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About ZC Boston

Sushi + Modern Asian Cuisine

801 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00am

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Cash Only

Phone Number:
(617) 989-9988

Website:
http://rokasushi.com/

ZC Boston Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.0

service

3.8

ambience

3.8

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (58)
Neighborhood Gem (48)
Fit for Foodies (41)
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Special Occasion (34)
Great for Lunch (32)
Romantic (30)
Late-night Find (20)
Hot Spot (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Kid-friendly (10)
Notable Wine List (6)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Had a large party here with 15 people and the service was outstanding. The food was excellent and came very quickly. Fantastic experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Three of us were pleased with their food, the forth had a bland plate of noodles. The taste was fine, but it was barely more than noodles - she had asked for no onions and apparently that would have been the only vegetable. I had fresh-water eel, which was very good.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Good lunch options (good portions and reasonable prices). Service on the weekend with the older white man as bar tender is the best. I go there pretty frequently.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2017

I love this place but you need to be patient... Service is always slow... Always... BUT the food is great...

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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2016

Food was excellent and came very quick. Only complaint is that our waiter would bring our food or drinks or whatever, put it on the table and then run away before we had time to ask for anything else. Took me three tries to get a glass of water.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2016

Pretty good pan Asian with great happy hour deals

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2016

Arrived right on time for our reservation but had to wait 15 minutes to be seated in a half-full restaurant! Service was extremely slow and had to try to catch the waiter as he ran by whenever we needed anything!

Food was average at best. Only dined there because we were staying at the hotel next door for a graduation and didn't want to have to drive to dinner. With all the amazing restaurants in Boston - I would never go here again - I'll sacrifice and drive or take a taxi elsewhere!!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2016

Our first time. Sushi and Sashimi Combos were good. Plated Cashew Shrimp with Pineapple was mediocre.... a lot of celery. Service good until waiter got tied up with a large party, then poor. We were never offered dessert. Free parking with validation in garage was a BIG plus for Boston!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Louisville)·Dined on March 17, 2016

Wide variety of Asian choices. Great value for sushi.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 29, 2016

The atmosphere and the bar drinks were great, but the Pad Thai was lackluster. It was very bland and a poor representation of how great Pad Thai really is.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2016

I made this reservation about a month ago.
I have been here a few times - the food is good and the service needs serious help.
Waiter didn't bring things we ordered/asked for. (plates, water, etc)
My reservation was a surprise Bday Event for a friend. When I arrived, the person Im assuming to be a manager comes to tell me How lucky I am that they were having an event that night (place turned into a night club) Why couldn't they move my party to the other side of the restaurant? Why couldn't i get more notice about this event?
we spent 400 dollars and couldnt hear each other.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food3
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2016

We scheduled our New Year lunch at the place, had our reservation ready in advance, just to arrive and find a closed local within a rough neighborhood...

Cannot comment on the place itself, just on the poor Customer Service experience of not notifying reservation holders of them being closed!

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food1
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2015

Japanese food better than the Chinese food. Portion sizes fairly large and well priced

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2015

Half price sushi on weekends. Free garage parking. Awesome sushi. This place is a staple!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 7, 2015

Best Chinese food and Sushi I have yet to have in Boston! So excited to have found ZC Boston.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2015

Generous portions and delicious food at a decent price. Wait staff was a little slow at the beginning to take orders but the food came quick and hot! (party of 8)

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2015

Authentic food, simple yet tasteful decor. Will be high on the list to return if in Boston again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 2, 2015

The food was good, dead quiet in there (you could hear a pin drop), and the service was SHOCKINGLY slow. There was no one in there and it took us over an hour to get our food, and about 20 min for drinks.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 16, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed all of the food. The service was very quick, attentive, and well timed. Classy ambiance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2015

I came for my going away party because I absolutely loved the food and space. The server we got this time seemed like it was his first day because he kept forgetting to take orders and bring us drinks. He was nice, just forgetful

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2015

We went here for Valentine's Day and both really enjoyed it. The restaurant was moderately filled but was still quite quiet which was great. We had the General Gau's Chicken, beef Lo Mein, Gyoza, Crab Rangoons, and the Sashimi Sampler. Everything was delicious and we'll definitely be going back. Our waitress was very friendly, attentive, and funny. Overall it was a really great dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2014

I appreciate the freshness of the fresh sushi but it took way too long to be served..

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2014

The food was fantastic and we had a range of ethnic dishes including pad thai, seafood tempura, miso soup, peking ravioli and spring rolls and each dish was delicious. we were very pleasantly surprised with this restaurant and the service was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2014

Third time not the charm. Everything was acceptable but not particularly outstanding this visit. Although we were a large party of 7, the place was not too busy and I had hoped for better service and food quality. No major blunders mind you, but not as good as the last two visits.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2014

I looooved Roka!!! It had great sushi at relatively affordable prices, and the service was incredible. It was my birthday and the host and waitress went out of their way to make it special for me, including giving me a drink on the house! Will definitely be coming back again and again, great late night place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2014

The decor of the restaurant was very nice. The wait staff was slow. The food came out cold the first time and warm the second although it was tasty. I can only give it a fair review

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2014

Beyond the fusion of Chinese with Japanese, this restaurant also integrates a creative floor plan with high ceilings, relaxing curved space, and diverse seating and views from booths, tables and bar stools. The seafood is especially tasty and fresh, with sauces that bring out rather than overwhelm the meats, fishes, and vegetables. Our waitress Pam was delightful, giving us privacy while instinctively being nearby whenever we needed her. The dishes were very colorful, with bright green and red peppers, Chinese broccoli, and parsley for the palate. The wasabi was an island with a parsley tree sticking out, looking like a bonzai. The fusion of ambience, taste, smell, color, shapes made for a formidably strong experience.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2014

Nice place, spacious, plus validated parking. Food wasn't bad...wasn't particularly good either. Steak dish was overpriced for what you get. Ika salad was a bit rubbery.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 27, 2014

We went here for my daughter"s 21'st Birthday. There are many food choices to please everyone. The food and service were very good and so were the drinks. The staff was friendly and the owner came over to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. They brought over cheesecake and sang Happy Birthday to my daughter! We had a great time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 22, 2014

We got a decent bottle of white wine and some sushi rolls. Random sushi rolls there was a paper slip to mark off your rolls and instead of those we were brought a random selection. When asking the waiter after he just kind of smiled and said we ordered it and maybe we forgot. All three rolls (spicy tiuna, salmon and yellowtail) were all the same dull red minced filling that looked like it was squeezed from a tube. I'm not a frequent sushi eater, but I have never seen the fish minced into a paste. It was unappetixing in both visual appeal as well as mouth feel. My friend very succinctly stated it was an "Underwhelming experience"

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 14, 2014

Have been here before a few times. This time the food was not as good. Change in Chef? The sushi and maki rolls are the best bet. Very pretty, very clean, great parking, very pretty setting. Large group was VERY loud and sound carried in room on Mass Ave. We could not really talk without leaning in and yelling. Next time would sit in other room.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2014

This was my first time going to Roka. The sushi was amazing. We ordered a couple of our favorites: California Roll and Spicy Salmon Roll. We also ordered two special rolls which were fantastic. For appetizers we chose Hot and Sour Soup and edamame. The soup was also delicious. I will definitely return. The restaurant was quiet, perhaps because we went on a weeknight, but it was very nice to be able to have a conversation in a restaurant in Boston without the loud crowd.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 8, 2014

Free parking across the street. Good service, very pleasant helpful waiter

Each sushi order was fresh, plentiful & well presented. Prices very reasonable.

730 on a Sat nite, 1/2 empty same when left @ 9:15. Location is out of the way.

Nice ambiance but place was COLD this night.

Definitely worth another visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 28, 2014

the sushi is good, and the ambience is nice.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 27, 2014

we were very pleased with our experience. The waiter was very knowledgeable and helped us find our way through the menu. Food was great - would recommend to friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2014

We found this place to be falling short in many ways. Their menu isn't up to date and lists sake's they don't even carry any longer. The room is lit by fluorescent lighting and tacky white Christmas lights that blink often and are quite disturbing. There's no music in the background which this place could really use. We felt like we were in a hospital cafeteria. The sushi was fair but not good enough to draw me back. Service was fair but not the best. I wouldn't choose to return here. Unfortunately for this restaurant, there are too many other places with good sushi, better ambiance, and an overall better experience to have. I was excited to find here and left never wanting to return. I don't see this place lasting for too long.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 16, 2014

Terrific sushi! One of the best sushi restaurants in Boston. Wide selection. Great quality. Nice service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Food and service was great. Our entire table was pleased with the food. The ambiance was gorgeous and esthetically pleasing. There is a nice private dining area which is perfect for large groups.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2014

The food was pretty good, that's all I have to say for this restaurant. When we were seated it took 20 minutes before our waitress even introduced herself to us, and this set the tone for the remainder of the evening. We ordered drinks (just two glasses of wine) and appetizers at the same time; our appetizers came out in a timely fashion, however, it took another 20 minutes for our wine to come out. We ordered edamame and seaweed salad; although the edamame was good the seaweed salad was made up of half seaweed and the rest regular lettuce. Finally, 50 minutes into sitting down the waitress took our order for Sushi, only for her to come over later and tell us she lost the menu used to check off what we wanted.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Went on Valentine's Day, and they even brought a rose at the end of the meal. Lovely!

Tags: Romantic
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