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#454 of 1,812 Restaurants in Boston
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Downtown
0.2 miles from Freedom Trail
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Reviewed August 18, 2022

Excellent sushi and pretty good wine. Would go again. Would I make a 30+ min detour just to dine here? Probably not, hence 4 of 5 stars. So if you are in the area: good choice.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 27, 2022 via mobile

The restaurant servers seemed nice but the avocado seemed very hard. For the quality of the sushi, it was quite over priced but the rice was great. It was an average restraint but it seemed quite dull and dim.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I met at Zen for lunch. We were promptly greeted and seated upstairs. It was a nice day so the patio was packed. Service was friendly and quick which is appreciated when you are on your lunch break. The lunch combos are...good with miso soup, salad and various sushi roll selections. I reccomend the spicy tuna. Sushi was good and nice spot for lunch or dinner.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 19, 2019 via mobile

For atmosphere the restaurant was a little dark, but everyone was very nice. We were greeted and seated quickly. We mainly ordered: - Toronto Maki - New Wave Maki - Shrimp Tempura Maki - Salmon Mango Maki - Mixed green salad (ordered by mistake, meant...to order the House Salad. Not a fan of mesclun greens with miso ginger dressing. Dressing is too heavy and works better with iceberg.) - Edamame Maki rolls were good, nothing spectacular but fish tasted fresh and rice wasn’t too dry or wet. Sauces on the roll were good too. I would eat here again. Price was a little high for atmosphere and simplicity of the rolls, but it’s similar to other prices in the area.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 10, 2019

Overall the Sushis are very good. I was a little bit disappointed about the selection, respectively about the missing Sushi / Sashimi combos for 1 person. Sushis it-self were OK but not exceptional tasty.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 25, 2019 via mobile

Colleagues and I visited for dinner after a conference at a nearby hotel. Staff was friendly greeting us, and seated us right away upstairs. The menu is quite extensive, including rolls, sushi, sashimi, noodles, soup, etc. All the sushi was super fresh and well prepared,...rolls were creative and different, and the noodles were piping hot when served. All in all we had a great experience.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

This was a great find - very close to our hotel. If you can, grab a table downstairs where you can watch the chefs working. The menu is a bit overwhelming but it is a sushi bar! We ordered the boat which was beautifully presented...and plenty for 4-6 people. Plenty of raw fish on it so would recommend choosing something a little different for your main.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed April 13, 2018

We popped in here for a late lunch after several failed attempts to eat in other places. The food was fantastic! Everything was very fresh and the service was efficient and attentive. We enjoyed ramen, poke, and teriyaki. The cost for a meal for 4...was $99 with 2 glasses of wine--a bargain. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

I always make sure to visit Zen when I am visiting my partner in Boston. Restaurant is always nice, not too busy and not too quiet. Service is great from staff, always ensure you have everything you need but do not peer over you constantly....If you sit downstairs you can watch your sushi being made, which is one of the best parts.More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

I was visiting on a business trip and thought I'd give some sushi a try in Boston. Upon reading quite a few reviews and doing some last minute research, I decided on trying Zen since I was staying nearby and it was convenient to do...so. I ordered the sushi deluxe and I would say the service from the beginning wasn't as warm and welcoming as I am used to at Japanese Sushi restaurants but that's fine. Certainly not a deal breaker. But my miso soup that came with the combo was luke warm at best which was disappointing and when my meal came, the size and amount of rice was quite large. Fish freshness was alright. I would consider this place mid-tier and would definitely say I've had better at this tier.More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed December 15, 2017 via mobile

Haven’t been here in a while, just stopped by spontaneously for dinner. If you’re looking for good sushi and moderate price, this is a good option. It’s up the street from the State House, tucked away from the tourist traffic. There’s a nice variety of...rolls, rice, and noodle dishes. The food is not fancy but good quality. The service is not that friendly but they are prompt and attentive. I had the combo poke bowl and vanilla and chocolate chip mochi ice cream. Really good. My husband had the beef yaki noodles which was so-so. We’ll go back time to time. It’s an easy and healthy option for dinner.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed November 5, 2017

Our go-to for eat in or take our sushi near Beacon Hill. Casual / Nothing fancy atmosphere, but delicious food. Never disappointed

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

We went for dinner and loved their sashimi and sushi boat. It was priced incredibly and the amount of sushi we received made us full to the brim. The boat also came with miso soup and house salads for two. You can’t beat the price...or amount of food you receive, definitely recommend checking it out. Worth a stop if you are in the area. As a sushi lover we will be back for sure when we are in Beacon Hill.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

We visited as a quick stop and were really pleased of quality of food … we also ordered steaks and it was very tender … we were seated at second floor very basic but affordable …

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed November 19, 2016

We had eaten at Zen before and couldn't wait to get back on a recent trip. Same old high quality sushi restaurant that we had remembered in a nice atmosphere. We weren't quite as impressed this time but we sat downstairs where it is quieter....On the downside, the restroom hallway drape had dirty hand prints on it. The portions were on the slightly smaller side. Try the baked spicy scallop rolls. Interesting flavor.More

Date of visit: November 2016
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Zen Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5