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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
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 10:30 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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 57
    Excellent
  • 46
    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
So fun!!

Food is great, so is the service. Really fresh sushi, sushi pizza (amazing!) Reserve a table in advance or take your chances at a wait.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
tgmcgill
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Bethesda, Maryland
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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119 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bethesda, Maryland
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Food is great, so is the service. Really fresh sushi, sushi pizza (amazing!) Reserve a table in advance or take your chances at a wait.

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Friendly, efficient service. Contemporary atmosphere; lively but not too loud. In the heart of downtown Bethesda near the Barnes & Nobles. Their superstar on the menu is the Coconut Milk Red Curry Noodles. Spicy but not hot because the coconut milk tones it down. Served in an enormous bowl; think pho. They offer a choice of noodles; definitely go with... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I have been eating at Raku seemingly forever -- at least once a month, maybe more, Without exaggeration not one meal has disappointed. Ever. That consistency, and the quality of the food make it a four and a half star. I have sampled almost everything on the menu, so what should you order? The sushi is a B or a... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

i love their bento boxes for lunch. the quality of food is excellent! Absolutely delicious sushi ! Very reasonable price.. You just get the best you can. I enjoy having my lunches there once I am in the town

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Bethesda, Maryland
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279 reviews 279 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Small restaurant that won a national award for resaurant design when it opened years ago in Bethesda. It has been a staple on the Bethesda scene ever since. Open for lunch and dinner it has always been hard to find an empty seat and still is. The popularity is well deserved the food is outstanding. Asian cuisine skews Japanese. The... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Great place. Fast. Very good quality. I usually have the Sushi or Sashimi bento Box. Tuna tower starter is fantastic as is Kale sale.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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152 reviews 152 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I arrived early and got a table and was waiting for my friend to arrive. They gave me water knowing that I was waiting and didn't mind me sitting down first. My friend arrived 15 minutes later and after looking over the menu we decided on the food. I got their special sushi plate and my friend got a roll... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Walked in on a busy Sunday night. Tried dumplings, a few different Sushi rolls, and noodle soup. Everything was great, service efficient. Only complaint was overall noise and tables too close together. We heard way too much of our neighbors' conversations.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Great variety, well presented, kudos to the chefs!! The menu is full of interesting and tasty food. Prices are fair, but the noise level is too high.

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London
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151 reviews 151 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I met an old friend for lunch in Bethesda the other day - it had been years since I was last in the area and didn't recognise it for the vibrant food scene. We had agreed to meet at Raku - a restaurant that I know from their DC branch. Raku was buzzing when we go there at 12:30. Business... 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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