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o ya Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oyarestaurantboston.com
  • Email: reservations@oyarestaurantboston.com
  • Phone: (617) 654-9900
  • Hours of Operation: *** Online Reservations are for our 17 seat Chef's Counter only *** Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm- 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm- 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Tim Cushman is the Chef Owner
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Although o ya does not have a private dining room, a private event may be held in the restaurant. Please call if you are interested in hosting a private event.
  • Private Party Contact: Nancy Cushman (617) 654-9900

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Atlantic Ave and South St
  • Public Transit: South Station on Red Line, Commuter Rail and Amtrak/Acela.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at 107 South Street, on the corner of East and South Streets in front of Sorriso Restaurant.
A word from o ya
Located in a 100-year-old fire station in Boston’s historic Leather District, o ya offers contemporary Japanese dining in a comfortable setting. The intimate 37-seat dining room consists of ten tables and a 17-seat chef’s counter, where guests can watch the chefs preparing the dishes.
Chef Owner Tim Cushman offers an Omakase, or Chef’s tasting menu, for $150 and an extensive a la carte menu of creative nigiri, sashimi, vegetable, wagyu beef, kurobuta pork and poulet rouge chicken dishes. O ya also offers an extensive premium sake list. Average dining time is approximately 2-3 hours.
CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event that you need to cancel or modify your reservation, please do so 24 hours prior to your reservation to avoid a $75 per person charge.
If you have any specific dietary or time restrictions, please let us know when making your reservation.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Second time visiting and even better than the first. Amazing from start to finish. No hype, no pretense, just excellent food and service. Masterful creations by the chefs. Tremendous attention to detail. Creative and exciting presentations. Will go again and again."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "By far THE best Japanese restaurant we've been to. Not your run of the mill sushi/sashimi place. If you're looking for that, don't go there. It's pricey but worth every penny. It's the most creative Japanese menu we've had. Service was extremely friendly and very helpful in suggesting the best plates. All and all a memorable experience. Looking forward to go back to Boston and O-Ya!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Shockingly bad,,,,so disappointed ugh and to get the bill at almost $300 for my daughter and I pre-theater, left hungry, didn't like a thing we ordered, shrimp tempura (one fried shrimp with foamy bacon drippings really?) oily strange salad,,I asked the waitress to help us and recommend she tried to be helpful but all in all I would never return. My daughter and I had about three small plates each which consists of one bite per plate (with exception to the salmon). I am a General Manager of two restaurants, a boutique hotel and french bakery. I have been a 'foodie' most of my life, and was looking forward to this experience. Just awful. Not Open Tables fault tho! Thanks for letting me vent."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The Only thing about this restaurant is the price. That is what most reviews I have read has in common. The food is great and the service is outstanding. It is definitely not a normal spot you go to every week, be definitely for special occasions. The decor was fabulous. The music selection was wonderful. The dinner ware are amazing."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Add some butter, it's going to taste good.....foam this, foam that....add some micro greens..then you customers think you've created a masterpiece. Not so, the fish quality is poor. By taking a butane burner and adding some char to the fish, it's going to disguise the fish taste. ITS ALL ABOUT BUTTER !!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our dining experience at O-ya was just that--an experience! A wonderful one at that. From the staff, to the decor to the imaginative, delicious cuisine--we thoroughly enjoyed our evening! While such a hot spot, we so appreciated the lack of attitude and pretense. Once you enter you are pampered!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "A true sushi lover's paradise. Best sushi restaurant in Boston. The price was a little intimidating first and had me thinking this better be really good (we each ordered the 17 course option with sake) and was it ever. Point is if you really appreciate the best ingredients presented in uniquely delicious creations (the chocolate, balsamic, foie gras sushi with aged sake or the potato chip black truffle or the ink squid foam on fried oyster, the Santa Barbara uni, etc) then give it a try. The staff was informative, professional and enhanced the experience. They gave us a menu and marked each item as it was served. My wife and I ended up ranking them to figure out what we would come back for later and we'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Yes, it is expensive. But you get what you pay for. Extraordinary offerings, extremely high quality, creativity, service by passionate people, amazing list of sakes, perfect reception and related by the hostesses. The omikase menu of 17 pieces with matching wines is a perfect introduction."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Unparrelled sushi in the city. Perfect experience from beginning to end. Handled our shellfish allergies with ease. Thank you for such a great dinner, I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "LOVE This place. Go here a few times a year and cannot get enough. Love to make our own Omakase"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "The food was so good! My boyfriend and I came for a Valentines Date <3. We enjoyed the grand omakase tasting menu. It is on the expensive side but well worth it. I noticed the chefs making a lobster on a torched and seasoned tomatoe dish that intrigued me... Leaves me with something to desire for when we go back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food here is as good as anything we had in Japan. Beautifully prepared, exquisitely presented, but just too expensive for the locale. I appreciate the fact that some people are willing to spend $285 per person for a tasting menu, but I personally find it unconscionable. And hasn't the chef heard that bluefin tuna is endangered? My conscience would never let me go back."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food was amazing! Ridiculously expensive but worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We love the food at OYA and never fail to visit when we visit from London, UK!!! We brought some friends on this occasion and had the 20 course Omakase (tasting menu) and can I just say...it was OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!! The Wagyu beef along with all the other 19 courses were well worth the bill that came along with it!! Our server Eric is amazing and was very friendly and helpful. A MUST for all visiting Boston!!!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The grand omakase is simply sublime. It's difficult to find words to describe the chef's creativity, which never (ever) sacrifices taste. In fact, almost every bite is a new taste sensation... each one more delicious than the last. The price is hefty but completely worth it."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I've been to O Ya several times and it is always fantastic! The service was fabulous and I learn so much about Japanese cuisine when I'm there. It's definitely THE special occasion hot spot for my 17 year old daughter whose taste is very sophisticated. O Ya always delivers fresh and unusual sushi dishes and I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "For a special occasion for two people, site at the bar, enjoy seeing the food made. More than two is harder, as there are few tables. Put yourself in their hands. It is Japanese food better than in Japan."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "So I've been to O YA 2 times before this, so 3 times in total. The first two times was exquisite and although pricing was high -definitely worth the experience. What I liked about it were the different layers of flavors and delicate balance between them all, which created a nice complexity that anyone would enjoy. This time the ingredients were high end, but the execution of most of the dishes were overpowered with sauces and by the end when my bill came to roughly $450 I just shook my head as it definitely was not worth it. I could have easily made what they had presented at home, but much better. Also, the worst part is that you could tell the ingredients used were extremely fresh and high end - so they were ruined. Not worth it."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Came here because someone gave us a gift card. We love omakase very much but this restaurant's price is outrageous! Why so expensive?"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Food was amazing and very accommodating to a gluten allergy. Be open minded and try many dishes - this place I special."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "My first time to Boston... Awesome food great adventure. Glad I made a reservation, as there were people begging to get in at 5:30PM on a Friday.. Hmm and found out why .Everything done with detail and served with extraordinary precision. This is a foodie's deam. Impressive and O YA!!"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "First you can only book the Sushi Bar on Open Table. As first we were bummed about this but now having been I'd highly recommend it. The service was excellent and the Sushi Bar which is often not the case in too many other US spots. Our server knew his stuff, was funny, and helpful as the menu is quite large. The food is excellent. Best I've had in a long time. It was fun to see them make it and gave us food envy. Parking is an issue. I would give it a strong recommendation."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Excellent Japanese food. Not the typical Rolls and Sashimi "eat out" - Great service"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We have a similar restaurant @ home (we are not Boston locals) and were anxious to try O Ya.The menu is complex & crazy expensive. We are not afraid of an expensive meal, but the menu is not friendly to new comers. The $350 or $185 per person chef's menu they push (plus drink pairing cost of $85 pp) when you're not even sure what the 17 tastings are, is not as inviting as they think. In the end we ended up just ordering anything that sounded or looked good as we were at the bar (which they call chef's table) it was quite good. We had pretty much anything we wanted plus a bottle of wine and the total bill was just over $300+tip. We were happy with our choices.Very unique dining experience if you don't mind all the reading and price."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Tis a bit pricey but well worth it. This kind of passion and creativity deserves to be rewarded by paying the creators well. Food is outstanding. Well presented, incredibly tasty and mouth watering. Does not get any better than this!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "The service which was attentive and outstanding was only exceeded by the food!!! This must be added to your "Bucket List" of restaurants, not once, but twice! An unforgettable experience!!"
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "O Ya is my favorite restaurant in Boston. The food is always wonderful and the service is top-notch."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The O Ya experience was absolutely wonderful. We sat at the end of the sushi bar and we could see the chefs preparing everything. The items on omekase were selected for us, avoiding a few things we don't care much for. I've never had such wonderfully prepared sushi with great combinations of flavors at any other restaurant. Hands down the best!"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Amazing food! Sit at the bar where you can watch the chefs skillfully prepare dishes (and get ideas for what you may want to order next). The waiters are very warm and knowledgable - tell them a few things you like/dislike and they can recommend the perfect dishes for your evening. The tasting menu is a very reliable choice."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "I could not be more impressed. Our server, Maggie, was the perfect combination of genuine, sweet, knowledgeable and helpful. Never hovering and never absent, she was excellent throughout our 2.5 hour meal. We sat at the bar (I recommend over the tables which could feel a bit sterile) and were able to watch the chefs' preparations. It was so fun. The wine list is excellent. The atmosphere is simple but clean and interesting and the excitement of watching some of the most inventive cuisine in Boston. LOVED IT."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "the tasting menu was superb; i do not know how other more expensive japanese restaurants can be any better than this. every bite was sublime and surprisingly tasty; the foie gras with the balsamic vinegar and chocolate is heavenly- why did i not think of that!!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Fantastic sushi, sashimi, and other delights like none you have ever tasted. Every course is full of wonderful tastes that will excite your palate. Just be ready to drop a lot of money as these exquisite flavors as they don't come cheap but are worth the money."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Excellent and imaginative food. We've been to other places that try this approach and fail because they focus more on technique than taste but Oya gets it all right."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Terrific restaurant!! Very spendy but completely worth it for the unique food experience."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Outstanding food, excellent service. Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Each time I visit O Ya I leave with my mind blown. The dishes are beautiful and delicious with a perfect balance of acid, salt & sweetness (where appropriate). It is one of the best places for uni in the world. If you love uni you must sample every preparation. They also work magic with white truffles when they are in season. O Ya is an experience and it comes dear. I would much rather save my dining dollars for O Ya and have a magical experience than waste them on several ho-hum meals. If you are into raw fish, this is the place but the menu contains so much more that's all crazy good. O YA, Oh Yeah!!!"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "This is the place you go to eat your last meal before you die. Seriously. Superlatives are inadequate to describe the quality of the food. It is also a budget-busting indulgence for my bestie and me every one to two years. We ordered the grand omakasé (21 course tasting menu) which was perfectly paired with a variety of sakés and wine. We indulged even more and got a course of Kobé beef. Each course consists of one to two bites of unbelievable deliciousness and perfection. The range of flavors over the course of the meal goes from the light, refreshing taste of the ocean to the complex flavors of the forest. We left feeling satisfied, but not full, delighted and well taken care of. O Ya is a place like no other."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "I brought my husband here for his birthday, and it was perfect. We had a 17 course sampler meal. Our waiter was fabulous and asked our likes/dislikes and customized the entire experience for us. We were not rushed at all. Our waiter was extremely knowledgable about the sushi as well as the sake pairings. I would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "A unique dining experience for the sushi lover! Nowhere else is quite like it. Exceptional food served like a piece of art!!"
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "This is the best restaurant in US and almost in the world. I know that it's not afforable for everybody but if you can... Of course you must like japanese food! Not for Burguer's lovers."
    Dined on 7/20/2013