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
40 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (16)fit for foodies (14)neighborhood gem (12)hot spot (7)great for lunch (7)romantic (6)great for outdoor dining (6)special occasion (5)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great Japanese and Sushi
    KennVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Just wonderful and innovative sushi around the corner from Fenway park. Large, fresh, modern and ponderous area does not take away from the quality of this unique sushi experience. It somehow adds to it. Great! Terrific serving and management staff.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find for a tasty and
    Table3restaurantgroup
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Great find for a tasty and healthy alternative before heading to Fenway Park ...which is just steps away. Service and sushi were great. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place - friendly, authentic,
    tjjeVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Great place - friendly, authentic, wonderful. Highly recommended to anyone that loves Japanese food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent and
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    The food was excellent and beautifully presented. The waitress could not have been nicer or more helpful. The ambience, which could have been very nice, was dreary and depressing because the lighting is so poor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basho is the most creative
    RichVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Basho is the most creative of sushi restaurants in Boston, while remaining faithful to Japanese traditions, and its thriving dining room shows the customer response. An alternative to the pub theme that's up and down Boylston in the Fenway Park neighborhood. Very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ditto, and more "Energetic" later
    RichVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    I've commented and complimented above. Ditto. My only change re this visit is that, in going later in the evening, I'd characterize the noise level as "Energetic".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again...
    RichVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    I returned again. My review is the same as the "big and small" above. Super service. As I said above, my server passed by several times (without needing to stop), but his purpose was clear. I will add that the server who had been mine before, but wasn't this time, specially came over to greet me. I am no VIP! Very sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    jrsa
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Great menu and really fresh and elegant plates. Always delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    marcoVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    This place was amazing! Great food, drinks and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi, service struggles
    tecrunnerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    We've had an early dinner twice now at Basho, on the way to Fenway for a concert and then a Sox game. The food itself is very good. We've tried the sushi, tempura, hand rolls, all of which were made with very fresh ingredients, well prepared, and arrive to the table still hot (for the hot dishes). The servers were all pleasant, knowledgable, but struggle with the kitchen. Wait times are erratic. The biggest barrier to this being a better overall dining experience is the menu itself. A sprawling, confusing combination that spreads across eight pages. I would recommend for the food, proximity to Fenway for pre-game / event nights. Be prepared to allow extra time for the service and for interpreting the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Time
    Kdormeus
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    The staff at Basho was sooooo nice. They worked with my group and catered to out every need. I had a rather large reservation for 20 and unbeknownst to me there was a Red Sox game that night. My reservation was for 8:45. Parking was horrendous and we weren't able to get into the restaurant as a whole group until about 9:30. They held our reservation and were so kind. The drinks were so good and the sushi was phenomenal! Our waiters were so nice and really made my birthday dinner awesome. All in all, I had a great experience at Basho! I will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The sushi rice and the different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    The sushi rice and the different Basho sauces were superb! The rice was fluffy and not pressed down (the worst thing a sushi chef could ever do is presh hard on sushi rice) and seasoned just right. Everything was very fresh and good choices on the menu for a variety. We tried the Robata grill and Tempura a la carte and I love how they were small portions and we could choose the different pieces. Service was also very good, the server was very attentive and knew the menu well. Really enjoyed the whole experience. I would have given 5 stars, but the decor was a little drabby with office-like furniture, but nonetheless, the food outshined the whole dining experience! Definitely going back again to try others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous presentation of the
    Pugs1126
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Gorgeous presentation of the sushi. Friendly and helpful waitress. I was kind of disappointed of their sake selection. They didn't have a lot to chose from and they were very expensive. Really nice ambience. I would definitley go back if I was in the Fenway area and wanted sushi.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Abysmal service
    PucksterAndMom
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    Waitress works in a Japanese restaurant and looks distinctly Asian/European mix. Customer orders dishes using their proper Japanese name. Waitress glares at customers, harshly admonishing them: "don't talk to me using Japanese words. I'm Russian!" Seemed a bit harsh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Experience!
    NefPop
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    This was my second time coming to Basho (first time was pre-renovation), and I was very happy with both experiences. Although my first visit was excellent, this second time was even better. We shared the Sashimi Dinner, Tropical Sunset Roll as well as the Tuna, Spicy Tuna and Spicy Salmon Maki Rolls. The Sashimi Dinner is well worth the price and this by far one of the best Sashimi assortments that I have ever had, the quality and freshness of the fish was fantastic! Surprisingly the more expensive Tropical Sunset Combo Roll was not as flavorful as I thought it would be, however the less expensive Spicy Tuna and Salmon were AMAZING, especially for being a "simple" roll. I reccomend splurging on Sashimi then save with the Maki Rolls!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I went with a group of 3 other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    I went with a group of 3 other friends and we ordered some sashimi and a bunch of rolls. There really wasn't a single roll that we didn't like, which is pretty impressive. The best, in my opinion, was the red spider roll. The restaurant itself, however, was pretty empty, despite having a relatively trendy vibe. Not sure if this was just because it was a Tuesday night. Overall, it's a great spot for sushi, but you may want to look elsewhere if you're interested in a good scene.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed
    vegasis2fun
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    I was disappointed with this restaurant which was very unfortunate because I had been wanting to dine here for quite some time. The food was not the issue as much as the service. We were the only ones in the restaurant at the start of lunch so we decided to move from a table to sit at the bar. The bartender was not attentive, we had to ask for menus, ask for drinks etc...when the food came it was OK, nothing spectacular. I was very put off by the bartender's lack of enthusiasm for his job....it was not like he was busy, we were the only ones there. I would not go back to this restaurant based on the experience I had.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced, but good sushi
    BostonGurlVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Basho is an establishment at which to find consistently good sushi and mixed drinks. Their prices are high for what you get, which is likely why the restaurant business seems to be slowing over the past year -- it was nearly empty on this visit. But, if you are in the neighborhood and are willing to pay the prices, you will get good sushi at Basho.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively Sushi Place
    XavierVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    Had always had Basho sushi at the cafeteria in my office but had never made it to their restaurant- it was great surprise: better choices, good quality food and a kicker lychee martini.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced but good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    I lived in the huilding when this place first opened, and I must say that they have come a long way in terms of service and ambience. Although still overpriced, their sushi is decent and menu is quite extensive. Great drinks and their remodeling makes the place look less like a huge open warehouse. I would suggest more specials, or perhaps appy-hour of something because for a saturday evening when they recommended reservations, the place was less than half full and the music was dull. The Citizen's Pub next door, however, was hopping! I can afford the sushi, but I would rather go to Cambridge or over to Ma Soba near MGH for the taste, price, and ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharing Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    our family of 7 often celebrates special occasions at BASHO. The food is delicious, fun to share, and we always enjoy ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi
    BostonAASVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    This place always puts out amazing sushi, fresh and delicious! Everyone is so nice!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sushi quality good but not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    sushi quality good but not exceptional. too light on the wasabi. (sushi for gringos) service very solicitous and helpful
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great sushi
    JJCA
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    Stylish Japanese restaurant with tasty sushi delights.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sushi, quaint interiors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    My wife & I stopped in for a quick bite, and we just got a few items of sushi. The sushi was excellent, but I'd like to go back for the grilled items which are rarely offered at most Japanese restaurants. One of the biggest items is the validated parking in which parking is extremely costly in the Fenway area. To be able to park in that area for $4 is a true find especially if you go to a baseball game afterwards.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'll be back!
    EmilyandSeanVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    I can't believe it took me so long to try Basho! I would happily eat here once a month, or once a week if I could afford it :) The sushi was as tasty and beautiful as any I've had from Fugaku or other reliables in the area, sake was delish (although slightly pricey), the place is hip and pretty to look at and HUGE - good to know for last minute big groups. Our waitress was so sweet and personable, great sense of humor and on the ball. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait staff very well informed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Wait staff very well informed regarding special dietary needs. Food a little bland.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing. Overall the
    JimH
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Disappointing. Overall the food looked good. We had the agedashi tofu and the torched salmon salad, they were good, nothing special but good. The salmon salad were rolled up little balls, not the "salad" I was expecting, but still not bad. Combination roll, the "Basho Roll" was next. Same thing, good but not great and the rice was clumped together. Anyone who knows good sushi knows the preparation of the rice is essential to the meal. It should be separate slightly while still holding it's form, not too sticky nor to dry, not easy to do properly, in other words, slightly sticky grains of rice that are gently pushed together. This rice was not even close. Entrée was the grilled salmon Teriyaki which was a little dry and too sweet.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They couldn't handle the volume
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    They couldn't handle the volume of people in their restaurant. Took 20 minutes to be seated with a res and at that only to a high top. Server almost had an emotional break down. Will go back due to good food and proximity, but real terrible job on the service this time around.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service
    stevegVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Excellent food and service. Been here many times. Never disappoints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date-night location!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Planning a night out for my girlfriend's birthday, I went for Basho. It had a great sushi menu, with some really interesting rolls. The parking garage they advertise validation for was not visible from Boylston st., and it was actually closed.  Basho was very nicely decorated, and the hostess sat us right away. The only take-aways were the uneven table (which I swapped) and the almost cramped spacing between tables (there was a large party right behind me). Otherwise, the night went well. Our waitress was very attentive and informative. The sushi was exceptional, with some combos I hadn't seen before (I recommend the California tempura roll - amazing). We will definitely be returning, albeit seated bar-side. Great sushi, good value!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I enjoyed the cherrystone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    I enjoyed the cherrystone ginger soup, the kobe beef, the california roll, the basho roll, the seaweed salad, and the wine. Our server, Bailey, was attentive and friendly. The water was refilled promptly. The presentation was lovely. Everything was delicious and fresh. I will be returning to Basho when I want another classy sushi experience. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as I expected.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Not as good as I expected. Seating is too close to each other.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a nice meal. Really enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Had a nice meal. Really enjoyed the robata grill menu items. Sushi rolls were good and udon noodles very tasty. Spicy edamame was a great appetizer. And our waitress was fantastic with recommendations. Unfortunately, we had a table near the windows, and it was very cold, which really did affect our experience. Many diners around us even kept jackets on. I would go back, but never again between the months of November and March.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was ok. Staff was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    It was ok. Staff was very friendly but I guess I was hoping for a better food selection from the menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our 3rd visit and
    sy19546
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    This was our 3rd visit and first since they downsized. Seating felt better. Food was excellent thanks
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Selection and presentation of food was really top class. The cocktails were pleasantly dry and not too sweet!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent meal
    stevegVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Really like this restaurant. Food and service are excellent. Very well run. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific food. Inventive
    Enna
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    Terrific food. Inventive dishes. My only complaint, and this is the forth time I have been there, is the lighting. It is so dim and indirect that one can't see the menu. Bring a flashlight if you wish to read the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was nicely quiet when I was
    mrpeabodyVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    Was nicely quiet when I was there . Service and food were very good. Nice variety
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet