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With hot pot, diners get to interact with their food and create many different flavor combinations over the course of a single meal
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Where to Eat Hot Pot in and Around Boston

Semi-DIY dining at its very best

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With hot pot, diners get to interact with their food and create many different flavor combinations over the course of a single meal
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Hot pot — or, shabu shabu — is the ultimate in DIY dining out (sorry, fondue), consisting of a hot pot of savory broth served with platters of vegetables and thinly sliced beef, seafood, pork, or other proteins, along with a selection of various sauces and flavorings.

The best thing about hot pot is that the diners gets to choose their own adventures, cooking the meal right at the table. A slice of beef here, a couple enokis there. A dash of soy sauce, some leafy bok choy. Voilà! The perfect bite.

Fortunately for diners in and around Boston, there are a number of good hot pot options in the area. Here are nine of the best.

This map was originally published on July 23, 2018; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Little Q Hot Pot

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196 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 488-3755
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Little Q Hot Pot has been serving Arlington’s hungry masses for almost a decade now. And it’s not just a hot pot spot — which is to say, try the Sichuan eggplant next time you’re over there.

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A spread at Little Q
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2. Yuki Shabu

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16 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 764-5182
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Yuki Shabu is a sleeper hit in Somerville’s Union Square. The hot pot is simple, served with either beef, chicken, pork, or fish balls, along with a bunch of vegetables. Be sure to order the special fried dumplings (pork, shrimp, and bamboo shoots), too.

yuki shabu
So, so pretty
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3. Shabu & Mein

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148 First St
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 577-7888
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Shabu & Mein has so, so many meat and seafood options for its hot pot. Like, more than 30 options. It’s a bit overwhelming, so just do the right thing and get the lobster tail.

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Two words: lobster tail
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4. Spring Shabu-Shabu

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304 Western Ave
Boston, MA 02135
(617) 202-5422
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Spring Shabu-Shabu in Brighton is buffet-style. The pork bone and kelp broth is the star. Get it with fatty beef or the seafood combo.

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Choose from a vast buffet at Spring Shabu Shabu
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5. Shabu-Zen

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80 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 782-8888
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Shabu-Zen in Allston is the baby brother of a restaurant of the same name in Chinatown — both mainstays in the scene. The quality of both shops is equally high, but head to the Allston outpost because the space itself is...a trip. Many rooms, all with slightly different decor. A great bar at which to drink, and another great square-shaped bar at which to eat.

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6. Kaze Shabu Shabu

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1 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-8283
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The hot pot is Kaze’s specialty, but customers can also get ramen, bibimbap, and a number of fusion dishes at the restaurant (aka the Ghostbusters headquarters).

kaze shabu shabu
One of Chinatown’s best hot pot spots
Kaze Shabu Shabu/Official Site

7. The Q

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660 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(857) 350-3968
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Q Restaurant has a vast array of options that can be plopped into hot pot broth. The fried tofu skin is a must. The restaurant also serves some very good sushi.

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A good balance of savory and spicy
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8. Hot Pot Buffet

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70 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-0808
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Hot Pot Buffet is, as the name would suggest, a buffet-style joint: all you can eat for under $20. And it’s under $15 for lunch. One of the best deals going.

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Shabu-shabu from Hot Pot Buffet
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9. Shabu Restaurant

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397 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02171
(617) 689-0288
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Shabu Restaurant in Quincy has something the rest of the spots on this map do not: a Japanese garden. There are few better pleasures than eating delicious hot pot outdoors.

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Eat this outside at Shabu in Quincy
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1. Little Q Hot Pot

196 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474
little q hot pot
A spread at Little Q
Little Q Hot Pot/Facebook

Little Q Hot Pot has been serving Arlington’s hungry masses for almost a decade now. And it’s not just a hot pot spot — which is to say, try the Sichuan eggplant next time you’re over there.

196 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474

2. Yuki Shabu

16 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143
yuki shabu
So, so pretty
Yuki Shabu/Facebook

Yuki Shabu is a sleeper hit in Somerville’s Union Square. The hot pot is simple, served with either beef, chicken, pork, or fish balls, along with a bunch of vegetables. Be sure to order the special fried dumplings (pork, shrimp, and bamboo shoots), too.

16 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143

3. Shabu & Mein

148 First St, Cambridge, MA 02141
shabu & mein
Two words: lobster tail
Shabu & Mein/Facebook

Shabu & Mein has so, so many meat and seafood options for its hot pot. Like, more than 30 options. It’s a bit overwhelming, so just do the right thing and get the lobster tail.

148 First St
Cambridge, MA 02141

4. Spring Shabu-Shabu

304 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02135
spring shabu shabu
Choose from a vast buffet at Spring Shabu Shabu
Spring Shabu-Shabu/Official Site

Spring Shabu-Shabu in Brighton is buffet-style. The pork bone and kelp broth is the star. Get it with fatty beef or the seafood combo.

304 Western Ave
Boston, MA 02135

5. Shabu-Zen

80 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
shabu-zen allston
Get it all
Shabu-Zen/Facebook

Shabu-Zen in Allston is the baby brother of a restaurant of the same name in Chinatown — both mainstays in the scene. The quality of both shops is equally high, but head to the Allston outpost because the space itself is...a trip. Many rooms, all with slightly different decor. A great bar at which to drink, and another great square-shaped bar at which to eat.

80 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134

6. Kaze Shabu Shabu

1 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111
kaze shabu shabu
One of Chinatown’s best hot pot spots
Kaze Shabu Shabu/Official Site

The hot pot is Kaze’s specialty, but customers can also get ramen, bibimbap, and a number of fusion dishes at the restaurant (aka the Ghostbusters headquarters).

1 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111

7. The Q

660 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
q restaurant
A good balance of savory and spicy
Q Restaurant/Facebook

Q Restaurant has a vast array of options that can be plopped into hot pot broth. The fried tofu skin is a must. The restaurant also serves some very good sushi.

660 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

8. Hot Pot Buffet

70 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
hot pot buffet
Shabu-shabu from Hot Pot Buffet
Jessica Y./Yelp

Hot Pot Buffet is, as the name would suggest, a buffet-style joint: all you can eat for under $20. And it’s under $15 for lunch. One of the best deals going.

70 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

9. Shabu Restaurant

397 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171
shabe quincy
Eat this outside at Shabu in Quincy
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Shabu Restaurant in Quincy has something the rest of the spots on this map do not: a Japanese garden. There are few better pleasures than eating delicious hot pot outdoors.

397 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02171

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