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#521 of 1,871 Restaurants in Boston
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$10 - $40
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Sushi, Thai, Asian, Japanese
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Mission Hill
0.9 miles from Fenway Park
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Reviewed July 28, 2021 via mobile

Excellent service, rapid, courteous and really good food. The outdoor seating area is also really nice. I was referred by a friend for their pad thai and sushi. Thank you for a warm welcome, I’ll be coming back!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 19, 2021

11:30am I was in Boston for a one hour minor medical procedure @ 9am under sedation. Because I had not eaten for 36 hours, I was hungry and I decided to find someplace to eat. and found the Laughing Monk Café. This is an unpretentious...small place but had good reviews. For lunch, I had a modest sashimi combo along with broiled eel over rice. The fish was excellent and I knew immediately that this restaurant made their own soy sauce, very unusual. This soy tasted like no other soy sauce I had ever tasted. (Previously I had even ordered small batch soy sauce from Japan but this was 100 times better). I asked the manager if they ever sold their sauce. He said no but he gave me a small bottle anyway. This place reminded me of Fukuda, the small place in Greenwich Village where I first learned to eat sushi. It was run by Mr. Fukuda and his wife and then later by Takako Yoneyama. One of the joys of eating in restaurants is discovering remarkable food in unexpected places. A superb simple lunch. 7pm. I rarely eat at the same place twice in one day. But I was departing Boston the next day and I was so impressed with the Laughing Monk Café lunch that I made a reservation for a 7pm Omakase dinner the same night. Omakase is the chef’s choice, so the customer never knows what is being served until you ate at table. I was still groggy from my early morning sedation but I think I had about 10 or 11 small dishes. The friendly waitress spoke a two or three sentence detailed explanation of each dish. But because of restaurant noise, mask and a slight accent, I did not understand a single word that she said. But everything was truly remarkable and beautifully prepared. I even thought I took photos of each dish but in my hazy state, I did not. This was a leisurely 2 hour meal accompanied by a great cold Funaguchi Ginjo sake. Some might think the $120 omakase set price costly, but I know in NYC or LA, a meal of this quality could have cost $400 to $500. A splurge, to be sure, but well worth it. I might have expected to find a sushi chef of this talent in a very high end place. What a delightful meal. I heartily recommend the Laugh Monk Café to anyone who really loves sushi and sashimi as I do.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 9, 2021 via mobile

Average to below average sushi roll. Service was nice. Beer was horrible, avoid it. Not sure why it has gotten such a high rating. Maybe rating inflation at work :)

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed April 18, 2021 via mobile

Amazing. Delicious. The Omakase box was the best meal I have had during the pandemic (and I’ve had at least one other incredible tasting meal!). Do yourself a favor, and order the Omakase box for delivery (or pick up - you do you) right now....You will not be disappointed. If I could, I would get it every weekend. And, the Thai food is incredible as well.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 28, 2021 via mobile

This was definitely the top 10 dinners of my life. And may be the best omakase I’ve had (yes, maybe even better than O-ya’s). The flavors just burst in your mouth. The textures complement both the actual food and flavors. Pretty much a celebration for...your taste buds and mouth feel. And don’t get me started on the presentation. Beautiful, colorful and artful.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed September 5, 2020 via mobile

Impressive! First time here, not disappointed. You have lots of options to choose from the menu(which is especially great during the Covid) My bf is allergic to seafood and he also had lots of options! The chicken nuggets is so yummy😋we ordered second one immediately...after we finished the first. The plating is an art there, you can tell they put lots of thought in matching the food with the container and the decoration. But tbh I would say the quality of the plating is better than the taste. One dish I want to try is the oyster(it will serve in a little wood chest, they told me it needs to be ordered first as it’s coming from California. It’s a bit pricy though but I think it’s worthy, we 3 ppl spent 210(including tips).More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed November 5, 2019

This restaurant has been recommended to me several times and I finally had a chance to try it - it did not disappoint. While the sushi (particularly the specialty pieces) were a bit pricey they were both beautiful and tasty. Having traveled to Thailand, I...can also report that this is the most authentic Thai food I have had outside of Thailand. Just loved the Penang curry with duck - crispy skin and amazing flavors. And, to top it off, the staff are just lovely. Can't wait to go back.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 27, 2019 via mobile

A restaurant with a cozy atmosphere. The food is excellent and plentiful. The service was exceptional.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed June 27, 2019 via mobile

Went with a Friend and we were greatly surprised. The food cuisine available is Thai & Japanese. I had an incredible vegetarian Thai curry with rice. My Friend had a non vegetarian phase Thai noodle. The service and the quality of food is greatly appreciated....Would recommend this place for the versatility of the food provided.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 14, 2019

Came here on recommendation from vegetarian friends who said this place was excellent, but for me it was simply underwhelming. Our dinner was a bit bland. The "hot ginger" wasn't hot at all, and my friend's dish was basically steamed vegetables with a very thick...peanut sauce on the side. Not what she was expecting! The place is kind of dark, too. Given my friend's rave reviews I'm willing to give it another shot. Next time I'll go for the sushi which looked like a work of art.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Laughing Monk Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5