Kamakura

4.3
30 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.
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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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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 8, 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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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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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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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
1 review
Dined on December 23, 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 15, 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
5 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible!

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

The kaiseki is creative and special and I can tell that the chef wants to give the customer a brand new experience. However, I think such a try is a failure. The whole dinner uses gradually stronger flavors to cover the already unbalanced strong flavors since the first course.
The first course is tuna tartare topped with chopped onions, salmon roe, and ground Japanese yam. The tuna tartare itself is exceptional, and the yam coordinates with the tartare perfectly. But the raw spiciness of the onions and sea smell of the salmon roe ruin this course. Their strong flavors take control over the course and make the mild combination of tuna and yam bland and meaningless. Such weird mixture of flavors lingers in my mouth for at least one more course, resulting that I cannot recall the flavor of the second course, which is a kind of fish with okra and should be delicious if I had eaten that first.
The third course is seared salmon with miso cheese, and I simply do not get the chef’s conception here. With one bite, I can only feel the milky flavor of the cheese but not the richness of the salmon. It is creative, I must admit, but is it really a good combination? I doubt it.
The sixth course is lightly fried fish cake dipped in wasabi-seasoned bonito soup. The contrast is obvious. The fish cake is bland (maybe because the previous courses have already been too salty, and maybe the fish cake is perfectly seasoned and cooked if it is served separated) and the soup is way too salty, as if I am drinking a bowl of salt.
The ninth course is the steamed egg with eel. I guess the chef also added some of their wasabi-seasoned bonito soup to enrich the flavor. However, the sweetness of egg is totally different from the sweetness of the eel, the sweetness of the eel is abrupt with the comparison of the saltiness of the bonito soup, and the sweetness of the egg was completely covered under the saltiness of the bonito soup. None of these three elements cooperate.
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New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Best japanese good in Boston I have had to date.

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EV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and beautifully plated. Not a lot authentic Japanese restaurants in Boston. Nice to have this option in town

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Seems like they are still working the kinks out. Waitress was Boston pleasant not Japan polite and clearly was just learning about Japanese cuisine. Additionally, in Japan dirty dishes never linger on tables and plates are replaced with every course so the distinct flavors can be fully appreciated. We should not have had to ask each time. Food was good especially the sautéed mushrooms and egg custard, but it was not the visit home to Tokyo we had hoped it would be.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HIGHLY recommend. Elegant yet intimate Japanese eatery serving real Kaiseki and great alcohol. Awesome Japanese food, not the type of stuff you usually find in Boston area, very original. While it may seem on the pricier side, the service and food quality inmediately show through the execution. Everything is carefully and and thoughtfully prepared, and the pacing with which food is brought out is on point. I’d definitely come back.

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JS
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New place - cool vibes and AMAZING service! Guided us through an intriguing menu with excellent guidance. We were fortunate to have Ania-Nabi as our server - from sake, appetizer, main course and an after dinner snack- experience was best in class for having eaten sushi in Japan. Truly an up and comer!

Cannot wait to return soon!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very expensive little food bland almost everything

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

Allan was great

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

It's pricey for even a Japanese restaurant.
The price suggests an upscale restaurant, but the ambiance and the food are not.
The service is OK, but not fit for the upscale style restaurant. We waited awhile for our foods and then they forgot to put in one of our orders.
Too expensive for the sashimi and sushi.
Drinks are really small portion for the price they charge.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We went the second day the restaurant opened. Our waitress was gone for a long time at certain point of dinner service. They were clearly understaffed. The food was great. Flavours were there but portions did not reflect the value. Our total bill was 115 and we had to get dinner elsewhere afterwards. After dinner, I appreciated the manager or owner telling us about the lack of service and apologizing. Maybe next time..

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AJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, kind and attentive staff — poor value for money. The portions were tiny! Our bill was about $190 pre tip and I felt like I needed a proper dinner afterwards. Don’t get me wrong, the food was delicious— but there was very little of it.

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. Somewhat expensive but a great location and ambiance—really enjoyed our first time there. Will be back!

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CC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kamakura’s first day, first reservation, great 1st impression. Will be back for the Omakase.

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