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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4.8

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4.8

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4.6

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3.9

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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Neighborhood Gem (1)
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Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

No joke sushi

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The.temple.of.food.in.boston

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Amazing food. Did the 17 course tasting menu- was out of this world. Truly a special occasion treat, looking forward to my next dining experience with O Ya!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Simply an amazing culinary experience. Michael and Kate made the evening truly memorable. Cant wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The overall experience at O Ya was phenomenal. The food was absolutely delectable and the service and atmosphere were incomparable. I look forward to my next visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

In all the places in the world, o ya is my favorite restaurant. It’s that simple.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

An outrageously expensive experience ... worth every penny!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The sushi is high quality but the portion size is tiny. Other sushi restaurants have equal quality at more reasonable prices. There is no reason to support this restaurant unless you like overpaying.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Been to many sushi places and this place is right there with the best of them. Got the grand omakase and each small bite was spot-on with taste and beauty. All the ingredients used were top quality and amazingly decadent and indulgent: uni, truffle, osetra caviar, toro, swordfish belly, dark chocolate, etc. go for a mind-blowing experience!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fun, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Can’t say enough good things about this place.... Total culinary experience!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

O’YA is the best sushi! We are from Hawaii and have tons of great sushi available but this is our 2nd time in Boston and 2nd time at O’YA and it is amazing! Will be back again!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food was extraordinary. Each dish presented was a work of art and delicious! Our server made the overall experience so special as she was not only helpful but shared in our delight as we enjoyed the evening!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Absolutely sublime! Everything from your greeting, the decor, service and exquisite cuisine is spot on. Highly recommend the Grand Omakase and Sake pairing. It is expensive but totally worth it. Our waiter Tim was both engaging and knowledgeable

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

It was fantastic. The servers and the cooks were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Loved chatting about how the food was cooked and about the alcohol background.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Generally amazing and staff smile beautifully which is good. There is only thing a little surprising that, with my reservation and on time arrival, we still have to stand out there for a while with some tables and bar-seats available in there. But food is totally amazing!!!! Though really expensive

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Probably the best meal/ chef in Boston today. Hard to get a table. Very expensive. But absolutely worth it for transcendent food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 26, 2017

This was perhaps the best food I've ever eaten...Seriously.


However... I booked o ya 3 weeks in advance and confirmed with the reception on the date that I made the reservation that we would have a table for 4. They screwed up the my reservation. If you book through Open Table, you will be given the Sushi bar...not very accommodating for 4 people who are looking to talk. Be sure to call them and confirm if you want a table. I was a little surprised that didn't offer us something as an apology.

That being said, the rest of the experience was fantastic. That being said, the rest of the experience was fantastic. The fois gras w/ chocolate was the best mouthful of food I have ever had. Highly recommended.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

One of the best restaurant experiences that we've ever had. Very high price point but worth it for special occasions.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 20, 2017

It is very good, just not as expected. We can see our dish got ready but it was not served as soon as I want. Don't like it.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The bluefin maguro, uni toast, and salmon rau ram were particular highlights.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was excellent and staff and atmosphere was lovely. The food portions are extremely small (2 or 3 pieces) and very expensive.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I wanted to love this place for so many different reasons. Most of the food was very good but a fair amount was just ok and the most disappointing thing was that most of the menu was WAYYYY overpriced. Just to be clear I don't mean very expensive, I mean WAY overpriced.
Most dishes were 15 to 24 dollars PER BITE. Having dined at many highly acclaimed restaurants in my life this was by far the most expensive while being far from the best in many ways. We had like 10 dishes - maybe 3 were outstanding and 3 were mediocre and that shouldn't happen at this price level. Service was sub par, we were not offered dessert and the allergy that was noted was handled in an amateur manner with a few unannounced errors. Recommendations - The hamachi w/ banana peppers, foie gras and chocolate, wagyu strip loin and UNI toast. Was a nice experience to see what all the hype was about but sadly will not be returning.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Best sushi spot on the East Coast. From the high fish grades to the exquisite preparation, your eyes, nose and mouth will be spoiled beyond a typical high-end sushi restaurant.

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Amazing food. It will be hard to at another Sushi restaurant

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Nice place but flavoring overpowered the base ingredients. Total failure for Japanese food claim. It's more like overpriced fusion.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Incredible food and fantastic service, but was wayyyy too pricey for the amount of food we were getting. Only would recommend going on a special occasion only!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Creative and inventive food! The best sushi with amazing flavor in each bite. Our waitress was extremely helpful and professional. It's the experience to have if you enjoy and appreciate sushi.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The most incredible and delicious experience. Our server was Anna and we left feeling like we made a new good friend. We saved up for this special occasion and it was worth every penny. Food was beyond outstanding, and beverage pairings were perfect. We had the grand omakase.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

O Ya is a fubulous place to enjoy top-notch sushi. Beautifully decored, good service and sushi was outstading. However, the prides charged for the cheapest Sushi are in the stategspherte - we were served two small (size of your finger tip0a was $14. Two small bites and the pride was $14. Yo can always enjoy a $185 sampler, but you will leaver hungry. Bottom line, unless you have a DEEP POCKET, at least $500 for a mderate sushi dinner, you will go hungry. We just had two sjall sushis, paid $40 and left for another restarant down the street. Everythiung else about O Ya is wonderful, a king's ransom is what you need to not go hungry.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Firstly, the food tastes not as good as last time I ate in Match. Secondly, the waiter who served us last night is impatient. He was unwilling to serve us with a distant face from the beginning till end.He didn't even ask how was everything going. Disappointed with the service and food. I missed the waitress who served us in March.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Every dish was superbly prepared and presented. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive. She knows exactly what to substitute when our niece does not go for raw oyster. She also makes sure that my niece , a desert lover, has a chance to sample two deserts in place of sushi. Sushi chefs are happy to engage guests as well. Overall we had another pleasurable experience at o ya!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Deserves it's reputation as one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in Boston. Although sushi is the feature here, one can dine on many other items. The avocado tempura was the highlight of the meal, though everything was superior. I especially liked the short rib as well. Don't miss dessert either.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 28, 2017

You need to know going in it's high quality sushi and you pay for it. They don't have rolls, it's all small plates.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Unforgettable experience with staff and chef Taylor ! Thank you for making it special . Lydia

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 (New England)·Dined on June 20, 2017

I have been a total of 4 times, and this last dining experience was less quality as far as gastronomy is concerned.

I think the food is good; however the quality has gone down from other years I've been there. It appears it has become busier and lost its focus on the quality of the food.

Still decent food that is high priced, but it is not the exceptional execution it use to be, so the value has gone down.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The grande oamakse does not disappoint

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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It had been a while since we last visited, but we were still very impressed. The squash blossom with truffles and the fried oyster with black squid ink foam were amazingly delicious. So we ordered another serving of each to end our meal. O ya is an amazing restaurant and our server showed us the way to a variety of tastes and flavors. So, so good!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 15, 2017

A wonderful experience. Great service and an incredible unique menu.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

10 out of 10. I have never had a meal this good. Period.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Exceptional quality and interesting take on sushi. World class!!

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