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o ya, Boston, MA

o ya

4.8
4.8
1207 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 654-9900
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Tim Cushman is the Chef Owner
  • Private party facilities
    Although o ya does not have a private dining room, a private event may be held in the restaurant. Please email gabe@cushmanconcepts.com for details.
  • Private party contact
    Nancy Cushman: (617) 654-9900
  • Neighborhood
    Leather District
  • Cross street
    Atlantic Ave and South St
  • Parking details
    Street parking is available on South Street and Atlantic Avenue.
  • Public transit
    South Station on Red Line, Commuter Rail and Amtrak/Acela.
  • Additional
    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,207 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 2.7Value

NoiseModerate

1,199 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As much as would like to go into details about this dining experience I can’t. I couldn’t even tell you what I ate as this food was absolutely amazing, beyond anything I’ve experienced. Yes, it’s surly expensive, but worth every penny.

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  2. kimh

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal of my life. Memorable and special anniversary celebration.

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  3. MichelleL

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Not worth the price. Food and beverage pairing were excellent but the overall experience was poor. For $1200 (for 2) I shouldn't have to ask for more water, have a beverage pairing skipped, or have inconsistent service throughout the night. The plate presentation from the staff was terrible, half the time they just plopped the two dishes in front of us; I have food allergies and a couple of meals they switched up and had to go back to the kitchen. Ambiance was weird, the music was so random it didn't fit the vibe and the decor was quite bland. This is not "Michelin Star Worthy" as many have purported in the past, if you've ever been to one you'll know the difference. It's sad because I waited almost 6 months for this reservation but left disappointed.

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  4. AlexanderS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely a special occasion type of place, but worth every penny.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There is a saying that at time’s “words fail”. Well they fail here. Other than one AMAZING!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top 5 meal and experience I have ever had. Everything about O Ya is wonderful

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is more than a meal, it is an experience. Be forewarned though, you must like sushi as most of your plates will be raw fish of some sort. Each course is a masterpiece and flavor combination all unto itself. Had a tough time deciding which dishes were the best but the hamachi, toro, and barracuda were amazing. Still, the wagyu beef was the best beef I’ve ever had in my life. If you truly know and love Japanese food, not an Americanized version of it at some faux Asian fusion place, then this might be the best meal of your life.

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  8. foodeater101

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good one time experience, but for the price the food does not justify it. There are better omakase experiences in the boston area at significantly lower price points.

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  9. ChristinaD

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service, great allergy accommodations, delicious and distinct flavor experience for each dish. Was a very nice special meal!

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  10. peteo

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing, she was very insightful and so nice, she made our dinner experience even better. The food was incredible! Don’t sleep on the truffle chips

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  11. AdamL

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent every time. Very creative sushi, well worth it

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  12. AdamJ

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible service and food that will leave a lasting impression. After years of building anticipation and hype, O Ya delivered in spades.

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  13. farmer2tabler

    Greater Boston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Continues to be the best sushi in America. creative offerings each with unique tastes. also a broad sake selection though the prices on the sake bottles seems to have risen significantly over the last year (like everything else in our economy). entertaining service. if money is not an issue this is the place for every special celebration

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dined at o ya NYC before it closed with the pandemic. Servers were very pleasant and attentive. Sushi follows an Omakase style with good progression of flavors. Not a traditional Japanese Omakase. The “dressed” sushi and nigiri is a different pleasant experience. However, I think as one of the top places in Boston to dine the service and ambience could be at a higher level. A bIt more organization and attention to detail. I understand it is not meant to be a traditional Japanese Omakase experience, but a more one to one interaction with the chef if you are sitting at the counter pushes the dining experience a notch higher. Maybe get rid of the counter fish fridge for a cleaner look and better view at the food preparation. Overall worthwhile!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was fun to sit at the bar and watch the action. Very attentive staff…the food was very good, not something you do regularly

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner!! Food is simply amazing! Service was great! We almost come to Boston just to eat here. They serve an Omakase menu, where everything is chosen for you just like a pre fixe menu, except better. We don’t like sea urchin, so we requested that be omitted as well as beef, no problem. Hope to come back someday soon!

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  17. RyanK

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal I have had ever! We enjoyed the beverage pairing & incredible sushi.

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  18. Korky

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We did the omakase with sake pairing. Food was exquisite and the wait staff was excellent. My only complaint is that, after 20 courses, we all left quite hungry. For >$500 per person, this was disappointing.

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  19. LauraM

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing experience! We tried things that we would never had ventured out for and were pleasantly surprised with how delicious each and every bite was! It was a night to remember and we will definitely try to get back sometime!!!

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  20. TheParsippanyStrange

    Greater Boston

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner once again. Such a fantastic experience!

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  21. JRMora

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Not a traditional Japanese omakase. Most dishes are ‘westernized’ by adding too much seasoning. A true omakase let the primary highest quality elements speak by themselves. We had to request ginger which should be routinely included to clean your palate after each dish. They should also start by giving you the traditional ‘oshibori’ (hot humid towel) to clean your hands before the meal. These are small details that would go a long way, especially when you pay such premium. BTW, I have tried better and more traditional omakase in the Boston area, and while it was not cheap, ir wasn’t as outrageous ($180 vs $280). Also the champagne was highly overpriced; cheapest one over $200!

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  22. AliKat

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious tasting menu - we sampled lots of docent sakes, too. I would recommend having only one or two glasses of sake - we were pretty toasted by the end of the meal!

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  23. OregonRose

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious small bites and perfect pairings! The food is magical, the plating is ingeniously creative, and the staff are amazing. They took all of our allergies into consideration. Stellar environment and experience! They made us feel welcomed and appreciated.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience, I highly recommend you try it 👍🏼

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  25. Robin

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Possibly the best meal of my life! Perfect sushi and wine/sake pairings. Great service.

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  26. susank

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    oh the food, the pairings, the tastes, it was an explosion of wonder. the service was perfect and the ambience is so calming. we go every year on a birthday splurge and I cannot wait for the next one

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  27. JanK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service are great. The noise level is too high

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  28. FoHiDining

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I LOVE O Ya. Used to go to the NYC location before it closed. Now my friend and I travel to boston twice a year to experience amazing food. This is the best omikase experience m, in my opinion. Amazing food, amazing service - worth every penny.

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  29. GregR

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique experience with excellent food. Would recommend if you enjoy omakase & are looking for a special dinner

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  30. ElaineP

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at O Ya. Fantastic food and fantastic service! We were very pleased with the experience.

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  31. JacquelineM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great experience! Overall, it is pretty expensive but you know that going into it. The servers were amazing- friendly, informative, and down-to-earth.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    O ya is like the French Laundry of sushi. Every bite is perfect — thoughtful, intentional and layered with flavors. A truly unique, magical and delicious experience.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall, we had a tremendous experience. The food was phenomenal and the menu flowed nicely. It was clearly designed by sometime who wanted to guide you through a complete and varied experience. Our server Hillary was amazing…if you go try and request her

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    #1. Nothing comes remotely close. Best sushi in the world.

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  35. joshuak

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been here 4 times and I’ve been blown away by the food and the staff every time. If Boston had Michelin star restaurants, O-Ya would be ranked at the top. Perfectly crafted bites of sushi that will leave you dazzled. The staff is wonderful and fully invested in making sure you have a wonderful experience. On of my all-time best meals ever, anywhere.

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  36. DrMORO

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you understand what O Ya means, this is exactly what we have experienced tonight. Literally a What?! taste palette explosion on top of very tasty Japanese seafood dishes and absolutely further more. Of course you would dine here every day. However, the jolt of your much needed and unexpected experience beyond already delicious Japanese seafood is right here, and onl Our server was also exceptional and knowledgeable as well as enthusiastic.

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  37. Hillsider

    Tokyo

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Food and drinks are overpriced. I will not go back.

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  38. JosephP

    Raleigh

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional food. Beautifully executed. Fantastic flavors. Generally a sushi restaurant but so much more unique and innovative. We hadn’t been there since before the pandemic and we were really glad we went back. I was wowed by the mushroom dishes in addition to the sashimi and nigiri.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and experience but also very very expensive

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  40. BrianD

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ridiculous food, an experience and art form! You will not regret this visit as they have the most delicious dishes and pairings

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

o ya is rated 4.8 stars by 1207 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for o ya

9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Atlantic Ave and South St
  • Neighborhood
    Leather District
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking is available on South Street and Atlantic Avenue.
  • Public transit
    South Station on Red Line, Commuter Rail and Amtrak/Acela.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Tim Cushman is the Chef Owner
  • Additional
    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 654-9900
  • Private party facilities
    Although o ya does not have a private dining room, a private event may be held in the restaurant. Please email gabe@cushmanconcepts.com for details.
  • Private party contact
    Nancy Cushman: (617) 654-9900
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