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Diners' Choice: Japanese restaurants in Boston

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Japanese cuisine in Boston? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of No Relation restaurant
4.9
4.9 (117)
$50 and over
Japanese
South End
About the restaurant
Tucked away down a narrow hallway, No Relation is a nine-seat, secret sushi restaurant nestled within Shore Leave, a tropical experience from the team at Bar Mezzana. Chef Colin Lynch leads the inventive omakase menu, where Japanese technique and his creative interpretation of a sushi-ya are presented each evening over approximately 14 courses. Join us in a shared intimate experience with a thoughtfully curated menu, served directly by our chefs. No Relation is ticketed dining experience. You must provide payment for the experience at the time you make the reservation. Tickets are non-refundable within seven days of your reservation.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
My wife took me here for my birthday and it was phenomenal! It’s pricey but well worth the experience. Alexey, Chef Lok, and Chef Vincent were all top notch and made for a memorable evening.
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A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Boston, MA | South Bay restaurant
4.6
4.6 (379)
$31 to $50
Japanese
South Boston
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
Had a great time and had a fun birthday celebration for my bestie.
A photo of Basho Japanese Brasserie restaurant
4.6
4.6 (656)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Back Bay
About the restaurant
Basho is a Japanese word that is roughly translated as "location" or "a space where activities occur". It could be a family gathering, socializing with friends, or a business event; moreover, it could be the setting for an unforgettable experience. We call this setting "Basho".

Basho is a contemporary Izakaya brasserie where dishes are prepared in two separate areas: the principal kitchen and the sushi bar. Rather than offering individual starters and main courses, Basho serves dishes that are designed for sharing and are brought to the table steadily and continuously throughout the meal.

Your server will be happy to assist you in choosing dishes, such as our Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice Appetizer, which is highly popular or our specially crafted 1338 Signature Roll. We are also conveniently located within the heart of Fenway. If you're ever in the area for a Red Sox's game, stop by! We are only a 2 minute walk from Fenway Park!

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ElizabethMC
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Great food, great service, and overall a very nice evening out for dinner. We will return again!
A photo of FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1555)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Brookline
About the restaurant
FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine is a unique Japanese restaurant located in the heart of Brookline, Massachusetts. Serving great dishes, such as authentic Japanese sushi and sashimi, you will enjoy a hearty meal that will delight your tastebuds and satisfy even the largest of appetites. Visit us today to experience what the rest of the town has been talking about! When you step through our restaurant doors, you will be immediately surrounded by a large collection of authentic Japanese decor. Combined with the delicious dishes, wonderful aromas, and outstanding service, you get a total dining experience. Established since 1998, our Japanese restaurant offers private rooms and daily specials for your dining enjoyment. We are a non-smoking restaurant. Come in today, enjoy the fresh air, and let your senses be mesmerized by the "scent-illating' aromas of our fine, Japanese cuisine. All of our exotic dishes are made of the freshest ingredients upon order, ensuring vibrant flavors.
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BostonTastesvip
Dined 3 days ago
They still got it! I haven’t been to the original Fugaku because there was one closer to my home in Sudbury. However, that one closed nine months ago. It was nice to return to an old friend. Service was impeccable, food delicious in the environment, calm and relaxing. I can’t wait to go back, and you should try it too!
A photo of Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1662)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Back Bay
About the restaurant
When diners enter this stylish restaurant in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay – steps away from the South End & Theater District – they are immediately enveloped in earth tones, rich dark wood and the airiness of high ceilings reverberating with the energy and excitement of the space. The lively bar area is a popular gathering spot offering a selection of cocktails, sake, wine and beer. Guests look on as the team of chefs create cutting-edge sushi dishes, or they settle into an experience of award-winning cuisine in the main dining area. From the knowledgeable and attentive waitstaff to charismatic owner Jack Huang’s pleasure at meeting diners, expect the comfort of being warmly welcomed at Douzo. Like the atmosphere, Douzo’s healthy and fresh cuisine seamlessly combines warm tradition and modern innovation of Japanese classics. Douzo offers inventive dishes that make the restaurant both a neighborhood fixture and a critically acclaimed destination, signature items.
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MaryB
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
Lovely setting, attentive wait staff, food excellent. An atmosphere conducive for a business lunch/dinner or a wonderful evening out for an exceptional meal! Highly recommended!
A photo of Zuma Boston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (32)
$50 and over
Japanese
Back Bay
About the restaurant
zuma, located on the second floor in the Four Seasons One Dalton, brings chef rainer becker’s internationally acclaimed style of modern japanese cuisine to America. already renowned in london, hong kong, istanbul, and dubai, zuma Boston offers a sophisticated cuisine philosophy of flavorsome, modern Japanese dishes in a fun and vibrant environment inspired by the informal dining style called izakaya.

the menu is comprehensive and alluring. dishes are authentic but not traditional with bold, intense flavors and an emphasis on simple presentation acquired through quality ingredients. izakaya style means that dishes are designed to be shared at the table.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Exquisite sushi and an elegant atmosphere. It was perfect for date night.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Boston, MA | Brookline restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1054)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Brookline
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

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OCBoston68
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Our server was very attentive and kind, it was my father’s birthday and staff came and sang him a song and gave him a nicely decorated ice cream plate. Clearly the draw to the establishment are the grills that are integrated into the tables but be aware that the whole restaurant felt scorching hot and the ACs seemed to be running very low. The food was nice though and the experience overall unique.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Cambridge, MA restaurant
4.6
4.6 (732)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Cambridge
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Everything went well; the only negative thing I can think of is that nobody was there to greet us when we first arrived. We had to search around to find someone in order to take a seat.
A photo of Hojoko restaurant
4.5
4.5 (928)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Fenway–Kenmore
About the restaurant
Hojoko is a rock n roll izakaya honoring the pulse of Japanese nightlife by serving sushi, robata grilled yakitori and street food small plates paired with craft cocktails, premium sake, wine, and beer. Located directly behind historic Fenway Stadium and walking distance from The MGM Fenway and The House of Blues, Hojoko is the perfect stop before any event.

Dishes like our Wagyu Cheeseburger, Wasabi Roulette, and our 48-hour Ramens keep locals and travelers coming back. Several unique spaces in the restaurnt make it the perfect place for a business dinnner, birthday celebration, or event gathering space.





Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
So delicious. Best shrimp toast EVAH! Will definitely go back. Think the website should be more clear that they are closed between lunch and dinner.
A photo of Bisuteki Tokyo Japanese Steak House - Marriott Hotel Cambridge restaurant
3.9
3.9 (356)
$30 and under
Japanese
Cambridge
About the restaurant
Bisuteki Tokyo Japanese Steak House is one of Greater Boston's most famous eateries. This landmark authentic Japanese restaurant features world class international cookery and hand-crafted Sushi demonstrations. Bisuteki Tokyo Japanese Steak House experience is part dining and part entertainment. Our Teppanyaki chefs prepare delightful four course dinners right at your table. Each chef brings his own level of showmanship to the experience as he flips, chops, and serves with flair. Bisuteki Tokyo Japanese Steak House is located at the 1st Floor of Courtyard Marriott Hotel on the Charles River in Cambridgeport.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
We had a great time! Food was perfect! Filet was actually fairly priced!
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