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With Hotel Commonwealth as its grand cornerstone, Kenmore Square is a charming neighborhood of the Back Bay and the true gateway to the many things to do in Boston. In addtion to being the landmark of historic site Red Sox Fenway park, Kenmore Square provides close proximity and easy access to Boston’s many neighborhoods as well as cultural, historic and leisure attractions, the area has an allure all its own.

Fenway Park: Home of the Red Sox

Overlooking historic Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is the perfect choice for baseball fans and is within a short walking distance from the beloved home of the Boston Red Sox. 

Boston University:  Hotel Commonwealth's Avenue Neighbor

Home of the Boston Terriers, Boston University is the largest university in the city, founded in 1839. With over 16,000 full time undergraduates and over 8,500 full time graduate students, as well as a faculty of nearly 4,000, the University spans more than 13 acres right in the heart of Boston. 

With more than 100 colleges and universities located within its metropolitan area, Boston has been appropriately dubbed, "The Athens of America". Boston area schools include some of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. 

World Renowned Hospitals and Medical Centers

The Boston area is world renowned for its state-of-the-art hospitals and medical facilities. From teaching hospitals associated with the area's most prestigious universities, to community health centers, Boston offers the cutting-edge treatment and research that breaks new medical ground and expertly delivers successful patient care. 

Recognized as one of Boston's most upscale neighborhoods and attractions, the Back Bay stretches from the Charles River on the north to Newbury Street on the south and encompasses some of the city's most historic homes, businesses and high-end shopping and dining destinations.

Restaurants
Guide - Restaurants - Japanese

Billy Tse

240 Commercial St, Boston, MA 02109 617-227-9990

Description: FINANCIAL DISTRICT. Billy Tse's has something for everyone with a menu that hails from China, Thailand, and Vietnam. All three cuisines can be found under one roof, and all three are done quite well. This spot is a good choice for quiet conversation, and the dining room is relaxing with large windows that face the street. Free valet parking is an extra bonus, and delivery is available on a limited basis.
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Cafe Sushi

1105 Massachusetts Ave, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-492-0434

Description: CAMBRIDGE. The decor isn't the focus at this Harvard Square raw stop, but folks clamor for its fresh sushi, prepared to perfection and at very reasonable rates. Cafe Sushi has been part of the neighborhood scene since the early '80s, and their experience shines through in the terrific rolls. In fact, local rumor has it that the fresh mackerel can't be beat.
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Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant & Lounge

131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116 617-859-8886

Description: BACK BAY. Riding on the sushi bar/cocktail lounge trend, Douzo Sushi pulls the duo off well. Neutral tones, cubic light fixtures and sleek banquettes flank the interior space, and artful dishes are served on crisp, white servewear. In additon to terrific sushi, the kitchen concocts tasty helpings of tempura, katsu, sirloin steak and other cooked eats. Edgy martinis, wine flights and imported beer round out the picture.
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FuGaKyu

1280 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446 617-734-1268

Description: BROOKLINE. FuGaKyu is an elegant sort of place that caters to a sushi loving crowd. The lovely interior features two special dining rooms that have interesting folding rice-paper screens for privacy and feature stone flooring and bubbling fountains. Regulars feast on plates of tempura, sushi, sashimi, and other traditional Japanese dishes. The green tea ice cream is a must-have meal finisher. Great cocktail lounge perfect for mixing with the upper crust.
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Ginza

16 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111 617-338-2261

Description: CHINATOWN. Recognized as having some of Boston's freshest, tastiest sushi, this popular restaurant also serves until late in the night. Signature maki rolls are good enough to transform first-timers into regulars, and other Japanese dishes like yakiniku and nabemono-barbecue also prove satisfying. Waitresses decked out in traditional Japanese kimonos hurry about the room, making sure guests are accommodated.
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Haru Sushi - Boston

55 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116 617-536-0770

Description: BACK BAY. Conveniently located near the Shops at Prudential Center, Haru Sushi is one of the most celebrated sushi restaurants in Boston. In addition to a chic dining room complete with low lights and custom artwork, Haru features an incredible sake and cocktail bar, the ideal after-work hangout or late night people-watching perch. Generous portions of fresh sashimi and sushi, as well as unique Japanese dishes prepared nightly by talented chefs, make this one a win.
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Jae's

520 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118 617-421-9405

Description: SOUTH END. This restaurant is a very popular hangout serving tasty Pan-Asian dishes. Guests enjoy the interior that features huge aquariums. The menu is just as dazzling with tasty stir-fries and excellent sushi and sashimi. Plus, it also includes an abundance of faithful standbys--steak, chicken and pork. Desserts are whimsically named and finish off an evening in perfect style. Nice raw bar and wine bar.
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JP Seafood Cafe

730 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-983-5177

Description: JAMAICA PLAIN. It's all about seafood at this popular Jamaica Plain restaurant. The menu's dominated by seafood and consists of a mix of Japanese and Korean cuisine with everything from sushi to teriyaki. Order a sushi or sashimi plate and begin feasting. The dim sum and other appetizers are sure to please as well. Next, order the popular bibimbop (beef and veggies) or the japchae (rice noodles with veggies).
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Kaze

1 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111 617-338-8283

Description: CHINATOWN. Looking for something other than your typical sushi fare? Kaze offers up a do-it-yourself approach to Japanese cuisine. At this upscale shabu-shabu restaurant, diners order platters of meat, vegetables, tofu and noodles to dunk on pots of boiling broth set on the table. Heating elements keep the soup boiling during the entire meal, and the thinly sliced meat cooks almost instantaneously. Diners can choose between miso- and kimchee-based broths (among others), as well as a selection of meats and seafood.
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Montien

63 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116 617-338-5600

Description: THEATRE DISTRICT. This well-liked Thai restaurant makes for a great pre-show stop, especially given the speedy service and delightful menu. Among the dishes you'll find are kai jeaw goong-sub (a shrimp-filled omelet), curries, pad Thai, and a variety of other authentic fare. Whether you want something based around vegetables, seafood, rice, or noodles, it's not hard to find an option.
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New Ginza

63-65 Galen St, Watertown, MA 02472 617-923-2100

Description: WEST METRO. Folks west of Boston need not travel all the way into the city to enjoy great sushi. No, they can get that at Watertown's rather stylish New Ginza, younger sibling of the popular Chinatown spot. Like its elder, this location draws rave reviews for its creative takes on maki, nigiri and sashimi, all of them made with fresh-from-the-sea ingredients and some of them named after local icons like the Pats, Sox and Celtics. In addition, their delicious "hot" dishes like yaki-niku and nabemono are sound alternatives if you're not in the mood for the raw.
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O-Ya

9 East St, Boston, MA 02111 617-654-9900

Description: DORCHESTER. A shoji-screened window and a small sign are the only indications that this nondescript brick building houses some of the finest sashimi in Boston. Chef and owner Tim Cushman works with his chefs to fuse exotic flavors with the purity of small morsels of raw fish. Expect small plates like wild bluefin chutoro tartare served with a homemade ginger kimchi jus and wild spot prawn with garlic butter, white soy and preserved yuzu. Of course, there's a price to pay for these bold and delightful bites, and you'll need several to constitute a meal.
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Oishii

612 Hammond St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-277-7888

Description: BROOKLINE. Take a pair of brothers whose capacity for creativity knows few limits, give them fresh seafood, and if you're lucky you'll get something like this popular sushi bar. Such delicious devotion to achieve the perfect harmony of flavors ­ a never-ending quest for the Brothers San, to be sure ­ explains the large crowds intimate Oishii draws from night to night. Specialties include seaweed-wrapped Oyster Sushi, Shiitake Mushroom Tempura Roll, Fluke Sashimi and Boston Maki. Fairly-priced lunch box specials come with miso and salad, and the restaurant also serves up clams, nabemono dishes and yaki ishi plates prepared tableside.
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OSUSHI

10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116 617-266-2788

Description: BACK BAY. Located as it is in Copley Place, Osushi certainly doesn't want for lack of business. Of course, the convenience factor only partially explains this place's appeal. Hip and very sexy, the black and red minimalist space draws a cool mix of business types, international travelers and Back Bay hipsters. Sushi and sashimi are masterfully prepared using only the freshest available ingredients, and each dish is evocatively presented. The sake selection, unsurprisingly, draws vast approval from those who fancy themselves rice wine connoisseurs, and more adventurous palates should consider taking the plunge in one of the bar signature saketinis.
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Sakurabana

57 Broad St, Boston, MA 02109 617-542-4311

Description: FINANCIAL DISTRICT. There's much to recommend Sakurabana as the perfect downtown lunch stop: quick service, great specials, and terrific sushi. At both lunch and dinner, an extensive menu and large portions don't hurt the cause either. In fact, you're sure to walk away satisfied after a feast of traditional fare. Enjoy steaming miso soup and a round of sashimi for dinner, or enjoy sushi and drinks at the bar.
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Suishaya

2 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111 617-423-3848

Description: CHINATOWN. Set in the heart of Chinatown, this Japanese/Korean restaurant has developed a loyal following thanks to fresh, plentiful sushi offerings. The all-you-can-eat special is a big draw Monday through Wednesday nights, and box lunches draw favor with business folks. Great starters include Korean soups and stews, and broiled eel and vegetable dishes also come highly recommended. Open until the wee hours.
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Village Sushi & Grill

14 Corinth St, Roslindale, MA 02131 617-363-7874

Description: ROSLINDALE. Though the Village's culinary expertise extends far beyond traditional Japanese cuisine (a quick run-through of the menu'll reveal dishes like pad Thai and even Korean barbecue), what really draws folks to this Roslindale space is the sushi. Indeed, their artistically-presented sushi comes in all shapes, sizes and versions ­ nigiri to sushimi. That said, several maki creations count themselves among the house specialties, including the JP Blues (named in honor of cousin-at-arms JP Seafood) and New England (white fish, fried of course) rolls.
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Yokohama

238 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-734-6465

Description: BROOKLINE. Located in Brookline, Yokohama offers an assortment of traditional Japanese and Korean dishes. Order appetizers and drinks for a quick stay, or settle in for a large meal of authentic dishes such as tempura and teriyaki that rival some of the best Asian restaurants in Boston. The interior space is small and rather intimate, and the atmosphere is quite pleasant with a mixture of Japanese pop and traditional music setting the stage.
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Zen Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar

21-A Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108 617-371-1230

Description: Zen Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar in Boston is a must for casual sushi lovers and connoisseurs alike. This hip, urban restaurant is conveniently located in the heart of Boston, and its creative contemporary fusion fare is as delightful as its trendy yet relaxing interior. With incredible sushi, plus dishes like plum duck (made with real plums imported from Japan), grilled ribeye and grilled rack of lamb, you can't go wrong here.
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