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Authentic Sushi & Japanese Cuisine  - Sakabayashi Sushi Tavern, Boston, MA

Sakabayashi Sushi Tavern

4.2
4.2
14 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
The authentic ambiance of giant lanterns, Japanese style watercolor thick brush artwork along the walls and hanging cedar leaves – a traditional sign of fresh sake – sets the stage for an unparalleled dining experience.

The menu is a delightful journey through the best of Japanese cuisine, offering a modern twist on shared sushi platters and sake bars. Each dish is a masterpiece, crafted with premium toro imported directly from Japan, ensuring every bite is as authentic as it is delicious.

The sushi chefs, true artisans of their craft and spearheaded by 3 Chefs directly imported from Japan, work with a precision and passion that's palpable.

Pairing the meal with their extensive sake list, featuring selections that perfectly complement the sushi, is a must. For those looking for something a bit different, the inventive cocktails provide a refreshing counterpoint to the rich flavors of the food.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Japanese Speciality
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (857) 449-9006
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 14 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

14 Reviews
  1. brooklineresident

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a breath of fresh air; the menu is new and different from most sushi places in Boston. The service is attentive and the food is delicious. Highly recommended; go now before it gets impossible to get in.

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  2. Craig

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Superb meal choice, spot on service, reasonable pricing. We will definitely go back.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came here with some friends to celebrate my birthday. Our server was very attentive and checked on us often. The menu was pretty diverse and offered a large variety of things. As a sushi lover, I especially appreciated the various combinations of fish, and the price seemed reasonable. Would come again for another special occasion, but is too pricey to come and eat here regularly.

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  4. KatherineP

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly and welcoming. They got busy and forgot to bring part of our order. Had to wait a long time to check out.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Their servers were poorly trained and not enthusiastic about serving to the customer. Food is not that great. Some fish was half frozen, sushi rice is too soft

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a business lunch meeting, you could taste the quality of the fish. It was fresh and delicious. The miso was good, and the soy they use is the best I've had in Boston. They've added some items to the lunch menu from the dinner menu, which is great as it adds to the variety and allows you to share items. Will be back.

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  7. DavidS

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Review: Sakabayashi Sushi Tavern Visit on Sunday, 5/26/2024 at 11:30 AM My visit to Sakabayashi Sushi Tavern on Sunday, May 26th, 2024, was highly disappointing. Despite the decent food, the service was so poor that I cannot recommend this restaurant. The primary server seemed improperly trained, more interested in chatting or attending to other tasks than serving us. We had to repeatedly seek help from other servers. When ordering, there was no proper explanation of the menu. My child did not want sushi or sushi rice, so we ordered a side of plain white rice. Instead, we received marinated sushi rice, and only later were told that all rice is prepared this way, which we should have known upfront. The sequence of our food was chaotic. First, one appetizer arrived. Shortly after, my wife’s sushi and tempura set came out. By the time she was a third through her meal, my ramen and sushi set finally arrived. This staggering of dishes is unacceptable; even though this isn't a fine dining establishment, I expect our meals to be served at roughly the same time. To add to the confusion, another appetizer arrived when we were halfway through our meal, even though it had been ordered with everything else. Throughout our meal, servers frequently interrupted to remove empty plates, despite there being ample space on our table. This disruption was unnecessary and annoying, especially since no new food was coming out. The final straw was when our server dropped a chopstick on my wife's clothing, causing a soy sauce stain. If servers cannot manage to carry items without dropping them, they should do so in smaller batches. Overall, this visit was a very unpleasant experience. While the food itself was decent, the service was so poor that it overshadowed any enjoyment we might have had from the meal. I cannot in good conscience recommend Sakabayashi Sushi Tavern and, unfortunately, cannot even award it a single star due to the dreadful service. We will not be returning.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sushi was outstanding. Everything we ordered was delicious, and my daughter especially loved their California roll and Karaage! We’ll definitely be going back there again soon!

    1 person found this helpful

  9. KarlaB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent first time experience! We loved the edamame seasoning and the sushi was so fresh.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We went for lunch on Mother’s Day after reviewing their website and extensive menu. The greeting was wonderful by the whole team. It plummeted from there. Out of their extensive menu THE ONLY aspect of the menu they offer is the “lunch menu” during the day… Now before you rush to judgment, please peruse their menu….. their “lunch menu” is tiny, and one of I think 5 menus they offer (cold dishes, hot dishes, quick apps, lunch menu, drinks). At lunch, you can not order any maki rolls (!!). At lunch they said they can’t do anything hot, so when I asked if they could make their wasabi caprese from their “quick apps” menu, which sounded fun, nope they couldn’t do that, either…. It’s disappointing that a place with so much potential isn’t trying to meet basic needs of the consumer. We ended up at Basho later in the day and it was WONDERFUL!

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Sakabayashi Sushi Tavern is rated 4.2 stars by 14 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Sakabayashi Sushi Tavern

665 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116-4823

Additional information

  • Area
    Back Bay
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Japanese Speciality
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
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