Osaka Japanese Sushi and Steakhouse

4.2
553 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
Osaka specializes in both traditional and creative Japanese and Asian fusion cuisines & drinks. Besides, Osaka is the only place that offers entertaining Hibachi/Teppanyaki grill and show in Brookline/Boston. The two-level restaurant has Hibachi dining areas, common dining areas, private function rooms, and a sushi bar. There is also a full liquor lounge bar with music, and TVs downstairs. Come to the lounge bar to enjoy music, karaoke, or dancing for free!

Join us for Dinner or let us help you celebrate a holiday or special occasion. Award Winner of "New Business of the Year 2012", "OpenTable Diners' Choice" and "Wicked Local Readers" Choice. "Food is the Real Star of the Show" -writes the Boston Globe.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 12:15pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 12:15pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 732-0088
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Harvard Street
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Parking details
Nearby metered public parking lots are available behind the Coolidge Corner Theatre (on Centre Street one block from Harvard Street), and on Babcock Street. Metered street parking is also available along Beacon Street, Green Street and other streets nearby. Meters are free after 8:00pm and on Sundays and holidays.
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Public transit
By Train: Green Line to Coolidge Corner Station
By Bus: Take Bus #66 to Coolidge Corner Stop
All buses and trolleys stop at the Harvard Street/ Beacon Street intersection.
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Entertainment
We offer entertaining Hibachi Grill and Show. There are TVs at the sushi bar. In addition, there is a full liquor lounge bar with music, TVs, and karaoke downstairs.
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Special events & promotions
We can help you plan your private/semi-private special event or holiday celebration. Customized prix-fixe menus are available.
We listen to all your ideas regarding menus and logistical planning and are always flexible and accommodating. Please call 617-732-0088 for more info.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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553 reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
55%
Very Good
24%
Good
11%
Fair
6%
Poor
4%
4.2
food
3.8
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The chefs who cook at the teppanyaki tables are very entertaining. They flip their spatulas, light hot oil on the grill, and squirt sake into your mouth (if you're of drinking age). They also sing happy birthday and blow up long balloons for kids celebrating birthdays. The food is fresh and delicious and good to the last bite. Lots of meat and seafood options are available. My friend and I got the Osaka Supreme for 2, which contained chicken, steak, shrimp, scallops, and lobster. It was humongous, and we had to take half of it home, but it was good the next day as a leftover. The waitresses hardly came to the tables, so that was disappointing. It seemed like they stayed over in the sushi dining area serving food and clearing tables. Since it's Chinese owned and operated, you don't get the attention you'd get from Japanese waitstaff. But the food is good and the teppan show is fun to watch!

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This place is okay, but the food is way overpriced for the quality. I would suggest going to other sushi restaurants in Coolidge Corner for quality, but this place is more about the ambiance

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

I had a birthday dinner there! It was really nice & welcoming

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2.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Went here for my sons 16th birthday and was not impressed. They did nothing to celebrate it like other restaurants would do. My son loves Osaka but we are from Tallahassee Fl and the Osaka in Tallahassee does an awesome job every year we go. The food is much better in Tallahassee and the show they put on is no comparison. My son was very disappointed. It also could just be a Boston thing.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Just wasn’t great. The waiters were making a lot of noise arranging the plates and the women who took our order did not understand us at all.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Very fun for adults and children alike. Think the food has gotten even better lately. Great place. Also has karaoke on week ends downstairs and its fantastic :)

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was excellent but the hibachi chef was not. He was so boring and kind of rude. Barely did anything that usually comes with the hibachi show. We were very disappointed.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

A simple sushi restaurant nothing spectacular but good.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We had a 6:00 reservation for 12 people on BU's graduation weekend and we were seated on time. The staff was very nice and our eating experience was fun and tasty. Our party enjoyed the time at Osaka.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We live in The Hague, Netherlands. The online reservation system was easy. Our daughter of 2 years old enjoyed very much with the show of the cook.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I went to this restaurant and was advised they didn’t have the reservation from Open table and “weren’t on the internet”! You should advise this restaurant ownership they are on your site!!! They also did not have my reservation because again - they aren’t on the internet!!!! What a joke!

Open table should advise this restaurant they are on your site and are “on the internet”!!!

I thought I was speaking to someone totally out of touch - but she was at the front desk when customers arrive!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

I went with some friends from work for a girls' night. We had a great time. Everyone was super friendly and the food was great.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

My friends and I came to Osaka for hibachi dinner to celebrate the end of another semester together. We had a delicious meal, and then went downstairs to sing karaoke. We all had a blast and will definitely be returning!

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Food was fast and good! The waiters and chefs weren’t that friendly though. Hot water splashed on me when the chef was cleaning the grill for habachi

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food was amazing, the staff was polite and happy, however the noise was LOUD. You could barely hear the person sitting next to you never mind the person across the grill. I have been to many hibachi restaurants and I don't think I have ever been to one quite this loud. However, I'm not really sure if it is something that can be helped. It is a relatively small space so the noise is bound to happen especially with the grills going. Overall it was a good experience and I would go again.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

As expected, entertaining and predictable. A little disappointing in that chef was not particularly engaging, didn't do as many tricks as other chefs were doing.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Love Osaka! Great food and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Great food!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was nice and well cooked (as requested) it needed a little more of flavor but with some soy sauce and the sauces that they serve was perfectly fine, the person who prepares the hibachi was really funny and nice. My friends who didn’t try it before, loved it so we had a great experience.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Experience was great! I was looking for Hibachi in Boston and realized this is the only one! It was clean, the food was good, and the service was great!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Really really really really really good!!! This is my favorite hibachi ever. It’s very fun. They squirt sake in your mouth if you’re 21+. The portions are very large and totally worth it. I’ve also had the sushi which was delicious. I left feeling stuffed!!!

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Fair awful rude service and sushi not so good

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Best hibachi in Boston. This is our favorite type of place, and this one hits the high notes perfectly. Great salad dressing, great sauces, good prices. We've lived all over the country, including Seattle, and our first move is to find good hibachi. Of allof the ones we've been to, we love this place the most. We're really into the food and show.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fun and great value using dine out Boston pre-fix menu! The place is huge and dinamic

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Four of us went there for Boston Dine Out week. The menu options were excellent, a great value, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our sushi meals!

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Sushi were not fresh. Customers service could be friendlier. Food were OK. Not WOW.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Didn't do hibachi but the drinks were strong and the food definitely satisfied that hibachi craving.

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The food was absolutely terrible. I ordered avocado salad expecting to eat avocado and when my plate arrived it was long oversized plate with a small dollop of wet iceberg, cheapest zero nutrition lettuce you can get that was coated with what looked like watery mushed avocado. I mean if they used 1/4 of an avocado per plate i'd be shocked! essentially zero avocado and wet iceberg lettuce that looked torn, not even cut. The salad was absolutely tasteless and disgusting. it cost you...what ....50 cents to make and you charge $6-7 for it? I also ordered miso soup and veggie eggroll. miso soup was ok and that I'm guessing is bc its literally ready made paste and hot water so its hard to f up. My eggrolls were soggy on the inside and again barely had any taste...came with a huge bowl of sauce and the serving again was tiny in comparison. I think it was two tiny rolls cut in half. For main dish i ordered chicken hibachi and it was mediocre at best....actually no, it was s*** as well. Chicken was hard and overcooked, vegetables soggy and greasy and rice was blah. It honestly looked and tasted as if a teenager stumbled in a kitchen and had a go at cooking. But I actually don't blame a chef I blame the owners for being completely ignorant in how to run a restaurant and who to hire as a chef. And if they like the food they make they shouldn't be in this business! Everything was extremely overpriced for the serving and the poor quality that it was. In short I'm appalled by this experienced and it made for the worst birthday dinner ever. And another thing...you classify yourself as Japanese steakhouse but your dishes looked and tasted Chinese which I dislike. There was not a single reminder of clean, healthy and tasty Japanese cuisine that I know and love. I will make sure i post this review everywhere I can because this place its so bad it needs to be out of business.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I waited for 45 min after my reservation time to sit down.
I ordered a starter that never came....
The food was good but the wait ruined the dinner.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Good food and service, but not great. Went for restaurant week and got the hibachi steak and lobster. The hibachi chef gave us a lot of food to fill us up. Fried rice was very tasty (my favorite) and steak was well cooked. The lobster was a little salty for my taste, but the sauces they gave to dip our food in tasted great. I gave this place 3 stars because of the cleanliness of the restaurant and the crowded and loud ambiance. My boyfriend's water cup had some white stuff stuck to the side and a lot of things around us were sticky. I would recommend this place as a fun night out with friends, but not if you're looking for a more intimate setting.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Went for the Restaurant Week hibachi prix fixe menu with my large group of 10, and the place was absolutely swamped. Although we didn't mind, everything did take a little longer to come out. Three of us got the same appetizer - two of them came out at the same time, but the third didn't come for another 20 minutes, after the hibachi chef left.
As for the food itself, I think the sushi was tastier than the hibachi. Might be my personal experience, but the entertainment has always been better than the actual food. Overall, still a good evening.
There's a cute lounge downstairs where that wasn't too busy early in the night and they had free karaoke on certain days of the week - I would come back to check it out.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This restaurant has really good food and service. I and my friend enjoy the time spending in the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food was good service could be better

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Went for Restaurant Week and the menu was awesome!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Attentive staff, delicious food with creative presentation and great for date night. I love dining at Osaka in Brookline. Definitely recommended to friends.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Good over all, even though it’s the last date

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

. I told them it was a birthday and they never did anything. The waitress never checked on us once and i never got a refill. The food was fine we finished eating at 745. And the waitress did not come back until 820 and i then had to ask for the check which took another 10 minutes. It was quite disappointing

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Sat on the hibachi side of the restaurant. Had a great meal and a good chef. Would definitely recommend coming here for dinner, whether it’s a date or with the family.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

This was the third birthday party I have attended at Osaka. The Hibachi chefs are fun and friendly, and you get a large portion of food for a great value. Also, if you come in on your actual birthday, you eat for free!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Hibachi a good experience

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