Jae's Cafe
Jae's Cafe

Jae's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jaescafe.com/
  • Phone: 6174219405
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Public Transit: MBTA Orange Line @ Mass Ave. MBTA Green Line E @ Prudential Center or Symphony Hall
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Jae's Cafe
***Special: Sunday Half Price Maki***

Located in the heart of the South End on Columbus Ave, just a few blocks up from Mass Ave, Jaes Cafe & Grill is a local gem that has been one of the best Pan Asian restaurants in Boston for years. We take pride in our use of only the freshest ingredients and creative approach to modern Asian Cuisine. Our downstairs bar and outside patio is a fantastic place to come hang out and relax after work or... on the weekends. We also have a private room for special events. We offer local dinning for students from BU, Northeastern, and all other local universities. We provide the ideal venue for young professionals looking for speedy lunchtime service or a relaxing post work drink. Eat at Jae's...Live Forever. Come on by, we would love to meet you.
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Jae's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)great for outdoor dining (8)good for groups (4)fit for foodies (4)romantic (2)late-night find (2)special occasion (1)great for lunch (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fun Group place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have had many gatherings parties there from 2 people to 16, always a great time. The downstairs level they can accommodate large groups. They have a bar down there also, we do Saki Bomb's, cocktails, and share Boats of Sushi! Always fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A decent Asian meal
    mom2tristanVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We ate here on a Thursday evening. The place was quiet, and the service was attentive. The Mai Tai was perfect - strong and sweet. But the food was just ok. The rice noodles were great; the chicken in the stir fry bland and textureless. The vegetables in the entree were cooked perfectly. We did have the seared tuna appetizer, and it was very fresh, but not inspired. Prices were fair, and portions huge. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there again, but it was certainly passable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for a last minute group outing
    group
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had some friends in town from Georgia and last minute decided to get a group together for dinner and drinks. Jae's was able to fit us in with no problem. Food was good, prices very reasonable, not too crowded so we could actually talk to each other and hear each other, which was great. Only complaint was that the drinks weren't particularly good, though they were certainly drink-able.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little corner
    Jtable01pr
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Good food, good sushi, nicely presented, timely, accommodating and pleasant wait staff, great neighborhood
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Wine, dinner, and desert for four. We were promptly seated outside and taken care of in a timely manner. All of the food and drinks met or exceeded expectations. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kathy
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We had a large group Thursday night and had a great meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Menu
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Food is consistently good at Jae's, though sometimes their idea of "Spicy" is not as Spicy as we like it. Next time we will tell them to make it truly spicy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 18 reviews are from the Jae's Cafe reviews archive.
  • great neighbourhood restaurant
    gourmandamateur
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Good sushi, traditional and more modern. Seaweed salad also good. And the tempura. Reasonable price and a large and varied menu includes other pan-asian dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, great service
    adamVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    a good reliable place in the south end. Sushi is surprisingly good. Try the Tuna Maddness! Also good soups and excellent Bi Bim Bap. Some dishes work better than others. The service is always good and attentive. And you can almost always get in on a weekend. They could update the decor a bit, but I am fine with it staying the way it is :)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I had my sisters bday dinner here. It was great. Great food great staff. The manger Li is awesome. Our server Ahrm (spelling I'm sure is wrong - sorry) was wonderful and attentive. The dishes were yummy and flavorful. The only issue we had was parking it's on the street no valet service. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great service, excellent food options! We always have a good time and good food at Jae's!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    NowahVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went here on Valentines Day. Lots of snow and close to the house. Childish downstairs table by the bad. Service was ok but food was mediocre at best. General Ghost chicken was over cooked and chewy and was neither sweet nor spicy, as you'd expect for this dish. Korean hot bowl dish was just right though. With so many choices in the neighborhood there's no excuse for a bad meal and we won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    EricVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Great sushi and Korean food in the south end. Service was attentive and drink selection was great. The sushi was fresh and beautifully prepared. The Korean specialties are my favorite. The hot stone bibim bap is perfect for a cold night!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi and bi bim bap!
    adamVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Great service and wonderful sushi, bi bim bap and soups. Try the tuna madness! Amazing! Sundays are half price maki rolls!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great sushi and korean specialties
    adamVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    I have been coming to this place for 20 years. They could use a little bit of a makeover/update, but the food and service have stayed very good, even better than several years ago I think. They have an amazing half price sushi deal each sunday on maki rolls. The Bi Bim Bap is one of my favorites in the area and the service is always very pleasant and attentive. It is also a place you can often get into, which is refreshing in the south end. Try the Tuna Madness Maki Roll!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair food, but could work on
    tad1232000VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The ambiance. bit dated and old looking to appeal to many diners in this area. Feels more like a cafeteria than a resto.
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  • good food; bizarre server
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    waiter was weird: kept coming by to rearrange our table. NO idea why he felt compelled to touch our stuff. that aside, great sushi & edamame in nice setting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Favorite
    banssga
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Excellent food, wonderful food and fantastic music!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Half price maki on Sundays
    Fusionfan
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Went with a group of six. Service attentive and polite. Half price maki on Sundays was a great deal; maki was fresh and well presented. Chilean sea bass pretty good, although sauce had a corn starch feel. Noise level got high as dining room filled up. Glass of sangria was mostly ice, so that felt skimpy. Otherwise, enjoyable meal and would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food for the Brain!
    JoyousJohnsonAboutFood
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We were in Boston for the Learning and the Brain conference and wanted to find a place that could accommodate 6 easily. It was Saturday night and with no idea where to go we put off making reservations. Using OpenTable, I found this little gem, made a reservation and by the time we had walked from Copley Square, our table was ready. I had a Kimchi and the Korean Dumpling soup! Killer Cosmopolitans from the very cool basement Bar. Delish! I'd add a photo here, but no upload allowed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Delicious
    Drummer
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Jae's has maintained high quality and consistency. Their Bim-Bim-Bop has the same delicious sauce that I first tasted 15 years ago. Their sushi is simple, fresh and a pleasure to taste. They are smart and confident enough to not change what is great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as we remember!
    KendraS
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    We haven't been to Jae's in over ten years (we moved out of state). This time we brought our children and we all loved it! We got a great sushi boat with lots of variety, crunchy pad Thai (oh how I've missed it- can't find it anywhere else!), and my youngest child got a kids bento box, her steak was amazing!!! Would totally recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple Asian Food - Good Service
    MuttaVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Jae's has been in the South end forever. that is a good thing as many places come and go. Still excellent sushi and quality Asian food of all types. Outdoor seating a bit dark. Don't miss the 1/2 price Maki on Sunday if you eat in vs. take out.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the boat
    caratuaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    We wanted to dine by the water but the sushi/sashimi boat was great. Really fresh and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh food at a good price
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    dependably consistent food, last night with great sushi special
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.