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Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge

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7820 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 (St. Elmo)
+1 301-654-7851
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat 16:00 - 00:00
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La Paz, Bolivia
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128 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We walked all around Bethesda looking for a place that was still serving food and this was the only one we found. Most other places were "shutting down the kitchen" so if you are looking for a bite to eat after most other places are closed this might be your spot. We ordered a few different maki rolls and some... More 

Thank ranger0793
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

First off, check out their Groupon limited time offer. Solid 3-stars. Overall I can see them being quite busy during the weekday lunch hours. We started off with the calamari. Good even distribution of crispy tempura batter surrounding the squid pieces. Not too seasoned since it came along with aioli (mayo) sauce. Spicy? No. Tasty? Sure. Plus kudos for adding... More 

Thank Akane C
lake geneva, United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Came after lunch rush but took 55 min to get our nigiri. We also had fried calamari that was excellent. Nigiri was mediocre. I don't think it's worth the wait of over 30 min.

Thank Dewey P
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

I really wanted to like this place -- close to home, smart decor, cool vibes bar, but no, alas, it fell short on the basics twice in a row. Indifferent service, food appeared very slowly, and errors in the orders. I found the sushi reasonably good, but at these prices, you should expect a lot more.

Thank Kc C
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Went to this restaurant a long time ago and thought I'd give it another chance since I had a Groupon. Unfortunately, it was not a good experience. The service was very slow, and they were out of their dinner special even though it was early (7 pm) and it was not crowded). Changed my order and got sushi, which was... More 

Thank beaglefest
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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114 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Diners for six years: My kids and I have this as our go-to spot for fresh fresh fresh sushi. The quality of the fish is outstanding. The service is friendly, fast, and diners never feel rushed. It's sushi we trust in a busy, beautiful atmosphere.

1 Thank TheCulturedPalate
Bethesda, Maryland
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Have been here several times and enjoy the sushi. Sometimes I get Ellen as my server and the dinner becomes memorable. She is lovely, interesting, warm, friendly and very attentive. We had several courses and several rounds of drinks and every thing was serviced perfectly! She is terrific!

1 Thank Michael H
Bethesda, Maryland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Always enjoy the sushi here, but when Ellen is your server the experience becomes an event. She is lovely, professional, attentive and really wants her customers to be happy. I will return very soon.

1 Thank frankgangi
Seattle, Washington
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46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for Happy Hour after a flight. Don't waste your time- sushi rolls were formed with a press, inferior ingredients used. Had a roll topped with spicy tuna- which was an inedible paste. Very disappointing. Keep looking.

Thank Marcia B
Bethesda, Maryland
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81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

My wife and I have dined here on several special occasions when we feel like splurging a bit. It is not inexpensive, but the quality of food and service is well above average, which is saying a lot for Bethesda, the "food capital" of greater Washington. A tip: occasionally Hanaro offers Groupons, and these should definitely be taken advantage of.

1 Thank APM_01

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7820 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
    (St. Elmo)
  • Public Transportation: The Bethesda Metro station is on Wisconsin Ave approximately two blocks from Hanaro.
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-654-7851
Japanese restaurant and bar featuring, sushi, sake, and traditional Japanese fare.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?