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

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94% would recommend it to a friend

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Great Beer (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Was good but, not the greatest for a $850 meal for 2.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Every bite was another taste of heaven. You could really tell that the fish was the freshest, caught that morning. Every piece was crafted with the greatest care. The sushi chefs were proud of their "artwork". Definitely coming back!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We will certainly be back. Wonderful location and fantastic staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2017

It was perfect.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Had Michael as a server and he really made the experience fun. He has worked there for 10 years and had a lot of great introductions to each plate. I highly recommend getting at least the 17-plate omakase as opposed to ordering a la carte; in terms of value, it seemed to be the better deal plus it sets the standard if you have never been. All in all, a great time. I can't wait until I have another excuse to indulge here again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2017

My daughter and I went there just to get together and the Omakase was amazing and fun!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Impecable flavors in each bite, well composed. Unique flavor combinations and wine pairing was on point.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Super expensive, but so good!! Best meal of my life, not sure if I can justify paying that much for a meal though.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Amazing experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Probably the best meal I have ever had. Every bite was perfectly crafted. I opted for the a la carte menu but will definitely get the omakase next time.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

This was the most incredible meal I've had to date. Every bite was better than the last and the waitress knew how to guide us carefully and thoughtfully through the experience. Watching the chefs work is also quite lovely.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2017

The food is great, what else can one say. And I understand that this criticism will probably be written off as gauche since my beef is with the cost. The service is average but 20% gratuity is required (including alcohol). No surprise I guess. Make me forget I'm spending that kind of money.... I would recommend investing it in a la carte over prix fixe.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2017

a hell of a lot better than the first time i went, years ago. the quality of the omakase dishes, in my opinion, has dramatically increased, but so has the price. either go to o-ya, or default on your home mortgage

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2016

We went for my husband's birthday dinner. We enjoyed one of their tasting menus paired with sake and wine. It was easily the best meal and service we have ever had...and the music play list was equally as awesome as the food, drink, service, and decor/ambience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2016

The food was unquestionably amazing and lives up to the hype. It was boldly inventive yet retained the original integrity of the kaiseki/sushi form--that is not easy to do.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Wonderful Japanese cuisine with perfect combination of innovation and tradition! Cozy ambience and friendly service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Underwhelming doesn't even begin to describe the experience. Food was bland. Service non-existent and quite frankly, rude. Would give 0 stars if possible.

For the prices one would naturally be expecting at a minimum, New York's 15 East or Sushi Yasuda quality but quite frankly O Ya doesn't even measure up to your neighborhood UWS sushi joint.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2016

The food was really, really good. But is it worth 350 dollars / person? Depends on you.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Impeccable!!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2016

Truly spectacular... but very pricey! We'll certainly be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

An exquisite treat every time we are in Boston!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Some of the best tasting and most creative sushi I have had anywhere in the U.S. Expensive but definitely worth it for the omakase.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2016

The grand omokase meal was one of the best meals we have ever eaten. The preparation was perfect. The tastes and pairings were perfect. The staff was exceptional (thanks Maggie).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Reservations can be tricky (they have two seatings and expect earlier seating to be mindful of the second seating, i.e. lingering not encouraged).

Food is amazing. By far the best meal I've had in Boston and among the top omakase experiences in U.S. Service is fantastic, friendly and accessible, informative but not overbearing.

Would love to go again (very pricey, though if you calculate on a per course basis, a decent value for these bite sized works of art), and highly recommend for sushi lovers.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2016

One of the best restaurants in Boston. Great Sashimi meals, especially the Grand Omakase. Service could be better.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Fourth time over as many years, and still an amazing experience. Wonderful service, masterful/artful food - the kind that momentarily stops conversation, then turns it into a discussion of what you just ate. I can't wait until my next time!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2016

O Ya was a great experience for a once a year expensive date night. The chefs and waiters worked with us to create our own tasting menu with some of what we desired mixed with great surprises. While expensive, we definitely received what we paid for an more in taste, service, and atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 29, 2016

Epic place!!! Great vibe, food, and service

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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2016

Best waitress ever

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Truly phenomenal in every way. Good quality, taste, and presentation. Service, recommendations, and friendliness. Impromptu Wine pairings were also quite good

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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Continues to be our favorite restaurant in Boston. The food prep and presentation is exquisite. In addition the kitchen is very accommodating to any special dietary restriction. Michael L. is a superb waiter.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2016

Amazing experience, food out of this world! Definitely one of the best restaurants in Boston- if not The Best!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2016

The food is absolutely OUTSTANDING!!! My girlfriend and I drove from PA to have dinner here before Adele, and to be honest, I can't tell which one I enjoyed more! This was my third time going and every time it gets increasingly better. I'm a chef and I can say that my three dining experiences with O'ya have only even slightly been rivaled by the half dozen 2 star Michelin restaurants where I've eaten. Definitely a must go and get the Grand Omekase!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2016

We had an amazing experience at o ya! The food and wine/sake pairings wee spot on, and the food is the best in the city. Our server was super fun and enhanced the experience!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2016

We had heard great things and eventually went for a special occasion. We were seated at our reserved chef's counter seats immediately and over the next 2.5 hours wined and dined our way through the Omakase (17 bite chef's tasting menu). The sushi was definitely high quality, the flavors and techniques were certainly interesting, and the ambience was pleasant/minimalist Japanese. The server was also good - knowledgeable and nice -- we had to ask a lot of questions to decipher the plate descriptions. It was really just the high price -- we were expecting 400-500 based on what we heard and ended up with 640 (incl tax/tip) despite only ordering a few drinks (not the drinks pairing). Essentially it was a fabulous meal - totally worth 300, even 400. But more than 600 without even maxing out the food and drink options simply didn't seem worth it. Our previous experience at Oishi as at least half the price and just as good. Hope to try Uni after our wallets recover. O ya is clearly doing a great thing and there seems to be plenty of people in Boston that can keep it in business. It would just be nice if people at lower budget ranges could still enjoy it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2016

Mike our service was so nice. Great food and even better Service. Everyone should go to o ya for a once in a life one experience.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 25, 2016

Amazing experience! Food and service were truly the best!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Grand Omakase with center seats was superb. Chefs were all artists. On par with Momofuku Ko in NYC.

Only mild negative was energetic noise level, which tapered off half-way thru meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2016

Amazing dining experience! Every piece of sushi was created to please the palate. Staff was knowledgeable and attentive--they aimed to please. We chose from the a la carte menu and the waitress gave great advice. They served us a special delicious dessert for our anniversary.

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Outstanding, once again. We visit O Ya whenever we are in Boston and enjoy it tremendously each time.

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