O'BOY

3.8
28 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
OBOY is a casual bar/dining establishment that presents Asian-flavor inspired small plates. Complimenting well with our beverage selections, join us to experience foods presented through modern cooking techniques that can be enjoyed at an ambient environment.
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New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner OBOY before the show, food was very creative and impressive. I had only 45 minutes because of show, but the food came out pretty quick and beautiful presentation. I will revisit soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were in a rush with a show to catch and they were very quick and accommodating. Food was good

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RT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Despite being the only 2 people in the restaurant for most of our meal, each dish took a very long time to get to our table. Two of the things we ordered were not available, one because "we just opened and that dish is not fully ready to be served yet." If you open at 5 and we have a reservation for 5:15, then you should probably be prepared to serve everything on your small menu. Our table was dirty and there wasn't a single roll of toilet paper in any of the stalls in the bathroom. My cappuccino was lukewarm, but the rest of the food was great. We will probably not return for a very long time due to all the other options in Providence. I can't imagine how long our food would have taken if there was even one other table in the place. : (

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GE
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Sat a high table in the bar area at the window which is always a good spot to sit. Drinks were a bit pricey for the size of the pour. Food was excellent. Wonderful blend of flavors! Chicken, beef, and mushrooms were extremely tasty! Best kimchi I've ever tasted. Portions are tapas size so don't expect a gluttonous event. Will be returning!

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OT
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food

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SM
New England
26 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were completely dismayed and disappointed by our experience at O'Boy. The service was horrible - the waitress did tell us that several people called out for the night, but 45 minutes for a cocktail? Three requests for simple lemon slices for the water? The food portions were tiny, despite their high price. We barely made it to our event in time and we were still hungry. Will NEVER go back.

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LH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was very tasty however, the service was slow. I believe this was a problem with the restaurant being understaffed and the server being undertrained. It took almost a half hour to get a glass of sake that I had to check in on several times.

On a Saturday night at 5:30pm, they had already run out of their one special AND all bread.

A section of the menu is labeled "tapas" - these portions were tiny. The rest of the menu contains items that are pricier so you would expect them to be more of an entree size but no, they were also very small.

We heard the other patrons around us voicing similar complaints.

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C
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Wonderful food, but they really need to get more servers and cooks to avoid the long delays in being served if they want to survive. The servers were delightful but there were not enough of them to keep up with the demands. We had to leave without dessert for a 7:30 concert because we were told it would take a long time to prepare (and we had arrived at 5:00 for dinner). Also, the dessert menu needs to be printed - having one tablet to share takes too long.

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OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

One of the worst dining experiences we have ever had. Seated at 6:45. Waited 15 minutes for someone to come here o our table. Server unfamiliar with how to help us order off a fixed menu. We should of listened to our instincts after reading review and cancelled our reservation. Waited an hour for appetizer. Second one came 15 min after first. Bit average at best. 30 min after that three of our meals came, one took another ten minutes. When it came it was undercooked and was sent back. By the time it came back our daughter didn’t want it anymore. Ordered desert only to be told they rank out (8:30) on valentines night! We complained about timeliness of service and food quality. We were offered 15% off and were told it was the servers fault. We told manager it was not her fault but management and kitchen fault. Eventually they took half off bill. We will never go back. Experienced in food and beverage business. This place will be close within a year. Repeatedly apologizing tells me they are used to it.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went on Valentine's Day prior to going to the theater and were pleasantly surprised. The special prix fixe menu and interesting options and was very reasonalbly price. Our waitress was very attentive and sensitive to our theater start time. We would definitely go back to enjoy another meal.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cute quaint dating place. Very tasteful music for a date. Good food.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

O'BOY's mixed drinks are fabulous and the food is well thought out. Portions are a bit all over the place, but everything is really well-prepared.

Eat here.

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LC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This was a last minute reservation with another couple. The restaurant happened to be busy—the busiest day since they opened—and the party next to us left after not being served in a timely manner. We were not in a hurry so we waited. Wait staff extremely apologetic about the slow service. I loved my dinner (chicken ramen). My husband ordered the O’BOY steak which was delicious but insufficient for him. Next time he would add an appetizer. The other couple was also happy with their selections. All in all, we were very happy and the noise level was excellent for us once the table next to us left.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was cold. Every time the door open we got blasted with cold air. Our reservation was at 6 PM and we told them in advance that we had a show at 8 PM. The waitress did not even come to greet us till 6:20 PM. We gave her a drink orders which came 10 minutes later. She did not come to take our food order till 635 to 6:40 PM. We had to flag her down to give our food order and again reminded her we had theater tickets and she said she did see that in our reservation. At 7:05 PM, we still have no food. My friend also did not even get his drink. When I inquired about the food, she said that they’re very busy and she didn’t know when the food would come out. She said she would have the manager come and talk to me. The manager came over a few minutes later and said that the food would not come out for at least another 35 minutes. At this point, it was 7:10 PM. We told them that we had a show at 8 PM and we had to leave the restaurant by 7:40 PM which was noted when we made the reservation. She said that she sorry but the kitchen is very busy and they usually are not busy. She should not have accepted so many reservations. At this point, it was 715 and we had had not one bite to eat. We walked out of the restaurant and had to find some quick fast food to eat in order to make our8 PM show. It was the worst dining experience we have ever had. I have never been at a restaurant that they not give us one drop of food after sitting there for one hour and 15 minutes when we had a reservation. I will never go there again. They need to hire a lot more staff and reconfigure the door so patrons don’t get blasted with cold air every time the doors open.

O'BOY
Responded on January 27, 2019

Good evening, This is Jae from OBOY restaurant. I apologize for the inconvenience we caused on Saturday night. It was totally our fault for being under-prepared for busy Saturday night. Once again, I apologize for your unpleasant experience at O’Boy tonight. We hope you would visit us again soon and give us another chance. Sincerely, Jae Sincerely.

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BR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We decided to get up and leave the restaurant after sitting there for 45 minutes without being brought menus, asked for a drink order or even given tap water.

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g
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! The whole chicken ramen is delicious. The corn appetizer is also delicious and unique. Also, highly recommend the Brussels sprouts!

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G
New England
48 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant has been described as Asian fusion and it does have some dishes that one would consider Asian, but the Asian part of many of the dishes has to do with the sauces and condiments. Calling the food Asian fusion does not adequately describe the eclectic nature of the offerings. Whatever the food is called, it is interesting, different, and delicious. And the prices are reasonable. One reviewer on this site remarked that the crowd has yet to find O’Boy. That was certainly true on the Monday we dined there which is surprising because the reviews in the Providence Journal and Rhode Island Monthly have been excellent. We will go back again and again. I highly recommend it.

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JN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can honestly say that my dinner at O'Boy was one of the best meals I've ever had. I split the steak and the monk fish, and they were both amazing. The steak was prepared using a sous vide, which left it perfectly tender and evenly cooked. The monk fish had great flavor and texture, and the sauce and lentils that it came in were delicious as well. The pricing is also very reasonable. I believe that the steak dish was $18 and the monk was a little less. The service was lovely and the atmosphere is hip without being cold. I would recommend O'Boy to anyone.

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JW
New England
48 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Amazingly slow tonite

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PE
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

OBOY features a very imaginative menu, prepared with skill and finesse. Definitely worth a visit

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DR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Have been before with better service. Clearly understaffed - slooow service but food was special- prices average and ambience great

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j
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really liked O’boy. The portions are small but surprisingly filling. We were two couples and sampled plates. The creamed corn, monkfish, and pickle platter were delicious. Waitstaff and atmosphere were awesome. I only didn’t care for the chicken roulade.

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LW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I think this restaurant has lots of kinks to work out. The ambiance is rather cold...with the concrete floor and weird faux-brick walls and no art work. It's like a cafeteria in a dorm basement. The food is just ok.. they are trying hard, but I think there's alot they need to improve upon. Fortunately they got a good review from the Providence Journal, otherwise we never would have tried it out. But, I will not recommend it to anyone except maybe college students or non-foodies who like 'Asian-inspired" food. Not really our thing.

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AW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We made a reservation at 5:30pm because we had theater tickets at 7pm at PPAC. We told the waitress that. There was only one other table of two in the restaurant and someone there taking pictures of food for something. We were still missing our last steak dish at 6:40pm and had to leave. We had already paid the check. With barely an apology they offered us nothing. Seriously 5 dishes came out for the person taking pictures, just not cool. Which is unfortunate because the food was good but will not go back here.

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NG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Tried this restaurant after reading very positive ProJo review, but we were disappointed. Buckwheat crepe was good, but everything else was pretty flavorless or just ok. We did order only vegetarian items. Maybe the meat dishes are better?

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B
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking through the glass exterior of O' Boy while passing by, during our downtown Providence stay, lured us into the sparkling interior and welcoming bar.
We ordered the chicken and rice soup, which was over-the-top delicious and satisfying.
The Salmon with a fragrant rice triangle (precise name escapes) was outstanding.
If I lived in Providence, would become a regular at O'Boy.
This is not fast food; O' BOY presents slow cooking at it's finest.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

I chose O'Boy from a glowing review in the Projo. I always knew the reviewer's competence is questionable, but the menu sounded interesting, and I wanted to try it out. The food was ok, but nothing special. I order steak tartar whenever I see it, and this one sounded different and intriguing. A disappointment....all cracker, little meat, bits of mango (why?) and scallion. The cracker with the sauce was good, but I wanted tartar with the cracker on the side....not the other way around. Eggplant: slices thick, chewy, and bland. Sauce good and spicy. Corn: bland. Come on kitchen....up your game. Service excellent. Korean beer: very good. Atmosphere: terrible. No decoration, poor lighting, all hard surfaces. Extremely uninviting, and makes a poor impression upon entering. If I didn't have a reservation I would have left immediately.

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BL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

O’BOY is fantastic!

The food is absolutely delicious! Friends and I made a reservation on a Friday night and we ordered variety so that we could all taste and share a little bit of everything. The Rolled Omelet is light and fluffy, sweet and salty (I think they call that flavour ‘umami’). The All New O’Steak is delicious for those of us who eat red meat but the highlight for me was the sauce dumpling that comes with it. It just made the dish so much better. The Poké Bowl was delicious with the actually-spicy Sweet-Chilli Sauce. But the best savoury dish we had that night was the Soy Salmon. Three pieces of fish dressed with fish eggs that just melted into your mouth and down your throat. Accompanied by a wasabi cream that could very easily become my first-choice for dressing. We couldn’t get enough. Dessert is required. No, seriously. Don’t cheat yourself out of dessert.

Because that cereal milk bingsu is the stuff of legends. Sweet and light with cereal crumble for texture. Sure, my friends’ black sesame tiramisu and cereal cake were light and airy and delicious but the bingsu was the reason we were fighting for the plate and making inappropriate dinner sounds at the table.

It goes without saying but the staff was super friendly and attentive. Will be returning to O’BOY on a bi-weekly basis

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