Ruka

4.7
647 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Peruvian
Ruka is the contemporary exploration of the cultural and culinary influences Japan has had on the country of Peru. Nikkei is the cuisine that unifies the refinement of Japanese technique with ingredients from Peru’s coastal and mountainous terrain.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Peruvian, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Monday through Sunday

Dinner
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Late Night Sushi
11:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Cocktails
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
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Phone number
(617) 266-0102
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Thomas Berry
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Parking details
Ruka offers valet parking every evening at The Godfrey Hotel at a cost of $16 per vehicle.
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Public transit
Ruka is located one block from Downtown Crossing on the Orange Line, a short walk from South Station on the Red Line and Park Street Station on the Red and Green Lines.
Additional
Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine
What 647 People Are Saying
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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional. Our server Michael was amazing. Def coming back!!!

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FN
New England
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Boston. Pricey but worth every penny. Try the rock shrimp roll, lobster ceviche, chicken fried rice (next level fried rice), calamari, just to name a few. For dessert, the fried dough is a MUST have...

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, except the chairs. They were too low so the people seating in the booth looked like a giant overlooking a smurf from a mountain. Or a King/Queen looking down at their peasants. I have many more examples. It was funny.

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

We love Ruka. This is one of our "go to" places when we want to feel more celebratory and to make an occasion out of dining. My husband and I, along with our friends, had dinner after the Nutcracker performance at the Boston Opera House. The interior is cozy despite how large the room actually is. The playlist was great and not too loud, so conversing was a dream. (The worst thing a restaurant can do is crank up the volume so loud that you can't hear anyone at your table- especially when your sole purpose for dining out is to have a great meal and relaxing conversation. Ruka gets this right.) Mike P was our server and he was fabulous. He had great timing, despite attending to other diners. He was friendly, sweet and informative. Among the dishes we had were as follows (some repeats from my previous review): Hamachi Amarillo (So good!!); Plancha Broccoli (Delish!); Tuna Poke (Fabulous!), Ruka Spicy Tuna (A favorite of the night); Greenway (Meh. It was fine but nothing special. Unless you're vegan or veg, spend your dollars on something else but it IS great that it's an option for people. ); Tuna Poke (This is so good! The grapefruit gives it a bright, refreshing spark); Dan Dan Noodles (Yummy, spicy - who doesn't love fiery noodles?!); Miso Mac & Langosta (Voluptuous, rich, velvety, clean shellfish flavor. So decadent!) And finally, the Japanese Fried Chicken (the flavor was great but it was pretty greasy). Drinks: Gordon Gekko, Hazana Tempranillo, Sankaty Light, all great choices for my dining pals. My drink of the evening was the incredible Wakatake Onikoroshi Demon Slayer. (God, how I love this saki: clean, crisp, slightly fruity, round and full in the mouth, but bright and great with spicy or rich food.) The dessert menu was far too heavy/rich for the meal we had. So we ordered a bowl of prickly pear sorbet for the table as a palate cleanser. It was the perfect foil to the decadent, spicy, exciting and incredible meal. All in all, a great experience, as always.

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TB
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and an amazing service. Cocktails are beautiful and food innovative and tasty. Nice atmosphere and excellent service. Will be back!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ruka never disappoints. Every dish i have tried has been superior and the drinks are creative and delish

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m
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything from drinks - food - service was exceptional ... highlights were grilled octopus- baby corn and sushi ... can’t wait to get back!

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CL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Ruka before the ballet but so good se would make an excuse to go anyway.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place

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DF
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ruka was simply delightful. We eat out quite a lot and rarely do we finish the meal this delicious. It was inventive and tasty. My cousin (the local foodie) recommended it and as usual, she was right on point. My husband and I left knowing we'd be back. Soon.

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O
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Ruka. The food was fantastic as always, orders came out quickly.
Our server this time did not smile, barely used any words, didn’t make us feel welcome. But we got what we needed.

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LP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and drink are amazing. I’ve been here before but it’s new to my friends. They seemed to enjoy it. I highly recommend the octopus dish and the calamari.

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LR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants & meals we've ever had! Went with another couple and shared everything. Our wait person was super friendly and helpful. Two of us can't eat cilantro and he made sure they didn't put it on or in anything. Very creative and delicious menu. Would definitely go again. Here is a photo of our incredible dessert!!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

are zero stars possible? horrible service. took 30 min to get served the wrong drinks and another 25 min for the correct one to come out..and that was just the beginning. worst.place.ever!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 5:00 reservation looking to be able to eat and still get to our 6:30 show at the Opera House. We were seated promptly despite there being a rush to get in at the 5:00 opening time.

We sat, were greeted and placed drink orders all within 5 minutes. And our server Ryan was attentive and friendly but sensitive to our need to be quick. He also helped us with our food decisions.

We got the hamachi ceviche first and that was the standout plate. It was one of the best things that my date and I have ever eaten. Great flavor and freshness and presentation.

We picked two other tapas items and asked Ryan to pick one for us. He picked the lobster ceviche and it was very good.

We would have had time for dessert, too, if we wanted, but we were full.

Overall great experience and would definitely recommend.

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J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Over use of sauce and salt. Hides the true flavors. Way too much mucking up the dishes. Should be a little cleaner and less stuff. Won’t be back.

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Very flavorful. Drinks are amazing and creative.

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K
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely delicious! Very creative, novel and beautiful presentation. The scrambled sushi was outstanding as was the ceviche!

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

We love it! A little bit loud but it’s was ok!! Great service!

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was undeniably good! We ordered 5 dishes for two of us and it was a perfect amount. Sadly we were seated at a high top table near the door so every time it opened, we got a cold breeze. Also, while our server was pleasant, he was not attentive. We waited about 30 min for our drinks during which time I never even saw him to ask why the 5 top who came in 15 min after us had their drinks. I was able to ask another server who promptly returned with our drinks that had likely been on the bar for 10 plus min. Our server barely apologized despite us having eaten two of our 5 dishes before our drinks even came. I’d go back because the food was great but I’d be sure to request a different table and waiter.

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w
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unusual food. New tastes. Loved it. Corn fried rice, grilled octopus,,spicy tuna sushi, pork dumplings, kale salad.. all 4-5 stars. I’ll go again for sure.

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MS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Can’t wait to go back to this fascinating restaurant. Such a great blend of unexpected flavors. Yum!!!

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PV
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to pre-theater eatery. This is a sushi restaurant with a twist if you're not familiar. Beautiful food and hand crafted cocktail presentation. Very accommodating if you're under time pressure for the show. Close same side parking nearby.

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c
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though I am not a sushi lover I enjoyed every dish we ordered. I particularly recommend the corn fried rice for a scrumptious dish full of flavors

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p
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exceptional experience. Fun place. Chef is creative- food combinations perfect!

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t
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was by far my worst restaurant experience in Boston. The reservation was for 10:45pm through open table, no one ever greeted us at the door/ host stand, we could not get a table, we sat ourselves at the bar and were completely ignored by both bartenders and the one and only waitstaff. While we were attempting to get some service the waiter came and spoke to two patrons that came in after us and told them the dining room was closed but they were free to sit at the bar. We were already sitting at the bar and were once again ignored. We left by 11:15pm never haven spoken to a single employee at the restaurant, I felt very discriminated against ( not sure that i can say why, but two minority cultured women being ignored by everyone) and overlooked repeatedly was not a good experience. I doubt I will ever share my money with this establishment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RUKA is one of my favorite restaurant in Downtown Boston. It was our one year wedding anniversary and it was an amazing experience. Our server Enrique was very attentive, with positive attitude and quick.
Next time I go to ruka I would like to have Enrique serve me again.

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New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jade, the bartender was phenomenal and our waiter, Michael, was terrific. I am telling everyone they must go!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Rude personnel

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s
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food had an interesting range of flavors and textures. Octopus was a star.

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AC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Slow service, unclear portion sizes, hard to discern menu

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar was short staffed and it took a while to get a drink before we sat at the table. But once we sat out server was prompt, not overly attentive, and gave great recommendations. The food was perfect.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends came in from California, they were extremely impressed! We all had a fantastic time, thank you!

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c
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time. Every plate was delicious, well proportioned, well seasoned.

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O
New England
24 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect dinner!
The sushi was outstanding as were the cocktails and the rest of the food!
I love the decor and the service was seamless. Music choices were horrific throughout the evening but I felt forgiving about it because we enjoyed the food so much 😄haha
Even the desserts surprised us, an area in which Boston restaurants usually lack (we have high standards and are rarely happy with the desserts menus).
100% we Will be back

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food at Ruka is refreshingly different, they use a variety of spices that really adds a new dimension to dishes. The atmosphere is fun and lively. On Sundays they do BOGO sushi rolls, which is a fantastic deal.

My only complaint here is the service, the servers are forgetful and not overly friendly. I have had two different servers, on two different occasions completely mess up my bill without much apology.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Expensive but this is Downtown district. Beautiful decoration inside. Not worth the money if just for the food because the portion is small.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were over an hour late due to traffic coming into Boston but were immediately sat at the sushi bar. Our server was incredibly nice, knowledgeable, and seemed genuinely excited about Ruka's food and drink offerings. Our meal was paced very well. The flavor pairings were delicious and drinks were excellent. Very impressed and can't wait to come back and try more menu options!

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AG
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my doubts about this place and its Asian-Peruvian fusion menu, but we actually had an fantastic experience. Yes the food is creative, but it's also quite delicious. We tried many dishes, and it's hard to name a favorite. We also had a nice bottle of wine, the servers were great and the ambiance is fun and colorful. Would definitely go back.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been there four times and each time has been great.

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