Kamakura

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54 reviews
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Kaiseki
Kaiseki cuisine — the Japanese tradition of intricate, refined small plates — has origins that can be traced back more than seven hundred years. It was an artful embodiment of innovation then, and we aim to bring that same ingenuity and inspiration to our guests in this modern era. We are committed to an authentic expression of kaiseki, featuring the most exceptional seasonal and sustainable ingredients from the Boston region.

*Due to high volume of requests with food restrictions for the kaiseki tasting course, and nature of authentic kaiseki that has seafood, vegetables, meat, egg, and shoyu – soy sauce, we set up course options to provide better experience to all guests.

• Kamakura Kaiseki Dinner – Our signature kaiseki with no restrictions
• Sushi Kaiseki Dinner – Sushi and kaiseki with no restrictions
• Pescatarian Tasting (non-kaiseki) – Sushi, kaiseki, and sashimi
• Vegetarian Tasting (non-kaiseki) – Our seasonal vegetable selection, no seafood, no meat.
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CH
New England
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an exquisite dining experience from beginning to end. The service, ambience, food, beverage program—all first rate.

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AM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends!

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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The kaiseki meal we had was by far the best Japanese food we’d had in Boston, and we were a table of five people who are well experienced in Japanese food, in kaiseki and in Japanese standards of quality, craftsmanship, aesthetics and service. Subarashii!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Some amazing plates. Very fresh fish. Great cocktails.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, the ambiance was very nice. Relaxing, modern and inviting. The music selection was perfect for the experience and the noise level was relatively low. Not crowded nor dead.

The sushi was exceptional. Quality and freshness were top notch. Each week new sushi options are flown from Japan, so each visit can be unique and adventurous. It was a treat to have an extensive list of fish that I’d never heard of before. Thanks to our server Trin, I picked the perfect sushi for my tastes. I haven’t had sushi so good outside of restaurants like Nobu!

Entrees were also outstanding. Although the portions are relatively small, the taste and creativity are big. if you order some sushi to start and 2 entrees, its more than enough. All dishes had a uniqueness and traditional feel to them. Everything on the plate matched perfectly together so each plate left completely empty!

Our server was amazing. Very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Dishes were perfectly timed and executed. The head chef even visited our table. He appeared to be a truly humble and respectful individual. Classy, talented and appreciative of our kind words and decision to eat at his restaurant.

My wife and I will be back again and I hope to try the full Kaiseki tasting next time! If you want something different, a true culinary experience, and enjoy Japanese cuisine, give this restaurant a try.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef's tasting menu is amazing.

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HA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you eat meat, you have to try the wagyu! The atlantic cod & brussel sprouts & eggplant were also amazing - but so was everything else! Would highly recommend - especially for people with any dairy/gluten allergies - LOTS of options

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience. The good was incredible and I highly recommend the tasting menu where you can experience everything the chef offers. Also great cocktails and a laid back atmosphere. It was an amazing birthday celebration!

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W
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST and most authentic Japanese cuisine in Boston!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Way too expensive. No sushi/sashimi platters

Kamakura
Responded on March 9, 2019

Thank you very much for dining with us! We appreciate your honest feedback, so that we can have a chance to speak ourselves. Yes, we don't serve sushi/sashimi platters. It's American culture to serve the platter in a decent Japanese restaurant. We are a modern authentic kaiseki restaurant, not a sushi restaurant, however serving authentic sushi, typically no toppings, but brushing with housemade "nikiri shoyu". Please try us one more time. Make sure you tell us you were looking for the platter!

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CM
Jacksonville
29 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The interior design of the restaurant, the welcoming staff, the knowledgeable bartender and waiters, and the expertly prepared food all came together to make our experience at this high-end Japanese restaurant memorable. This was our first time at the restaurant, and we chose not to do the tasting menu, but, having now experienced the unique dishes and expert food preparation from the kitchen, we would definitely return for the kaiseki, multi-course dinner selected by the chef. If you do choose to pick the dishes yourself, however, you will not be disappointed. The waitress was very helpful in describing the dishes on the menu and recommending how many of each to order for our party of four to share.

Kamakura
Responded on March 9, 2019

Thank you very much for dining with us! Hope to see you again soon.

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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Kamakura is a small restaurant in the Seaport area. They have a lovely staff that are attentive right when you walk in. The portions are great for sharing. Would try to eat early because when its full, the staff have a hard time moving from table to table.

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MF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new addition to downtown Boston dining scene, both for lunch and for dinner. This place takes sushi seriously and it shows! The ambiance, service and food are all very respectful and professional. The lunch options are few, but very high quality and delicious. The dinner menu is larger, and I would recommend trying a number of options and sharing. They also do a chef tasting menu, as well as Omakase at the sushi bar itself. Some of the sushi options are things you will only find at Kamakura - not because they are extreme in their creativity necessarily - but because they are from Japan and prepared with attention to every detail. Kamakura also has an impressive Sake menu, and when appropriate, it is served in the traditional heated manor which makes it so smooth. For any fans of Japanese food, this is a must try.

Kamakura
Responded on March 9, 2019

Thank you very much for dining with us! Hope to see you again soon.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was truly a special experience. We had the 8 course tasting menu with sake pairing for each round.

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A new gem to the Boston food scene. Kamakura serves terrific and oh-so-elegant Japanese that is well plated and very tasty.

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R
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Unfortunately very overpriced for the quality. I don’t think this place will make it and would not recommend to a friend. A shame given the owner put a big investment into it, but didn’t quite live up to that investment by trying to pass it onto customers.

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

The most expensive meal I’ve ever eaten

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DB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly unique and special dinner experiencing omakase at the Chef's Table here. Distinctive, balanced flavor profiles served with creativity and impeccable presentation. Rare, delightful protein selections (e.g. blue nose sea bass, uni with gooseberry). Our best dinner in Boston in the last 18 years, do not miss Kamakura.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. Staff made it even better. Will be back.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best casual Japanese meal I’ve ever had in Boston!

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SG
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was completely impressed by my experience at Kamakura. I was first impressed by the personal service of the manager and the waitress. They made us feel like we were the only people in the restaurant. Then the food came. Expecting traditional sushi, we were pleasantly surprised by a sampling of savory tastes and textures. Last but not least, the restaurant is beautiful. Be sure to take the time to visit the roof deck. It has a retractable roof, which I am sure is incredible during spring, summer and fall. I highly recommend Kamakura and am looking to go back again the next time I am in Boston.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall. Great food, drinks and exceptional service. Coming back for their tasting menu.

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MW
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Pleasant space with great views, very friendly and knowledgeable service - we got excellent recommendations regarding sake pairing. However, the food was pretty disappointing - it wasn’t bad, but there was nothing special about it. I’d give the food a rating of 2 1/2 stars at best.

At the price levels that are being charged at Kamakura, you’d expect something exceptional, and that’s definitely not the case. I don’t think I’ll go back.

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f
New England
113 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

I enjoyed the duck, but it would have been lots better if it was at least the size of an appetizer rather than an amuse bouche. Although the staff explained that the plates were small, they are more than small. For a normal appetite, I would expect one would have to order at least 5 or 6 small plates. The crab salad would have fit in one tablespoon. The food was just okay but for my buck, I'll put it elsewhere.

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P
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary quality and service. If your retirement plan is on track you have to try this!

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RK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Japanese food. Everything was delicious. All of us(all Japanese) enjoyed bento box (ruby). We will definitely come back.

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London
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tried some fusion dishes. Ingredients are fresh. Techniques are well. Will come back for the authentic side of the menu—kaiseki

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M
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's worthy of your best of friends and partners. You'll get points for picking this special place.

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AC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kamakura was super delicious. Everything from the ambiance to the food to the service was exceptional. I loved the sushi palette, beautiful presentation and tasted very fresh and flavorful. The vegetable soup was also amazing, full of delicious flavor and healthy too! Also I definitely recommend the crispy rice, seasoned black cod sashimi, and unagi chawanmushi. Also the confectionary Japanese confection dessert is mouth watering!

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s
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant interior, attentive and helpful service. Fantastic sake and whisky menu! A bit pricey, but that's par for the course with this type of restaurant. Delicious options with a surprising number of vegetarian choices. My sashimi sampler melted in the mouth, :-).

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a
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the experience was really unique, it was quite pricey so I would really only recommend it for a special occasion and for those who are a bit adventurous as the tasting menu is not just regular sushi. I will definitely be back from their a la carte menu! The cocktails were also really amazing!

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Youji continues to wow and amaze with his incredible skill in this stylish space!

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T
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We explore new restaurants and foods as a Christmas Eve tradition and this was a remarkable journey! Wonderful food and such a wonderful experience.

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MV
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the place. Food was superb. We will be back.

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NS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Lunch was mediocre, at best. The poke bowl had literally six little morsels of tuna and salmon: the rest was just rice. We came in hungry and left just as hungry.

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's nice to finally have an authentic top class Japanese restaurant option in the Boston are.
The place is beautiful and very well arranged, the food is fantastic, very original and delicate.
I will definitely recommend Kamakura to my Japanese friends who long for some real taste of home, and to all amateurs of Japanese cuisine.

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JM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant - may be the only one of its kind here in Boston serving authentic kaiseki as well as a la carte. I made a reservation here to celebrate a friend's birthday as I know she enjoys small plate-style (tapas) cuisines and thought it would be reminiscent of their recent honeymoon in Japan.

We went with the kaiseki tasting so we can get an overall feel of the menu, but disappointingly, their sake-pairing is not yet available; our wonderful server ended up giving us a free-style pairing based on the dishes that came out. At a restaurant like this, you are expecting to be served tiny portions (and I do mean TINY) with a steep price, but you are basically paying for the experience and story-telling that each dish pro-offers. There were 7 dishes total for the kaiseki, and we even had to order more in order to feel some semblance of fullness. Their cocktail menu is worth exploring as they had a variety of harder-to-find liquors.

I would definitely return to this restaurant to splurge again! I am curious to see the additional plans they have for their menu/restaurant in the future, including the Kumo Skybar and Lounge.

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BC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kamakura was delicious!! I was so excited to try this place, I've heard so much buzz about it. I love Japanese cuisine, and Kamakura really excels at offering authentic Japanese cuisine. Their sushi palette was amazing- such a beautiful presentation and really fresh and flavorful. The peppers and soup was also super delicious. I'm already looking forward to my next visit. The ambiance is very modern and classy. Yes the menu is a little pricey, but this is an upscale restaurant and the food is high quality, so that was totally expected. The food is worth it, it's incredibly authentic, high quality, and distinctive.

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TK
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good but the menu was limited and price value was high. Bill was over $200 and I was hungry when I left.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere is good but the only good experience for food is a can of soda and sushi which don’t need much cooking skills. The 35$ wagyu beef is so bad, it looks rare but taste like well down, and the mushroom which is their favorite food use a ton of oil and another ton of sugar.

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