FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine

4.6
1257 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine is a unique Japanese restaurant located in the heart of Brookline, Massachusetts. Serving great dishes, such as authentic Japanese sushi and sashimi, you will enjoy a hearty meal that will delight your tastebuds and satisfy even the largest of appetites. Visit us today to experience what the rest of the town has been talking about! When you step through our restaurant doors, you will be immediately surrounded by a large collection of authentic Japanese decor. Combined with the delicious dishes, wonderful aromas, and outstanding service, you get a total dining experience. Established since 1998, our Japanese restaurant offers private rooms and daily specials for your dining enjoyment. We are a non-smoking restaurant. Come in today, enjoy the fresh air, and let your senses be mesmerized by the "scent-illating' aromas of our fine, Japanese cuisine. All of our exotic dishes are made of the freshest ingredients upon order, ensuring vibrant flavors.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidA
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fugakyu is our go-to Japanese restaurant in Boston, having sampled perhaps dozens. It has been our favorite for nearly 10 years. With COVID, we had not been to Boston to eat for about 1.5 years, and we were looking forward to renewing our experience. Service was great, as the restaurant was not too crowded at our early hour. The food was good, but not as exceptional as we remembered. We prepare Japanese cuisine at home, and love to come to Fugakyu for more ideas of what to prepare. The sushi we ordered was not remarkable: good taste, decent presentation, but not outstanding. We always order "uni" but it was missing this visit. We had a good, enjoyable family outing, but not outstanding as we were expecting based on our previous visits.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The quality and freshness of the fish has never come into question. The sushi has always been exceptional every time we’ve come.

The presentation however, varies from time to time. There have been times we’ve been blown away with the plating but not so much this time but it was moderately busy.

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Jack
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place actually improved from Feb 2020. Inventive new dishes and top quality fish

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic !

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RachelL
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good option for the business lunch - fast, efficient, and tasty. The restaurant is more like a traditional “American” Japanese, it’s not Izakaya. Excellent and attentive staff. Thank you!

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Customer
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Server wasn’t very friendly and then was harassing me about the tip amount and wasn’t letting me leave asking why the amount was so low. It made me feel very uncomfortable and I paid the extra in cash and left.

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ZedH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent sushi, great service and they were able to fulfill our request of a booth with sliding doors. They also offered a fried ice cream on the house for my daughter’s birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was much worse than it used to be. The fish (sushi) didn’t look fresh and wasn’t cut properly. Our waiter didn’t speak English so it was impossible to ask him questions.
We used to love this restaurant but doubt will go there again soon

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vipValL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, fresh and tasty, and the service was helpful but not intrusive. We had a close-off table, so the noise around us wasn't a problem at all. It was a lovely place to gather and catch up with friends!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance. Would go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The sushi was good and the ambience pleasant at Fugakyu. Mom and I went here for July 4th dinner. It was a little strange to be in an small room but with a couple we didn’t know. We were at a different table but they were only about 6 feet away so we could here every word they said. It would be really cool to sit in that space with a group of 6 or 8, half at each table.

The sushi was tasty. We got Nigiri, fresh water eel. Sweet potato tempura and miso soup appetizers.

All in all, a tasty dinner in a nice space. Service was efficient and the server polite.

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vipMoneyMakerMacEats
New England
59 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing experience

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MerryS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite Japanese restaurant. The food is well prepared and fresh. The tempura is flawless as well as the ramen noodles with beef. We love the Gynza,shui mai and chicken wings. The sushi is wonderful and couldn’t be better.
The restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere and the people running the show are fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Only sushi is decent

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Nazlovesushi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I really wanted to like this place. The decor is beautiful and it’s a huge place and the drink was really good.

And now here’s the rub:
Our food took 40 minutes to arrive and the apps and entrees came out at the same time. Everything was cold. Cold is expected for sushi, but we ordered shumai and gyozas and they were less than lukewarm.

I got a duck dish that was supposed to be spicy but wasn’t, and the staff explained to me afterwards that it’s spicy but not really (which is not how my server described it when she recommended it) and it was so cold that the duck skin congealed like fat. It took me another 15 minutes to flag someone down (calling on people constantly) so I could ask them to heat up my food. At this point I just wanted them to microwave it, which they did but it took them another 10 minutes to just microwave and get the food to me. They gave us a complimentary dessert and a 5% discount but that doesn’t even begin to undo the disaster that was our experience. I’ll never go back there and don’t recommend to anyone. If you’re feeling sushi, go somewhere else.

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EytanV
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

what a disappointment!!!
one of my favorite japanese restaurant in the boston area has become the worst.
once the freshest sushi has become "meh" at best.

service was below standard, "computer glitch" was the excuse for the messed up order.

i hope they get this feedback and start improving back.

update - in addition to the lousy service, we were billed twice for dinner - instead of $327, we were charged $327 twice and fugakyu "cannot" find the second charge, their answer - "call your credit card company and get them to reverse the charge".

unacceptable!!!!!!

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vipFoodie
New England
54 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Fugakyu is one of the first places we ate when we moved to the area, and has always been one of our favorite restaurants. We were thrilled when things started opening back up and looking forward to going back. Unfortunately, we had a terribly disappointing experience. We'll probably give it one more shot at some point, but after that, I think we would stop going back -- it's too expensive to not have great food and great service.

The food was OK but not fabulous as it used to be. The fish was very fresh, which is the most important thing. But the agedashi tofu was a bit soggy and the sauce was underseasoned; the appetizer roll (I forget what it was called) was bland; and the cocktail was off-balance. The amaebi doesn't come with fried shrimp heads (which is ridiculous; that's the defining feature of amaebi), so we had to order the "live amaebi" at twice the price, and it was nothing special. Worst of all was the entree duck -- the meat was fine if a bit overcooked, but there was a ton of skin/fat, none of it rendered -- just a big pile of flabby, chewy, flavorless fat on top of a very small amount of tasty duck meat.

The service was frankly unacceptable. Nobody came to take our order for 15-20 minutes. Finally we ordered our food; waited interminably, and then *every single thing we'd ordered* came out all at the same time. Everything was just jammed onto the table. The live amaebi came on a platter with a huge straw decoration, and the server put that down in such a way that the decoration jutted off the table and nearly stabbed me. My niece ordered what she thought was ramune, but was instead very mispronounced (and also weak and watery) lemonade, and that didn't come until we had asked about it repeatedly and all of our food had arrived. We couldn't get anybody's attention to bring the check; and when they did bring the check, we had to wave it wildly to get someone to take the credit card.

I know that there is an employee shortage but this was beyond that.

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MarkH
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is #1, best Japanese ever (except maybe for actually being in Japan). Service a bit haphazard as they gear up post pandemic. Also can be rather loud, depending on where you sit. Blinking yellow strobe lights in the section to the left as you walk in, where we sat,were very annoying- detracted from the meal- they really should get rid of them.

BUT, the excellence of the food more than compensates for any of the above. Don't miss this restaurant!

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user
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Better care could be taken to sit groups of guests not next to each other, it is a spacious restaurant, so placing groups next to each other seems not necessary.
Non-sushi entrees need to be improved (meat, veggies)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for my 23rd birthday and had such a wonderful experience! The food was amazing, I highly recommend the Hawaiian maki. The decor was stunning, I really felt like I was transported to Japan for an hour and a half. I will definitely be coming back again!

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vipScottW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific range of sushi with a great cooked menu alongside. Something for everyone. Really nice setting - including sliding panels on many of the booths for privacy.

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drpombe
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a private booth, which made it easy to carry on a conversation. The food was delicious, the sake cold and sweet. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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CESG
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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emilytoren
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely incredible! food is so yummy, kinda expensive but it’s a nice restaurant. definitely worth it for the big portions and good quality. we got a private booth which the doors closed so we felt very COVID safe and it was quite and private. highly highly recommend!

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vipPhilEdiner
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the omakase (tasting menu). Excellent presentation of the food. Delicious overall.

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MMHH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High school graduation

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Michael
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, great drinks! I'd preferred to sit in one of the booths but they brought us up so many stairs! We sat close to this group that was a little rowdy but once they left, it was a lot nicer.

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WalterL
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. Great food, excellent service. One problem — it was hard to read menu on phone.

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Renee
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great overall experience! My kids and I enjoyed it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi anywhere I have been! The rolls are fantastic!! Been coming here for over 15 years and I’ve always had amazing meals…highly recommend!!

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JaneS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sushi was very fresh and delicious. I had Fugakyu Garden with chicken. The vegetable were fresh and well prepared. There was very little chicken in the dish. The waitress was very pleasant but seemed harried. I wonder if this was the busiest they have been in a long time? My son’s hot tea never arrived but everything else did. We go every year for my son’s birthday and will certainly continue to do so.

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bentley
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this was a great experience after being away since the Covid. Food and service are excellent and almost better than before

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vipMichelleC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is amazing! The decor is stunning. We had the garlic edamame, sushi, nigiri, and wine - and it was all incredibly delicious. This is one of our new favorite places in town, and we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and very COVID friendly

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PeterP
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Many self enclosed tables, great way to break back into restaurant scene, these days.

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SusanaR
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious food. Privacy while dining in the cabin, it was wonderful.

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Alex
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Private seat very quiet. Perfect place for business meeting.

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vipJamesP
New England
39 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The individual cabins at each table were lovely and the sushi variety spectacular!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sushi boat was delicious and filling! Drinks were great and we finished our night with their ice cream, so tasty!

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vipTAE99
London
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at FuGaKyu, the sushi was very very good... happy campers, we will be back!

FAQs

FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 738-1268.

FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine is rated 4.6 stars by 1257 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.