Owner and Executive Chef Youji Iwakura is bringing a new authentic taste of Japan to Boston. Kamakura—aptly named for and inspired by his hometown in Japan - will feature nouvelle washoku bistro fare; modern-day seasonal kaiseki (set tasting courses); fresh sushi omakase (leave-it-up-to-the-chef); and bento-style boxes (lunch offerings). Kamakura sources fresh, local ingredients to emphasize the seasonal importance of washoku and kaiseki, and highlights its artful displays as much as taste. A carefully curated beverage menu is equally prioritized with an extensive sake list, including Dovetail Sake from Waltham on tap and Yamanashi indigenous “Koshu” grape wine from Japan. Kamakura is the first restaurant in Boston to offer Japanese wine, a feat Youji has been very passionate about since 2004. In addition to the sophisticated and refined menu offerings, Kamakura highlights several dining experiences. Guests can have an intimate dinner alongside the chef at the first-floor kaiseki bar, or they can opt for a more casual affair at the open-air “Kumo” bar and lounge, featuring a 400-square foot retractable roof with exquisite views of Boston’s Custom House. At “Kumo,” Kamakura offers Matcha Tea Time in the afternoons, providing guests with Japanese tea, and both savory and sweet seasonal creations. Whether experiencing an authentic kaiseki meal or unwinding with a sake on the rooftop lounge, Kamakura welcomes Boston for an innovative Japanese experience.

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Great atmosphere and staff! Different spin on Japanese cuisine.

Stephanie, March 5, 2020

So delicious & a great atmosphere!

Robin, February 26, 2020

It was delicious, but definitely upscale. Not your typical Sushi restaurant, but it was a nice change of pace.

John, February 4, 2020

limited selection, but great quality food

Kayla, January 31, 2020

Very different fish.

Ling, January 12, 2020

I didn't get the chance to try it, unfortunately!!

Mireia, January 9, 2020


Greg, December 27, 2019

The atmosphere and service was excellent

Nathan, December 21, 2019

good food

Seth, December 20, 2019

Good view from the seventh floor!

Amogh, December 18, 2019


Olivia, December 16, 2019

Great food and beautifully restaurant, with lovely staff! I’d definitely recommend!

Susan, December 14, 2019

Delicious food but overpriced for what it was

Wini, December 14, 2019

Lovely food and nice space!

Stephanie, December 13, 2019

The food is fantastic! One of the best meals I’ve had in Boston. The space is beautifully designed as well.

Sam, December 13, 2019

It was great and I'll be going again soon.

Andrea, December 13, 2019

Great service!

Alexander, December 13, 2019

Great food. Lovely people

Winny, December 12, 2019

Very solid fare in a classy environment with super friendly staff!

Kantiya, December 11, 2019


Bala, December 11, 2019

Really good food, but expensive. Limited bar selection as well

James, December 11, 2019

very inventive and delicious food, great wait staff

Daniel, December 9, 2019

Good sushi!

Adrianne, December 7, 2019

Great service, atmosphere and food quality! We sat on the 7th floor with a great food. I would definitely recommend Kamakura!

Tara, December 6, 2019

Very nice staff and lovely ambiance. Delicious home style comfort food.

Tina, December 6, 2019

It was great! Loved to ambience!

Gerry, December 6, 2019

Great food and great staff

Nina, December 6, 2019

Can't wait to go back! Definitely more small plates so if you're not into that then it's not your place.

Amanda, December 4, 2019

Nice atmostphere in the little restuarant with very polite customer service. A little expensive but very tasty! They are correct that the portion sizes are "modest".

Melanie, December 2, 2019


Fred, November 30, 2019

Nice decor. Good service. Very good food.

Nick, November 28, 2019

The sushi was very fresh!

Eliza, November 27, 2019


Beth, November 26, 2019

Kamakura was a lovely, upscale Japanese restaurant that offered unique menu items not otherwise found at typical sushi venues. Our server was helpful and attentive, and the food came out in a timely fashion.

Lauren, November 25, 2019

Delicious, innovative cuisine with nice atmosphere!

Stephanie, November 24, 2019

Quality of the food was definitely very strong, on par with the likes of Oishi. That being said, it’s pricy especially in consideration to everything being served tapas style.

Jason, November 22, 2019

Great place with creative dishes

Amin, November 21, 2019

Delicious, small plates, intimate atmosphere, very nice staff.

Siobhan, November 21, 2019

The food and service at Kamakura was wonderful. I’ll be going back very soon. It was so easy to get the gift certificate credited to my bill. It’s a great app!

Jocelyn, November 20, 2019

Very stylish and good service!

JM, November 20, 2019

It was very delicious

Nounouce4eva, November 20, 2019

Really incredible bar tender, the ramen was delicious and I enjoyed the vibe and location. They also have a 7th floor bar with a retractable rooftop and a cool view. Great spot and service!

Katelyn, November 18, 2019

Delicate, delicious poke tower

Nicole, November 18, 2019

Very nice calm atmosphere and amazingly delicious food. I’ll be back!

Julia, November 18, 2019

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our server was very good. He was friendly and efficient and attentive without ever being too attentive, and knew the food very well, answering all the questions we had. The ambience was peaceful with a nice view over State Street.

Linda, November 18, 2019

it was great! food and drinks were delicious

Katherine, November 16, 2019

Small portions but great quality

Igor, November 15, 2019

The lobster maki was great!

Lauren, November 14, 2019

Great food, great atmosphere and decor, and outstanding service! Loved this place and will definitely be back.

Samar, November 14, 2019

Fancy atmosphere and delicious experimental cuisine!

Sara, November 13, 2019

Great imaginative food

Michael, November 13, 2019

Great combination of flavors and very unique dishes. Really enjoyed the kaisu salad and seafood soup

Rayhaan, November 12, 2019

excellent lunch

Alex, November 12, 2019

Food was great!

Amanda, November 12, 2019


Jacob, November 12, 2019

high quality to a moderate price. I loved it.

Anders, November 12, 2019

Food was beyond phenomenal - truly perfect, service was top notch, cocktails were incredible and the ambiance is beautiful. Will definitely be back!

Justin, November 11, 2019

Great food and great service. Did 4 small plates with my husband and it was a great amount of food.

Lauren, November 11, 2019

The quality and beauty of the fish is exquisite. Kind servers. Will be back for lunch.

Jill, November 10, 2019

It was good experience. The food was fancy and a expensive.

Elham, November 8, 2019

Excellent food, appealing setting, and delightful, solicitous staff. Thank you!

Zarmik, November 6, 2019

Good was terrific

Steven, November 6, 2019

The staff and environment was great but the food was a bit out of our taste, but in general that was a good experience, thank you for offering

Zainab, November 6, 2019

Delicate plates, small portions but fulfilling. The Kamakura noodle clam soup was tasty. Decorated with saffron needles, in a nest of ramen egg noodles with a pouch egg on the side. The houjicha pudding was light and refreshing with a hint of matcha tea. I would definitely go back to try other delicacies and for the view, too.

Marcela, November 4, 2019

Kamakura was AMAZING!! the staff was friendly, the food was one of the best meals Ive had in Boston. I ordered the Buddha Bowl with salmon and it came with a miso soup. So yummy and the portions were large. I couldn't stop telling my friends how great of a place it is.

Coralea, November 3, 2019

The poke tower and rice ball were both excellent, very aesthetic presentation, definitely a cool experience for someone looking for some upscale Japanese dining!!

Alexa, November 3, 2019

This place was absolutely Divine. The food, the ambiance, the servers. I was treated so we'll, highly recommend. The freshest fish, a true Japanese experience.

Elizabeth, November 2, 2019

All the dishes were mouthwateringly amazing, from the presentation to the flavors.

Annie, November 1, 2019

Very good service, the food had great flavor. Because it is tapas style and the restaurant is small, prepare to spend a decent amount of time here. My only gripe is that their wasabi is flavored horseradish, which I only noticed because for every piece of nigiri, there was wasabi tucked between the fish and rice. (Which impressed how authentic the chefs were, but my sensitive tongue would really appreciate real wasabi since it's milder!)

Alice, November 1, 2019

I thought Kamakura was amazing! The food was delicious and the drinks were exquisite. The bar tender was very friendly and he made the experience that much more enjoyable. Although I went alone, it also seems like it would make a great date spot. I definitely hope to go back again.

Pierson, November 1, 2019

Delicious fresh fish! Reasonably priced menu with great offerings and nice staff. Food came out quickly and dishes were plated beautifully. Can’t wait to be back here

Ariana, October 31, 2019

Very pricy

Keiko, October 31, 2019

Very nice cocktails

Emily, October 30, 2019

First of all we would like to say, the food was AMAZING, as well as the service. We selected a "thumbs down" because on our order we had asked for water, but didn't know the bottles of water were being charged. We ended up paying $16 for water, which is a bit crazy. We would've been quite happy with tap water! Please make it perfectly clear when an item that is normally free has a charge associated with it. Ultimately, we left the resteraunt feeling that we had been decieved. Thanks!

Alan, October 29, 2019

Great service. Food was good.

Juliana, October 29, 2019

Would not have considered trying this place without a Nift and I’m so glad I did!

Lucy, October 29, 2019

Small plates (we were warned by our server), but high quality food. Good flavors, but expensive.

Katie, October 28, 2019

Great sushi and cocktails, 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up

Cory, October 28, 2019

The food was delicious and the service was great! All of the servers were very knowledgeable about the menu.

Alfe, October 27, 2019

The food was very tasty, fresh and we'll presented. Also the service was great.

Stachia, October 26, 2019

Great atmosphere and delicious food. Very fresh and authentic cuisine.

David, October 25, 2019

Kamakura’s noodle soup w/onset egg (cooked more than runny but still soft) was fabulous! Enjoyed every slurpy bite. But the best part was the satisfying (vegan/gluten free) desserts: dark chocolate ganache + Mexican wedding cookies. Secret ingredient: tofu and rice! Will be back for more and also lunch bowls. Manager at bar was very nice too

Joanne, October 25, 2019

Much more casual vibe at lunch — certainly recommend it! Very pricey for dinner => way more affordable at lunch. Exquisite quality. A gem of a restaurant and great value at lunch.

Celine, October 25, 2019

The food was great!

Bryan, October 25, 2019

Delicious food!

Kasia, October 25, 2019

Good cod, small portion

Alicia, October 25, 2019

really delicious and unique food. A location I don't think I would have gone to if not for NIFT. Glad I tried it! I will be back I think.

Adam, October 24, 2019

Portions were a bit small, making the restaurant a bit pricey but the food was delicious

Jonathan, October 23, 2019

Great Bento Boxes!

Chanel, October 23, 2019

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Max, October 23, 2019

server was very knowlegable and helpful!

Devon, October 22, 2019

The food and ambiance was great. The waiter did a good job of explaining the dishes. You can tell they put a lot of work in attention to detail. The first floor has tables and a sushi bar, and the second floor has tables with a view of State as well as a bar. I enjoyed the soup starter, poke jewels, and a mocktail for lunch. I will certainly be back.

David, October 21, 2019

I really enjoyed this restaurant! The service was great and very thorough. We sat at the bar and the bartender was very polite, giving us suggestions on things to eat and drinks to try out. I really appreciated that they gave us an explanation of the ingredients of what we were being served. We got the poke tower, shishito peppers, the chef's selection sushi, and the pork belly. All were phenomenal and I would definitely go again.

Ashley, October 20, 2019

Great food!

Rasika, October 20, 2019

Beautiful space and inventive dishes

Madeleine, October 19, 2019

Authentic food, great quality. Service professional. Liked Kamakura a lot!

Andreas, October 18, 2019

Food flavors were great. Atmosphere was inviting. A bit pricey. I enjoyed the intention being shared plates.

Felicia, October 18, 2019

My friend and I enjoyed the urban izakaya and we loved the variety in sharable small dishes that were delicious. The unagi egg custard was stellar and melted in our mouths, and the hamachi sashimi was tender and flavorful without needing any condiments.

Sherry, October 17, 2019


Camarie, October 16, 2019

The food was really good, but it was fairly expensive.

Annelise, October 16, 2019

The ambiance was great, the server was courteous and efficient, the food was prepared quickly and it was tasty.

Prabha, October 16, 2019


Connor, October 15, 2019

The service was really good and the food was impeccable. Really good. Great for a date really good!

Shantal, October 14, 2019

beautiful place, slightly cramped tables, small portions

Michelle, October 14, 2019

The service and food was great. A bit on the expensive side though.

Brock, October 13, 2019

Such wonderful service. Even got a complimentary starter from the chef! Loved finding a new favorite spot... The eggplant was incredible. Will be back.

Jodi, October 13, 2019

Great location, delicious food, but disappointing customer service when attempting to take rest of food to go...when customer already paid for food, please do not be precious about taking leftovers, especially when leaving due to flight change. Thank You

Kelly, October 13, 2019

Yummy dinner.

Lynda, October 11, 2019

Very tasty.

Midori, October 10, 2019

It’s a little pricey for lunch but it was absolutely delicious!! The quality was top-notch and the mix of flavors was divine

Lindsey, October 8, 2019

OMG..all staffs are great friendly minded. chefs,servers are cordially talk with customers, definitely I will have to go there again with friends. First time Japanese food, excellent.

MD, October 8, 2019

Delicious food and great service!

Marina, October 4, 2019

Great staff, terrific food!

Martin, October 3, 2019

The chef is extremely friendly. He had recommended me items and went thoroughly went the menu for lunch - was not disappointed. I liked the homemade tofu. Also showed me the Dessert Menu (even though it was lunch) and was able to get a pudding (and got a free biscotti on the side)- so delicious!

Rachel, October 2, 2019
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