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Genki Ya

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398 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2932
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I cannot get enough of the sweet potato tempura roll at Genki Ya. It's topped with eel sauce, and it's just oh so good! All of the other makimono I have tried were also delicious. On this strip of random businesses between Coolidge Corner and Allston, this is hands down the #1 choice. The food is fresh and they even... More 

Thank lnww
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

I love the sushi from this place, it is always fresh and they have quite a variety to choose from. They are busy during the dinner rush. The staff is always friendly and usually quick and reliable, sometimes you have to get their attention during the rush. They have dine-in and takeout. Let's just say I love their sushi and... More 

Thank Brian N
Brookline, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

I am a creature of habit, and usually go to my "usual" sushi restaurants in Brookline. However, I had an out of town guest who was an Asian food aficionado, so I wanted to make sure I got it right. I had passed by Genki Ya many times, but had never stopped in. We got there when it opened, at... More 

Thank 346foodie
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

I have eaten here once before - this trip did take out. Order a couple of sushi entree dishes Teriyaki salmon and a few a la carte sushi rolls. Everything was delicious. Even though it was take out service was great. They were happy to make substitutions on a few of the items that come standard with the dishes we... More 

Thank kbcanton
Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
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237 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

This branch of the Genki Ya chain is a bit larger than the one on Tremont street in Boston where I had been previously and that is also very good. It is specialized in sushi rolls. Very reasonable prices for good quality sushi. Their spicy rolls are recommended, e.g. the one with scallops was my favourite. The boston red sox... More 

Thank Herman S
Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I've eaten here a few times, most recently last week, and each time this restaurant serves up great sushi in a casual, yet nice neighborhood restaurant. The waitstaff is always friendly, they'll do their best to accommodate special requests, and they have a decent wine menu.

Thank DoraGirl24
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Genki Ya is a great place to get lunch or dinner but only go there if you are very hungry because whenever you eat there you finish up being really full. The quality of the restaurant itself was cool, but the bathroom wasn't as clean as I thought it would be.

Thank Sasha S
Foxboro, Massachusetts
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326 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I am Japanese and I am recommending this place! The owner is not Japanese but he knows how to pick the fish! Their quality of fish is great and I love the menu. They stay organic and it tastes awesome. Highly recommended.

Thank Juripanda
Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Fresh sushi, yes please! We order always online, the 3 rolls combo (including salad and miso soup) is a great deal. We never eat the salad or soup, we don't like them, but our favorite maki are the spicy tuna, sweet potato and delicious roll. Also the handrolls are pretty good, lots of fish! And the Nigiri (spicy tuna...) is... More 

Thank Stokpaard
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

Went there for lunch during the week. Couldn't help notice that the staff in the middle of heated conversation speaking in Chinese. Hard to find Japanese restaurants operated by Japanese in Massachusetts. The sushi was substandard made with soggy rice. Rice cooked with much too much water. Ask anyone who knows about sushi. An apprentice in Japan spends 6 months... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $25
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 398 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2932
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Brookline
  • Phone Number: 617-277-3100

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