Best Poke Bowls in Boston

Surf over to these spots for Hawaiian raw fish salad
July 31, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Boston's not usually the type of city to hop on trends, but apparently we've made an exception for poke. The Hawaiian raw fish salad has been popping up on more and more menus lately, and dedicated fast-casual joints are setting up shop too. Here are a few Boston restaurants that have been early to ride the wave, either as poke specialists or simply by incorporating standouts among their larger smorgasbords.

Pokeworks
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This growing fast-casual poke chain serves up the eponymous Hawaiian raw fish dish in various permutations, from bowls to seaweed-wrapped burritos, available as both composed and customizable, build-your-own options. The space also earns its modern cred with whitewashed brick walls, spare wood accents and minimalist lighting.
Manoa Poke Shop
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This cheery counter-service spot just outside Porter Square imports the fast-casual cuisine of Hawaii and the Pacific islands, focusing primarily on creative and customizable variations of poke, or raw fish salad, plus rice bowls, kalua pork and other tropics-evoking dishes, washed down with smoothies and fruit juice.
New Sushi Inc
Japanese · Beacon Hill · $$

This fast-casual, counter-service outfit caters to on-the-go Downtown types by wrapping an array of traditional sushi roll ingredients in easy-to-eat burrito form, backed by a selection of rice-filled poke (raw fish) salad bowls customized with various sauces and toppings.
ReelHouse
East Boston · $$$

Moored at The Eddy, an East Boston luxury apartment building, this airy waterfront locale serves coastal cuisine, craft brews and refreshing cocktails to trendy crowds. The design is inspired by yachting culture, complete with clean lines, a nautical color palette and accents like a wooden boat-rib ceiling.
Little Donkey
Breakfast · $$

Fans say the "hype is well-deserved" at this "hip" Central Square spot, where chef-duo Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette (Toro) deliver "super-inventive" , globally inspired small plates that "keep you on your toes" , plus unique raw-bar eats and "inspired" cocktails; the airy room – with floor-to-ceiling streetside windows, exposed brick and slatted wood furnishings – can get "packed" , but "knowledgeable" service adds to the reasons to "go back.
Banyan Bar + Refuge
Asian · South End · $$

The team behind The Gallows helms this "adventurous" Pan-Asian gastropub in the South End, putting out "terrific" , "innovative" shareable plates that cull inspiration from Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisines alongside equally "creative" cocktails; the "beautiful" , "chic" digs also stray from convention, with a birch wood and white brick–lined dining room boasting treelike ceiling sculptures and a standout front patio.
Poké City
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Poke, Hawaiian raw fish salad, is the specialty at this cool counter service joint near Porter Square, which takes a build-your-own approach to bowls that toss fresh catch with various choices of veggies, toppings and sauces.