1002 Beacon St, Brookline, MA | Directions 0244642.346410 -71.107049
Monday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Friday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Great sushi in a not overly trendy environment. – My friends and I love getting sushi here on a regular basis because it is a great place for groups and a comfortable dining setting. Unlike a lot of sushi restaurants, this place isn't über contemporary and filled with uncomfortable chairs and tables. It's great sushi and conveniently located.
Oh, and on nice days they open the patio overlooking Beacon St., which is a plus. They have such a nice location.
Horrible food – Ginza's website looked great so we thought the food might be good as well. However, there was gravel in my shrimp tempura roll! We returned the food and refused to eat anything else, and they still tried to charge us for everything. It was horrible. I'm definitely filing a complaint with the city.
I'll never go there again. – I'm Japanese.I was looking forward to going to GINZA because I have heard it 's pretty good.But I was totally disappointed!The waitresses' attitudes were so BAD.They treated me like a little kid,though I am a grownup.What is more,when I didn't give them a tip because I didn't want to,they brought the bill to us again!
Also the sushi didn't taste good.I do prefer "Blue Fin" in cambridge.
I wonder why there are no Japanese waitresses in GINZA?They are Asian,but they are not Japanese at all.
Complete dissatisfaction with mediocre sushi/poor service. – I went here with a group of friends after hearing several high recommendations from friends and clients, only to find mediocre service and food. The waitress was very unaccomodating to our group, and of the ten plates ordered, three had to be sent back because they weren't even correct! What made the experience even more unenjoyable was that the waitress did not hesitate to shove her elbows and reach over us and in front of our faces to refill our water glasses, while also managing to sprinkle our sushi and sashimi with water from the pitcher, every single time. I was horrified when we received the bill and discovered that we were charged for the plates that were brought to us incorrectly, as well as the correct ones they brought out after taking the wrong ones away. It was such a letdown for us to spend almost $250 on dinner and leave feeling completely dissatisfied.
Brookline's outpost of the popular Chinatown sushi emporium delivers equally satisfying Japanese treats in roomier, comfier environs. – The Scene
Suburbanites and young couples flock to this Kenmore Square spot for impeccable service and top-level sushi. Kimono-clad, bilingual waitresses greet diners with a hot towel and proceed to describe the numerous Japanese delicacies on the lengthy, intricate menu. Rounding out the ambience is the bright sushi bar (patrolled by up to four master dicers and rollers) and a killer sake bar that features 20 varieties.
With an extensive, colorful sushi list and over 100 items on the dinner menu, patrons face several tough decisions when ordering. After starting with a taste of the award-winning sushi (try a slice of delicate tuna belly or the refreshingly clean avocado and eel roll), enjoy an entree of lightly fried shrimp tempura or smoky beef negima (scallion) teriyaki. Creamy, homemade coconut ice cream provides a palate-cleansing finish.
Has seriously gone downhill from its glory days. If you know your sushi, stay away! – What a shame!! This used to be one of the best sushi places in town and I have eaten here many times over the past 4 years. But twice in the last 3 weeks I have been incredibly disappointed with the quality of the sushi this place is serving. The first time was a little more than 2 weeks ago. I sat at the sushi bar and ordered some sashimi, but what I got was of less than average quality and quite disappointed. Two weeks later, a friend and I wanted to have dinner before a show and Ginza came up. Considering my previous experience an aberration, I gave the place the benefit of the doubt and we still ended up there (and I wish we didn't). Again we sat at the sushi bar and ordered some a la cart sushi. This time was much worse than the previous one and we were served some of the worst sushi I ever had!
On my way out I stopped and talked to the manager. I respectfully told him my history with the place and how the last two visits were quite contrary to what I have come to expect. All he did was say that he was going to enquire about what we had and look into it. That's it! Not that I was looking for anything from him (I had decided to never come back), but he didn't even try to offer us (the unhappy customers) anything to try to win us back. To me, this clearly shows why the place has deteriorated so much. Current management clearly does not care about customer satisfaction or quality any more.
If you are a sushi connoisseur, stay away from this place. What a shame.
Best in Boston – This is one of my favorite sushi spots in the whole city (the only one I recommend is Oishii in Brookline). I've eaten at many sushi spots throughout the country and Ginza is always fresh and tops for Boston (which doesn't have many sushi spots). My standard to compare sushi are Japanese sushi spots on the West Coast (LA or SF) which are excellent. The atmosphere is good and besides sushi, Ginza has the best teriyaki and tempura in the city. The fish is very fresh and although the rolls aren't the most innovative (which I don't mind), it's good enough to top other places in the city. Atmosphere is casual and prices are on par with an avg sushi joint, which means around $25-30 per person including one drink each.
Overrated – I often hear rave reviews about how good Ginza is, and how great the sushi is.
Myself, I find it highly overrated. The sushi quality is good, but not great considering how expensive it is. And it is expensive, even for sushi.
The presentation of the food is excellent, the decor and ambience very nice. The service is courteous, but not great. It's usually slow (even accounting for how busy it is) and not very on the ball. The times I've gone I've left the place feeling unfulfilled, and slightly ripped off.
The place is very popular though, so if you do go be prepared to wait.
One of the best Japanese Restaurants – Ginza in Brookline is one of the better Japanese/ Sushi restaurants in Greater Boston. The food and service are great. It's a good place to experiment with different sushi and even Japanese food but the popular stuff is just as good. The only con, is that Friday and Saturday night are busy so it is best to get a reservation or go early.
too expensive for merely good sushi – At Ginza's prices I would've expected super fresh sushi. The sushi and its preparation are good but not great and do not merit the prices Ginza charges. My husband and I were seated in the rear on our last visit facing the busy kitchen entrance and had to see wait staff noisily go in and out. Oishii has comparable prices but much bigger and better portions.
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