Yuzu

4.1
173 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese

About

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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KenB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gray drinks, and it is not easy to find Japanese food......everything is “fusion”.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great authentic place with lots of options.

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Buterbr
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good classic sushi, quiet with attentive wait staff

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MsMamaKat
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience3

I found a few stands of hair in the To Go order. When I returned to speak with the Server to bring attention to it, she was not concerned by any means.

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MsMamaKat
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was unwelcoming & sub-par.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date and I had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great menu that’s not restricted to hibachi and sushi or sashimi. Has all kinds of food dishes just like a regular restaurant only it’s japanese

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vipJEB1
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was authentic and delicious. Service while a little slow was gracious and correct.

JM
JessieM
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I used to live in Japan, and I enjoyed this restaurant for the ambiance and for the selection, which included some food that I don't usually see in Japanese restaurants (karaage, etc.) but that I associate with my experience in Japan. That was fun! The desserts were also noteworthy -- the panna cotta especially is outstanding.

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jct815
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff texted before hand to ask about any special requests. Very attentive.

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CarolynC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! The lobster sushi was excellent.
Service friendly and welcoming!

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foodjunkie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yuzu is a quiet hidden gem in Bethesda. The restaurant has plenty of seating. It's surprising how far back the store front really is. The food was awesome. I have not had great sushi, sashimi, and nigiri in such a while.

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Ladeeva
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. Celebrated a birthday, a vegetarian's birthday and he found plenty to eat. Non-vegetarians had sashimi, which was cold and amazing! Had cold Kirin from the tap and cannot wait to go back!

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BochenH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A bit too pricey for the substance, but overall authentic taste and pleasant experience!

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LauraS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We were there early (6:00 PM on a weeknight), so the restaurant was quiet, which was nice. Stylish place and great neighborhood. Food was just okay - we had the green beans gomaae, spring rolls, and crunchy spicy tuna, salmon avocado and california rolls. Everything was salty and mushy. Service was fine, but not great. Food arrived fast but then we didn't see the waiter again, ie, no water refills and had to ask for the check. No harm, no foul, but not a place I'd go back to.

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AmandaC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great little place with fairly authentic Japanese food and a good variety beyond sushi.

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Evelyn
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Really good food; without much vibe and very quiet. Great place to have a conversation. Sometimes, that's just what you want.

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vipJEB1
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and atmosphere excellent. Good size portions, diverse menu and beverages.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice staff and service. The dinning room was quiet. The sushi was priced for every budget.

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EricaH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very kind and helpful in seating our party of 14. They made sure all of us were happy and well fed. The atmosphere of the restaurant was really nice and the food was perfect. I would go here again.

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Stella
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This is a good Japanese restaurant, but not a special occasion restaurant, which is what I was hoping for. The food was tasty and not fancy, portions were rather small. We spent $50 per person with drinks and tip.

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vipjjcc
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

This is my favorite Japanese restaurant. The food is excellent - especially the sushi - and you can always get a table. It is much quieter and less hectic than going to Raku. We eat here regularly.

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FrancineS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The waiters were nice but service was slow. Food was just okay, not the best I’ve had.

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MonicaB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returned here for another birthday celebration. Not much of a crowd initially given the snow/sleet but then more showed. Couldn't tell it was loud or not as we were the loud group of 7. Saw someone with a baby so could be kid-friendly too. Loved the sushi and the tapas style Japanese pub food. Some of it, like the cod is more like a meal, but don't forget to order some rice as it won't come with it automatically. Not a huge cocktail menu, but enjoyed my pisco concoction and others in the group enjoyed theirs too. They were out of one favorite tea, but others enjoyed theirs (cherry blossom for one and jasmine for the other. Attentive waiter who was not afraid to say, you might be ordering more than you think (it was a bit much at the end, but we pulled through). All were pleased with their foods. Will definitely come back, nice alternative to other establishments in Bethesda which get crowded and loud quickly and parking is close by too.

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GGDC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Incredible sushi though service was not 100%. Waitress asked us to repeat our order which made us believe she was not listening the first time. Then parter’s entree was served a good 5-10 min before my entree arrived... and THEN we got served our appetizer. The manager seemed very nice though and at least the food was execllent.

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vipdiscerning
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Amazingly bad with ice cold sushi rice. Poor udon broth that tasted like an instant mix.

Embarrassing and in this day and age they should be ashamed of what they serve. Avoid at all costs.

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vipJony
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall1food1service5ambience4

The sushi was DRY....the rice was DRY....like it was made the day before. This was a Sunday, and we were the only people there for a noon business lunch.

Would not recommend going there Sunday. Perhaps during the week, the food is fresher.

Did not complain, as I was there on a "pitch"...and one never complains to the restaurant if one's food is bad when in a business sales situation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Fun place to start ringing in the new year.

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Paige
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

terrible service-30 minutes before we got asked about what drinks we wanted. sushi smelled questionable so didn't even get to eat. waiter seemed to care less about us

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipfrankie
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall4food5service2ambience4

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.

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nicksim
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Pleasant dining experience with varied Japanese options.

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vipAC334
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place. For some reason, underrated. But the place is authentic, has some dishes you won't find anywhere else and the sushi is as good as anywhere else.

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VisitingGroup
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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Howie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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

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Riviera
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Ok, so this was in June of 2017 and my son was in the envision© school. Anyways, on with the review. So in 2 Words, Horrible Food. Everything else was very nice, but that is just atmosphere and aesthetic. For taste, I'd give it 3 1/2 stars. But then, when me and my son were at our hotel the next day, he said "I feel very sick", and puked all over the floor. I remembered the roll we got was the "Chef's Special Roll: Lobster, I feel like they gave both of us bad rolls because I had the same thing and I puked as well. Good service and ice cream was made fresh. That ice cream was very good though.

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vipbluewave
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipfrankie
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

FAQs

Yuzu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 656-5234.

Yuzu is rated 4.1 stars by 173 OpenTable diners.