Best of Boston

Best Japanese Restaurant

2019 Best Japanese Restaurant


Three years after it transformed from a small but stellar sashimi bar into a fully realized, bi-level izakaya, this slick spot is still turning out [...] read more»
2015 Best Japanese Restaurant


Ken Oringer's swanky sushi den is known for its artistic, stop-you-in-your-tracks renditions of raw fish, but there's so much more to love. During dinner service, [...] read more»
2014 Best Japanese Restaurant

Izakaya Ittoku

At an authentic Japanese izakaya, the food is meant to serve as a supporting role to the endless flow of sake. But at this Brighton [...] read more»
2013 Best Japanese Restaurant


Most Japanese restaurants around here are either sushi specialists or theatrical hibachi houses. Shiki, a subterranean spot tucked away on a Coolidge Corner side street, [...] read more»
2008 Best Japanese Restaurant

O Ya

It's probably impossible to top the breathless praise that's already been heaped on this gem of a sushi boîte. But here goes: The year-old Leather [...] read more»
2008 Best Japanese Restaurant, Affordable


Where to go when you're craving fantastic raw creations on a burned-out budget: Douzo, near Back Bay Station, which serves up little sushi treasures that [...] read more»
2006 Best Japanese Restaurant, Berkshires


Great Barrington
We've been known to drive all the way to the Berkshires just to eat at Bizen. Owner Michael Marcus—a potter who makes all the restaurant's [...] read more»
1999 Best Japanese Restaurant

Tatsukichi Boston

The branch in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo is famous for its fried foods, but the Boston outpost doesn't slack in that department, either, offering [...] read more»
1998 Best Japanese Restaurant


For authentic Japanese cuisine, Ginza quite simply can't be beat— and we looked. We love the wide, flat platters of sushi and sashimi; love the [...] read more»
1996 Best Japanese Restaurant


From the Edamame (boiled green soy beans) to the Caterpillar Maki (eel, avocado, cucumber, flying fish roe, sushi rice, and seaweed, rolled into the shape [...] read more»