!

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Healthy, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Fresh ingredients, authentic Japanese cuisine, helpful service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2016

Great find, crunchy spicy tuna rolls and beef yakiniku were superb. Will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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