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Shabu-Zen

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Allston / Brighton
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80 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134-2101
+1 617-782-8888
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11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Mon 11:30 - 23:00
Tue 12:00 - 23:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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269 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I haven't had real Shabu-Shabu for years -- the last time was when I was in Japan in the nineties! This was suggested by a friend, as we were going to see a singer at the Brighton Music Hall, and this seemed like a good dining option. We were able to get parking in the back, and get there early,... More 

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Thank Walter C
1 review
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

After the dinner, they alway had red bean soup for dessert. They stop it for a while, because it lower their profits. With the price they are charging for the meals. I don't think so...as of today..the red bean soup return...but..it will cost you $2.50 per serving. Really...the make it from a can and add more surgars and charge $2.50... More 

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Thank Taz O
Litchfield, CT
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Even though I attended school in Boston, I only went down to Chinatown to drink underage Scorpion Bowls. If Shabu Zen was open there, I would have frequented it far more often. Our teacher explained everything perfectly, and the meal was superb. I would go back again and again.

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Thank Mattingly_34
Miami, Florida
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131 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

This was so good, especially on a cold day. I chose the house brother which is plain but which assumes the flavor of all the protein and vegetables that you put in it. The meat was a little fatty. The vegetables were sooo yummy. I was close to ordering veggie as my entrée but since the meats came with veggies... More 

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Thank TousPourUn
Lawrence, Kansas
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970 reviews
384 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

This is the kind of place that is made for a social dinner. You are basically fondue-ing the protein and veggies and talking all the time. We had fun, but I didn't really enjoy the tastes. The meat is so thin sliced that it lacks tooth. The noodles, rice and veggies were better. I would try the fish if I... More 

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Thank Robert S
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45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

The prices have gone up and the quantity has gone down. Regular combo is not enough for a light diner.

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Thank Veryfussycritic
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

I've tried many shabu restaurants, but the design of this particular chain is not great. I came here with my boyfriend for a dinner date, and he had never been so the waiter kindly sat down with us and explained the menu to the best of her ability. To be clear, I give the customer service a -star rating. But... More 

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Thank KurryKitty
California
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

I keep going to hot pot places expecting something different each time. Well it is consistently bland food. I should stop trying it anymore.I would take hibachi over hot pot. I prefer Vietnamese Pho if I want simple food. This place was average (no complaints)

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Thank pittman
Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

I love this place for their fresh and tasty food but I think the service could be better. Our waiter was not very attentive as I had to ask three times for more water to drink, and then for more in our hot pot. I feel that a great server is attentive to these things, especially when the restaurant is... More 

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Thank jbtolz
Boston, MA
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived and told we would have to wait 20 minutes. As 45 minutes cam and went and we saw othe families the size of our go in front of us, we became concerned. The receptionist became visibly annoyed when we question her. That said the food was average to good.

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Thank David B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Cuisine
Asian, Chinese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 23:00
Monday
11:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 00:00
Saturday
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134-2101
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Allston / Brighton
  • Neighbourhood: Allston / Brighton
  • Phone Number: +1 617-782-8888

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?