o ya

4.7
1034 reviews
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Japanese
***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.
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having dined in some of the best sushi restaurants from San Francisco to NYC to LA, O Ya is right there on top! It’s sushi art with the most unique flavors. It’s our go to for a night out in Boston!

JR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always...the food is excellent and the service superb.

R
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

In general pretty good. The food quality is unbelievable. I wish to see more chef making the food. I didn't get to see that even I sat at the bar.

S
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my 15 year old son for Omakase. What a fantastic experience. Every bite of food was uniquely prepared. The flavors were out of this world.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! I definitely recommend “omakase”

B
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best meals of my life, the food was amazingly well prepared. Every dish was unique with a perfect balance of flavors. We did the standard Omakase with the liquor pairings and, while expensive, was incredibly good. They definitely don't skimp on the ingredients or the pairings, very high end on everything, but still don't go here looking for a cheap meal.

Will definitely be back, the service was amazing, the location and space is beautiful and not at all pretentious given the quality of food and service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Have gone there a handful of times over the past 10 years and it’s just not the same it once was. Nothing really stood out, it was a fine dinner, but the wow we used to get, was just not there. Too bad.

BN
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. We got the 21 course tasting menu and it did not disappoint. It was pretty expensive but you definitely get what you pay for.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Too much truffle oil...and we know truffle oil is fake

N
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

For the price, but even close to worth it. Good sushi but you can find same quality at 15 boston places at 1/20th the price

MW
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the 17-course Omakase with drink pairings and OH MY GOD. We loved every bite and really wished for more... Well, no actually we were quite full but there were certain courses I definitely could have eaten a million of! Grat on the Omakase was included (20%) which was very convenient and we left a little extra because our server was wonderful. We sat at the sushi bar and it was really fun to watch things being plated and observe the rest of the restaurant. Although our reservation time was on the late side (9:30) we didn't feel rushed to finish or as though we were stalling any staff member from leaving. They were all very polite and friendly and informative. Thanks so much O Ya! We will be back ASAP!

LT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very inventive dishes, it was an absolutely marvelous experience. The food was exceptional. Must Go!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing in every aspect.

g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

O Ya was disappointing for two reasons:

1) food - Americanized Japanese food. Some really good raw fish was served with heavy seasoning, spoiled the taste. Fish served was not un-fresh, but was not stunningly fresh either, for the price, I expect better

2) operations - chaotic operation because the mix of sushi bar and tables setting, not enough waiters/waitresses and complexity of menu (two kinds of omakase and a la carte). Dishes waited on the counter to be delivered to me, often for 5+ minutes, good sushi is supposed to consume immediately after the chef made it.

Suggestions: have the chef serve the dish directly to counter guests, as it is the common practice in other authentic Japanese sushi bars, increasing chef - guest interaction and throughput. Have the waiters serve the tables only. Simplify the menu and focus on fresh fish.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! So many unique and complimentary flavors in each bite. The nigiri and sashimi are the best in Boston. Get the squid ink udon noodles with octopus - best octopus I think I’ve ever had. Our waitress, Maggie was incredible! Went with essentially all of her recommendations and they were all fabulous. Needless to say we had an incredible experience due to the fantastic food and next level service.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. The best restaurant in Boston.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

As an authentic Japanese sushi lover, this place is more like a 'fusion-style' sushi place. We took Omakas. The food was just okay, meaning the freshness of sashimi and the taste was just okay. Instead of using top-quality sashimi, they covered sushi up with lots of sauces and flaming (torched)...so in the end, every piece of sushi tasted similar. Given that their price is outrageous, I expected better quality. If you like 'fusion-style' sushi, you may like this place, but even with that expectation, this place is really really overpriced.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable and worth it, but still very expensive.

p
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food overall. Broth in the noodle dishes was a bit too salty. Very high quality sake selection.

JS
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing sushi. I’ve never had sushi like this and I love sushi. Very innovative flavor combinations and presentations. Expensive but worth every penny. I will visit again.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael made our experience so special and the food was amazing!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One the most unique omakase experiences we've had. Worth every penny.

G
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The greatest Japanese sushi, salmon and nigiri bar in the whole Boston area

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Never bad meal at oya

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. We sat at the bar and enjoyed watching the chefs prepare the dishes. Highly recommended.

P
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

O-Ya is unparalleled in every aspect. From the food, to the service, to the ambiance, O-Ya is second to none. The quality of the food and the creativity of the pairings of ingredients makes for a meal that is unforgettable.

BK
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is expensive. However, this is the single best dining experience I have had in my 8 years living in the Boston area. While this is not traditional, this is the single best omakase experience I have had outside of Tokyo. The experience is not rushed, every bite was delicious, and the staff will cater to your every need. The wine and sake expert was delightful and very knowledgeable about the topic. I highly recommend going to O Ya, selecting the omakase, and obviously choose to do the sake and wine pairings.

SR
New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional, from the service to the food. I would recommend this to anyone that is interested in a unique experience like no other.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We were visiting Boston from sydney - had a confirmed counter reservation at 9pm - we arrived on time , restaurant was half full , but people who had our corner of the counter had just got their deserts ?? - so at 9.10 we requested other seats on the counter - no longer a corner , nowhere to sit whilst waiting ( in entry way - and no service ?? ) . Stu was our waiter and was excellent , and all staff were smiley and efficient , however standing around waiting for people to leave ( they left at 9.20 was a rocky start )
Food was very good - but not spectacular . We ordered the grilled wagyu $70 and got 1 small morsel each which we thought was a total bs gouge . Space was great , but put a simple long timber bench in the waiting room and maybe a bottle of sake
Cheers Gary Waters
Sydney Australia

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like sushi/Japanese cuisine, I think this is one of the best restaurants in the United States. Every single bite of food is a taste sensation. The waitstaff is very knowledgeable and can make excellent suggestions. The hostess and manager make sure you feel welcome as soon as you walk in the door.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. So so good.

NA
New England
36 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very high priced but worth it for extraordinary food and service.

KD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was life changing however it comes with a sticker shock.

DF
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just delightful! Anna Lee was the best server and the whole staff were so detailed and welcoming. The food was as much art as food. O Ya has its own unique authentic character that speaks to you. It speaks more when you drink the sake flight. What a great place to spend an evening in Boston!

JR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Maggie one of the waitresses is the best and so nice!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience at o ya, definitely one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in Boston. Can’t recommend this place enough, I’ve already made my a reservation for my next visit!

y
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

tried the grand omakase menu

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful meal at O Ya. I dined alone whilst travelling and this was a meal to remember. The wait staff were very friendly and welcoming, each dish was beautifully presented and thoughtfully sequenced to bring together a harmonious meal, and the flavour and quality of the ingredients was top!

l
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Interesting flavor combinations and the most wonderful, fresh fish. Some type of fish that you do not often see in the US.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most wonderful team - manager and staff

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