Gen Sou En Tea House

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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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YJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had a good time and good food with my friend earlier so I brought all my family there, food was much smaller then It was before, service was really slow. I tried to find my server and he didn’t show up until finish my food. I’d definitely not recommend this with my friend or family again.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic waiter!!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, selection, and ambiance was great!

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SS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightfully civilized. Excellent sake cocktails, tea, and music many evenings

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice change for dinner. Morhers day. Very enjoyabe. Would recommend to a friend. More seats a regular height wouldbe nice. Too low for over 55. Good atmosphere

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V
New England
20 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Refreshingly quiet, attractive space. Attentive personable service. Yummy food. Nice not overly pretentious presentation.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was just ok but the ambiance is nice

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C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Met up with some old friends there. Perfect place to sit and talk. The tea and pastry were outstanding, the gyoza and oyakodon not so great. But the space is very lovely.

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r
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The encrusted tuna steak over avocado salad and sushi rice was delicious! I also loved their version of creme brulee with torched orange slices. Great, chill place for lunch or dinner.

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SF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for a birthday dinner. Excellent food and wonderful presentation. Our waiter Jake was very attentive. I had the tuna, my friend had the salmon. Both were fabulous. Cheesecake for dessert was also very good.

Will definitely return.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was ok if not a little underwhelming. I will go again if I’m in that area of town but won’t go out of the way for it.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The food was okay. The ambiance was great. We happen to have a bad server. He didn’t write anything down when he took our order for 5 people including drinks and forgot an entree. When he served dessert, the soufflé cheesecake, he dropped the strawberry. Not only did he not notice, when we told him, he thought we dropped it. He spilled the cocktail on one of our bags. Didn’t bother to wipe the spill oh the table even though we mentioned it, we had to ask for napkins to wipe it.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Mediate in conversation <3

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k
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love the atmosphere of this spot. Its nice how there is a chill seating area where patrons can sit on the floor and use their computers. Portions of food were great and nice menu selection!

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HW
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice place to have tea, but was not impressed with the dinner.

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BT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to hear the live music (Alexi Tsiganov Trio). Was very happy with most of the food. Though some was a bit sweet and over cooked. But they took care right away and sent us perfectly cooked salmon.

The beef tataki was totally amazing as were the drinks, salads & desserts.

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N
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great. Service was quite slow. I could not find my server around when I needed service. He was forgetful and kept asking me what I ordered. He had a notebook but seemed like he did not know the menu well.

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MV
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went to Gen Sou En Teahouse as part of Boston restaurant week. We've only just found this place, but we love the ambiance. It doesn't look anything like an authentic Japanese tea house, but they somehow manage to feel like one.

Despite it being restaurant week, we didn't end up getting the special because we wanted to try the beef tataki appetizer, which wasn't included. It's slices of filet mignon on daikon slaw with crisp onion slivers. It's delicious and mild, and we loved how rare the beef was. We both had the black tea udon for dinner, which was delicious. It had a really rich, complex broth and perfectly cooked tofu. I had the matcha tiramisu for dessert, and my boyfriend had the chamomile creme brulee, which are both must-tries, in my opinion.

We sat in the tatami room, as we've been once before for lunch and were concerned it would get loud at dinnertime. The ambiance was fantastic and we were right that it was much quieter, but I have some knee problems and the tatami they chose is much harder than standard tatami.

All in all, a fantastic experience. Definitely a must-try. We intend to go back, but during off-peak hours and at a table.

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A
New England
21 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely Zen atmosphere, interesting food, would definitely recommend for a quiet lunch or a place to chill out.

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b
New England
30 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely spacious space with great food, a former Panera in Coolidge Corner. Great place for food before or after a movie at the Coolidge Corner Theater.

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A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my second visit and I still think this is a wonderful cafe location, even on a gray and rainy day the space was bright and vibrant. Staff are courteous and was a pleasant visit.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious healthy food with a really unique setting

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MF
London
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful, interesting food in a charming environment. The jazz played was wonderful and low key.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Ameauter services and mediocre taste, not good

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place!! Amazing food and tea, and a fabulous ambiance. I’ll be going again and again

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b
New England
31 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gen Sou En is a welcome addition to food options in Coolidge Corner. The food is delicious and the space is large and comfortable. I highly recommend it as a place to eat before or after a movie, or just to meet friends.

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique and delicious authentic Japanese food.
Recommend private tea room, with sitting on the floor.
Decerts and matcha tea is must have.

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EC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Beautiful vibe! So happy to have this lovely tea house in Brookline.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant is not very ready yet. The service is really bad. We have been sitting at a table for 10 min without anyone comeing over to serve. Appetizers came after we finished the mains. My friend asked for a spoon twice and the waitress kept forgetting it. For the food, both the steak and salmon were overcooked but their sides are very good. Tempura is the best I ever had in America.

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LD
New England
61 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Would go back for dinner on a night they have live music playing. Wasn't overly impressed with the food. Had never had temaki before and it is much more difficult to eat than regular maki. The shape of it makes it difficult to handle and the distribution of flavors varies from bite to bite. Staff was lovely. Space is very nice. Entree of seared tuna was very good but didn't wow me. For dessert we had the Chamomile Creme Brulee - THAT WAS DELICIOUS!!

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JR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The decor is excellent and it is a very pretty, cozy place to get a cup of tea and read a book.

However, for a sit down dinner the service was hot garbage and the food was pedestrian.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, would give 6-stars if I could. Like, for real. Not only was the food outstanding, but this was definitely the single best service I’ve ever had at any restaurant, period.

First, we were impressed that our waitress (Alexis) told us exactly how long to expect for each dish, and then gave us occasional (but not too frequent) updates. Also, she was just generally so friendly with us and talked to us about each dish. The general manager (Ricardo) later checked in on how everything was going, and was also super kind and warm.

When we left, we waited a couple minutes to tell Ricardo just how great Alexis was as a waitress, and since he was all out of business cards ti give us, he shared a large shot of sake with each of us. I truly have never had such quality service in my life. Already planning to come back a second time!

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JT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance, good food, reasonable price! Would recommend it!

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N
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I have been to Gen Sou En many times, the food is reasonably good but the services is always uneven. I made a reservation two weeks in advance and made arrangement for dog sitting, and was excited to have dinner there. There was only one server for the entire dinning room, which has more than 15 parties awaiting for their wait staff. Then, two of the main courses were not available. Drinks were not brought to our table until we reminded the server, when we already started the dinner. Our orders were brought to a different table, the dinner for the next table were brought to a different table. It was just a mess. Then, when we ordered the dessert, we were told that the item I wanted was not available. Our reservation was at 6pm, basically the first seating! It was a major disappointment. I don't think I will go back again. When the restaurant first opened, it did not have a lot of tables so it was nice a quiet. Now, they triple the number of tables so it is crowded and noisy! It is such a shame that they did not think it through when they made the changes. Very very disappointing evening.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious and unique dishes and very vast sake and tea selection! Love the feel, but it seemed understaffed.

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1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent but service was slow. There seems to have been only one server at the time and she was rather inexperienced when it came to checking on the tables in a timely manner. Water was also not filled for the whole table when someone came around to do so.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This is a beautiful tea house and great place to meet a friend or partner for a tea/coffee/drink. I would not recommend having a full meal here however. I waited over an hour for my order, because the order was never put in. It was nice that it was on the house, but I would have preferred to have the order in on time. In addition, it was very difficult to catch the attention of staff to have water refilled, or plates taken away, or to get the bill. We had to sit for a LONG time with the dirty plates in front of us.

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A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space and one of the few places in the city to get a Japanese breakfast. It has salmon and soup and rice but it is a lot lighter than i think people assume. Was worth the drive for me and my family and very much so worth the calories. Especially the cafes souffle cheesecake.

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a
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Very fresh. I’d never had matcha prior to that evening and the server brought me some to try, which I appreciated. I’d definitely return

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AL
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I like the take and go counter - coffee is very good and bakery/lunch options are very good.
As for newly added restaurant part - it's overpriced for quality of food (nicely presented but no has no flavor and pretty simple) and service is poor.

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