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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Groups (3)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Casual (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Business Meals (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Spicy (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

I would have rated it 5 stars except for the for the $50 sticker shock for the unfiltered sake we had that night. The waiter could have pointed out the selection in the bar menu but she just nodded and slapped us with the most expensive unfiltered sake. Bad move! Last year we had the unfiltered sake variety that came in a blue bottle for $35 but alas we will never know if that one was available, will we.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic! Our waiter was very helpful friendly and attentive. Food was delicious! Highly recommend

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

If you're looking for a tasty, fresh, and fun place for sushi, this is it. Get started with the spicy edamame and go from there. You won't be disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The server needs a lesson in hospitality. She was intrusive, rude and unfriendly. Felt rushed the entire meal, even though restaurant was not busy. Our waters were cleared before we were done....

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

They tried to seat us in the big dining room but it was fairly empty and dark so we opted to sit in the bar area. We ate on the early side so I'm sure the place filled up after we left. There was a small but very good wine list with a great American wine , which most Japanese restaurants don't offer. We go to Nobu in NYC and London quite often and I would say the food is on the same par.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Service was great. Food was really delicious. Great variety.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

they were able to accommodate our vegetarian requests with substitutions. my daughter thought the teriyaki dish and miso soup were extremely flavorful, while my husband and i enjoyed the fried rice and rice bowl. It was so good that we were in pain from overeating. the service was pleasant and attentive

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Chinese style sushi, not Japanese. Okonomyaki really disappointing for $12, with a muddled, overly salty sauce. Chinese dishes were better, but hardly nuanced or authentic. Not strong values at these price points. Service was friendly and attentive.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food and drinks were great. The server was a bit confused and kept forgetting, changing the orders around.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2017

I go to Basho often, before Red Sox games. The food at Basho is fresh and a great alternative to the relatively heart-unhealthy food at Fenway. The service is nice and the food is consistently excellent.

Tags: Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Eaten here many times but not since they changed management. The FOOD was great. Service was the problem. We had no idea who our Waiter was. One person led us to a table. Another took the Order. Another brought the Order (but not exactly what we has ordered). We had to ask someone else who was passing for what was missing. Another cleared our table. We had to ask a Busboy for more Tea which he brought us. We then asked the guy who seemed to be in charge that we needed more Ginger and Wasabe which is what we had placed with the original order. It took 10 minutes for someone else to bring those items. We asked the "Manager" for the check. Someone gave us the check........we completed it and had to wave the Manger to take it which he did. After what seemed like 15 minutes the Manager was seen handing the credit card bill to our original waiter whom we hadn't seen since placing the Order. Someone else brought back the receipt. Seems like they have diversified the whole experience of dining there instead of developing somewhat of a relationship with you Waiter.
For me it was a turnoff and I wont eat there for a while. Maybe good for transients who don't know better. But if this persists....stick to the 15% tip....or no tip.

Tags: Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Excellent choices, great quality, impeccable service. Overall very good experience, worth repeating.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Healthy, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on May 3, 2017

We had a delicious dinner here before attending a Red Sox game 2 blocks away. It was easy to get a reservation. The place was quiet and it was easy to converse with our friends. The sushi and scallop plate were superb. The waiter even made a dish not on the menu for one of our party. We will definitely be going back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

This is a comfortable place to eat, fun casual with a hint of upscale tech. Drinks are reasonable, with some interesting twists. Similarly, the food is basically sushi, but also has some twists on the usual. The miso soup was more substantial than most. I'd recommend the pork bun, the shumai (with a tasty topping, not the usual soy ginger sauce), the Phoenix roll, and, for those who eschew raw fish, the shrimp tempura roll. The spicy tuna roll and spicy yellowtail hand roll were both good, but could have had more fire. Service was efficient casual, and the waiter did a good job explaining some unusual items - and the manager stopped by to make sure that everything was okay too. The four of us in our party all enjoyed our meals and definitely would go back again. This is a place that you could stop in for a quick bite at the bar, or spend a whole evening at a table trying a variety of items.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We came here to have dinner before going to the House of blues for a show. The restaurant was spacious and because of the high ceiling I could even hear from across the table. The drinks and food were delicious. Our waitress was very attentive. The owner/manager came to our table to greet us. That was nice!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

I have been a very enthusiastic fan of this restaurant for quite awhile. In fact, I'd go out of my way just to get a steamed pork belly bun.

I only dined there a few weeks ago, and as usual, had a top notch experience. Recently, I brought a new group of friends to try the restaurant, and was quite disappointed by the new menu, offering and pricing model. Food portions and quality seem to have taken a step back, but prices went up. Two of our cocktails tasted as though they were mixed with the wrong liquor. My friends had no reference to compare because they'd never been before -- but all parties were underwhelmed.

We didn't say anything at the time because it was apparent our waiter was trying to adjust to the new food menu as well and seemed a bit scattered. But when I saw the price of the bill and reflected on the quality and taste of what we ordered, it was not worth the investment.

I shall considered visiting sometime in the future -- and will simply hope I experienced an evening of growing pains and not the new standard for Basho.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Would be nice if we saw the waitress more. Never got a refill on a water. wasn't allowed to change one of the sushi rolls in the basho boat that my girlfriend and I did not like..A bit bizzare. and we always come to basho...but disappointed

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Spicy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Went there for Valentine's Day dinner with my girlfriend and it was incredible. Excellent sushi and very fair prices. Would absolutely go back again!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Basho is Douzo's sister restaurant..And what a great find in the Fenway! The food is fresh, the drinks are delicious and the staff is super friendly. They have a new menu so check it out! Great place to also kick back and have a few drinks as they have a late night menu

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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2017

It was too loud and our server was extremely distracted

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2017

My boyfriend was served undercooked pork, and after we brought it up, our waiter awkwardly took it back with no apology. When we brought this up, we were only met with a terse apology. The "fried chicken" was a meager portion of what looked like bufalo wings. Food was very underwhelming and would not recommend, and the slow and awkward service was not of any help.

With that said, drinks are good! And not terribly priced. Overall, I would not recommend.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Great food great service relaxing atmosphere in a great location

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

FOod was delicious, service not great. After receiving two wrong dishes we were served the correct order which, again was delicious. A bit frustrating to wait so long for not one, but two, incorrect dishes. I am willing give them another try because the food was excellent once we got it!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Our experience at Basho was amazing! Our waitress was very sweet and warm and helped us select our dinner. They entire staff was great with our 3 year old toddler and accommodated her dinner selection. The restaurant is well decorated and we look forward to returning soon!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Good scallion pancake, shumai, liked the beef bulgogi. Very friendly attentive waitress. Sushi maybe not very special

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Disgusting - I got food poising from the ramen and they served my boyfriend a seared piece of tough meat that he couldn't even eat. Don't waste your money here.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2016

This is our fourth or fifth visit and has become one of our favorite places!! Drinks are excellent and the food is delicious - we love the steamed buns and their sushi is spectacular

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Excellent food, service was horrible

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Matteo was our server and he was awesome. The food was great. I loved the Misou Soup and the Sushi boat platter for two.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

As always eveything was amazingamazing! Best spicy tuna roll in Boston!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Authentic, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Casual, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Had the sushi boat...and lovely scallion pancakes. Enjoyable and fun drink selection too!

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Really great food and dining experience! Highly recommend!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Food was very good, service very attentive. Overall very good experience

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 30, 2016

Great place, loved it. Good, fresh, good price & great service. It's a go!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2016

Great pre-game option to the crazed bars before a game at Fenway

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2016

The sushi was delicious, and with carefully chosen roe on top of both rolls that we ordered I felt like we were splurging. The spicy tuna appetizer was amazing, I almost ordered us a second dish of it. We came for a date night after going to the MFA, and even for a couple who has been on a thousand dates this felt special. We will definitely come back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 3, 2016

Decent sushi and drink menu. Nothing much in terms of ambiance, but a solid sushi place.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2016

This place was good. I just didn't like that their bathrooms have metal toilets. That part of the decor I did not enjoy.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2016

Not Romantic. Noisy. Drinks were too sweet. The ginger margarita was too lumpy and sweet. Shrimp horse'doverre was over cooked. The uni was fresh and sushi rolls and hamachi were nice.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2016

Rolls we loosely packed. Three rolls tightly squeezed into a small platter plate. We were told that was all they had available though the place was far from full. Very disappointed in the quality of the rolls and presentation. We should have sent them back and demanded quality.

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