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Raku-An Asian Dining & Sushi

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7240 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2951 (Btw Bethesda Ave & Elm St.)
2 Blocks South of Bethesda Metro Station (Red Line)
(301) 718-8680
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 64
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Reliably, consistently delectable

Raku has been my favorite restaurant in downtown Bethesda since it opened more than 10 years ago. It never fails to serve fresh, mouth-watering morsels on every plate, whether you order the Bento box, sushi or dumplings. The perpetually crowded tables are a sign that Raku is doing something very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Vega_12
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Bethesda, Maryland
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Bethesda, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Raku has been my favorite restaurant in downtown Bethesda since it opened more than 10 years ago. It never fails to serve fresh, mouth-watering morsels on every plate, whether you order the Bento box, sushi or dumplings. The perpetually crowded tables are a sign that Raku is doing something very right!

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We always know what to expect at Raku. It's always busy, the food is consistently delicious, it's noisy and you must have a reservation if arriving at a popular weekend time (or maybe grab seats at the bar). Service is quick and if you want to dine more casually, you can slow it down. Excellent fresh sushi but the Red... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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81 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

By ordering the bento box you get a taste of what they do right. Some if everything and so good. The steak is another good choice. The only problem is a last minute reservation, nearly impossible.

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Bethesda
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

More Japanese than other Asian. Good choice of sushi and noodle soups along with salads and bento boxes. The food is excellent. The atmosphere is fun, though sometimes it can get too loud.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

I really enjoy the food at Raku. Bento boxes, salads, sushi and fish entrees are creative and delicious. You can have interesting and healthy meals. It can be a bit noisy inside, and some waitresses rush you a bit but it's great for the menu. In warm weather you can eat outdoors along woodmont Ave.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love Raku for sushi and noodle dishes. Sit at their bar or get a table outside. Busy downtown Bethesda favorite.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The best sushi in Bethesda, MD. All the rolls and appetizers are top notch. It is pretty packed all the time so make sure you make reservations. The salmon-apple appetizer is fantastic as well as the tuna pizza (kind of a flat bread).

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Bethesda, Maryland
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91 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

great sushi and salads. fish entrees were great too. Drink selection was fun and inventive. I think they have the best sushi in bethesda!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

While both of the "soup" options are very good the Curry w/udon is step beyond good. Generous serving, incredibly flavorful broth, excellent vegetables and tofu. The sushi here is also always excellent in my experience. Seating a bit tight, particularly at lunch or weekend for dinner. Also note that its much less expensive at lunch than it is for essentially... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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52 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Our son first found this restaurant. He convinced us to try it, having tried other sushi restaurants, he said this was one of the best. He was right. It was better than any sushi I had previously had or have had since. There are lots of options besides sushi, too, including salads, Bento Boxes and soups. We like a la... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7240 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2951
    (Btw Bethesda Ave & Elm St.)
  • Public Transportation: 2 Blocks South of Bethesda Metro Station (Red Line)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: (301) 718-8680

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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