Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant

4.7
607 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 2:55pm Dinner: Nightly: 3:00pm - 11:25pm
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Phone number
(617) 859-8886
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sushi Chef
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Catering
We cater Sushi and Japanese cuisine to all types of establishments in the greater Boston area.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Columbus Ave & Southwest Corridor Park
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Parking details
Validated Parking at 131 Dartmouth St. Garage, 3 hours for $5 after 5pm; valet parking Thursday through Saturday after 5pm
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Public transit
Located a few feet away from Back Bay Station, home Amtrak, the commuter rail, and the Orange line.
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Entertainment
Fun and vibrant with great people watching.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 607 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The spicy lobster miso soup was everything I would ever want in a miso, and the chef's selection of sashimi just melted in my mouth. We would recommend this place for any occasion. Superb.

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SP
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

When this reservation was booked it was marked under anniversary. Though we were seated right next to a loud dinner party of 10+ people and closely to other 2 party tables. The host is not looking at the reservation reason. What is the point of marking the reason?

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B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my daughter here for dinner - a break from her studies at Tufts Dental School. The drinks were really good - I recommend the cucumber martini! We shared appetizers and then rolls and everything was beautiful to look at and wonderful to eat!

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R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice restaurant, food was excellent but pricey. Only complaint was I felt like I we were sitting with another couple because the sitting was so close together. I would definitely go back again.

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CS
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was very pleased with this restaurant. Great food. The service was friendly, but was a tad slow.

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

Douzo was a great night out, The food was delicious and the cocktails were too... definitely recommend this place. The location is great as well, just a short walk to Copley/Newbury St etc

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B
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a great place to have a business meeting! If you go for an earlier lunch it’s still pretty quiet! Food is delicious and well paced!

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed my time at Duozo very much. The food was delicious and the value was excellent for the creatively crafted dishes.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and fresh as always. All time favorite - no where else beats Douzo!!

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Ambiance was amazing but service felt mildly rushed. Food was amazing and at a decent price point.

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JZ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great surprise. Amazing food, friendly staff. Overall this was am incredible experience. Thanks

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KW
New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite sushi place in Boston

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KA
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

My wife and I visited Douzo for a saturday night dinner. The restaurant has high reviews so we decided to give it a try. At 9pm we're promptly seated. The restaurant was busy but not overly crowded. The service was good. The ambience was ok, nothing particularly stood out. The menu was nicely laid out with pictures of different sushi which was quite helpful. The food presentation was moderate nothing spectacular. Overall a decent restaurant but not worth the hype.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sushi always fresh. Great combo rolls. The spicy lobster miso soup is fabulous!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service

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s
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent, would dine there again if in Boston, recommended for anyone.

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R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food, a must for sushi lovers!

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TY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was average at best and pricey. Rice for sushi is not supposed to be warm. Ordered yellowtail and got something light red...no chance it was actually yellowtail

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent restaurant. Thumbs up. Outstanding food and service.

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London
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good one. Very nice food and service. Temperature was a little bit uncomfortable - too cold. In all in one of the best place in Boston

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SF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Douzo is excellent and Laura makes each visit special

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AN
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food and choices ,wonderful favours , liked the picture menu and the small bite selection the service was friendly not rushed ,the place to go for sushi in Boston

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NI
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A place to raccomend for the great food above all. Nice and quiet atmosphere and good service. Right prices considered the quality of food.

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Y
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food size is small. The taste and presentation is perfect! The service is very good.

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PD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Douzo is in my option the second best Japanese restaurant in Boston. Thumbs up for the food which is worth the price. Thumbs down for the wine list for which the following was true the other night.
Most of the list was not actually available. The waiter was essentially clueless on the wine. The manager who stepped in to help her was marginally better. The substitutions that were offered were passable. But $80 a bottle of red wine in any other quality restaurant would have been served not at 78 degrees but at 63degrees. Poor wine showing for a fab sushi place. Easy to fix both what the waiters know and to rewrite the list as it changes and to buy a wine fridge!
I will return soon!

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CE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dish!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Quality of spicy lobster miso soup and sushi/sashimi was very poor. All they did for miso soup was put a couple pieces of day old lobster meat inside and a dollop of Chinese chili sauce. The sushi/sashimi quality and cuts of fish to begin with was sub par and the nigiri was actually warm when served, not cold/cool. I would not pay this amount of money and return. For this price I was expecting much more!!

The hostesses were good and the bus staff was diligent but waitress was a bit slow and not very attentive.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food and the ambiance but it was very close quarters and loud.

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Denver
17 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We arrived about 30 minutes before closing. Had a nice meal but had to make a hurried decision as they were shutting down. Good food overall.

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MB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Arranged a dinner for two. Asked for an got a very nice table in the back of the restaurant that was relatively quiet. Appetizers were terrific and then had the Chef's Selection of Sushi and two maki rolls. I definitely would go again and recommend to frientds

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was outstanding. Only two observations: our table was literally three fingers’ distance to the next, my dish had Siracha sauce not mentioned in the menu and I think it veils other flavors.

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KP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duozo is My favorite spot! Love the shoshito peppers and the soft shell crab and the sushi!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I came here around 6:30 on a Friday night, and were able to be done at 7! Very quick and friendly service with amazing food. Definitely recommend!

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O
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Service was slow and it took 50min to get to the main sushi entree during lunch. The server was also not attentive.
Food was really sub-par and nothing comparable to the sushi I had from other restaurants. Will not going back.

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JC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi is so good. Everything else is great too. Given the quality and location, the cost is fair.

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JT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food and a good vibe. had a reservation and got seated right away. Service was a little slow but nothing bad.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service.
The XO Toro was great.

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MK
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was excellent including the service. However, the staff who are responsible for taking away the plates were a bit too eager. At least 3 times my conversation with a friend was interrupted to ask if the plates could be taken, even though we still had food on the plates! One of those times, my plate was taken so I had no place to put the edamame shells; I had to flag down someone (of course not at the table when needed) to replace the plate. Be a bit more European and let customers enjoy their meals.

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WJ
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was fantastic!!

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