Named for and inspired by the childhood home of chef-owner Youji Iwakura, Kamakura brings a new take on the authentic tastes of Japan to Boston. The menu at this award-winning Financial District destination sources fresh, local ingredients to emphasize the seasonal importance of washoku and kaiseki, and highlights its artful displays as much as taste. And there’s plenty to choose from, too – nouvelle washoku bistro fare; modern-day seasonal kaiseki (set tasting courses); fresh sushi omakase (leave-it-up-to-the-chef); and bento-style boxes (perfect for midday dining).
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.
The beverage program gets equal attention and curation. Alongside an extensive selection of sake (which includes Dovetail Sake from Waltham on tap), the drink list also highlights Yamanashi, an indigenous “Koshu” grape wine from Japan. Kamakura is the first restaurant in Boston to offer Japanese wine (a passion of Iwakura’s since 2004).
Whether diners are in search of an authentic kaiseki meal or unwinding with a sake on the rooftop lounge, Kamakura welcomes guests with an innovative Japanese experience.
150 State Street
Boston, MA 02109