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Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant

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(44 Reviews)

131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

(617) 859-8886

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Hours

Regular Hours

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Phone: (617) 859-8885

Fax: (617) 859-8806

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visa, amex, discover, master card
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Columbus, South End
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Douzo Japanese Restaurant

Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant and Lounge

Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant & Lounge

Douzo Japanese Restaurant & Lounge

Categories
Japanese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Bars, Bar & Grills, Sushi Bars, Cocktail Lounges, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Lot

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Family Style, Sushi, Bar & Grills

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steve alexandris

09/21/2010

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Don't go to Douzo - Its an utter waste of time

The decor of the establishment is bland. It isn't particularly elegant, the service does not justify the price, and the place is extremely small. The spicy seafood salad is tiny, the rolls have too much rice and not enough sushi (an indicator of cheap ownership). The food was mediocre at best. I would not recommend it. I have eaten sushi at at least a hundred locations from California to New York, Japan, and Korea. For a truly authentic sushi place, that has healthy portions, a clean elegant decor, and excellent service, try A Table for All Seasons. Forget Douzo, its an overpriced, stuffy little place with an unwelcoming atmosphere, that has larger social aspirations than it does culinary ones.

josiebean87

04/07/2010

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Douzo Review

Huge fan of this place, however it is a bit pricey. The location is basically right off of the Back Bay train station, therefore making it a hot spot for late night dinners practically any day of the week. Take a date here, grab some quick but good sushi, or just sit by the bar for some after work hour drinks. I've only been here on a Thursday night and business was bustling, which I like seeing over an empty and quite dining room. However this does mean you should be prepared to wait a while if you visit Thurs-Sat, so try making reservations if you can. Even waiting by the bar gets tricky on these days, since it's somewhat small and gets crowded very easily.

christie584

02/12/2010

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Amazing Sushi!!!

Before going to Douzo, we were big fans of sushi, but pretty much stuck to the basics. At Douzo, we ordered the Omakase (where the chef creates a plate of whatever he chooses) for $70 (to split). It was the best, melt in your mouth sushi we have ever had! The fish was incredibly fresh and we found ourselves loving the eel and their specialty rolls. The service was great both times we went with our server being kind enough to explain what everything on the platter was (repeatedly!!). We would recommend Douzo to anyone and, although we wouldn't mind trying another sushi restaurant in Boston, we can't force ourselves to stray from Douzo!!!

tatianista

01/17/2010

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Overrated Restaurant: style, but very little content.

I don't hate this place, but I don't quite get all the 5-star reviews, either. I work nearby, so I've stopped in a few times (for take-out, post-work drinks with co-workers. and dinner with friends), but I have yet to be completely satisfied with my experience. Sure, the place is pretty and the food taste almost as good as it looks (What can I say. I'm a sucker for presentation), but I still think Douzo is a case of style over content, i.e. hot looks but tepid personality.

The last time I went there for dinner, our party of four was seated quickly and our order was taken within a reasonable amount of time. We waited a little longer than what might have been expected considering it was a weeknight and they weren't horrible busy but hey...these things happen. No biggie.

So the food came. It looked lovely and it was very good but hardly amazing. No one checked on our table after they served us and when it was time for the check we waited. And waited. When we finally got our waiter's attention and asked for check, he promised it immediately. Then we waited some more. Literally half-an-hour went by between clean plates and the bill, which wouldn't have been so bad had we not waited another 30-minutes (after speaking with the hostess, etc) for the waiter to return with very little apology.

If I didn't think there were a million other places in the area that I could get better sushi (or a better deal, a better atmosphere, a better experience, etc.) I might try them again. However, Since this is hardly the case, I'll leave this place to those of you who must have more time and money to waste than I do.

wbarnstable

10/28/2009

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delicious! great decor! great service!

my favorite sushi in town, by far.

MizZim

10/29/2008

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Best sushi I've had so far...

The sushi was so fresh, it melted in my mouth. The waitress was wonderful & very helpful, and her suggestions were on point. Their Cocolate Volcano Lava and Banana Tempura were out-of-this-world-delicious. I have tried my share of Martinies and had not found a Martini I could say I like, but after having their Green Tea Martini, I can now say I have a Martini of preference. It was all worth every penny.

MizZim

Melissa63

06/25/2008

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Best Sushi I have ever had

This was the best sushi I have ever had and the service was great as well.
If you are in the mood for good sushi and are in Boston, do not miss this place!

ChoiChoi

06/05/2008

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Overrated

Fish on sushi is quite thin. You are certainly paying more for the rent, location and the decor than the food.

aaa1aaaa

03/25/2008

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Very Average Sushi

I live in NYC but travel to Boston every week and since I am a sushi lover, I go to Douzo (I know of no other sushi place near my hotel). I like the ambience but I am afraid the sushi and maki is sooo average. Too much rice on the maki---much more rice than actual fish. To top that, the maki rolls just collapse as soon as one picks them up and dips them in soy sauce. Last night, I ordered some miso cod--which is supposed to me soft and buttery but Douzo's cod was dry and overcooked. I can order better maki and sushi from the small takeaway shop near my apartment at 1/3 of the price.

joshua_yashiro

11/27/2007

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great restaurnat I love it

I been going to Douzo since they open the door for business almost 2 years ago, Im huge huge fan of Douzo. great drinks & fresh sushi & great food, excellent service and freindly hostest. 3 hours parking for $5.00, very trendy, for the price you are paying for it, what can we ask for more, ,,,,,except they need more seats for restaurant , Keep up Douzo, Excellent Job

takuyaitaki

10/22/2007

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Douzo is great

Personally I love Douzo, has been goinng since they open, Food and Service is great, drink as well
it is my regular spot, been internatioal student from Japan, I love Douzo, Keep up the good work

pegs1123

10/20/2007

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Unprofessional management, frozen shumai, hair in sushi - appetizing, don't you think?

I had the most heinous experience at Douzo. And I mean heinous. After waiting an hour (which is fine and normal in Boston), we order and my friend and boyfriend's sushi arrive 40 minutes after we order. Shockingly late, I know. The waitress then informs us that the fish he ordered as well is no longer available. Why was he not informed right after he ordered....instead of 40 minutes later? Clearly a kitchen and communication problem. Then, the manager comes over and insincerely offers free dessert. What he should have offered was a comprable fish on the house. My boyfriend then finds a piece of hair strewn across his sushi - after he has already eaten 2 pieces - yes, disgustingly, he ingested this hair. How does the owner respond? By offering a new plate of sushi. PLEASE. Who can have any appetite after realizing they've ingested hair. The owner is so offended by my boyfriend's refusal for a new plate, that he walks away and never returns to ask ""What can I do to make this better?"" Only after I approach the owner and cajole him into understanding my boyfriend's viewpoint does he begrudgingly agree to comp my boyfriend's meal and take-off a round of drinks. The owner even had the audacity to say he was going to offer a $15 gift certificate, but decided against it because he felt offended by my boyfriend's response. Who would return to this unrefined, ill-managed place to use a $15 gift certificate? And one more thing - as a Chinese-American, I know some Asian food well, and I can tell you that the shumai that you pay $6.50 for, tastes eerily familiar - from the frozen section at the Chinese grocery store familiar. Consider yourself warned - your precious money and time are better spent elsewhere.

fine_chocolate

09/30/2007

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if you're in Boston, this is a MUST-GO

I am a HUGE fan of douzo, and now I miss it so much after I moved. I used to go there every other week. The food is DELICIOUS. the starters are amazing. The spicy seafood salad is heavenly. The fried shomai too, the othe spicy shrimp something i forgot the name.

As for the rolls, I love the PHOENIX roll you HAVE to try it. the shrimp tempura roll ofcourse, and the volcano, everything is nice there. And the desserts are also amazing.

if you wanna have a great sushi experience,authentic, and a beautiful atmoshphere, it's the place to go.

jksushi

08/26/2007

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Great Atmosphere... good sushi

We went here for the first time and it was tasty. There were some creative rolls, however, it was very pricey. I guess you are paying to eat in Back Bay.I recommend this restaurant for people on dates, rather than for families. I liked their Snow Mt Roll.

joyly80

07/07/2007

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food was okay, paying for ambiance

I went to Douzo for the first time last night and it was decent... the food was pretty solid, but certainly nothing to rave about. I've definitely had better at Oishii or even Fugakyu for that matter. That being said, they have great drinks, a nice ambiance and pretty good service. It''s modern and trendy and it's obvious that's what you're paying for. My only caveat: Some of the tables are squished so closely together that you can hear exactly what the people next to you are saying... it's a little uncomfortable and definitely somewhat intrusive when you feel like you have to whisper. Overall though, if you're looking for superior sushi, Douzo is not it, but if decent sushi, in a great location and a nice setting is up your alley then Douzo is the place to go.

lbor

06/23/2007

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Great sushi, great service

After reading several of the previous reviews, I felt motivated to offer my own perspective. I eat at Douzo a least twice a month, and have come to feel as though I'm part of the Douzo Family. The service is prompt, friendly, and witty; the food is always good; and the bartenders, while always eager to offer suggestions, vary in their skill. My favorite items to order are the seafood kaiyaki--a mix of spicy mayo, octopus, tobiko, and daikon radish warmed in the oven and served with cheese on top, the escolar sashimi--rich, buttery white fish (sometimes refered to at other places as ""super white tuna"") with a mild but satisfying flavor, and the snow mountain roll--shrimp tempura on the inside, with flakey snow crab topping the outside of the roll, in a mountain-like (get it?) formation. Also good is the summer roll--avocado and cucumber on the inside, spicy tuna on the outside, the dragon roll--sweet potato tempura on the inside, water eel and avocado on the outside, and the nabeyaki udon--thick udon noodles in a mild broth with seafood and various Japanese veggies.

I think the place still has a few kinks to work out-- sometimes the sushi line gets really delayed, and the place tends to get positively packed on weekend nights--but it really is one of my favorite places to dine out.

fajitatrio

05/25/2007

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Where is Quality?

All i can say is the worst lunch i ever had. I eat there once, didn?t like it. For the hell of it i give it a chance to go try again. The lunch that i order today was Spicy SEAFOOD Don. I was disappointed to see what I have in front of me. All they put in with rice were spicy mayo imitation crabstick with some fish eggs and it cost 8.95. Hey! if there are some real seafood there, i won't have anything to say about it. The quality of the food is bad. I would rather pay more money to eat at Oishii, to have some great quality food at least it will satisfy my ONLY stomach.

abeaudry

05/02/2007

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Best Sushi in Town, Great Atmosphere

I dine at Douzo frequently and have never been disappointed... in fact, each time I go, I love it even more! I admit that I am a bit of a sushi snob and Douzo is my absolute all time favorite in Boston. Last Thursday I was in with friends and was taken away by how INCREDIBLE the sushi tasted, but also how beautifully it was presented ? try the Toro Torch Roll and the Scallop Kiwi Roll? my all-time favorites. I was also pleasantly surprised by Douzo?s new wine and cocktail list? the Gingertini tastes like absolute heaven. There are some really great ? and affordable ? wines that really compliment the dishes. I highly recommend Douzo for any occasion ? drinks with friends, a special occasion? and it?s a great place to bring a date. On top of the great food, the atmosphere is trendy but still cozy and the staff is really friendly. Obviously, I?m hooked ? just wanted to spread the word if you?ve not yet discovered the place.

tylersloan

04/26/2007

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Best Sushi in Boston.

Douzo is a new trendy sushi restaurant in Boston. Everything is delicious and fresh. I would recommend making reservations.

masik12

03/13/2007

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Has really gone downhill since opening!

This was my second time at Douzo: the first time I loved the food and the service. This time showed that like many restaurants that get popular quickly, Douzo has not been able to accommodate that popularity. The food was still good, but the sushi bar was running about an hour late on a Monday night! There was no valet parking and staff could not recommend a garage. The hostess that put us on the list gave us one wait time, but when we parked and came in, we were given a new time, one that was over 20 minutes longer from the original estimate.... Had we known, we might have gone to another restaurant before paying for parking. Service at the bar was slow too, it took 10 minutes just to put in a drink order and there was a shortage of drinks menus. The only bright spot of the whole experience was our waitress (Jeanine) who was incredibly attentive, pleasant and honest about the sushi bar delays. Otherwise, this was a dissappointing experience that put a damper or our celebration.... A place at this pricepoint should really be better at operational stuff. Next time, it's off to Osushi!

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