About 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 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!

1338 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Korean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30AM-3:00PM
Lunch: Saturday-Sunday 12:00PM-3:00PM
Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday 3:00PM-10:00PM
Dinner : Friday-Saturday 3:00PM-11:00PM

Cross Street:
Jersey St & Kilmarnock

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 262-1338

Website:
http://bashosushi.com/

Catering:
We offering catering for private and corporate Events. Please call the restaurant for further information and details.

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.

Public Transit:
Kenmore Square (Green)
Fenway (Green)

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: (617) 262-1338

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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84% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2016

The menu and the great quality of sushi for reasonable prices.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 4, 2016

It is not that easy to find a location with excellent food a fun atmosphere, which still allows for conversation at a table for six. This is the place. The sushi is authentic and good. The ambiance is is lively with good acoustics, which allow for discussion and conversation around the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2016

The service was amazing And the food was excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2016

We loved Walter our waiter. Whole staff was excellent and meal was fresh and delicious!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2016

I was really wanting to try Basho, as I live close to it and it looks pretty, spacious and nice inside. I went to have lunch there with 2 other people. The miso soup that came with the lunch was the best thing we had. The rolls were good, but not better that the average; the chicken teriaky was very dry and the rice was tasteless. I don't know if it may be better at dinner time, but I'm not willing to try.
Besides the food, service was great and ambiance too.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 26, 2016

Went here for a first date. Made a brief mention that it was a first date via Open Table and from the time we walked in to the time we left the staff was extra friendly and kind to us, ESPECIALLY our waiter Joseph.

Although my choice of sushi was so-so, everything was especially fresh. Red spider roll was delicious. The signature drinks were also made with care. My lotus flower gin drink included fresh cucumber.

Joseph was very friendly and even included a complimentary desert for us.

I would definitely recommend this location.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 24, 2016

Great restaurant, fresh food, great ambiance. I want to go back!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 21, 2016

Awesome sushi and udon soup! Lovely place. I enjoyed it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on February 15, 2016

Food excellent. Service horrible. Had to search for Server to order more food. Hostess found Server.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2016

Food was great, service was lacking. A lot of attitude from the servers. Sticky water glasses. Never received water refill. Every time we asked a question whether it was for food ingredient or a box to pack our food, it felt like we were burdening the servers.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2016

I went around 7pm and it was very busy. Our waitress, unfortunately, was swamped with tables and it took 15 mins to recieve our drinks. Dinner also took awhile. I suggest that they should have more wait staff during Friday and Saturday nights.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (London)·Dined on January 4, 2016

Basho is generally high qualty and a cut above the typcal Japanese restaurant. Best menu item is the miso black cod. The toro sashimi is also good, but at $18 is a lttle pricy. My favorite is chu toro, but they seem to often be out of it (0 for 3 in my past 3 visits). Shame.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2015

My girlfriend and I ate here for an early dinner on New Year's Eve, and it was practically deserted. There were maybe five other tables occupied the whole time we were there. Despite that, we were seated right in front, right next to a giant window overlooking...a really ugly street? A run-down USPS garage? Bleh. We asked to be relocated to one of the many, many empty booths (or even a table farther into the actual restaurant), but were informed that every other table was reserved. Hmm.

To make matters worse, it took probably ten minutes to get the attention of a waiter. And this is in a practically deserted restaurant. Once we did get her attention, she was very apologetic, and the night went smoothly from there. The food was definitely great, but if the first impression is everything, Basho absolutely dropped the ball.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2015

I like the name, the atmosphere and hip but polished wait staff. The food was nicely prepared with great flavors. In particular, the cod miso appetizer was cooked perfectly. . The presentation of each dish is refreshingly chic and not contrived.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2015

Love their sushi, one of the best in Boston!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2015

Everything was amazing!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2015

So we were coming into town to see Book of Mormon at the Colonial...and there was no question of where we were eating, even though it was a bit of a hike down Boylston. Our server (I think her name was Brittany?) was very helpful, suggesting some appetizer choices as well as a couple of rolls we probably wouldn't have tried on our own. Appetizers (shumai and gyoza) were delicious - I could have eaten them all night. The four rolls we got were fantastic, as is the norm here for us. Everything about this place is so good...cannot wait to go again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2015

Great night out having the sushi boat for 2. Well presented and delicious. Good specialty drinks and overall casual atmosphere. Perfect for date night!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 9, 2015

We liked this place so much we came a second night in a row. The steamed buns are great and The Fenway Roll is still one of the best rolls I've had.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 8, 2015

Fenway Roll... nuf ced!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2015

Great service!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2015

food was very good
service was good but a bit slow
noise level a bit loud

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2015

THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD .... WE WERE THERE WITH FAMILY ... WOULD GO AGAIN ...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2015

This was our second dinner here in two weeks-it was that good! We came the first time for sushi, then back the following week so my boyfriend could try the Korean BBQ.
Steamed buns are an absolute MUST...we tried all 4 types over the two visits and the shrimp and duck were our favorites.
Sushi is awesomely good and their specialty drinks are very tasty.
Management keeps an eye on the floor, not hesitating to pitch in when it gets busy.
We can't wait to visit again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2015

When Basho first opened, it was amazing. A neighborhood gem, a hot spot, and a place that made you feel special. However, in the years since, it has definitely lost its luster. Service is slow and very blasé, the menu hasn't changed much, and the place seems to have stopped trying.

Note to Basho: please regain your original energy and passion.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2015

We were a party of 6 ordering a variety of things from salads to sushi and everything was delicious! We were very happy with all choices and were pleasantly stuffed when we left! :)

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2015

Reserved a spot here before heading to the Foo Fighters concert at Fenway. Ordered a huge boat of sushi for our table with some interesting combinations. Will go back if we can get Pearl Jam tickets this year!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2015

This was a great place to go before the game at Fenway. The food was good, the service was fast, and all the people in our party enjoyed it. Some were ready for a full meal, and some just wanted a light snack, so it was perfect.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2015

The jajangmyun was delicious! As was the uni. Can't wait to go back!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 2, 2015

Great for quick dinner before the baseball. Very fresh and well presented sashimi.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 16, 2015

Lots of interesting rolls, good salads, decent fish-we had large group and we're pleased with the meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 11, 2015

We went here for a co-worker's birthday and the food is great and moderately priced. Good atmosphere and the people were nice.

The only downfall is that the service was pretty slow. It was our table of 10 and a table of 3 at lunch time and it was still very slow.

Other than that everything else was good. You can bring your own cake and candles and they will bring it out after the meal, just be sure to tell your server at the beginning of the meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2015

Been here once before. Fresh ingredients served in a beautiful presentation. Friendly and knowledgable staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2015

Discovered them laat year through Open Table. Came back because it was so good and the reasonable prices. Was not disappointed! Hope to be back next year!!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 14, 2015

Going to Fenway Park before a ballgame, getting a very good meal and making it to the park in time for the opening pitch can sometimes be challenging. Yet at Basho, my son and I were able to eat very good sushi and Japanese fare withiin an hour. We shared a scorpion bowl which was only filled up three quarters of the way. It was delicious and worth the price. When we had a second one, we asked the waitress to make sure it would be filled up. It was and added a nice compliment to our dining experience. We shared house-made taro chips and shrimp/vegetable temopura for appetizers. They were served promptly and were savory. Our sushi entrees included two rolls ( one with lobster tempura and the other with toro ). Both were filling, scxrumptious and quite affortdable, In all, I think Basho was a very enjoyable dining experioence, and I would definitely recommend it to friends or anyone else.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on March 3, 2015

We chose this restaurant in between meetings because of its location. We ordered classic sushi items, as much as possible, but the menu had relatively few. And there were a couple of surprises: An eel handroll was served cold, and the spicy tuna roll contained crunch.

The miso soup was very good, and a large portion; the side salad was just fine; and the rest of our sushi was very good. We liked our waiter and the hostess.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 27, 2015

Second time back! The sushi is great and the steamed buns are to die for!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2015

We trudged through the snow storm and loved our entire meal. The appetizers were very small but delicious. The buns are delicious- pork belly and duck. The tempura banana desert was great!
It is a great date restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2015

My boyfriend and I were very impressed! The food is great and they definitely encourage sharing. We were looking for a last minute date night restaurant and were pleasantly surprised :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2014

It was quiet on the Saturday night we went after Christmas. The waitress was friendly and accomdating. The rolls were fresh, innovative and tasty. They had some good specials. Attractive abd relaxing atnosphere. Would definitely return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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