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Raku-An Asian Dining & Sushi

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Pan-Asian
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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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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 66
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  • 9
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always delicious!

I've never had a bad meal here. There is something for everyone depending on how much you like Japanese food, they have amazing sushi and specialty menu items. One of my favorites restaurants in Bethesda to go to!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
JuliaR23
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I've never had a bad meal here. There is something for everyone depending on how much you like Japanese food, they have amazing sushi and specialty menu items. One of my favorites restaurants in Bethesda to go to!

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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32 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

High quality fish makes this place a sure thing when in Bethesda. Creative rolls and lots of sashimi options are always available. The wait staff is friendly, fast and knowledgeable. When I have a craving for Japanese -- this is my go to place. My kids love it too!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?