o ya

4.8
971 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese
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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
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Phone number
(617) 654-9900
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tim Cushman is the Chef Owner
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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.
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Private party contact
Nancy Cushman: (617) 654-9900
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Atlantic Ave and South St
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Parking details
Valet parking is available at 107 South Street, on the corner of East and South Streets in front of Sorriso Restaurant.
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Public transit
South Station on Red Line, Commuter Rail and Amtrak/Acela.
Additional
Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 971 People Are Saying
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly inventive, flavorful, interesting food - I ordered all vegan and was thoroughly impressed.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding for our first time. My husband and I were celebrating our 10year wedding Anniversary and we were looking forward to this tasting. We were blown away. Our server, Maggie, was unbelievable on explaining the dishes, what to expect on each course, and to the timing of our tasting coming out. We cannot wait to go back to enjoy their other dishes. It really was phenomenal.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service from beginning to end.

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary dinner was perfect. The food was flawless, and the service was outstanding. It’s definitely really pricey, so special occasions only- but what an absolute treat. :)

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So tasty food!

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Caribbean
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best dining experience for me. The flavors were amazing and service was superb!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Delicious food, great service and ambiance.
Will definitely be back. Favorite in Boston 100%

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New England
78 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary again at O Ya! The waiter helped us choose which items to order and he was spot on. Every dish was creative and delicious. A real treat.

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J
New England
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal as always, thank you . Liking forward to the next time we are in town

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So much to enjoy. Delicate flavours, freshness, thought in presentation and service.

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Tulsa
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most intense, creative, and exquisite culinary experiences I’ve had. A very kind staff of waiters to explain the menu and it’s diversity of items and truly exceptional, unique Japanese cuisine. Cannot wait for another excuse to come here again!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Esperaba mucho mas de un restaurante que cobra tanto y que tenia tanto nombre. Tenia las expectativas muy altas y al final fue bastante normal. Ningun plato me hizo WOW.

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KG
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

This place is great if you're okay with spending $500 on dinner that includes very little food. The food was fresh, but extremely over priced. We thought we could get sushi, but it is really only small bites of sashimi and nigiri. So overall, I recommend just going for a snack, which means you can get one scallop for $30. This is our fault for not looking into the restaurant enough before going.

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The sushi was OK , but truly overpriced. Would not recommend

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KT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Very very expensive for a very little amount of food. We left hungry and had a $110 tab with no alcohol.

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food in an intimate, modern setting. My date and I ordered 16 dishes a la carte, which was definitely too much — 12-14 would probably have been plenty. Standouts were the Hamachi & banana pepper nigiri, hamachi tartare, and toro with Korean longpeppers and grapefruit ponzu. There were no bad dishes, but our least favorite were the Shima aji with penang curry and the wagyu tsukune. We were seated at the counter, and enjoyed watching the sushi chefs. We also appreciated o ya’s casual/ ‘come as you are’ dress code! Great experience for a special occasion.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything is wonderful. It is just a bit too noisy for my taste. Food is amazing. The chefs are super nice. The most amazing thing is that I found tempons in the bathroom available for female customers. This is very considerate, and a wonderful showcase of Japanese style of quality service.

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SI
London
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just outstanding sushi every time. I think it’s the best creative Japanese restaurant on the face of the planet. Sorry for the hyperbole but it deserves it. Not cheap but, for what it is, sensible value. Last thing: for a restaurant in this price bracket, I love the fact you can turn up as casual as you like - they want you to be happy.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place for a special occasion

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love sushi and this is the BEST sushi we’ve ever experienced anywhere!!! Michael our waiter was also a helpful gem!!!

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HL
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I got the Grand Omakase and it was a huge treat! Highly recommend and I will definitely be back!

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1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice place and staff. Don't go if you are moderately hungry. Definitely tiny samplings and ridiculous prices. Plan on 250 per person if you want to leave and not be starving.

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DS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to special occasion restaurant because consistently provides the best food experience in Boston.

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I have ever had in my life. I will definitely be coming back

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I can for our anniversary and got the smaller omakase. Everything we had was so delicious! And our server was really wonderful. I would definitely recommend this place if you are looking for some real sushi.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did the full Monty 17 course tasting menu with sake/wine pairings. Very expensive but worth it for this once in a lifetime culinary extravaganza. Remarkable variety and excellent service keeps the food coming as each course is one or two bites.

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

special and delicious

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The beginning was very promising... warm welcome by host and wait staff..

To sum it up; when a restaurant has an open kitchens and books seating at a counter at a Japanese high end restaurant, one should expect some interaction with the culinary team. Tonight, no interaction at all let alone an acknowledgment or a smile during over 2 hrs of sitting at a counter.
Leaving the venue someone should be there to say goodbye and sincerely care how everything was

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AM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food experience!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best restaurant in all of Boston. None of the other top end restaurants can compare to the level of consistent innovation and execution.

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k
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience!! Our server, Annaleigh (sp?), was incredible, thoughtful, knowledgeable. Impeccable, really. Must have the foie gras w paired dry aged sake. Year after year, o ya is one of the best fine dining spots in town (and $$$) without being overly pretentious.

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PT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Thank you. Will most certainly come back!

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our fifth visit for my husband’s birthday. Both sushi chefs and staffs are not only professional and creative, but also fun to spend time chatting with. I grew up in Tokyo but their omakase course is something that I could never experience in Japan. Thank you, Hiro-San, Take-San, Tony-San, and Maggie! We will be back soon.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great but completely overpriced food.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

創作寿司はありですが、味のバランスがイマイチ。全体的に味が濃すぎる。不味いわけではないがコストには見合わない。

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined at O Ya chef's table. It was a treat to be able to watch the chefs at work. Our waiter was attentive and informative. The overall experience was fantastic and the food was delicious!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, loved our meal at O Ya. Michael is the best server hands down in Boston.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall the food was amazing. However, it is very easy to spend a ridiculous amount of money since everything is ala carte style. My waitress was very knowledgeable about all of the menu items and made recommendations since this was my first time. My only complaint is that they charged me for an extra glass of wine that I never got and when I called to have it reversed they never did.

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