Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant

4.7
672 reviews
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When diners enter this stylish restaurant in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay – steps away from the South End & Theater District – they are immediately enveloped in earth tones, rich dark wood and the airiness of high ceilings reverberating with the energy and excitement of the space. The lively bar area is a popular gathering spot offering a selection of cocktails, sake, wine and beer. Guests look on as the team of chefs create cutting-edge sushi dishes, or they settle into an experience of award-winning cuisine in the main dining area. From the knowledgeable and attentive waitstaff to charismatic owner Jack Huang’s pleasure at meeting diners, expect the comfort of being warmly welcomed at Douzo. Like the atmosphere, Douzo’s healthy and fresh cuisine seamlessly combines warm tradition and modern innovation of Japanese classics. Douzo offers inventive dishes that make the restaurant both a neighborhood fixture and a critically acclaimed destination, signature items.
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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Waiter was very professional and kind.

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New England
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for Valentine’s Day dinner and we were so impressed. This was the best sushi I’ve had in Boston hands down. The food was delicious and the ambiance was great as well. And their lychee martinis are to die for. I can’t wait to come back!

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New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are consistently excellent! We usually get a combination of sushi and cooked dishes and are always impressed with the flavors and presentation.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great lunch specials plus delicious sushi and sashimi

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was presented well although there wasn’t a ton of flavor to the torch rolls. They may have needed more sauce. The pork bao and crab appetizers were solid dishes and I would always order them again. The environment was a little different because pop music was playing at the restaurant. All in all, it was a nice meal and opentable get us seated within a minute!

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New England
38 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Japanese food.

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CS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu manages to be extensive but not in a way that makes you concerned that they don't know what they're doing with the things they put on it.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish some of the tables weren’t so close together.

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PP
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience! Looking forward to my next visit.

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AB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a favorite. Good food. Nice scene. But sometimes the service can be a bit rushed. I understand they are trying to turn tables, but there has to be some middle ground there.

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RF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent dining experience - food, service and ambience. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, fast service

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New England
53 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love Douzo - l love the ambience and the food. That said, there were 3 of us at lunch - 2 of the diners received their food and the third diner did not receive food until 10 minutes later. This is quite unacceptable in my opinion. Everyone should be served at once.

I think the service this time was not as good as in the past. The Maitre'd was fabulous!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not bad but expensive and a bit bland. The soft shell crab roll was practically flavorless.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was outstanding but they were hovering trying too hard to turn our table.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Food AMAZ!

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AB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They had wet wipes for us to wipe our hands with. Brought out an appetizer immediately after we ordered, and also offered recommendations. We went with the four rolls pictured, all spicy in some manner. The server kept our waters filled. I'm trying to figure out how I can visit again soon

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JP
New England
44 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit quiet (Sunday); however, find was excellent! Perhaps need to come more often on Sunday.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was phenomenal and the food was exemplary. Highly recommend!!!

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MK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance. Creative choices across the board from appetizers thru Sushi and entrees and dessert! Very friendly and competent service.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall it was good

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch bentos and the service was great. First time in a long time where we felt doted on without feeling intruded upon - simple things like filling water and tea and really friendly and happy wait staff.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful space for our family to celebrate New Year’s Eve together. The atmosphere was wonderful, the food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

I expected a romantic dinner with my girlfriend and the music was vulgar which made the experience very uncomfortable. Despite the poor ambience the food was great. Know what you're getting into.

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l
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Sushi was presented well and good quality. Especially good blue fin tuna and whitefish. Ambiance was a disappointment from what we expected based on restaurant descriptions. Service was very well staffed and consistently managed for super busy night. Seated for our reservation right on time.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi and sake were great. Rolando was a great waiter very knowledgeable and friendly.

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SF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Douzo. Everything is delicious and the staff are so nice.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Weekend away with my hubby!
Hostess literally didn’t say a word to us, but proceeded to look for a table on her iPad for 5 min, even thou the place was empty. The waitress was fine. The food was fine. Should have known better when I saw how many avail reservation slots were on open table.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

LCame here on a Friday night, we made a reservation through Open Table which is a must if you come on a busy night. Server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The menu was nicely laid with pictures and description. The food is pricey but think of the location. Uni is fresh, definitely worth the price. Definitely don't tried the fried almond oyster and fried ice cream. Fried almond oyster have no oyster taste and not crispy at all. The fried ice cream was like soak in the water... need have to something about their batter. Nothing special about their sushi since they have the same sushi in other restuarant, it just might be different name. We complained about our dessert, the waiter was so nice that he took out the charge. Coming back again, I might have to think about it... there are many other similar restaurant, few dollars cheaper...

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JO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Busy lunch, service was extremely slow... but very good food and ambiance. Will go back.

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AM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall I was very disappointed! We decided to to have our anniversary here and both the lack of proper service and food ruined the night for us.

We will more than likely never return again.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Per usual, everything was amazing. Took my son and his buddy there for my son’s birthday and they loved it. The seared salmon is stunning

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New England
91 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time and we'll be back. The restaurant has many kinds of interesting Japanese food, along with some quasi-Chinese options (such as lobster dumplings). Every dish was superb. I especially enjoyed the pistachio, custard, and chocolate gelato for dessert. The sushi is very fresh and perfectly constructed. A big positive in the winter is that the restaurant offers $5 discount parking in the same building, which means staying indoors to and from your car.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good fish well prepared and fresh

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

It was my first time to Duozo and the food was absolutely amazing! Our reservation was at 6:00 PM on a Friday and we were seated as soon as we arrived. It was about 25% full and our drinks came right away. It seemed for a bit as if we were forgotten about, and our appetizer took almost 30 minutes to arrive. The Chef's selection of sushi was delicious and the pistachio ice cream was another great treat. I think the slow service may have just been our specific server. I would definitely go back again.

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JP
New England
44 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, great food, great service, sets the standard...

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DR
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated right away. The menu was easy to read and find what we wanted. The service was quick and attentive, yet not overbearing.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great sushi, all the rolls were very tasty and prepared well.

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AH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sushi was pretty good. Definitely better than your average "sushi" place (i.e. the typical rolls and mediocre fish). I would have like to see some more robo yaki type dishes, but overall would recommend

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at Douzo was DELICIOUS. Will make this place a regular for whenever we're craving sushi from now on. The place is so affordable considering the quality of food you're getting. Highly Recommend this place

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