Gen Sou En Tea House

4.5
8 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Asian, Cocktail Bar
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 505-6745
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Coolidge Corner at Beacon St and Harvard St
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Public transit
Cooldige Corner, Beacon St. stop on the Green Line
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 8 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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EC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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OT
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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OT
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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