3 Franklin Street Boston , MA 02110

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PABU Izakaya Boston

PABU Izakaya is a culinary delight created by Chef Ken Tominaga, of the famed Bay Area Hana Japanese restaurant, and Chef Michael Mina. This unique take on the classical Japanese izakaya has been modernized by Tominaga and Mina as a celebration of world-class sashimi, sushi, grilled meats from the robata, and a modern, seasonal cocktail menu. PABU Izakaya features the finest locally and globally sourced jet fresh seafood flown in daily from Japan’s famed Tsukiji Market accented by its signature selection of A4 and A5 Japanese Wagyu. 

Located on the second floor of the iconic Millennium Tower, PABU Izakaya combines rustic, old-world Japanese charm with urban sophistication hailing from the energy of Boston. PABU Izakaya is the ideal setting for any memorable experience – guests bring the energy to pair with a one-of-a-kind experience highlighting the best sashimi, sushi, sake, cocktails and sensational flavors.

11 / 29 / 2021

Happy Hour

Quench your thirst & savor the end of the day with all the crave-worthy bites your heart desires specially priced from $2 – $7. Monday – Friday 4 – 6pm


Sunday Night Omakase

Join us on Sundays for a $55, 5-course Omakase dinner! This special Omakase is only available Sundays.


Private Dining & Events

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, hosting a private dinner or planning a corporate event, PABU welcomes your party, large or small, ready to help you host an event to remember. From small & large plates that feature fresh, local ingredients to jet fresh sushi and sashimi and wagyu steaks cooked to perfection, PABU’s team of chefs will create a menu to elevate your affair and delight your guests. Cocktail receptions, corporate dinners, lively parties and full restaurant buyouts are available.

For more information contact our reservations team at or call 857.327.7228.


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“Outstanding sushi restaurant” – Eater Boston

“Elegant spot for impressive, izakaya-style Japanese cuisine” – TimeOut

“It’s so consistently good, and the ingredients are so consistently good” – Boston Globe

“A superb experience” – The Telegraph


About Our Chef: Ken Tominaga

Chef Ken Tominaga is a Tokyo native who took Northern California’s culinary scene by a storm when he launched Hana Japanese restaurant in Sonoma County. Thanks to Chef Ken’s signature ever-evolving menus centered around highest quality, freshest fish, and the best local produce, he quickly established himself as one of the country’s leading authorities on Japanese cuisine. 

As with most truly passionate cooks, Chef Ken’s love for all things culinary began when he was a child in Tokyo. You can thank Chef Ken’s parents for sparking this interest – they made a point to immerse young Chef Ken in Tokyo’s vibrant dining scene. Chef Ken started his apprenticeship at an early age and quickly fell in love with the culinary world. As he pursued his studies in high school, Chef Ken also began climbing the proverbial ladder in the restaurant sphere. He didn’t stop his cooking education there. Chef Ken first graduated from the Akasaka Cooking School then in 1990 he opened Hana Japanese Restaurant. 

The collaboration between Chef Michael Mina and Chef Ken was fate. It wasn’t long after opening Hana Japanese restaurant that Chef Ken developed a devoted, cult following among fellow chefs and the local restaurant industry. Countless media accolades followed, including from the San Francisco Chronicle who called it “one of the best restaurants in all of Sonoma County.” Obviously, Chef Mina had to visit and see what all the fuss was about. What he saw blew him away. Hana Japanese restaurant became one of Chef Mina’s favorite restaurant; in fact Chef Mina even got in the habit of ordered the same roll from Chef Ken’s inventive omakase menu over and over again! Chef Mina fell in love with Ken’s craft and the two chefs developed a friendship and a mutual admiration for one another’s work. Together, they created PABU and its casual offshoot The Ramen Bar. 

PABU is a modern, yet authentic, izakaya style Japanese restaurant. It has two locations: one in San Francisco, California and the other in Boston, Massachusetts. Working with the same incredible quality of fresh fish and local produce, Chef Ken once again took Northern California by a storm, but this time he added the East Coast to the mix of deliciousness. As someone who lives and breathes omotenashi (Japanese hospitality), Chef Ken’s lively yet true-to-form PABU excites everyone from foodies to casual diners seeking an elevated Japanese dining experience. Check out some of Chef Ken’s awards below.   

  •     Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Spirited Awards – Top 10 Best U.S. Restaurant Bars in the West
  •     San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Restaurant 2015-2018


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