beauty. harmony. craft. delight.

 

Kaiseki cuisine — the Japanese tradition of intricate, refined small plates — has origins that can be traced back more than seven hundred years. It was an artful embodiment of innovation then, and we aim to bring that same ingenuity and inspiration to our guests in this modern era. We are committed to an authentic expression of kaiseki, featuring the most exceptional seasonal and sustainable ingredients from the Boston region.

august hours of operation

Please check our current schedule below

news at kamakura

Corporate and Business Catering Now Live with ezCater!

Please check back soon for our updated Beverage Program

KUMO Sky Bar & Roof Top Lounge now open Tuesday - Saturday, starting at 5:30 PM

Be one of the first to book your holiday events, spaces are filling fast!

COMING SOON - Kumo Pop - Up Dinner Series, stay tuned for details!

kaiseki tasting reservation tips

Due to high volume of requests with food restrictions for the kaiseki tasting course, and nature of authentic kaiseki that has seafood, vegetables, meat, egg, and shoyu – soy sauce, we set up options to provide better experience to all guests and accommodate your dietary needs.

At chef’s counter: (RESERVATION ONLY / Mon - Thur starting AT 7:00 pm, Friday & Saturday starting AT 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm)

·         Kamakura Kaiseki Dinner – Our signature kaiseki with no restrictions

·         Sushi Kaiseki Dinner (Thursday - Saturday) – Sushi and kaiseki with no restrictions requires 48-72 hours advance notice

In our dining room / second floor: (RESERVATION PREFERED / Mon - Thur starting BY 8:00 pm, Fri & Sat starting BY 8:30 pm)

. Urban Izakaya a la carte & Fresh from the Ocean Daily Sushi & Sashimi Offerings

Gluten-free, some of courses are prepared and cooked in the same equipment, can be prepared as pescatarian izakaya style tasting in dining room (non-kaiseki).

Please inform us any food allergies or dietary restrictions two days prior for us to try the best to prepare. Accommodation and preparation for restrictions will be limited with notification upon your arrival. Thank you for your understanding.

 

We currently take reservations for Omakase Chef’s Tasting Dinner as a special group event at the kaiseki counter. All guests will be served at the same time. We require a credit card to confirm your reservation. Pricing varies.

 

Please call us for your questions and concerns, at 617-377-4588, or send us email at info@kamakuraboston.com

 
 
 
150
state street
boston, massachusetts
 
 
 
 
 
 

hours / august 2019

LUNCH

TUESDAY–FRIDAY
Lunch - 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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DINNER

MONDAY - THURSDAY
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m
Kaiseki Tasting Counter Seating at 7:00 p.m. only
Urban Izakaya a la carte menu available in Main Dining Room & Kumo

FRIDAY & SATURDAY
5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Kaiseki Tasting Counter Seating at 5:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Urban Izakaya a la carte menu available in Main Dining Room & Kumo

SUNDAY
closed
Please contact us for private event

KUMO SKY BAR & ROOF TOP LOUNGE
Tuesday - Saturday opening at 5:30 until close

Late Night Cocktails in Kumo

Thursday - Saturday 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM

MATCHA TEA TIME
More details coming soon!

contact


150 state street
boston, ma 02109

617-377-4588
info@kamakuraboston.com

event inquiries:
event@kamakuraboston.com

press inquiries:
press@kamakuraboston.com

 
 
 

about

“Washoku Renaissance” of Japanese Cuisine in Boston 

 
 

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.

 
 

meet the team

 
Youji Iwakura, Kamamkura Chef and Owner
 

youji iwakura

Chef / OWNER

 

With familial roots in both fishing and farming, Youji Iwakura deems his culinary journey an “ancestral assignment.” He dreamed of becoming a restaurateur, as a child inspired during an occasional meal out with family in his hometown of Kamakura, Japan. A chef, clad in his signature, white attire, stepped out of the restaurant’s kitchen to personally acknowledge Youji with hospitality. Moved by this experience, Youji solidified his vision to work in the restaurant industry. 

At 24, Youji moved to Boston from Japan, attending and graduating from the Berklee College of Music. Entering a tough economy, he became a sushi chef at authentic Japanese restaurants, including Ginza in Brookline, Massachusetts, yielding eight years of sushi training. Youji then transitioned to the front of house, moving one step closer to his ideal restaurateur role. He worked as a bartender at Troquet and as front manager/beverage director of several Boston restaurants, ultimately returning to the kitchen at Ken Oringer’s renowned UNI, which was recognized within a year by Boston magazine for ‘Best Seafood 2005.’

To further hone his skills, Youji traveled back to Japan for two years, working at an upscale Japanese brasserie. He returned to Boston with increased culinary knowledge, passion and desire, becoming Chef de Cuisine at UNI. Under Youji’s leadership, the tiny sashimi bar gained recognition for the most innovative and best-quality Japanese cuisine in the city.

In 2010, Youji opened Basho Japanese Brasserie as Executive Chef, creating an original American-Japanese menu featuring traditional kaiseki. He took on the role of Sake Sommelier at Yakitori Zai in 2013, later to open Snappy Ramen in Davis Square, Somerville, focusing on authentic and healthier takes on Japanese cuisine. 

Youji is now opening his first restaurant in downtown Boston. Kamakura - named for and inspired by his hometown - will serve nouvelle washoku (authentic Japanese cuisine) and modern-day kaiseki (seasonal, multi-course meals) in a warm, cozy atmosphere. The menu will also specialize in Youji’s well-seasoned edo-mae-style sushi and an extensive beverage program, featuring warm sake, local sake on tap, as well as Japan indigenous “Koshu” grape wine. 

As the Owner and Executive Chef of Kamakura, Youji is looking forward to sharing the renaissance of authentic Japanese cuisine with Boston when it opens in July 2018.

 
 
 
Keiko, Kamakura Pastry Chef

Keiko Iwakura

Pastry Chef

Keiko Iwakura is married to Chef Youji Iwakura! She grew up in Seki-city, Japan, and started cooking at the age of five. In 1998, she worked at one of the most traditional and upscale ryokan hotels, Hisui in Okuhida region, learning to serve kaiseki banquet meals as a traditional Japanese waitress (nakai). Constantly wondering about food cultures outside of her city and country, Keiko decided to pursue her curiosity and move to the United States.

When Keiko married Youji, she was a hostess at a restaurant in Boston Harbor Hotel. Combining her passion to bake with Youji’s encouragement, she started her professional culinary career in 2001 as an apprentice at Sel de la Terre, working under master bread baker Michael Rhoads. After several months, Keiko transferred to L’Espalier on Gloucester Street, expertly creating modern French-Japanese desserts.

Keiko serves as Kamakura’s Pastry Chef, using inspiration from her hometown.

 
 
 

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