Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant
Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant

Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://douzosushi.com/
  • Phone: 6178598886x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 2:55pm Dinner: Nightly: 3:00pm - 11:25pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Sushi Chef
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We cater Sushi and Japanese cuisine to all types of establishments in the greater Boston area.
  • Entertainment: Fun and vibrant with great people watching.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Columbus Ave & Southwest Corridor Park
  • Public Transit: Located a few feet away from Back Bay Station, home Amtrak, the commuter rail, and the Orange line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Validated Parking at 131 Dartmouth St. Garage, 3 hours for $5 after 5pm; valet parking Thursday through Saturday after 5pm
A word from Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant
When diners enter this stylish restaurant in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay – steps away from the South End & Theater District – they are immediately enveloped in earth tones, rich dark wood and the airiness of high ceilings reverberating with the energy and excitement of the space. The lively bar area is a popular gathering spot offering a selection of cocktails, sake, wine and beer. Guests look on as the team of chefs create cutting-edge sushi dishes, or they settle into an experience of award-winning cuisine in the main dining area. From the knowledgeable and attentive waitstaff to charismatic owner Jack Huang’s pleasure at meeting diners, expect the comfort of being warmly welcomed at Douzo. Like the atmosphere, Douzo’s healthy and fresh cuisine seamlessly combines warm tradition and modern innovation of Japanese classics. Douzo offers inventive dishes that make the restaurant both a neighborhood fixture and a critically acclaimed destination, signature items.
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Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)special occasion (43)hot spot (42)neighborhood gem (36)good for groups (30)romantic (28)vibrant bar scene (27)great for lunch (27)late-night find (14)notable wine list (7)scenic view (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Luke in Japan
    Giack
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food is amazing, it respects the Japanese taste
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi in Boston
    RTBBostonVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Always enjoy coming to Douzo. Sushi is fresh. The appetizers, seafood kaiyaki in particular, are awesome! This place is a busy hot spot with an active bar/lounge area. If you bring children/adolescents, please make sure they behave. NOTE: chopsticks are utensils and not intended to be used as drum sticks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    Not2Picky
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Sushi is nothing special here, although relatively high priced. Not as good as sushi I get at comparable price in NY, North Carolina, even New Haven. Fine place, but will try somewhere else before going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fading Out
    Princecharming
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    With worn-out and damaged upholstery and tables, annoying and unidentifiable loud music, and some very over-priced menu items, we are in no hurry to return. The miso yaki appetizer is a mere 2 bites for $14, and the lousy 3 spare ribs are entirely fat and gristle. However, various sashimi items (baby yellowtail, toro, mackerel, wild salmon, sweet shrimp, eel) and the spider roll were all excellent. The overall experience, however, is just not special enough to make us think about returning. It is probably time for both an interior and menu makeover.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy and uncomfortable
    ExperienceddinerVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Good food but the place was uncomfortably loud and the hostess told me he was reserving this other table for connect it become a 4top. He just ended up sitting another couple there later. They have good sushi, but this was one of the worst settings I have been in, in a long time. I never write reviews, as usually I'm pleased, and it takes a lot to tick me off. Trust me use this place for pick up only
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, great food, well managed
    edfromDCVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Other than the fact that this restaurant serves terrific food, the attentive service by the wait staff, and their supporting staff, there is always a "suit" with a smile wandering the tables and ensuring that your experience is an excellent one. I have been here with just one other dining partner, my entire family, and a group of 10 and it's always the same... A+.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice sushi place
    Carol
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I liked the phoenix roll, it tasted very special and I loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fatboyVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Really good, if pricy sushi. Loud rock music was distracting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food as always. Service was polite, efficient and friendly. Loved the menu suggestions will definitely return
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JoeMac27VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This was our first visit to Douzo and we will definitely be back. We were greeted by the hostess and manager (possibly the owner) and seated in a nice, elevated booth overlooking the restaurant and sushi bar. We had several apps, all of which were very good and innovative - we enjoyed the different twists the chefs presented. The fried oysters were so fantastic I had 2 more orders!! They were unbelievable; fresh, slightly sweet, moist and, frankly, I found it hard to believe they were fried at all. Our waitress was very good; attentive without being pushy, yet gave us space without ignoring us and she was knowledgeable regarding their various Sakes. A tad pricey, but not when compared to equally high-end sushi restaurants. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Sushi!
    Trenewton
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, great drink, great service. Make sure you have a reservation. We waited 20 minutes on a Friday night even with a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    Cashmir
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was delicious and one of the BEST customer service focus i've seen in a while! We were greeted the moment we stepped foot inside and everyone who worked there was alert and made us feel truly special! AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Douzo!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything was great - delicious starters and sushi, amazing service, and great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    ja49449
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great sushi with reasonable prices. Outstanding all around value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    noms123
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Best sushi I've ever had! And my friends and I are sushi aficionados. crunchy salmon roll was absolutely delicious, but so were the more common rolls. The fish, especially salmon was incredibly fresh. Server was super friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Sushi made with great care. Best miso soup I've ever had, with tiny little mushrooms in it. No complaints whatsoever! My friends and I LOVED it! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Cap66VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Freshest fish since Tokyo. Good sake selection. Our server was incredible: great personality, knew the menu and was attentive without hovering. Great for a business dinner - no problem reserving and you can actually converse because the noise level is low.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi lovers
    Parents2dine
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Service was prompt and knowledge of menu was sufficient. The sushi was fresh and melted in your mouth. The soft shell crab was delightful. We ended up getting the Douzo platter a little expensive, but worth it. Definitely would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    LOVEJAPANESE
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It was one of the best Japanese restaurants we have ever been to; it was outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent meal
    stevegVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have been to Douzo many times and it never disappoints. Service and food were excellent despite being very crowded. we will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great food and service! Definitely would like to go again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the waitress was very anti-social
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    the waitress was not friendly, not professional andcshe was half deaft or did not understand english well. we did not like her service at all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrific meal
    stevegVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We have been to Douzo many times...this was one of best meals that we have had here. Food and service were terrific including some recently new menu items. we continue to view Douzo as the best sushi restaurant in Boston
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite resturant in town
    yogi44
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I love Douzo! As a Boston resident who eats out a good deal, this is the place I go to the most. It is clean, consistent, very healthy food, beautiful presentation and a truly amazing staff. The adagashi (sp) tofu , a traditional dish, is the best I have ever had anywhere. Wise to make reservations, they are always busy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi!
    Chad
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We visit Boston often but this is our first time trying sushi in the city. We were not disappointed! Douzo has a great modern feel with house music playing in the background which was perfect. Menu included great food and drink options for all. Rolls were delicious and everything was fresh. I had the house salad to start and their ginger dressing was the best I ever had at a sushi restaurant. The service was superb as well, our waiter was top notch. We will surly return to this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi!!
    JDBphillyVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Visiting from philadelphia we found this gem on open table. Sushi was very fresh & the fish pieces very large. Next time in boston we will absolutely return to this resestaurant. On a side note they also have a take out section separate from resestaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but...
    bonmanVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Miso Soup, Edamame, Seaweed Salad and Salmon Tartar were all really good! Little disappointed in the sushi rolls. Seemed to fall a little flat, especially the Scallop Kiwi roll which came recommended by the waitress roll this bitter sauce on it which ruined the whole thing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 92 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 112 reviews are from the Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Solidly Average
    somervilleats
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    There is nothing distinct about the sushi at Douzo. It is fairly run-of-the-mill sushi like you would find in the hundreds of other average sushi places around town. individual cuts on the nagiri were very small and most of their rolls were the same combinations that you find everywhere else. We sat at the sushi bar and the waitress was very attentive and actually recommended a sake that turned out to be one of the best I have ever had. The sushi chefs, who were chatting loudly throughout the meal in an Asian language I could not identify (but definitely not Japanese), did not pay any attention to anyone sitting at the sushi bar. Maybe I'm a traditionalist but it is nice to at least get a "thank you" or something when getting up to leave.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch box!
    fancyskipette
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Salmon teryaki and spicy tuna roll -- the best. Wait staff a little pushy during lunch hour, service not so great, but food and quick turnaround makes for a good lunch spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Jarod
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My favorite sushi in Boston. The place is amazing. Waitress was really nice too :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average sushi for double the price
    tspears
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The restaurant is beautifully decorated in a modern style, and uses the space very well. The service was OK, but they didn't know anything about Japanese food, and had a hard time with the Sake list. We ended up ordering a ton of food, and it was all edible, but it's the same "Japanese" food that you can get everywhere, just more expensive. The Nabeyaki Udon was the same soup you'd get at a mall food court, and the sushi wasn't that much better. Unfortunately in MA, there are many resturants like this that claim to have Japanese food, but instead are Chinese owned, and serve you the cheapest product they can get. If you actually enjoy Japanese food, including sushi, stay away; if you're the "spicy tuna" crowd, then have at it!
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  • Has it all
    CambridgianVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great location, great sushi, vibrant scene. This place has an awesome location, but rises to the occasion with a beautiful interior, fantastic food, and fine service. We were there on a busy weekday lunchtime. No problem. One had the sense that it was easy for them to pull out excellence in every category. I would not hesitate to have an important business lunch here, or a romantic getaway, or just a good meal with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Service was very slow and we were had reservations at 4:45 on a Sat night, so they were not busy. Waited 10 min before the waiter came over and asked if we wanted a drink. The drink was good, spicy mango margarita. We ordered 4 different rolls and they all tasted the same. No taste at all, very bland and I am a sushi lover ! Nothing stood out about this place. Will not go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Fresh, delicious sushi. Our waitress was friendly and fast. The cocktail menu was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quick dinner in Back Bay
    Dave
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    This restaurant is very convenient for good quality sushi before the show. We enjoyed the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top of the list for sushi
    msminimalist
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Above the "crowd" for good, innovative sushi. Hand rolls wrapped in cucumber? Yum.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Japanese food
    Luca
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Great sophisticated Japanese restaurant. Unlikely to disappoint anyone who wants a fresh experience of Japanese food.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'm so sad about this place
    JoeyVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My wife love this place and have gone a lot. We sadly ended up leaving today before we had anything to eat. The table next to us had two parents and two young girls.The girls didn't want to sit so they were running around the restaurant, sitting on the floor between the table and throwing things. Finally,after I was hit by one of the kids whipping her napkin at her sister, I spoke up.The manager and the hostess both acted like I was the problem.The manager said he hadn't seen anything (even though he was not able to walk to a table because the girls were on the floor) and the hostess told me they are just kids.There isn't anything wrong with this Chuck-E-Cheese vibe, but isn't the place I'll go for a quiet pricey sushi dinner. I'll miss it
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Creative sushi, great appetizers, delicious drinks! The hand rolls are awesome and the cucumber hand rolls without rice is a diet winner!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best spots in Boston
    BoudieVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    One of the best spots in Boston for sushi. They always do a great job and have an interesting menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Douzo is my favorite sushi restaurant in the area! The fish is always fresh and delicious and they even offer soy paper and brown rice. The restaurant does a fabulous job of accommodating requests and continuously caters to their customers. Great modern decor and fun music too!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.