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.
5pm to 2am
Mu husband and I were in town for a Boston Conservatory event, and selected Hojoko because it had ramen on the menu. But we found so much more!
The wait staff were each intelligent, very well versed in and comfortable with their menu and food prep, personable, and very responsive. They had a clear pride in working here.
A little noisy, it has a great energy to it. Clearly a hoppin' bar scene, perhaps in part to being adjacent to the very hip Verb hotel.
The list of different sakes -- all served cold to better appreciate their nuances -- was very, very long.
You have GOT to try the Nori Tuna Taco. What a surprise, and a deeeeelish one at that. It's not always available (they make the nori-based taco shells on premises), so if it is, DO NOT PASS IT UP!
The cuisine was just very creative, fresh, and yummy.
Oh, and the ramen? Yes. We had it, it was delish, and we were able to a) split the large bowl between us which then b) allowed us to customize how we liked it: my husband added a sampling of the spicy pork as well as the available spicy Japanese relish. The pork is usually part of the second ramen offering on the menu, but the waitress was happy to accommodate with a little sample dish of the pork.
Great food and a fun place to go for small bites to share with everyone. The service could have been better, but overall I'd recommend this place!
Fantastic food. Creative Japanese pub style.
Super fun and interesting menu, nicely executed and reasonably priced. Generally interesting crowd as it’s in a hotel, next to Fenway, close to several colleges and medical areas.
I love this place! Always a good time and the food is amazing!
Having been there so many times, I can sing endless praise for Hojoko. It is like having a sleepover at a friends house watching studio ghibli films, sitting down at the end of a hard day to listen to your favorite music, and letting yourself order whatever is on a really nice restaurants menu all at once. Do you want basic french fries or literal brains? Do you want beer or some really fancy sake? You can have it all! And it’s in a hotel! That’s insane! The best is in the winter when the pool is heated and you can watch the condensation dance over the water while you eat. Most recently gave us a “gift from the kitchen” when I described my special occasion. Their service is truly impeccable. Thank you for everything Hojoko.
The food was great and the shared style choices made it easy to try several different dishes..It was comfortable and the service was mostly good .
My friends and I have been to Hojoko after hours for their bar scene, and we enjoy the occasional live music and always lively atmosphere. This time around, my best friend and I grabbed dinner and it was delicious! We split everything: spicy tuna roll, spicy ramen, and the roasted cauliflower. Also, we really enjoyed the service. We were super satisfied with the meal
Love the food and cocktails and vibe. I’m there at least once or twice a month. Try the sashimi rice bowl! And 5,6,7,8 cocktail 😍
Loved this hip, funky fusion place! Great Japanese Robata grilling. Super friendly and helpful service. I took my college age son and his girlfriend there. We had many fabulous small plates (that were not so small, tbc)...favorite for yummy-ness was the tempura mushrooms. But the hands down winner was the “wasabi roulette”...a game and great food at the same time. It was hilarious. I went to the office the next day and recommended this place to everyone!
Birthday dinner and pregame for Red Sox.
From start to finish, great!
Fantastic, creative, flavorful dishes. Great drinks. Casual but very noisy - don’t go during Sox season.
We go to Hojoko before Red Sox games. The menu changes seasonally. There is a reasonable amount of options, but not too many. The last time I was there, I got the silky tempura tofu with dashi. It was delicious. I would go back just for that. Their drinks menu is awesome as well. My husband loved the chicken katsu ramen. We had a delicious lamb appetizer, and their wings are awesome.
We really weren't sure what to order so asked the first server we had for suggestions, he struggled a bit. Service was a bit slow at first then we ended up with a different server who was more "on it". One of the things he suggested was the kimchi fried rice, so good! We also had a couple of small plates that were ok. The place was nice, just not sure it was my thing. If you want different, give it a try.
Service was a bit lacking this time—slow coming back to take our food order after the drinks came out, apps (“small plates”) came out after the entree, etc. Pretty noisy—although in fairness, we were there right after a Sox game. I would recommend coming in at less busy times for the best experience.
Potstickers came out a bit burnt, not black, but you could taste it. The house named cheeseburger was very-very good, one of the better I’ve had. But, the fries that came with were nothing better than from a grocery store, creativity there was definitely lacking. The bowl we also had was very good. So some really bright spots and some disappointments. Overall worth a try for sure.
The dishes are creative and delicious. Service was great. We loved the hamachi , Japanese eggplant, pork and ginger dumplings. Try the ‘brains on crack “ for something different and exciting.
Definitely on the adventurous side, not your strip mall sushi. We took 2 teenagers who love Japanese food and it was great for all of us. Overall vibe is fun and funky, despite it being technically a "hotel restaurant." We loved it!
Really delicious, different mix of food. Great concept.
First time here...now I have a new favorite place!
The ramen is absolutely wild and the drinks are amazing! Can't go wrong here.
I have been here once before and loved it, so I was excited to come back. The fried chicken was so good we ordered a second serving. Most of the table ordered craft beers, I got the Tokyo Tea, which was strong but tasted light and refreshing!
Great service. Food was really tasty. Will definitely come back!
Hojoko offers comforting and elaborate dishes that are a good balance between spicy and complex. The bar greets you as you enter, with a deafening noise level, but the dining area is somewhat cut off from the bar and its noise so conversation over dinner is possible. A fine selection of wines, beer, sake, craft cocktails is available to complement the meal.
Worth it! Make reservations! And don’t miss the dumplings! So good!
Quinn our original server was awesome. He was switched to a gal who was MIA most of the meal. Nikki helped out as did the manager. Flank Steak was served very rare so be forewarned. Manager came and put it back on grill and it was awesome. Drinks were great especially the frozen Russian. Love the quirky decor and prices were very reasonable.
We were really looking forward to this considering other reviews. Food was sub-par, more fluff than flavor. It’s very pricey for what you get. The prices wouldn’t have been so bad if the food wasn’t so terrible. If you’re a foodie, save yourself the disappointment. If you’re looking for the hype, you’ll get what you deserve.
The only thing that was good about this place was the service, the wait staff was excellent. Can’t say the same about the kitchen
Great place for inventive & sophisticated, yet approachable Japanese. It’s a lighthearted atmosphere, conducive to a quick pop-in before a show or game; or a longer, more lingering group get-together. Festive and colorful, Hojoko fits right in next to it’s site-mate, the Verb Hotel. Love the pairing of the two. Shotgun kitchen style small plates are fun to share and sample. All drink and food options sampled were spot-on. If you enjoy sashimi, don’t miss the nori taco. Drink menu is delightfully diverse with a strong focus on tiki, sake, and tropical flavors. They recently updated the cocktail menu and removed non-alcoholic items; not sure why... The bartenders can and will still make you something close to the delicious coconut and fruit punch that they once had listed.
We came here to celebrate our two son's birthdays. We shared many appetizers and drinks. The food was great and drinks as well. Standouts included the mushroom tempura, Japanese eggplant, charred cauliflower and the shrimp and garlic dumplings. Service was good; portions were a little small, and the ambiance was funky. Great place to enjoy with our family!
I always come here before a show. Great food and place to hang with friends. Their menu is fun and original. I’ll be back!
very cool ambiance and decor. great service. food was ok/good but not worth the price. Went on a Wednesday night, was not busy, lots of empty tables.
What a great place! Lots of fun! The food was spot on! Get the Brains on crack! Thanks!
I always love going to Hojoko. Really fun place, the food is outstanding - even if you don't know everything listed in the description, you can always count on lots of flavor! The staff is super friendly and always happy to explain everything on the menu and make recommendations. The hostess and the waitress were great, it was my birthday and they wished me a happy one, and sent a little slice of cake my way at the end of the meal. Definitely worth the trip!
Took my wife for her birthday before a concert at Fenway. Great energy and interesting menu.
The great thing about this place is the drinks. However, the food and table service is just disappointing especially at the prices they charge. I always go prior to and after Fenway for drinks, first time eating and last time eating for sure.
Great spot for before or after a game. Also fun neighborhood place
Really enjoyed Hojoko. This was my second time there - food is great, fun place. But, I gave only 2 stars under service because of our experience checking in for our table. We were a party of 6, 5 of us were present with the other person in an Uber on their way and we were told by the hostess that we could not be seated and that if our other guest did not arrive within 15 minutes our reservation would be cancelled. While I do understand the policy, there were 5 out of 6 already in the restaurant ready to eat and drink and spend money. I had to change the reservation to 5 in order for us to be seated. You may want to revisit the policy and have your hostesses use their judgement. If there were 2 of us I would probably have understood, but 5 out of 6!
Food was outstanding - service was a little off at the beginning but got much better as the meal progressed. Will definitely go back!!!!