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Hojoko

4.6
169 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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Hojoko is a Japanese tavern in the heart of Fenway Park. Modeled after izakayas, or drinking taverns, in Japan, the food is meant to be enjoyed with drinks and good company!

Specializing in small plates, the menu encourages diners to share and explore. A Robata Grill imported from Japan is the focal point of the open kitchen, turning out traditional and nontraditional yakitori.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Creative Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
7 days a week
5pm to 2am
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Phone number
(617) 670-0507
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Ipswich & Yawkey
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Parking details
Valet is provided by VPNE at 1271 Boylston St. Pricing varies based on the neighborhood events. Metered parking is also available.
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Public transit
We are an eight minute walk from both Kenmore Station and Fenway Station.
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Special events & promotions
Interested in planning your next event with us? Email us at events@hojokoboston.com
What 169 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food, great service; can be hectic after red Sox games

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Very good food and vert attentive service. Prices a bit high and some of the servings a bit shy.
Very wekk done.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed dinner before a Sox game!! Valet parked as well through Spot hero. Lot's of energy in the room. Chicken Tails were not the best, but the rest of our food was good. Visually interesting room. Bathrooms are a little over the top with graffiti and such. All in all, satisfied!!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Waitress was very unfriendly. Very slow service and rude service! Would never recommend this place to anyone. Food was good but staff was very rude and slow. We had to call, wave, or just literally shout"Hello??" at 4-5 times just to ask a waitress to come and get the order.

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1.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Used to be one of my favorite restaurants. I went there on May 10th for dinner and was extremely disappointed. The food was horrible, the menu had changed and did not have same good options it used to have.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

My boyfriend and I had such a blast at Hojoko! We went to celebrate his graduate school graduation and not only was the food amazing, but the service was fantastic! Our server helped us pick out delicious cocktails (that weren't even listed on the menu) based on what we like, and they even threw in a pina coolada dessert for us to celebrate with. The plates are small for their price, but everything is delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great vibe. Small plates. Reasonably priced beer selection. Terrific, attentive service. Highly recommended as a fun spot before a Sox game or a concert.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

I love this restaurant! The Funky Chicken Ramen is awesome.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food was pretty good but the drinks were underwhelming.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Museum event

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3.0Dined on April 24, 2018

The price of your food is way too expensive for the amount that you give. I can go to Basho for better Sushi for less. The ambiance and service was great, but your prices do not match up to the quality of your food. I understand you are located at the Verb, but to most, that doesn't make a difference especially to a local like myself.

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2018

This was my first visit to Hojoko on the recommendation of a friend who dines there often. I thought the food was good and the cocktails were fun. I had an early reservation to catch up with a friend and the restaurant wasn't busy when I arrived. But the music was blaring so loud you couldn't have a conversation at the table. We asked to sit outside which they seemed ill equipped for, probably because they weren't ready for patio dining. But they were pleasant and told us we were welcome to sit outside. Then they forgot about us:-( A while later the waitress arrived to take our order. Drinks came and were swiftly followed by one entree. I told my friend to start since I didn't want her food to get cold. No one set us up outside so we had to ask for napkins. It all felt really rushed which was ironic since there were barely any clients in the place. Overall it was pleasant but I wouldn't rush to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Outstanding flavors if had more time would have dinner again!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

So delicious. So hip. Very la. I was very impressed

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We sat at the counter and watched all the food being prepared. This was the best sushi I have ever had! Food came out fast and fresh, great flavors!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Been wanting to try this place for a while now, and had the perfect opportunity to go for dinner. Everything about Hojoko is fun. I can't wait to go back and try everything on the menu. I absolutely recommend anyone try it out whose looking for a different take on Japanese street foods.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The Hojoko menu has a really great variety of options and everything we ordered was amazing. The ambiance at both the restaurant and the Verb are worth the trip.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Good time and great food as always. We will be back

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Was staying at adjoining VERB hotel, had dinner and drinks. Bartender was very knowledge. Service and food was very good.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great service - we were seated promptly. Staff was very attentive. Food was delicious and creative.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I went to hojoko with a friend for my birthday. I really loved the vibe and atmosphere! The drinks were great, but the food was just OK. A few of our appetizers were burnt, and the sushi was tasty but overpriced ($16 for 6 pieces). Our waitress was kind, but even knowing that we were celebrating a birthday, she wasn't very attentative or engaging. Overally, it's a fun atmosphere for a quick bite and drinks but I would not come here again for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Had reservation for 2 people. They were not able to seat us on time and then tried seating us at a table of four with 2 random people. When we said that wasn’t acceptable we were told would be another 30-40 mins. Asked to speak with manager who went above and beyond to make amends for the snafu. Ended up having a great meal and wonderful service after that initial issue. Would go back again

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Drinks were by far my favorite part of the night - they were all super creative and veeeeery good. Bartenders were great - attentive and experienced. Food was just okay for the price, really small portions and I wasn't really blown away by anything. Would 100% go back for the drinks and atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Solid. Robata grilled items rock. Service was better although they bring out food in weird orders—sushi, then hot food, then sushi etc. They also gave us free dessert which was nice.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great place attached to funky/fun hotel. Excellent modern Japanese—Brussels sprouts were insane!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

They tried to seat us in a temporary structure at the front away from the restaurant and bar so we asked to move and got seated at the counter which was perfect. However, I needed more time to decide and our waiter forgot to come back and seemingly left the building. The food doesn't come out in the right order nor does it come out at the same time so we got our starter a long time after my husband got his main. Because he'd finished his main and I still hadn't manage to order mine, the hostess gave us a free tuna poke bowl to make up for my wait. The food was really good, and the kitchen very cool. The hostess made up for what would have been a really disappointing experience.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I wish I had known that this place is very much geared to young people. It's mostly a cool, fun, funky bar that serves some sushi creations. Unfortunately, we had expected a full sushi menu, but the selections are really quite limited. The food was good, but not memorable, and portions were rather small. It may be helpful to know that the name Hojoko is apparently a play on the fact that the hotel in which it was located was once a Howard Johnson's. If you want a serious Japanese restaurant, it's probably best to go elsewhere.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Terrible experience last night. We had a reservation for two, we wanted to try this hot spot on our way to the movies, we arrived early for our reservation and were escorted to the make-shift room that usually is the outdoor patio. We asked if we could be seated somewhere in the main bar it restaurant and were told, no those tables are all reserved....hummm. We had a reservation, too, I pointed out, and we were early and I explained we were off to the movie in an hour, so you could turn it quickly when we leave.
I am not sure if as a middle-aged couple we were not hip enough for this seats, but we left and went across the street to Basho and had wonderful sushi!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Staying at the Verb. Exceeded expectations for late evening dinner. Order everything!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Really fun spot! Loved the playful drinks and food. Everything was delicious and the food was great. Awesome atmosphere and great service.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food was delcious and creative. The ambience was very unique. Only complaint is we made our reservation for a table and they stuck us at the counter by the kitchen that waitstaff picked up food.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Authentic Japanese tavern food in a cool environment. Killer sake list!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Great spot with solid food and cocktails. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Was sad to see the old HoJo be torn down, but this place was very cool & unique. Food was great too

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Hojoko is a fun, energetic place to eat with a very creative menu. There is something for everyone on the menu too - sushi, ramen, tempura, burgers (tuna and beef), tofu, etc. The cocktails are great too so you can work up a good appetite with a drink at the bar before you sit down. Best way to eat here is by far to order share food among the table so you get to try a bunch of different things. Get a reservation in advance and don't shy away from eating at the sushi counter or bar if those are your only options - its fun and the food is exactly the same.

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2.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Food was very salty and there were multiple selections on the menu that were not available that night. Slightly disappointed arriving and then finding out of the unavailability when previously looking at the menu online.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Good food, however, we were in the mood for sushi, and there were only 3 options on the menu. The waiter was great, but the hostess was unocomidateing. We had a reservation for two, and when we got to the restaurant we were seated at a table in the middle of the room. There were few nice romantic spots in the corner for just two people and I asked to get one of those spots. We were told that they were reserved, and refused to move us from the middle of an empty room. We got there at 5:45 pm. And of course, when we left those tables remained empty. I could understand if we just walked in without a reservation, but we had the same reservation as other couples later.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Fun and funky space. Started with tiki drinks at the bar. Service was speedy. Moved to counter for dining. Sat near the charcoal grill. Fun to watch the kitchen. Food came out fast, was inventive, excellent sides and easily shareable.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

$8 for 3 pieces of sushi is highway robbery. This place prices its menu like it has a Michelin Star. It’s a great joint, with an even cooler atmosphere but they need to reassess their menu pricing.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Interesting and original menu and ambiance. The food was delicious! Better than expected overall.
The perfect place to ear before a concert at House of Blues nearby.

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