Gen Sou En Tea House

4.3
25 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese

Gen Sou En Tea House brings the rich cultural tradition of Japanese tea house dining to Boston. Walk through the door and you’ll be met with clean design and an attention to detail that defines omotenashi, the Japanese way of caring for guests. Our menu seamlessly blends traditional Japanese dishes with contemporary tea inspired entrees and an array of sake cocktails that will appeal to diverse palate.
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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The dinner menu at this Tea House was a great find! We had the bronzino, salmon, tiger shrimp and tuna and all were outstanding. Very nice appetizers, tidy wine list, and full range of sakis.

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m
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What a great find! If you are a tea drinker this is a most go to place. The desserts were unbelievable and the selection of sake’s were amazing. They also had some great cocktails!

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Comfortable seating, good tea selection, small plates were good, nice atmosphere.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Lovely setting but very overpriced and food bland with uninteresting flavors

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

The atmosphere in this restaurant is so relax and the tea was great. Tge food was really good as well. Our waiters were so nice and extremely accommodating

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LC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I had great hopes once they added the dining room option and the ability to make reservations. The service has improved little since they first opened, water glasses shouldn’t run dry. The menu looks great and the one appetizer we had, edamame three ways, was quite good but they didn’t bring the dish for the shells when they brought the dish. When the entrees arrived I was brought the wrong meal. The replacement came quickly, I hope they didn’t just swap them off the wrong tables. My beef tenderloin was good and cooked as I requested, however the accompanying sides and garnishes were not. My friend ordered a katsu dish and it was sooo greasy as to be inedible and best described as unctuous. When we paid our credit card were gone for a concerning length of time. Oh well

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OT
New England
41 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was great, very attentive without being intrusive. The only thing was it was a little disconcerting that the casual Cafe and formal dining area weren't really separated, but I think that's because it's a new concept I'm not used to. All in all, it was a good experience.

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SJ
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Apps took 45 mins to arrive, even though we were the only table on the restaurant side. Food was okay but overpriced. Cafe side also was slow with takeout cake slice and drink. Service definitely needs to improve here.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Great for tea, but the restaurant was an unpleasant experience.

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m
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed the zen atmosphere, the friendly service, and the beautifully crafted furniture. The food was good. The tiramisu with matcha and sake was delicious.

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MK
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful space with great food ,wonderful specialty teas, and amazing deserts

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KM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the price tag is substantial it may well be worth it.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It has a very nice and chill vibe atmosphere.
Consists on both cafe and restaurant.

For people looking for authentic Japanese:
I am Japanese and had couple entrees and appetizers. It was good for Japanese food that you get in Boston.

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J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant! I took a friend here for her 65th birthday. The food is amazing, the ambience is perfection and the staff are wonderful.

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j
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was average but enjoyed the variety of green tea. They should focus on providing more tea, desserts, and pastries vs food as thats not their strong suit. Enjoy the pastries and green tea.

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EC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best little Japanese Tea House in the Boston area! Thank you, Gen Sou En, for moving reservations to Open Table making it so easy to now get a place to sit and enjoy the amazing food and drink. Kudos for the Hojicha Latte and Daifuku!

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D
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic , superb. But given the casual ambiance, the price is expensive.

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AC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great concept. Very sophisticated food, extremely attractive presentation. Lunch was a little pricey given portion sizes.

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JP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has the best ambience and menu out of any Japanese restaurant I've ever been to. It has a humble but contemporary design that creates a casual/fancy atmosphere. The meals are a bit on the pricey side but the quality and freshness of each meal is worth every penny. Definitely reserve ahead of time as the place is packed! (Still surprisingly quiet though!)

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is phenomenal! The only minor issue I had was that the waitress could have been a little
more attentive to refilling our waters and providing utensils with dessert without having to ask for them!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Would love to come here more often, but the prices are too high...ordered a chicken karaage dinner for $21, was a very small portion with some rice, definitely not worth more than $10-15... especially since there was nothing particularly amazing or unique to this meal.

Everything was great, the space is incredible, but those prices...oof.

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DP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went in to have lunch with the family, and it was well worth the drive. The staff was attentive and concerned with their customer's experience. The cocktails were really good, and the food was outstanding. The Negitorodon was phenomenal, and the Matcha Crusted Salmon came in a close second. They had a good selection of sakis and teas, and green tea and matcha in all sorts of concoctions. And the dark chocolate cake with white chocolate matcha mint ganache was simply amazing, and this is coming from someone who hates white chocolate. And finally, we grabbed a few pastry items on they way out to sample later. And while many of them were really good, the pumpkin muffin was nothing short of spectacular. We highly recommend this restaurant, and will be back ourselves.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and beautifully prepared. Service was very accommodating. I will definitely be back again.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Gen so en recently re-opened to accommodate formal dinner. However, the ambience was very awkward and it was clear the servers did not fully feel comfortable with what they were doing. While having a "formal" area for reservations in the back, the front is still an open cafe style. The only physical barrier was a thin rope put up. Aka, people standing in line for cafe items "quick seating" are right behind you. The lights were too bright, the noise was a little too loud, and you could see people using their laptops in the background. Essentially it feels like gen sou en initially bought all things necessary for a cafe (smaller tables, casual seating) and are trying to force it into a formal shape. The food was pricey (in the high 20-80$ range) and if you want to market yourself as a fine dining restaurant, some changes need to be made.
The food was absolutely delicious. Both me and my friend loved everything and has 0 complaints. I am 100% coming back for the food. Good portions and worth the price! Over time, I do believe the service and ambience quality will be better and create a better well-rounded experience.

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best, most authentic Japanese establishment I've found in the Boston area.

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