About o ya

***PLEASE NOTE: ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE FOR OUR 17 SEAT CHEF'S COUNTER ONLY***


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 $185 and an extensive a la carte menu of creative nigiri, sashimi, vegetable, wagyu beef, pork and 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. No dress code.

9 East Street
Boston, MA 02111
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese

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

Cross Street:
Atlantic Ave and South St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 654-9900

Website:
http://www.oyarestaurantboston.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available at 107 South Street, on the corner of East and South Streets in front of Sorriso Restaurant.

Public Transit:
South Station on Red Line, Commuter Rail and Amtrak/Acela.

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 call if you are interested in hosting a private event.

Private Party Contact:
Nancy Cushman: (617) 654-9900

Additional:
Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

o ya Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2011

All I can say is WOW. Each bite is architected. This restaurant is among the top rated Boston hot-spots with good reason. If you enjoy fresh asian inspired food, run, do not walk to O Ya. Oh, and bring your credit card because it is pretty pricey.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2011

Go with a big wallet and big appetite. I would definitely go back, more than once.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 4, 2011

o ya is one of the best restaurants in America. The food at o ya is amazing, the service is excellent, and every time we visit, we talk about when we'll be back. If you have a chance to visit o ya, you will not be disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2011

This is world class Japanese cuisine in league with Nobu or Morimoto's. Every dish is a carefully constructed art form. I would have to eat at each one side by side to see which I like best. There is not even a close second to this in terms of Japanese food in Boston as far as I'm aware. It's very expensive, but certainly worth it for people who are into this type of restaurant. A great addition to the Boston restaurant scene. Sitting at the bar was fun and surprisingly romantic: not cramped or noisy, and watching the chefs make the food is great. Fantastic restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2011

Fabulous meal!! Just delicious. My mouth is watering just thinking back on it.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2011

hands down the best sushi I've ever had.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2011

Extremely pricey but phenomenal food. Great experience. Great for a special occasion.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2011

O ya is an experience. We did the chef food and wine tasting and left dinner blown away. The service, the detail, the food and wine pairing was excellent. I can't wait to go back but definately needs to be for a special occasion.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2011

EXCELLENT!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2011

Had the full chef's tasting menu again and I have to say, it wasn't nearly as mouth-watering as it has been in the past. I only closed my eyes to savor a bite three or four times as opposed to every time I got a new dish, which is a little hard to stomach when the prices are so extraordinarily expensive. $200/person has to be amazing to feel worth it. Service was great, though.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2011

the chefs tasting menu was flawless. I'll say worth the money but don't expect to get off cheap.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2011

Astounding. Simply astounding. A unique culinary experience. No matter how of a sushi expert/snob you THINK you are, you haven't seen or tasted anything like this. Astounding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2011

The sushi was beautiful and delicious. We sat at the conter and watched the artists work. We shared several small plates and all were winners. For some the flavors, each distinct, blended perfectly. For others, the flavors exploded and formed a sum greater than its parts. The sauces were fabulous. Not your average sushi place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2011

Fantastic. The inventive chef continues to dazzle with sushi inspired food. Let the chef choose the menu and his wife choose the sake accompanying the courses and you will be in food and drink nirvana. The sushi bar is great (if a party of more than two, try to get a corner at the bar) as are the tables. As a sidelight, the background music is always interesting. My wife and I find any excuse to get to Boston to experience O-Ya.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2011

Dining at O Ya is an experience in itself. The food is prepared fabulously.
Overall, the expense will be a deterrent to become a regular.
$500 for two people with one drink each is just simply too much.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2010

All I can say is..WOW! My husband and I went to OYA for New Years and it was amazing! We sat at the chef's counter and started with the miso soup and the OYA salad, both were delicious and the sweetness of the miso is something I will crave. We then got suggestions from our awesome waiter Tim who suggested several nigiri and sashimi items.
Hard to choose a favorite, but out of the 6 we had, the 3 best were the Fried Kumamoto Oyster, Kanpachi Baby Hamachi which had the most delicious jalapeno sauce and the Wild Bluefin Maguro with Republic of Georgia herb sauce. Oh, and the Diver scallops with w/ olive oil bubbles and meyer lemon was soooo good!

Lastly it was just really fun to watch them make everything fresh! Well worth the mon

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2010

The sushi offerred is like none other. I wish the portions were larger given the prices. For one person an excellent deal but who wants to enjoy such deliciousness alone. Great place to enjoy various sake as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2010

Amazing! Had the omakase, highly suggested for first-timers. Every dish was better than the next. Can't wait to go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2010

Oya offers by far the best sushi I have ever tasted - every time I dine there I am astonished at the variety and quality of the food.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2010

The service here is unbelievable! We ordered the tasting menu at $160 each and although each course was unique and tasty it was really the service that stood out. Our server Michael was excellent and he really appeared to love his job. A drink from the next table accidentally spilled on me and the owner Nancy 'comped' our entire meal - phenomenal service is an understatement! We'll definately be back.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 21, 2010

WOW. The best Sushi-Fusion I could possibly imagine. Get the Chef's menu (Omikase) and pair it with the staff-recommended Sake pairing. ... Spectacular dishes. Inventive, exciting, delicious. ... I went again two weeks with my chef son and loved it again. ... Just be prepared to pay through the nose. It is very expensive. However, the food is way over the top. Go and put yourself in the hands of the chef and enjoy it. ... Michael

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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 18, 2010

Truly one of the greatest meals I've ever had.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2010

Excellent experience all around as usual. For the first time there was a dish we did not like and they immediately took it off the bill. It is truly an extraordinary dining experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2010

Wow. After reading all of the reviews that I have seen for o ya, I never thought it could live up to those lofty expectations. It simply blew all of them away. My fiance and I each had the chef's tasting menu and each dish was it's own masterpiece. The taste, texture, temperature the food was served at, plating, etc. Everything was great. This is a place where you just don't worry about the cost. It's expensive but it was worth every penny. It deserves the highest of high recommendations.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2010

Pros: Really imaginative sushi/sashimi dishes that were incredibly fresh and packed with all different types of flavors - never had sushi in ginza (Japan), but this has to rival or surpass it; very sweet *Japanese* sushi chefs :); chef's tasting menu, do it; cool space. Cons: sushi bar seats have no backs to them - that would have been okay, but we were there for 3 hrs due to the short wait between courses; music was too loud; no cocktail list, although the wine, beer, and sake lists were extensive; very pricey, although considering how expensive some of the ingredients must be and how much work goes into each dish, and that dining @ oya is an *experience,* pricey is okay once in a while.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2010

One of the top Japanese restaurant in North America for experiencing fine dining of exquisite and contemporary menu.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2010

This is easily one of the best restaurants to be found in North America. Most dishes offer two absolutely perfect bites of food; sixteen out of seventeen dishes we tried were good enough to leave me desiring one bite more (and the seventeen was by no means regrettable). While there are plenty of accessible dishes on the menu, this is definitely a restaurant for those who appreciate sushi.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2010

Very much a special occasion place, but very much worth every single penny!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2010

Having just moved from NYC we were trying to find a top notch spot that would compare with our favorites in NY. This place is a find! We did the 17 course tasting and it was off the charts good but equally important was that the service was just as amazing as the food. Having a staff that understands and can explain each dish / piece of art make all the difference in the world. We will definetly be back!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2010

Very pricey but worth a try.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2010

Fantastic food, but overpriced, especially given the lack of ambiance, family dining-style seating and tiny capacity. Cut the prices by 30% and I would have given it 5 stars. The service was excellent.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2010

amazing as always. best food around. the best way to splurge.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2010

O Ya is by far my favorite restaurant of all time. It is also one of the most expensive I've ever been to. But once you accept the fact that you'll be spending at least $200 per person for dinner and move past that, you'll have one of the best meals of your life. After each bite I took, I found myself closing my eyes to focus on the amazing range of flavors and savoring every moment. Incredible.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2010

Once again had a fantastic experience here!

Sat at the bar, and watching the chefs prepare food, while savoring our meal and enjoying time spent with my dining companion made for a monumental evening.

We were celebrating my dear friends moving, and sincerest Thanks to Tim, Nancy, Michael, and our server ( forgot his name, I'm so sorry!)
and the rest for making this evening such a memorable occasion!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2010

Simply outstanding all around! Not only great sushi (I love sushi), but also wagyu, foie gras, chicken, etc (my wife is not a big fan of sushi so it was good to have so many options for her). We basically tried over 60% of the dishes on the menu and ALL were GREAT. Can't wait to go back!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 9, 2010

First I have to say that the service was absolutely outstanding. Our waitress was knowledgeable, playful and just had a great attitude. The price range is definitely tops. The food was such an amazing combination of flavor dynamics. A reflection of true culinary art. It is a special occasion restaurant for sure but definitely an enjoyable evening of interesting and delicious food combined with an intimate setting with great service.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2010

The food was amazing. Try the nigiri salmon, it is unbelievable tender. It is expensive, nut after each plate, I was asked if I would be ordering anything else. Not once did I feel pressured to order more.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2010

Very creative dishes. Highly recommended.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2010

Crazy expensive but the food is very very good. Possibly not as good as it used to be???

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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2010

I am originally from Japan and know what an authentic modern Japanese food should be. From my perspective, O Ya (I think O Ya means "what's up" in English) is the best Japanese restaurant in Boston. We ordered "Omakase". I was pleasantly surprised by the detailed creativity of each piece of sushi in the course. They are all using selected best raw fish and each piece has a sense of artisan's creativity. The condition & quality of raw fish matters a lot. O Ya seems to control it very well. On the downside, I hope O ya could change the selection of music, as 60s rock such as Jimi Hendrix sounds a bit noisy and does not work well there. I think modern Jazz would match its air perfectly. I would also like to see a selection of Shochu.

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