o ya

4.8
984 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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London
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Best Japanese food in town!

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New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

O ya is consistently our favorite Japanese/sushi restaurant in the U.S. The fish quality is outstanding and the presentation and sushi chef artistry is amazing!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, impeccable food. Ask for the vegan menu!

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable!!! Outstanding food and service!!!! Yum!! Takes my breath away every time!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely pleasant staff very welcoming and great menu

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1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Michelin star!

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

O Ya is a unique experience, particularly the tasting menus. The food is exquisite the ambiance is lovely and the service is phenomenal. Each course is delivered with an description by very personable and knowledgeable waitstaff.

Be warned- O Ya is very expensive. This isn't a destination for a family get together - don't bring the kids along. This is a destination for people who want to eat uniquely prepared twists on Japanese cuisine paired with exquisite sake.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and good were outstanding.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every bite is a new piece of heaven. If you want Her or Him to say Definitely Yes, take them here. Do the Omakase it is worth it, plus the pairings

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New York Area
4 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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1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time with my brother.

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

So tasty food!

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JM
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have saved up and been to O Ya three times now. I make it there once every 3-4 years. Each time I balk at what I know the bill will be, but I set aside my coffee money, about $20 each month, and when I hit about $400, then I know I can go. I have been to some fancy restaurants where, when I returned, the magic was no longer there. O Ya was EXACTLY as delicious as I remembered. My two previous visits I had been with industry people, and had assumed we got special treatment. This time, as a regular shlub, they still made us feel special and valued. I can't describe the food. It was so delicious that I almost started tearing up at my seat. Each course on the tasting menu being so utterly delightful. I think I'll have to start setting aside a little extra so I can return sooner. The food is in the stratosphere, the staff is the friendliest, this place is a gem. People say Boston doesn't have a good restaurant scene? Good, let's keep this secret for those who appreciate it. In short (too late): Yum!

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New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular sushi, creative, fresh, fun. Not just the best in Boston; one of the best restaurants in the U.S. Expensive and worth it. Do set menu first time, next time mix and match. Try sake tastings.

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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
26 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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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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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
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese Resturant in Boston. Omakase with wine pairing takes about 600 per person. But for those who are not a big fun of alcohol, just order a glass of champagne. Love the food!!!!!!

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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
33 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
7 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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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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