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“Not Brittle Like Real Raku”

Raku-An Asian Dining & Sushi
Ranked #4 of 369 Restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Btw Bethesda Ave & Elm St.
Transit: 2 Blocks South of Bethesda Metro Station (Red Line)
Reviewed January 21, 2013

If you crave really good Asian Fusion/Sushi, and love noise, crowds, and unusual food, this is the place. We always dine here at least once whenever visiting Washington, and we're never disappointed (especially since we make reservations). The food is always tasty, interesting, well presented and served. What is amazing is how many young people are here, from small children on up, all scarfing down the exotic food with or without chopsticks. We only wish there would be a Raku in Connecticut for us to enjoy closer to home.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Definitely the best sushi and Japanese in the area. Fish is fresh. Some of the more unique items -- Tuna Tataki pizza, for example -- are quite tasty. Nice outdoor seating in the right weather. Good price. Drinks are so-so. The wait staff are always so friendly. Child-friendly place, as are all the places in this 'hood. Perfect place for before the movies up the block. Make a reservation if betwen 6-9.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

In 1999, when I started working in Bethesda we had a great group and went to restaurants for lunch almost everyday. There was no shortage of restaurants in Bethesda. My vegetarian friend suggested this place and I frowned and said to eat Sushi? I was dragged there and since then have been a regular visitor for now 13 years. I love their Veg Bento box but our family favorite is the red curry Udon Noodle soup.. Yummmm.. This is the place I go for Birthday every year.

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Reviewed November 23, 2012

I have been going to Raku for over 10 years and it is definitely a favorite stop while in Bethesda. I'm from San Francisco and am somewhat of a food snob, but this really cuts the muster. They have wonderful sashimi, sushi and rolls to suit all palates. I'm always thanked when I bring new business colleagues here and expose them to the Raku experience.

Thank Whirled_Traveler0007
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

I love their bento boxes! I always order the unagi or sashimi bento box and it comes with an assortment of goodies! There's some small crab puffs (or similar) along with portabella mushrooms and green beans. You also get four California rolls and a little salad. If you order the unagi bento box, I believe there's also some mashed potatoes underneath the unagi as well. All bento boxes come with miso soup served beforehand.

Thank kiwikobe
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