In Japan, a tea house offers a welcome break from the stresses of everyday life. It’s a place where you can meet friends for leisurely conversation and the authentic ritual of green tea preparation and refreshment. Gen Sou En Tea House brings this rich cultural tradition to Boston, adding a modern bar and a full-service restaurant. In both our café and our full-service restaurant, we seamlessly blend traditional green tea preparation with a Japanese-inspired menu that includes tea-infused specialties like matcha-dusted salmon and matcha mint fondant. Enjoy breakfast or a casual lunch at the café, inventive sake cocktails and small plates at our bar, or an elegant meal at our restaurant—each is a unique experience that delivers on the tradition of tea house hospitality.

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Great atmosphere and yummy pastries

Raquel, November 2, 2019

I also tried the cafe and restaurant and this might be my new favorite place in Brookline!

Jennifer, June 24, 2019

It was great

Xinni, June 8, 2019

Would love to go back to dine-in.

Christine, June 5, 2019

AWESOME place and food!

George, May 19, 2019

It was great!!

Oana, May 18, 2019

This was a wonderful outing. The staff were particularly kind, and the tea was really comforting!

Stephanie, May 15, 2019

Nice ambiance.

Judith, May 12, 2019

I loved the environment at Gen Sou En Tea House! I just bought tea to go, but I hope to go back and enjoy dining in next time.

Alexandra, May 10, 2019

I’ve already been back! Went in to buy some matcha using my Nift, and then thought it was such a cool atmosphere that I returned with a friend. We had some delicious herbal tea. Great drinks and food, but the atmosphere is what makes this place truly special.

Joseph, May 4, 2019

It was a really interesting restaurant. It was placed in the former Panera, so I couldn't help imagining where all the furniture from Panera went. The design of the restaurant was really clever, with the restaurant area at the back, and the cafe area in the front. The dishes were interested as well; balance of crispy and soft in the seared tofu dish, with a salad on top. The shrimp tempura were perhaps a bit too oily and overall a bit too much sweet sauce in the dishes. Generally impressed!

Hubert, April 28, 2019

The person who helped me was so warm and great.

Meredith, April 24, 2019

Gen Sou En was clean, comfortable, and inviting - the restaurant and the cafe portion both seemed nice, and the food and drinks were tasty and well-priced. I was happy to stay and spend a few hours enjoying the atmosphere and the menu.

Katherine, April 22, 2019


Tracy, April 16, 2019

Gen Sou En is definitely the place to go for authentic Japanese food and beverages in Brookline!

Ki, April 12, 2019

This tea house has such a lovely atmosphere and many different dining configurations. This visit we ate in the little Oasis around the tree under the skylight. Previously I ate at one of the tatami area's sunken tables, and on the edge of the tatami at a table. It's really versatile--from casual cafe conversations to dating and dining. The presentation is lovely but more importantly the food is great! And I say that as someone who does not love matcha.

Miriam, April 8, 2019

the atmosphere has changed from the past- its much more busy and they added tables which gives it a restaurant vibe. In the past it felt much more chill and niche Japanese style Feng shui... but I guess that's what happens when you become popular. I just hope they have plans to expand and open new locations with more space to accommodate the rush while also staying true to their original style.

Hadi, March 24, 2019

My colleague and I didn't even realize that this restaurant was around the corner from us until I was given this Nift certificate, and we just found our new favorite place!

Lauren, February 28, 2019

Gift card was only for retail products, while the shop is focused around sit-down or cafe service. However, I was able to find something I wanted.

Philip, February 25, 2019

It was excellent! I am going back this week. Beautiful plating and the food was delicious!

Erin, February 24, 2019

Loved the food and atmosphere

Roberta, February 23, 2019

It had a great environment service and food. Authentic and fair priced. The place is very well located.

Yasin, February 23, 2019

loved this place! amazing ambiance!

Kritika, February 19, 2019

Our lunch at Gen Sou en Teahouse was excellent. We had Matcha Dusted Salmon and Sesame Crusted Tuna. Both had sophisticated spicing, a variety of fresh ingredients, as well as excellent plate presentation with each entree built in visually appealing layers and excellent sauces. Unfortunately, the service was uneven with some confusion on our order and how to apply the Nift certificate. A manager was quite apologetic and explained they were short staffed that day. We will definitely return.

David, February 19, 2019

Ambiance is great, but food and cleanliness of foodware did not live up to Japanese standards. Tea ware does not insulate well, hot tea becomes cold quickly. Remake prettier drinks for media coverage purpose, normal guests get rushed, ugly handmade drinks.

T, February 18, 2019

The decor was nice, with a peaceful atmosphere upon entering the tea shop. The food was great, though the traditional matcha was a bit bland and watery.

Sherry, February 17, 2019

The staff was extremely helpful and I enjoyed the tea I bought!

Jillian, February 13, 2019

Some of the best japanese food i’ve had in Boston.

Amin, February 12, 2019

Love this tea shop! Only got coffee and tea here but because of the Nift gift card, I bought my own bag of Matcha tea, which I wouldn't originally have done. It's so good and will be buying more!

Sujin, February 11, 2019

I enjoyed the ambiance at the house. We ordered three items on the lunch menu and enjoyed the chicken karage and the rice balls. Portions were great. The salmon dusted with matcha was not very flavorful. Presentation was good, but I thought the salmon tasted bland. I would have preferred a teryaki sauce or honey sauce of some kind. Beautiful space inside, and very relaxing.

Linda, February 10, 2019

The swimming turtle was amazing

Allison, February 9, 2019

Drink service was slow but everything else was great

Cécile, February 9, 2019

It was weird to have the Nift only be for retail merchandise when the place was a cafe/restaurant and they only had a handful of retail items. Would have much preferred being able to try out the cafe items! Looked nice though, and I may be back to try it out.

Rachel, February 5, 2019

The teahouse was lovely. Servers were attentive, food was tasty and the music acts played beautifully and with great stage presence.

Caitlin, February 3, 2019


Gil, January 31, 2019

It was great

KJ, January 30, 2019

I like the roasted tea and would like to see an even bigger tea selection with more exotic, rare teas

Charlie, January 26, 2019

Food was great. Portion size was a bit small for the price but quality of the tuna I had was good. Will certainly go back for more.

Jonathan, January 26, 2019

beAutiful decor, awesome staff and the tea and food were great

Kasey, January 25, 2019

The place was nice and the lady at the till tried to be helpful !

Kendra, January 25, 2019

The retail items are not priced, which is awkward. Also, the new seating is not optimal or friendly. But the tea is good.

Hilary, January 19, 2019

Knew how to use Nift and delicious food

Ann, January 13, 2019

Great place!

Lindsay, January 10, 2019

The customer service was superb. The aesthetics of the restaurants were facisnating along with the food. I’ll definitly return!

Lewisenrique, January 10, 2019

The layout was a little confusing. There’s a dine in section and a cafe section but the areas are not marked and there are only specific spots you can sit in. And the hosts don’t explain it to you when you get in. They treat you as if you’ve been there before but to first time customers like me it can be confusing.

Joanne, January 7, 2019

the customer service was very nice. overall nice spot in every way.

Janet, January 6, 2019

Peaceful ambiance and great serving staff

JM, January 4, 2019

It’s a lovely place, with good tea and food. The environment is really nice.

Rachel, January 2, 2019
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Gen Sou En Tea House