Basho Japanese Brasserie

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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 where dishes are prepared in two separate areas: the principal kitchen and the sushi bar. 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 dishes, such as our Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice Appetizer, which is highly popular or our specially crafted 1338 Signature Roll. We are also conveniently located within the heart of Fenway. If you're ever in the area for a Red Sox's game, stop by! We are only a 2 minute walk from Fenway Park!

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EC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Didn’t like that we got charged for desert given it was someone’s birthday (most restaurants give the desert for free). Also cocktails were overly priced. Loved the ambiance and food was delicious. Overall I would definitely go again and do recommend it!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Average nothing special solid

JB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our group lunch, for 14, was very enjoyable. Service was very friendly and efficient and the food excellent.

JP
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice food, nice place, nice service

JL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and good food

CA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. We enjoyed a really nice meal before a Red Sox game. We will be back again.

OT
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place with very good service. Sadly we were the only two people in the place so tough to judge the ambiance and the squid on the sushi roll we ordered was over cooked.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Not the best sushi I have had.

r
New England
19 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Waitress had too many tables but food was fine. Sorry they took eggplant off the menu

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Daughter first Red Sox game.

KA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with creative sushi and terrific service for a group of 7!

CL
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice experience. The food was great and so was the service.

M
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the location, and the food is great.

NK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. I got sushi and a cocktail and a sake. I liked them all. Very interesting Cousy interior. Nice location

JJ
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed it. It was nice before we went to an event in the Fenway.

MO
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fried chicken wings and sushi rolls were incredible!

a
New England
114 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Decent meal here the other night. The sushi was very good. We also tried the shrimp and shiitake appetizer, which was good, large shrimp, but a bit too much mayo on it in my opinion. We also got a yellowtail appetizer with jalapeño and it was a bit disappointing. For $14 we got 4-5 very thin slices of yellowtail, with a slightly too thick slice of jalapeño on top and very little sauce. The jalapeño completely took over the taste and flavor of the dish. We also tried the udon soup, which was fairly basic (just noodles and broth with a side of 2 shrimp tempura and 2 broccoli tempura. That was it. The tempura was a bit heavy and soggy, not light and crispy. I also asked for some chill powder for the soup and all they had to offer me was shiracha. There is also something just a little off about the atmosphere. The lighting is too harsh or bright. The music was rock and roll and there was a paint night going on in the restaurant. All of these things did not add to the experience. Nothing was terrible, but I prefer many other places.

MH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was not good for this type of restaurant, the waitress messed up our order. We ordered chicken wings, 2 rolls and another dish. We never got the last dish and this was a simple order and can’t even get that right. She never bought out the soy sauce for the sushi until I ask for it. We ordered the fried ice cream and it was soggy and gross. The waitress never came by to ask how everything is or else I would have mentioned the soggy fried ice cream to her. I would not return back to this place and would not recommend it to my friends.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It’s expensive but good.

E
New England
39 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent range of dining options, all of high quality in a very pleasant environment. I was disappointed to see that a favorite of mine, Okonomiyaki, was listed in the menu but has been discontinued as an option. Very rare to find it in Japanese restaurants yet an interesting and somewhat different dish than most.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Met here with a group of friends before a show at HOB. The food was really good and fresh. Limited GF. Miso soup and the mixed drinks were the favorites.

F
New England
42 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Basho is excellent for Sushi. We had the Fried Ice Cream; however, they fried it in the same oil they fry fish in and it tasted like fish. Very bad and made us rather ill. Beware of their fried foods, but the Sushi and Sashimi are excellent.

DD
New England
52 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were fine. A little pricey.

DI
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! We go every time we are in Boston.

GT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Very Limited gluten free options

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fresh fish, good drinks, excellent agedashi tofu

SG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We came here for my boyfriend's birthday and we weren't disappointed! This was our second time here and it was just as good as the first time. The steamed pork belly buns are unreal.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service

OT
New England
129 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another 10/10 at Basho! The gyoza , summer roll, fried rice and Basho boat exceptional! BEST sushi around and delicious cocktails! Joy us doing an outstanding job managing!!! Can’t wait to return!

k
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Waiter was busy & it was a Saturday night, but took so long to place an order. Was given an attitude when asked about the drink menu & she seemed SUPER rushed and in a hurry. We got a large sake to split and only came with one cup, then took 10-15 minutes to get the 2nd cup. Waiter split soup on my phone, leg & table and we had to chase him down to get a napkin - he didn't even notice. Then they knocked the utensils out of my friends hands when she was mid-bite on accident, didn't even notice, and we had to chase them down again to get a replacement for that too. Food wasn't the best but did the job. Waiter was confused & came back twice to ask about splitting the check even after we gave two cards and said we "wanted to split it". Saturday nights are busy yes, but I'd probably never come here again or recommend it.

PS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was off. Our appetizers came after our main meals.

JM
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice buzzy atmosphere, friendly staff who were very helpful with arranging the table to suit our party, first class sushi, my favourite dish a mackerel starter, interesting twist on the rolls with some quite spicy, sort of a Szechuan take on Japanese food. We thought the bill very modest for this quality of food.

D
New England
40 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basho never disappoints! Every time we come to Boston we eat here...always delicious. We got to try the new dim sum offerings, awesome cocktails and an amazing rice bowl! Our waitress was fantastic as well...she knew the menu in and out, giving us recommendations that were on point.

DV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, good service but drinks and food takes a little too long to come.

HY
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Their customer service was horrible. There were no one at the front, and the server was so rude. Could be because we are Asian since she seemed to attend the white couple at the next table totally fine. We felt totally ignored, felt even insulted by the way she spoke to us.
Food was ok, but way overpriced for what we got.

LJ
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall2food4service4ambience2

I had a reservation for 6:30pm , got to the restaurant right at that time. Didn’t get seated till 7:00, didn’t get menus , had to get up and go ask hostess stand for menus. Ordered food and drinks at approx 7:05 didn’t get drinks or even a glass of water till almost 7:30pm. Not sure what the problem was , but really not a good experience. Food was good though.

PP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was good but the service was slow and horrendous. Had a 6:30 reservation and didn't even get seated until 7pm. Then it took another 30 minutes just to get a drink which was filled to the brim with 99% ice and no liquid. Had to ask just to get water, plates, napkins, chopsticks, basically anything. Very disappointing visit. I've been here before when everything was fine, but really had a bad experience this past visit.

i
New England
37 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Pregame of the redsox- understandably an expected busy night with a 6pm reservation for an 8:09pm game. two in my group had to leave before the food came out at 7:30 to not miss the first pitch. as responsible guests we arrived promphly at 6- sat until we grabbed somone at 6:15 for some attention, ordering drinks, etc. gave the waitress drink order and a few items to get started with, she cut us off " let me get this in and ill be back" . And the service went downhill from there. missing were soups, etc. by 7:20 after we had been starting at our massive sushi rolls order sitting on the sushi bar counter, we got hold of the manager who was very apologetic, we told them to cancel, yet they said we will will rush it over. 20% of our party had left by then. very unsatisfying wolf down of our food in record time with atleast 20% left on the table sadly we had to leave. i think the manager knocked a chunk off our bill, however damage done... wont be back before a game. - then getting up to leave- they put our shisito peppers down that we had ordered at 6: 15pm .. good laugh by all...

d
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Service was awful! We say down and had to beg for water from three different people. It took 40 minutes to get out drinks and we sat there hungry and thirsty and nothing came. When it finally did, it was delicious. when the drinks came out (we had cancelled them- but she brought them anyway) the waitress did not make it complimentary which she should have at that point.

NJ
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A little disappointed. The food was OK, but I have never seen such careless presentation at a Japanese restaurant.