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8003 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2503
+1 301-652-1400
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Bethesda, Maryland
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167 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Been here twice in a couple of weeks. Love the $1 sushi of a great variety and very fresh! Ramen also pretty good and not too salty. Curry pork ramen has a hearty broth and a little kick-- love it! Just checked with waitress, the restaurant is indeed owned by Japanese. Will definitely be coming back!

Thank GreatFoodisHeaven
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Went here with my friends for lunch. Had the tonkatsu which was decently priced (cheaper than other places I've been to) and had a big portion (though the rice was just right). It's not the best but it's good and I was pleased. The servers were also very attentive.

Thank Gabrielle B
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Bethesda probably has the most restaurants in the Washington DC area. Satsuma offers something rarely seen in Bethesda. It's the down draft ventilation. You can cook at table in the Japanese styled seating area near the sushi bar without the lingering smell when you leave. I suggest inviting a few friends, it will make it more likely someone will know... More 

Thank MwahMwah
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for Japanese food or service, seek life elsewhere: this is NOT a Japanese establishment, it does not serve authentic Japanese food--not by a long shot, and it does not provide Japanese service at all. Next time I want Japanese, I'll go elsewhere. (sigh)

1 Thank Skip E
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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361 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

The service is slow, the decor is dated, and the cups are not always clean. But none of that matters when the dollar sushi is good. It's a gamble depending on who is behind the counter. If you are lucky, you will get the Japanese man who makes this a steal. Even if it's not him, the sushi is still... More 

1 Thank Amy W
Bethesda, Maryland
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126 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

It may not look like much from the outside, or even when you first step into the initial dining room. But, there's a second room, referred to as "the bar" where there is more traditional Japanese seating. You must remove your shoes to eat in this section, which is comprised of low benches in square configurations around a grill. You'll... More 

Thank Maryland54
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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361 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

The service is spotty, but how can you argue with $1 nigiri? We have been twice before, but this time the quality of the sushi was outstanding for the price. Don't miss the yellowtail belly!

Thank Amy W
Raleigh, North Carolina
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312 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

This restaurant has truly excellent sushi with a special $1 per piece price. They also have 'cook at your table' dishes where you select pork or beef dishes, seafood and vegetables to cook yourself at your table. While I would have given the restaurant 5 stars for the sushi, the cook yourselves meals were modest in size, and not well... More 

Thank docnc
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65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

This restaurant offers very good Sushi at $1 each, and the items include Uni and Toro! A platter of 50 or more Sushi makes for a satisfying Japanese dinner -- and a great bargain! Satsuma is well-managed, the premises are clean and comfortable, though we often do a take-out instead of eating-in.

1 Thank EmFLoge33
Bethesda, Maryland
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127 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

They have nigiri sushi (raw fish with rice underneath) for $1 per piece. That's what we usually get -- 7 pieces and the seaweed salad, and I'm full. I've also had the unagi (eel) bibimbap, which was good -- but I love eel. This is not a fancy place; it is an ordinary place to eat good Japanese food.

Thank RobertTheRed

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8003 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2503
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-652-1400

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?