A modern Japanese restaurant opens inside Boston’s brand new Four Seasons Hotel

This is the 12th location of Zuma, but the first in Massachusetts.

Zuma sushi
A selection of sushi at Zuma. –Zuma

A contemporary Japanese restaurant has landed at the new Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street in the Back Bay.

Zuma, a global izakaya created and co-founded by chef Rainer Becker, will open on Tuesday night with three kitchen areas dedicated to various parts of the menu: a sushi counter, a robata grill, and a main kitchen. Diners will be able to choose from sushi, maki rolls, and tempura, skewers stacked with meat and vegetables from the robata grill, and signature dishes including seared tuna with chili daikon and ponzu sauce, barley miso-marinated baby chicken, and roasted Boston lobster with shiso butter sauce.


Chef Helmy Saadon — who served as Zuma’s junior sous chef in Dubai, executive sous chef in Abu Dhabi, and head chef in New York — has teamed up with Zuma’s corporate executive chef, Oliver Lange, to lead the kitchen.

Freshly seared Wagyu sirloin tataki with black truffle ponzu
Freshly seared Wagyu sirloin tataki with black truffle ponzu at Zuma. —Zuma

“Boston’s already thriving food scene is what drew us [to] the city,” Becker said in a press release. “We are proud to have Zuma join this diverse culinary community and welcome Bostonians in to experience the vibrancy and energy that lives within the four walls of our restaurant.”

Becker and Arjun Waney co-founded Zuma in 2002, opening the first location in London and basing the concept on a Japanese izakaya, which revolves around a casual drinking and snacking atmosphere made popular in Japanese pubs. There are currently 11 other Zuma locations around the world — including in Miami, Las Vegas, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Phuket — with multiple accolades among them.

The Boston location will mimic the sleek vibe of Zumas across the globe, with Thai wood, bamboo lanterns, and a floating DJ booth.

A dessert platter at Zuma
A dessert platter at Zuma. —Zuma

While Zuma’s hours just cover dinner for now, lunch will become available in late summer. A bar will be open at 5 p.m. for those looking for a post-work drink, and will feature cocktails and 70 different kinds of premium sake, including Zuma Ginjo, a sake developed by the restaurant’s sommelier team in partnership with Japan’s Akitabare brewery.


Zuma at the Four Seasons Hotel, 1 Dalton St., Boston; Mondays–Thursdays from 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m.–11 p.m., bar: Mondays–Fridays from 5 p.m.–midnight; zumarestaurant.com