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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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

Taylor, 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