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#236 of 2,383 Restaurants in Boston
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16 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111-1923
+1 617-292-8828
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun 11:00 - 01:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Never tried it before. Nice experience Friendly personnel. Good value for money. Would definitely come back a next time.

Thank Erik V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first dim sum experience and was recommended to head here by a local. What a great suggestion it was! You may experience a wait for the tables but there is a U-shaped counter where I was able to be seated immediately. My very kind and patient server explained the process and provided suggestions and ultimately taught me... More 

Thank buenavida24
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great change of pace when visiting Chinatown. Not as hectic as DimSum or other local restaurants, this is a slightly more pricey alternative that is well worth a try. You pick your broths (2) and different items, which you then cook in your own hotpot. We had the premier meat package, which also came with an array... More 

Thank rmartinmitch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service is great, food is uniqe and fresh, I recommend as a fun and good option for passing the time.

Thank Ron T
Burlington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Picked the wrong broth flavour the first 2 times. Tom Yam and Mongolian. Did not like either - too spicy and rather overwhelming. Got it right on my 3rd visit - the mushroom broth was excellent. I liked the big seafood platter. This restaurant is in a congested part of Boston and the seats are placed a little too close... More 

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Palm Harbor, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

We had a wonderful time celebrating the birthday of a high schooler. Shabu Zen was her choice. Our waitress was very helpful in explaining everything we needed to know about the sauces, condiments and cooking the food. Yes, with the exception of some appetizers you cook your own meals here! A party of 5 in a booth, we had 2... More 

Thank OldRoadWarrior60
Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

If you have never had hot pot before, it is definitely an experience. The food portions are generous, and it is always fresh. The service is friendly and inviting, and the atmosphere is good, although a little loud at times.

Thank WJulian86
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Good service. It was nice to be able to have vegetarian hotpot with no animal oil in the water. I just wish there were more color in the vegies (too bland and white).. Add some broccoli, and some eggplant.

Thank Margaret G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Was in the mood for a shabu and a friend had recommended the place. Good menu, generous portion, fresh ingredients, except for some previously frozen vegetables and excellent service. Meat, pork and vegetable dishes were generous and great. Excellent service. Strongly recommend.

Thank John K
Boston, Massachusetts
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351 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Good spot, lots of character, good but sort of funny service, and the hot pots are the big thing to try. We had a two broth split hot pot, vegetarian broth and chicken broth. Both were very good. We ordered the beef & chicken combo, the fish & seafood, and a vegetarian delight. All were good, but the vegetarian came... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Asian, Japanese, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111-1923
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-292-8828

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

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A small area rich in Chinese cultural influences, visit Boston’s Chinatown for some great Asian cuisine and small, authentic bakeries. Enter through the iconic Chinatown gate and stroll down Beach, Tyler, and Kneeland streets to explore the compact area. Rest your feet from walking and grab a bite at one of the many restaurants around Chinatown. From traditional Chinese to Vietnamese to Malaysian, there is a wide range of Asian food available, within easy access of South Station. At night, Chinatown becomes a late night food destination after the bars close.
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