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Raku-An Asian Dining & Sushi

7240 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2951
(301) 718-8680
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Ranked #2 of 297 restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Pan-Asian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Btw Bethesda Ave & Elm St.
Transit: 2 Blocks South of Bethesda Metro Station (Red Line)
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English first
St. Petersburg, Florida
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Let me say this is not a bad restaurant. The food was ok, but not excellent, as I was led to believe by so many reviewers. I wanted to taste more than one item, so instead of ordering an entrée, I ordered two starters and a Japanese beer. The beer was good, but I was disappointed in the seafood spring... More

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Clarksburg, MD
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77 reviews 77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This was our first time trying this restaurant and we chose it based on TripAdvisor reviews. I have to preface this with the fact that sushi is my favorite food and I'm a bit of a sushi snob. That being said, I loved the sushi. The eel was the best I've ever had and their Miso soup was also the... More

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Oxford, Massachusetts
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132 reviews 132 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

While staying in Bethesda for college visits, we decided to browse the Bethesda Row cuisine. We stopped at Raku due to our love of sushi and the busy atmosphere. We were sat at the sushi bar and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The Chilean Sea Bass Roll was one of the best I've ever had, and i strongly recommended the Green... More

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Reston, VA, USA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Raku was recommended by a friend at our golf course. We arrived without a reservation and were seated promptly. The restaurant is beautiful and very cozy. Our waitress arrived promptly and took our drink order. We told her this was our first visit and she took time to review the menu with us. My wife had the sea bass and... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We had such a great night here I started this tripadvisor account just to spread the word. Our waiter friendly and outgoing. The food was amazing and we look forward to going back often. THANKYOU!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Awesome Japanese food in the heart of Bethesda. It's usually always busy but it's totally worth the wait.....usually no more than 20/30 mins. The sushi is super fresh and you can't go wrong with the noodle soup, it is so delicious, I usually get an order to go (for later). Service is fast and efficient. Highly recommend!

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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The only problem is its so popular! A down home, basic go to place. I've had fish, regular pasta, pasta specials and have never been disappointed.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Absolutely great Japanese food but so incredibly popular that you may be eating with some guy's potbelly threatening your sushi.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Raku is a terrific restaurant for both food and service. I am never disappointed! Reservations are recommended. It is a very popular Bethesda restaurant!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Raku has been around for years and I think it just gets better. In the summer, there is wonderful outdoor seating on Woodmont Avenue under a crown of trees. In the winter, a steaming huge bowl of noodle soup - my favorite. The sushi is very good but for a better selection, I would go to Sushi-ok. Start with the... More

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