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#276 of 2,374 Restaurants in Boston
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16 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111-1923
+1 617-292-8828
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For the price and quality of the meats and veggies, this is one of my favorite hot pot places in Boston. It's reasonably priced and the display of the food is absolutely beautiful. It's set up to be a great place to go with a handful of friends or on a date. I recommend the lamb meat option. They don't... More 

Thank nltorresseo
Waterford, Connecticut
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great meal for a cold day. Would definitely eat here again. The concept of preparing your own hot pot was awesome.

Thank Verified G
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were told 45min to 1 hour we left after 2 hours. Worst restaurant experience I have ever had. We tried to give our daughter a nice weekend coming home from college and it was ruined.

Thank Robert Bob P
West Springfield, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend the spicy broth!! Meat was fresh! Food was great and it's a totally authentic and fun experience! Best hot pot in Boston!

Thank Kristy C
Knoxville, Tennessee
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

We searched all over Chinatown for the best possible meal, and we found it at Shabu-Zen! We've been in Boston several days and tried just about every high end restaurant we could find or bride our way in, and I have to say the food and ethnic experience of this place is second to none of anywhere I've ever been.... More 

Thank Travelright01
Newport, Rhode Island
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

This is one of our favorites! We love the Chinese Herbal Broth best. The seafood supreme platter is wonderful!

Thank Myra E
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

This is our favorite restaurant by far! Food and service is always consistent. Reasonably priced. Always our go to for date night! The only negative is paying $20 to park across the street - but that too is cheap for parking in Boston. FYI - try the strawberry shakes and grab a watermelon shake for the road!

Thank Tracy B
Nashua, New Hampshire
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Food and service is always good! Price is more than reasonable! Cost is about 20 per person .I can not believe that they are asking me to go on.

1 Thank AsianPersuaision
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, Canada
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Took a chance dining here as did not have any reference to go by. Loved sitting at the "bar". Got full training by a very friendly waiter. Fun experience I would recommend.

Thank Sue C
Lewiston, Maine
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81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

I suggest checking out the youtube channel vahidrvahidr and watching Boston Down episode 2 for a great video review of this location. Read on for our written review. Japanese hot pot style restaurant, Shabu zen is the epitome of relaxed dining for me. I've been coming here for over 10 years now and hope to continue that tradition. Dining here... More 

Thank Vahid R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Japanese, Asian, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111-1923
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-292-8828

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighborhood Profile
A small area rich in Chinese cultural influences, visit Boston’s Chinatown for some great Asian cuisine and small, authentic bakeries. Enter through the iconic Chinatown gate and stroll down Beach, Tyler, and Kneeland streets to explore the compact area. Rest your feet from walking and grab a bite at one of the many restaurants around Chinatown. From traditional Chinese to Vietnamese to Malaysian, there is a wide range of Asian food available, within easy access of South Station. At night, Chinatown becomes a late night food destination after the bars close.
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