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

Basho Japanese Brasserie Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.1

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4.0

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3.9

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83% would recommend it to a friend

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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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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2014

My husband and I used to go as often as we could to basho. Almost everytime we went out it was to basho because we loved their sushi so much. They renovated the place a few years ago. It's nice and modern inside now, but we really thought it was romantic and modern before the renovation and think it wasted money and resulted in a price hike in the food. Then the menu started changing. Their sweet potato rolls used to be with a chunk of tempura yam, now it's just sweet potato fries and very soggy. They got rid of the scallop kiwi roll too. They bring it back rarely, but at a higher price. Our favorite things we used to go for regularly are not worth it anymore.

That being said, overall the other dishes are probably still great, but those aren't the dishes we went for. Thank goodness they still have the crunchy roll. It's always good. Also drinks are very good here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2014

The actual food itself was great. However, the service was awful. It took at least 25 min to get the sake we ordered. The ambiance is interesting, and they could very well use a courtain near the door to block the freezing Sor coming in. Overall, the food was pretty good and the proce is right . However , I would not
Go back and go doe where else

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 3, 2014

After a very long day at the hospital with a loved one, a quiet delicious meal was delightful!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 25, 2014

My first time at Basho. Great experience and I will definitely be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2014

We went using a Travelzoo coupon. My partner likes sushi and I got the coupon basically to make him happy. Going to this place gave me the brownie points I was hoping for PLUS I got a really nice meal as well. My favorite was the cod appetizer and I really liked the lobster tempura sushi roll--but all was good. I will be going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 6, 2014

Always good food but menu changed - no more robata grill -- too bad but still ok & would go anytime.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2014

Steamed buns, fresh sushi, an inviting menu, and great cocktails. What more do you need?

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2014

The food was great and they took very good care of our group, bumping someone's order up so our friend who showed up late was served at the same time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2014

Food is very good and service is fine.. However their charge of $25 for 14 yr old Oban seems excessive.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2014

Basho serves up a nice variety of very tasty traditional Japanese dishes (sushi, sashimi, a variety of hand rolls) as well as larger portions as meal entrees. The challenge is trying to put together a meal that is either enough, or way too much food. Most often, we observe people ordering way too much. With a couple of repeat visits, you can get the hang of it for portioning. Regardless, its a great pre-game spot for a Sox game, but give yourself more lead time than you would expect to make first pitch. Achilles heel here is the service: all very friendly, accommodating, but not very efficient from kitchen to table; long wait times for orders, and again for check out.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2014

Based on the reviews, I expected it to be the best sushi I ever had. It wasn't. It was good, that's it. Mediocre rolls, ok fish, nothing spectacular. Nothing special about the special rolls
Our server was very attentive and nice, but sometimes borderline annoying. She asked my husband if he knew how to make a sake bomb and he replied "yes", she said "I love that about you, most people don't know" ... seriously? ;)) come on!
The decor was very nice.
there's seating outside which I normally prefer, but construction and very busy traffic on the street deterred me from that option.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2014

Friendly staff that the manager stopped by as well. The decor was nice and modern. There were limited outdoor seating that faced the busy Bolyston street with limited view of Fenway park. Show yr day of game day ticket for 15% off. The food was good; although sushi pieces were a little on small side. Steamed buns and the katsu chic sandwich was well done and tasty. Would go back to try other menu items.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2014

This is not your typical Japanese restaurant, but has a much more modern vibe to it. The food is very good, and the service is decent. Our server was not well-supported by her assistant, it seemed, and we had to ask for things the assistant should have been automatically providing more than once. The food was solid, but not nearly as interesting a menu as it used to be the last time we were there, which may have been a couple of years ago. We live a 45 minute drive from here, and it used to be worth the trip. Now I feel that we would not make that long trip to get "just" what they had. That doesn't mean it is not worth eating here, just not worth a special trip.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 6, 2014

pretty much your standard fare japanese food. considering the other options for japanese food in boston, no real reason to try here. I tried the ramen and was underwhelmed. the pork was cooked well, but the noodles were nothing notable.

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 (Little Rock)·Dined on July 4, 2014

My husband and I live in the neighborhood, so we regularly visit Basho and have never had a bad experience. The food is always reliably very good!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2014

I dined at Basho with four girlfriends, one of whom recommended this spot as her favorite sushi restaurant in Boston. The food was excellent. Unfortunately, our server, upon hearing that only one of us would be drinking alcohol, and perhaps thinking that our initial food order was too meager to generate a substantial gratuity, was rude to us. His demeanor was off-putting. He appeared annoyed by some of our clarifying questions regarding the menu and responded in a patronizing tone. He seemed to come around over the course of the evening, as we essentially doubled our food order and decided to "kill him with kindness" just in case he was having a bad day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on June 26, 2014

Good sushi, but service was ATROCIOUS. 25 minutes for drinks, 45 for edamame (!!) and nearly an hour for sushi. Tried discussing situation with manager who became very defensive and unapologetic. Sinks in women's bathroom did not work so patrons (employees!?!) could not wash their hands.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 25, 2014

Great for hosting as its not too crowded, and food and service impress! Very reasonably priced.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 17, 2014

We had a great date night at Basho, to use our Groupon. I really liked the vibe and space, as it was not too crowded, and was pretty spacious in terms of seating. the food and drinks were delicious, but everything seemed to take quite a while. The place was empty, and our waiter kept coming over to tell us the "bartender is really backed up." I can't really imagine being there when it's crowded! I would go back though, it was nice ambience, and we were able to have a conversation without shouting.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2014

The waitress we had was very polite and friendly. Always checking up on us at the right time. Never had to seek her out. The food was good. Sushi boat for 2 was very filling although we did add 2 sushi maki rolls to the boat. Drinks were superb. Right amount of mixture. First time and we've been exploring different sushi places in Boston and this one was a good find for us. Good for a date night. Not overcrowded and the parking validation was a plus.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2014

As always - great sushi and the friendliest service around. We have never had a bad experience here.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2014

The sushi was prepared and presented beautifully. The menu selection has all the choices you would expect to see and others that will blow you away. Just awesome dining experience in a fun place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2014

I am a basho regular. It has been my husband An my favorite reatauraunt for the past 3 years. First the renovated which we were unsure about. Sure it's pretty now, but we loved the look before. Now they've changed te menu. DONT MESS WITH A GOOD THING! We Used to love their scallop kiwi rolls .... Those are no longer available. Additionally, we used to love the tempura sweet potato rolls, made with chunks of tempurad sweet potato. Now it's not on the menu and if you ask for it it's not made with a chunk, but rather soggy sweet potato fries. If you don't know what you're missing, the food is still good. However, as regulars, now that two of our three favorite rolls are gone, we will stop going. Basho lost two of its best customers.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2014

takes a very long time to get food either from the kitchen or sushi. If you are going to a Red Sox game give yourself plenty of time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 18, 2014

Went here before red sox and should have been tipped off by the fact that every other restaurant around was hopping. Took a long time to get water on the table and drink orders filled. Food is fine but nothing too special delivered at a snail's pace. Mixed drinks were mediocre. Lesson learned - make reservations far in advance for red sox games and don't bother with Basho.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2014

Four of us had a wonderful pregame dinner at basho's. A little odd to have Japanese food before a baseball game, but a nice complement to Uehara.Our waitress Khanh was great: sense of humor, very attentive, knew the menu and put up with my husband's and our friend's bad jokes. A rare combination. Sat out side, had a ginger margarita....
Easy T ride to Fenway stop and 5 min from park.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 10, 2014

They have the best food in Boston. It's a must try

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 (New England)·Dined on May 9, 2014

I keep wanting this place to be a little better. It is a great space and they redesigned it last year, but they can't seem to get the lighting or design quite right. There is something about the lighting which doesn't create any warmth to the space. They also have it very divided into 3 separate spaces which I am not sure works. The food is very good and reasonably priced, but I find their maki rolls to be very, very small for the price as compared with other sushi places that I like. Good quality food, but just not memorable. I like the udon, seaweed salad and some of the other non-sushi options as well.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2014

Basho always has great food and service. Without reservation I would recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Columbus)·Dined on May 5, 2014

The server was amazing and very accommodating of my girlfriends gluten free status.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on May 3, 2014

Terrific Sushi! It does not get too much better for quality sushi and sashimi. I am not in love with the modern style of the restaurant but that is personal taste, likely resulting from my ever advancing age.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on May 3, 2014

My daughter and I get cravings and it's for more than sushi.. its for Basho!! Now I have my cousin hooked.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on May 3, 2014

Our table was ready when we arrived having made a reservation. The drink orders took too long and when they did arrive, they were disappointingly small and incorrectly prepared . The food was excellent. Everyone in the party of 7 enjoyed their meals. We did have two 20 year old young men with us and they were disappointed about the small portions of the appetizers! Overall it was a good dining experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2014

The food is awesome and the service is great. They have the best sushi in Boston. Also the other food they have is great too.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 26, 2014

The ramen was solid - the broth was flavorful, but the meat inside it was fatty. The same beat kept playing the entire meal and got pretty annoying.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 20, 2014

Basho offers a welcome haven from the beer-and-burger scene that prevails in the shadow of Fenway. Decent portions of sushi and sashimi standards, quiet dining space and reasonably priced wines, and just-right service make for a fine pregame or postseason experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on April 20, 2014

Very good meal, nice ambiance, and excellent service

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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