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Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Seating, Table Service
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Reviewed January 31, 2020 via mobile

Little cozy Japanese restaurant. Food is cheap and good size. Offers a wide variety of items. Their deep fried oysters are crispy and non greasy. Tempura was so so. Staff are friendly. Cash only.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed November 13, 2019

so happy with the taste and price! had katsu curry and although there's no veggie in the curry, it tastes good. i really liked the sukiyaki beef on rice also. it tasted like gyudon though.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 15, 2019 via mobile

Stopped by on a quiet Monday afternoon. I was looking for something cheap, filling, and good. Tampopo was exactly the right spot. The

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed November 27, 2016

This hasn't been reviewed much here but is popular on other forums. On a late Sunday afternoon, the food court area was empty except for the few tables at Tampopo which was encouraging. We all had tempura and the pieces were fried perfectly. The noodles...were fresh and nicely chewy. But the broth was just salty and otherwise unremarkable. Scant scallions were the only sign of a topping. It was solid and a great comfort food. But it wasn't anything that we found exciting or worthy of a quick return. Given that this was relatively highly rated and in the middle of a lot of competition I had expected more. The chef and the server were very polite and attentive.More

Date of visit: November 2016
Reviewed November 17, 2016

I didn't intend to eat here. At all. I really wanted ramen, which is the shop right next door but I wasn't paying attention while on the phone and seated myself at Tampopo. After I realized my mistake, I felt it would have been rude...to up and leave. So I stayed and I'm glad I did. Housed in a Lesley University building, there is a little corner of Asian heaven, where there are several Asian eateries. This place is located in Porter Square. You can park behind the building for 2 bucks an hour and that's worth the hassle of trying to find parking for free. This area is heavily settled. Back to Tampopo. So this place is not ramen. But they had a wide variety of rice bowls. I ordered a fried Chicken thigh bowl. 6.95. How do you go wrong? I received a freshly fried boneless Chicken thigh, flattened and perfectly prepared. It was dressed with a spicy mayo, on top of a mixed green and seaweed salad on top of perfectly cooked rice. I'm a big guy and it filled me up. The server was very nice and welcoming. All in all, I now have the two places to decide to visitMore

Date of visit: November 2016
Reviewed July 6, 2016

This is a nice place to go for authentic homemade Japanese. It was recommended to me as a Japanese restaurante at Porter Square, but in reality it is inside a small shopping mall. It took me a while to find it, I thought I had...missed it. I tried the tempura and it was delicious.More

Date of visit: September 2015
Reviewed June 20, 2016

We were looking for takoyaki (Squid Balls) and they had been quite hard to find outside of Boston. Fortunately, they place offers it and the takoyaki was everything we expected them to be. The service was friendly and our orders were quickly cooked.

Date of visit: May 2016
Reviewed November 5, 2015

Delicious food for a reasonable price! I would recommend finding parking through the SPOT app. It saved me the headache of expensive garages and impossible to find meters.

Date of visit: November 2015
Reviewed June 29, 2014

I was expecting something special, since all previous reviews were 5 stars. But, instead, I was disappointed. I ordered the deluxe fried fish plate. Nothing was really tasty—just O.K.

Date of visit: June 2014
Reviewed August 31, 2013

I recommend the healthy nasu bowl, shrimp tempura, steamed dumplings. Suitable for all ages This place is inside Porter square exchange mall. From the outside of the building all you can see is Citi Bank and City sports and a Coffee shop. There are several...other Asian restaurants beside Tampopo that are also good but Tampopo is the best IMHO. A local secret. The staff are very nice too and will keep refilling your hot tea! If you see a big sumo type guy behind the counter definitely eat there. He is the owner and the best chef. Its cash only but theres a bank of america ATM in the building.More

Date of visit: August 2013
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