Basho Japanese Brasserie
Basho Japanese Brasserie

Basho Japanese Brasserie

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bashosushi.com/
  • Phone: 6172621338
  • Hours of Operation:
    Basho temporary new business hours:

    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 4:30PM-11:30PM
    Dinner : Friday-Saturday 4:30PM-12:30AM

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offering catering for private and corporate Events. Please call the restaurant for further information and details.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer private dining options from 10-50 guests.
    18% gratuity is included for parties of six or more people.
  • Private Party Contact: Carina Wong 6172621338

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jersey St & Kilmarnock
  • Public Transit: Kenmore Square (Green)
    Fenway (Green)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: .Basho offering validation for parking within the 1330 Boylston garage off of Jersey Street for up to 3 hours for $4, every day, even on game days.
A word from Basho Japanese Brasserie
Basho is a Japanese word that is roughly translated as "location" or "a space where activities occur". It could be a family gathering, socializing with friends, or a business event; moreover, it could be the setting for an unforgettable experience. We call this setting "Basho". Basho is a contemporary Izakaya brasserie. Here, dishes are prepared in three separate areas: the principal kitchen, the sushi bar, and the robata grill. Rather than offering individual starters and main courses, Basho serves dishes that are designed for sharing and are brought to the table steadily and continuously throughout the meal. Your server will be happy to assist you in choosing a menu.
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Basho Japanese Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (13)great for outdoor dining (11)great for lunch (10)romantic (8)special occasion (7)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Excellent Food and Cocktails
    Matt
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Steamed buns, fresh sushi, an inviting menu, and great cocktails. What more do you need?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    Meghan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was great and they took very good care of our group, bumping someone's order up so our friend who showed up late was served at the same time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food is very good and service is fine.. However their charge of $25 for 14 yr old Oban seems excessive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food, Confusing Menu
    tecrunnerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Basho serves up a nice variety of very tasty traditional Japanese dishes (sushi, sashimi, a variety of hand rolls) as well as larger portions as meal entrees. The challenge is trying to put together a meal that is either enough, or way too much food. Most often, we observe people ordering way too much. With a couple of repeat visits, you can get the hang of it for portioning. Regardless, its a great pre-game spot for a Sox game, but give yourself more lead time than you would expect to make first pitch. Achilles heel here is the service: all very friendly, accommodating, but not very efficient from kitchen to table; long wait times for orders, and again for check out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Based on the reviews, I expected it to be the best sushi I ever had. It wasn't. It was good, that's it. Mediocre rolls, ok fish, nothing spectacular. Nothing special about the special rolls Our server was very attentive and nice, but sometimes borderline annoying. She asked my husband if he knew how to make a sake bomb and he replied "yes", she said "I love that about you, most people don't know" ... seriously? ;)) come on! The decor was very nice. there's seating outside which I normally prefer, but construction and very busy traffic on the street deterred me from that option.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Friendly staff that the manager stopped by as well. The decor was nice and modern. There were limited outdoor seating that faced the busy Bolyston street with limited view of Fenway park. Show yr day of game day ticket for 15% off. The food was good; although sushi pieces were a little on small side. Steamed buns and the katsu chic sandwich was well done and tasty. Would go back to try other menu items.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely atmosphere
    SalemRainbow
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This is not your typical Japanese restaurant, but has a much more modern vibe to it. The food is very good, and the service is decent. Our server was not well-supported by her assistant, it seemed, and we had to ask for things the assistant should have been automatically providing more than once. The food was solid, but not nearly as interesting a menu as it used to be the last time we were there, which may have been a couple of years ago. We live a 45 minute drive from here, and it used to be worth the trip. Now I feel that we would not make that long trip to get "just" what they had. That doesn't mean it is not worth eating here, just not worth a special trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothing exciting
    rheester
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    pretty much your standard fare japanese food. considering the other options for japanese food in boston, no real reason to try here. I tried the ramen and was underwhelmed. the pork was cooked well, but the noodles were nothing notable.
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  • Reliably good sushi
    BostonGurlVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My husband and I live in the neighborhood, so we regularly visit Basho and have never had a bad experience. The food is always reliably very good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious food - moody server
    lookingoutforothers
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I dined at Basho with four girlfriends, one of whom recommended this spot as her favorite sushi restaurant in Boston. The food was excellent. Unfortunately, our server, upon hearing that only one of us would be drinking alcohol, and perhaps thinking that our initial food order was too meager to generate a substantial gratuity, was rude to us. His demeanor was off-putting. He appeared annoyed by some of our clarifying questions regarding the menu and responded in a patronizing tone. He seemed to come around over the course of the evening, as we essentially doubled our food order and decided to "kill him with kindness" just in case he was having a bad day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Going Back
    FeedMeVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Good sushi, but service was ATROCIOUS. 25 minutes for drinks, 45 for edamame (!!) and nearly an hour for sushi. Tried discussing situation with manager who became very defensive and unapologetic. Sinks in women's bathroom did not work so patrons (employees!?!) could not wash their hands.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Liz044
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great for hosting as its not too crowded, and food and service impress! Very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great environment!
    MalloryVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We had a great date night at Basho, to use our Groupon. I really liked the vibe and space, as it was not too crowded, and was pretty spacious in terms of seating. the food and drinks were delicious, but everything seemed to take quite a while. The place was empty, and our waiter kept coming over to tell us the "bartender is really backed up." I can't really imagine being there when it's crowded! I would go back though, it was nice ambience, and we were able to have a conversation without shouting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The waitress we had was very polite and friendly. Always checking up on us at the right time. Never had to seek her out. The food was good. Sushi boat for 2 was very filling although we did add 2 sushi maki rolls to the boat. Drinks were superb. Right amount of mixture. First time and we've been exploring different sushi places in Boston and this one was a good find for us. Good for a date night. Not overcrowded and the parking validation was a plus.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi
    tjjeVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    As always - great sushi and the friendliest service around. We have never had a bad experience here.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The sushi was prepared and presented beautifully. The menu selection has all the choices you would expect to see and others that will blow you away. Just awesome dining experience in a fun place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Still tastes great but missing mark
    MaAb
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I am a basho regular. It has been my husband An my favorite reatauraunt for the past 3 years. First the renovated which we were unsure about. Sure it's pretty now, but we loved the look before. Now they've changed te menu. DONT MESS WITH A GOOD THING! We Used to love their scallop kiwi rolls .... Those are no longer available. Additionally, we used to love the tempura sweet potato rolls, made with chunks of tempurad sweet potato. Now it's not on the menu and if you ask for it it's not made with a chunk, but rather soggy sweet potato fries. If you don't know what you're missing, the food is still good. However, as regulars, now that two of our three favorite rolls are gone, we will stop going. Basho lost two of its best customers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lynn
    lynnVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    takes a very long time to get food either from the kitchen or sushi. If you are going to a Red Sox game give yourself plenty of time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 385 reviews are from the Basho Japanese Brasserie reviews archive.
  • Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Went here before red sox and should have been tipped off by the fact that every other restaurant around was hopping. Took a long time to get water on the table and drink orders filled. Food is fine but nothing too special delivered at a snail's pace. Mixed drinks were mediocre. Lesson learned - make reservations far in advance for red sox games and don't bother with Basho.
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  • Best Fenway food ever!
    MomoVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Four of us had a wonderful pregame dinner at basho's. A little odd to have Japanese food before a baseball game, but a nice complement to Uehara.Our waitress Khanh was great: sense of humor, very attentive, knew the menu and put up with my husband's and our friend's bad jokes. A rare combination. Sat out side, had a ginger margarita.... Easy T ride to Fenway stop and 5 min from park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it's the best!!!!!!!
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    They have the best food in Boston. It's a must try
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • almost there...
    adamVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I keep wanting this place to be a little better. It is a great space and they redesigned it last year, but they can't seem to get the lighting or design quite right. There is something about the lighting which doesn't create any warmth to the space. They also have it very divided into 3 separate spaces which I am not sure works. The food is very good and reasonably priced, but I find their maki rolls to be very, very small for the price as compared with other sushi places that I like. Good quality food, but just not memorable. I like the udon, seaweed salad and some of the other non-sushi options as well.
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  • Consistently good.....
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Basho always has great food and service. Without reservation I would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The server was amazing and very accommodating of my girlfriends gluten free status.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KennVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Terrific Sushi! It does not get too much better for quality sushi and sashimi. I am not in love with the modern style of the restaurant but that is personal taste, likely resulting from my ever advancing age.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love
    juicyqueen
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My daughter and I get cravings and it's for more than sushi.. its for Basho!! Now I have my cousin hooked.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner before the show
    beckrose
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our table was ready when we arrived having made a reservation. The drink orders took too long and when they did arrive, they were disappointingly small and incorrectly prepared . The food was excellent. Everyone in the party of 7 enjoyed their meals. We did have two 20 year old young men with us and they were disappointed about the small portions of the appetizers! Overall it was a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Place
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The food is awesome and the service is great. They have the best sushi in Boston. Also the other food they have is great too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy Ramen
    marisakal
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The ramen was solid - the broth was flavorful, but the meat inside it was fatty. The same beat kept playing the entire meal and got pretty annoying.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Sushi Near Fenway Park
    edgy39
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Basho offers a welcome haven from the beer-and-burger scene that prevails in the shadow of Fenway. Decent portions of sushi and sashimi standards, quiet dining space and reasonably priced wines, and just-right service make for a fine pregame or postseason experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Very good meal, nice ambiance, and excellent service
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service
    lovesSushi
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    There were 6 of us and the restaurant put us at a long table where we could all chat. The food was excellent and between me and one other girl we ordered 3 apps, and 5 rolls (we over ordered for sure and should have only ordered 3 or 4 rolls most likely). The food was excellent quality. Service was good but I wish the girl came around a bit more. Overall, I WILL BE BACK FOR MORE :)
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Our friends and I are huge sushi fans and to find this place directly behind Fenway Park was awesome since we are Season ticket holders and frequent quite a few games during the Season. The prices are very good considering it's in Boston but most importantly the quality of the food is very fresh which is extremely important when ordering sushi. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and recommended some great items for the table. If attending a Sox game this is the place to go. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good as usual
    stevegVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We have been to Basho many times….believe it along with Duozo ( same owners ) are best sushi restaurants in Boston. Food is consistently very good as is the service. Steamed buns on new menu are excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The sushi was very good, and
    DougSabbag
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The sushi was very good, and because they give you a parking validation and a 15% discount if you show your ticket(s) to a Red Sox game, this is a perfect place to eat before the game!!! It is right at the end of Yawkey Way, so you are well located for Fenway.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bacho is Best
    tjjeVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    This sushi restaurant continues to deliver excellent food. It was a little busy due to the Red Sox game, but still handled our reservation on time and with the usual friendliness.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome place
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    best sushi and every dish is awesome!!!!!!!Its a must try place...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Japanese Food
    JoshVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    If you're looking for a very good Japanese place where you can sit down for a nice dinner, this is it. The place itself has a great feel- comfortable but still classy, it feels updated and modern. The food was pretty good. The service was outstanding. Used the groupon deal to overcome a bit pricey food but nonetheless definitely would recommend.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hands down my best experience yet.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    They really exceeded my expectations this time. Everything was deliciously perfect Thank you.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi in Fenway
    luv2brew
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We went for a family occasion and the sushi selection to be good, but somewhat ordinary. The 'special' rolls were not very special compared to other sushi places I have been, however the prices were reasonable overall and the fish was fresh and generally flavorful. Our waitress seemed to be a bit disorganized and uninformed, as she had to be asked twice for certain information (like what's on the sushi/sashimi platter) and a couple of items. Overall, it was a good, but average sushi experience. The place was quite noisy (it was a Friday evening), but we were able to converse pretty well. They validate parking, which is a HUGE benefit in Boston, and I really appreciated it. If I were in the neighborhood looking for sushi, I would go.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.