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Akai Ryu

31 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (32)

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Akai Ryu in Cambridge offers a unique dining experience with its welcoming, warm interior and equally warm lighting. The décor pays homage to the restaurant’s Asian theme without being too heavily decorated. Simple potted bamboos and beautiful artistry hung on the walls give diners something enjoyable to look at while they eat.

The menu items at Akai Ryu are unique and offer an incredible amount of flavor in every bite. If you stop in, make sure you try the gyoza, herbal Chinese chicken, mixed seafood, or the choice rib eye. If you are a fan of sushi, make sure you ask for the seven seas maki, pink lady maki, or dragon maki. You will not be disappointed in the many menu items you can find at Akai Ryu.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Asian, Japanese, Chinese
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 868-0186
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Mass Ave
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Parking details
Parking Sq galleria parking lot behind the building only, otherwise street parking
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Public transit
Across from the Porter Sq redline stop
Bar Dining, Takeout
What 31 People Are SayingWrite a review
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kevin (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2015

My friends and I had a great time with the all you can eat deal. The food was quality and we were fully sated by the end of the night

vippeedoubleyouu (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 2015

Wonderful place. Beautiful restaurant, great hospitality from managers, attentive servers, and great food!

Oscarbav (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2015

The people were extremely friendly and accommodating. I had never eaten at a place like this, with the sushi and all. The waitress was very kind and understanding as to how I could enjoy my food better and how to eat the food. I have never had a hot heating plate in the center of the table and the food brought out to us and we would dip the different foods we ordered into the center soup pan. It was fun and interesting. Yes, we are definitely going back. It was a new way of eating for us.

vipmrpeabody (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2015

Nice place for good variety of food. Nicely presented sushi

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

Shabu is not that good. Service is mediocre. Not good for date night, maybe a convenient Sushi meal if you live close by.

vipConversationalist (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 25, 2015

My review is based on several visits, including lunch, dinner, mid-week, and weekend. Overall, the service is standout. The staff is friendly, accommodating, informative, and servers are consistently excellent. Food is always fresh and well prepared. I prefer sushi, some friends like shabu; we all leave happy. The bar features custom cocktails and a decent wine list. The atmosphere is great with a range of seating options and the music is not too loud. It is great for weekday business lunch or a weekend evening social outing. Great location across from Porter Square T with plenty of free parking in rear.

vippeedoubleyouu (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2015

The only shabu I know that offers Japanese ramen as a side dish!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2015

The sushi and shabu are very good and there is also a very nice selection of tasty "small plates" that are fun to share. Great place to go with a group; nice ambiance and quiet enough to have a conversation (!). What made our last visit stand out was the excellent service. Our server made helpful recommendations, anticipated our needs without hovering or interrupting, and didn't try to whisk our food away while we were still eating. This is what a restaurant experience SHOULD be like!
Other pluses: Convenient location across from T, plus free parking in lot.

vippeedoubleyouu (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 9, 2015

Always a great experience here. Herbal chicken broth and Japanese ramen broth are my favorite with the prime rib combo! Manager Allan is very welcoming. Definitely a place to always come back to!

vipEatoutalot (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 1, 2015

We really enjoy the hot pot here. Good Chicken Broth, the cuts of meat are really good and a really good size portion of vegetables that come with the combo meal. Full bar and a conveyor belt of sides items. Ample free parking in the back of the restaraunt - which is a huge plus. We actually enjoy this more than Chinatown. Highly recommed !