Gen Sou En

/ Pub & bar, Restaurant
#87 of 321 places to eat in Brookline
Open now 10:00 - 22:00
Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian options
$$$$ Average price: $11-30
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299 Harvard St
Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
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Come here for some rest after a long walk around John F. Kennedy National Historic Site. Discover new tastes of Japanese cuisine in the comfort of this bar. You may be offered such food as perfectly cooked katsu, salmon and prawns, come here and try them. Try good chocolate cakes, pound cakes and cheesecakes that are offered at Gen Sou En. Get your meal started with delicious bitter. A lot of visitors order great matcha, matcha latte or iced green tea.

The convenient location of this place makes it easy to reach by any transport. Most visitors mention that the staff is appealing. This spot is remarkable for its prompt service. Here you will pay attractive prices. There is a pleasant atmosphere and lovely decor at this bar. But the rating for Gen Sou En isn't high on the TripAdvisor site.

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**this review is only of cafe items*** Food from cafe was okay and expensive. Tea was good, they can make you ceremonial style green tea. Desserts looked good and tempting but when my wife and I tried it, there was something off with the flavor that didn't hit the mark. Funny we added some of the ceremonial green tea and it was loads better. The place itself was very nice, clean and I could see myself staying here to work over a Starbucks. The music was live and beautiful. The food from the restaurant looked good but we ate just prior at a lovely Japanese place around the corner. So purely as a cafe it is has a very nice atmosphere, but unfortunately it's a bit expensive and food was okay.
Really nice atmosphere and tea selection; they’ve added more seating and it’s a really beautiful place to have tea with friends and maybe get work done.
Let me start with the interior. Absolutely beautiful. And honestly I think more people come to see the beautiful decor than anything else. If you want to study here, come early otherwise you are almost guaranteed not to get a spot (especially with finals season coming up for many college students). The food and drinks itself were just okay. We had the iced matcha latte which I thought was too bitter but when I added sugar it was a bit better. My friend had the hot matcha latte which she stated tasted like grass. If I were to come again, I would recommend the matcha ice cream, which seemed to be the only of the three desserts we got that we enjoyed. In terms of studying atmosphere, if you plug your headphones in, you should be able to work but the music did tend to lean towards the louder side. Place was a bit overpriced for the taste which is why I dropped to 3 stars. Overall, would come again to study but nothing else. Price: 2/5 Ambience: 5/5 Food: 3/5
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Address
299 Harvard St, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
Features
Wi-Fi Сredit cards accepted No delivery No outdoor seating Takeaway Parking Booking No TV Wheelchair accessible
Opening hours
SundaySun 09:00-22:00
MondayMon 10:00-22:00
TuesdayTue 10:00-22:00
WednesdayWed 10:00-22:00
ThursdayThu 10:00-22:00
FridayFri 10:00-22:00
SaturdaySat 09:00-22:00
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