Thelonious Monkfish

Sushi Restaurant
524 Massachusetts Ave (btwn Brookline St. & Pearl St.), Cambridge, MA 02139, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Visa & American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

We specialize in Sushi, Japanese & Thai cuisines; our tagline is Jazz for the Palate because we love to jam on Asian culinary themes. Our menu reflects both our respect for Asian gustatory tradition and our sense of play and innovation.

8.7/10

Based on 182 votes

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    Rachel G.
    "Try the cranberry crab rangoon too, so good!"(5 Tips)
    Sammy
    "Try the ancient fried rice!"(2 Tips)
    Allison C.
    "... fried rice and red riding hood special (strawberry, spicy tuna, tempura..."(3 Tips)
    gladys
    "Frog prince special roll!! yummy!"(2 Tips)
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  • sushi
  • cranberry crab rangoon
  • seafood
  • red riding hood
  • pad Thai
  • frog prince special roll
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • vegetarian food
  • lively
  • udon
  • fish
  • yellowtail
  • jazz music
  • great value
  • fried rice
  • good service
  • pork katsu
  • sake
  • Bloody Marys
  • Kristyn U.

    My usual order: cranberry crab Rangoon, rising sun roll and cucumber-avocado roll. With pineapple juice. Best sushi in Cambridge.

    Kristyn Ulanday · June 13
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  • Enrico S.

    Great selection of sushi and seafood dishes. Lots of delicious vegetarian plates too.

    Enrico S · April 12
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  • Sofia U.

    Trendy sushi place with an extensive menu and uber fresh seafood

    Sofia Uz · April 11
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  • Nick H.

    Pork katsu udon was incredible. I'll be back.

    Nick Holroyd · April 9
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  • Heather L.

    Frog prince roll was disappointing - similar to a normal salmon avocado roll but 3x as expensive.

    Heather Liu · March 24
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  • Zac A.

    Fresh sashimi

    Zac Aghion · March 21
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  • J.M. W.

    If you have a nut or fish allergy, try to find something on the menu that is already free of allergens. They didn't substitute any hypoallergenic sauces on my stir fry and it came out rather plain.

    J.M. Wasko · March 10
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  • Paul N.

    Great Thai food during lunch with work colleagues!

    Paul Nederhoed · January 9
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  • Lane R.

    Massive Japanese and Thai menu. Tasty sake and beer. And jazz music. This place is amazing.

    Lane Rettig · December 24, 2014
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  • Alexandra M.

    cranberry crab rangoons are great--sounds weird but are really good!

    Alexandra Mottern · November 20, 2014
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  • Emily Z.

    The menu is full of great puns

    Emily Zhang · November 14, 2014
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  • Seong H.

    Ordered delivery here. Good sushi but they put too little sauce on their sushi rolls. The crunchy rolls were somewhat mushy...

    Seong Hwang · November 1, 2014
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  • Patricia

    Their special Fairy Tale sushi is creative and delicious. The crab rangoons, spare rib appetizer, and curry dishes are all so tasty!

    Patricia · September 22, 2014
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  • Tom B.

    Some of the best sushi in the Boston area!

    Tom Bozeman · September 6, 2014
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  • Bonnie C.

    Definitely try the fried oyster taco. So yummy and so unique.

    Bonnie Chen · May 25, 2014
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  • Taylor P.

    Sushi was ok. Edamame was dry. Not sure how you can mess up edamame.

    Taylor Pam · May 24, 2014
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  • Idan B.

    All of the fried rice are great, especially the ancient and the serenity (rich and filling). Everything can be turned veggie, give it a shot!

    Idan Blank · April 20, 2014
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  • Cortney E.

    Creative flair and impeccably consistent quality sushi. All around the best sushi in town.

    Cortney Evans · April 1, 2014
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  • Angela W.

    Avocado lovers: Frog Prince Roll!

    Angela Wu · February 28, 2014
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  • Jessica C.

    Get everything.

    Jessica Chu · February 12, 2014
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  • Mark R.

    Try the fried rice.

    Mark Rosedale · January 2, 2014
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  • Valerie E.

    The miso soup is killer

    Valerie Ernst · December 11, 2013
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  • Alexandre S.

    They accept Bitcoin!

    Alexandre Sitbon · October 27, 2013
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  • Liz

    The frankie and johnny roll is the best!

    Liz · September 8, 2013
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  • Beto L.

    Try the pad thai.

    Beto Luna · July 21, 2013
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  • Eric S.

    They accept Bitcoin, if you prefer.

    Eric S. · July 21, 2013
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  • Marcia K.

    Great vegan options...especially the vegetarian sushi combo! Yum!!

    Marcia Kalisch · July 2, 2013
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  • Sammy

    Try the ancient fried rice! Duck and bacon a wonderful combo

    Sammy · May 31, 2013
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  • Zach S.

    Good sushi.

    Zach Solomon-Beloin · May 30, 2013
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  • Carla D.

    Get the party boat...it's awesome! Best sushi place in cambridge so far

    Carla D'Avanzo · April 23, 2013
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  • Rachel G.

    The red riding hood roll is unbelievable! Try the cranberry crab rangoon too, so good!

    Rachel Gagnon · April 14, 2013
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  • Frank

    DO NOT ORDER THEIR SAKE BLOODY MARY! It's is literally the most disgusting thing I have ever had! The food is great though!

    Frank · March 23, 2013
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  • Jordan M.

    They use Level Up for your paying pleasure.

    Jordan Morano · March 13, 2013
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  • Hannah G.

    Dynamite roll is spicy but full of flavor. And if you like Bloody Mary's try their version, it has a garlicky slightly spicy tomato flavor that is absolutely delicious!

    Hannah Gagnon · February 20, 2013
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  • Jordan M.

    Fairy tale rolls are crazy. In a good way.

    Jordan Morano · February 16, 2013
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  • Mariana R.

    Although everything I have tried at Monkfish tastes unreal, the chicken and shrimp pad thai is my favorite and definitely the best one I have ever tried.

    Mariana R. M. · January 9, 2013
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  • Shannon M.

    The Frog Prince special roll is unreal if you like tempura and avocado. And let's be honest... who doesn't.

    Shannon Moran · July 26, 2012
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  • Alex T.

    Great restaurant with great service! I would recommend their Japanese dishes- seem like its their strong suit!

    Alex T. · June 27, 2012
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  • Abby

    My favorite rolls here....spicy tuna, phildelphia roll, seajam roll, and yellowtail. Fresh. Tasty. Amazing

    Abby · June 11, 2012
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  • Boston Phoenix

    Voted "Best Sushi/Sashimi" by @BostonPhoenix readers in 2012! Gaga's Monster Roll sounds like a bit much, but is delicious. And Tamarind Duck is divine, especially considering how cute it used to be. Read more

    Boston Phoenix · April 22, 2012
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  • Ashley H.

    Great food, great atmosphere! Try the "Crispy Duck Florentine Noodles".

    Ashley Hin · April 10, 2012
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  • Ginnette P.

    Liquor license now!

    Ginnette Powell · April 9, 2012
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  • Paul D.

    Amazing cranberry crab rangoon

    Paul Dome · March 24, 2012
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  • Derek K.

    If iy's cold out...try to sit further in from door, no curtain! The food is amazing!

    Derek K · March 12, 2012
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  • Gordon C.

    No liquor license :-(

    Gordon Capreol · February 17, 2012
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  • DigBoston

    Easy to miss but definitely worth making time for. Check out Dig Boston's recap: http://is.gd/x2gYFI

    DigBoston · January 25, 2012
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  • john r.

    Thais run this place - get the Thai dishes!

    john rutherford · December 29, 2011
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  • Joshua B.

    My wallet deeply regrets the day that I found this place.

    Joshua Berk · November 27, 2011
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  • Marissa M.

    Get the ruby elixir!

    Marissa Mocenigo · November 18, 2011
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  • john r.

    I don't think their ancient fried rice is all it's cracked up to be. too much uncrisped fat from the duck, and not enough mushrooms.

    john rutherford · November 5, 2011
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