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O Ya

Sushi Restaurant, Japanese Restaurant, and Sake Bar$$$$
Downtown Boston, Boston
  • The folks at Epicurious and The Wall Street Journal like this place. Would you agree?
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    • The Wall Street Journal
  • Nick C.
    "Try the omakase, it is an experience like no other, simply divine!"(11 Tips)
    "foie gras nigiri with cocoa pulp and a chaser"(6 Tips)
    The Taste Sheriff
    "foie gras chocolate balsamic maki roll"(5 Tips)
    Donna S.
    "... w the foie (comes w aged sake taste) this restaurant is amazing. Oh and..."(2 Tips)
69 Tips and reviews
  • omakase
  • sushi
  • foie gras
  • pepper mousse
  • tasting menu
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  • Ronald C.
    The full menu is expensive but so worth it, arguably best sushi in America. Get a spot at the counter to watch the chef.
  • Sabha G.
    Amazing Omakase
  • D J.
    D JJanuary 16
    The chef's tasting menu is amazing!
  • Liam N.
    Liam NeeDecember 30, 2016
    Best of Boston 2016: Sommelier 🍷 :: Katie Gilarde - This certified sake pro will guide you to old-vine verdejo and junmai daiginjos just waiting to be discovered.
  • Gianna N.
    Gianna NebbiaNovember 15, 2016
    For a special occasion get the 17-course Omasake (180 per person) with the drink pairing (80$) and they choose your sushi/drinks for you. It's an experience! All of their sake is just delectable.
  • Adrian L.
    Adrian LSeptember 30, 2016
    Definitely the best sushi I've had in the U.S.
  • Lily X.
    Lily XuAugust 5, 2016
    Not that impressed with the 17-course omakase. Probably won't go again.
  • Reem
    ReemJuly 27, 2016
    The best Japanese restaurant, possibly in the world! Definitely go for one of the set menus and sit back, relax, and enjoy the parade of dishes where each one is more mind-blowing than the one b4!
  • Lex M.
    Lex MazMay 6, 2016
    Omakase all the way! Don't let the price dissuade you, the quality is excellent and totally worth it, imo!
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MoonFebruary 19, 2016
    Grand omakase took almost three hours for all course meals to come out, but every meal was like an art and had a fabulous taste.
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    Squid ink soba, bonito, mentaiko and meyer lemon accompany warm seared Spanish octopus. Read more
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 8, 2016
    Best place for sushi in Boston.
  • Hal M.
    Hal MackinsOctober 29, 2015
    The ultimate special occasion. The tasting menu with pairings is an exquisite experience. Just don't forget the designated driver!
  • Water W.
    Water WaterSeptember 13, 2015
    Too Oily and salty. Definitely not the kind of sushi I was expecting. Not worth the price AT ALL in my option.
  • Alice Eunjin
    Alice EunjinJuly 27, 2015
    My favorite sushi restaurant outside of Japan- fun menu and presentation, great service, and delicious food.
  • Taisiia I.
    Taisiia I.June 7, 2015
    Try their 13 course tasting menu with beverage paring. Very delicious!
  • John M.
    John Melas-KyriaziMarch 6, 2015
    Omakase at o ya is an incredible treat.
  • Shivesalive
    ShivesaliveFebruary 18, 2015
    The best restaurant in Boston. Definitely try the braise shiitake mushroom and the Kumamotos!
  • Alex S.
    Alex SimonJanuary 31, 2015
    Will destroy your wallet but a terrific place. Good mushrooms
  • Chris E.
    Chris EDecember 13, 2014
    Get the omakase. But if you're going a la carte, standouts are the hamachi w/banana pepper mousse, foie gras nigiri, tea-brined pork rib, onsen egg... everything is fantastic really.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzNovember 6, 2014
    Boston's best Japanese restaurant bar none. Be ready for quite the experience. Very expensive however.
  • mark h.
    mark hullOctober 23, 2014
    Everything awesome. Warm somen amazing. Chicken skin with yuzu and schmaltz is unbelievable. Btw make sure Uber takes you to right address in Waterfront and NOT in Dorchester. Happens all the time.
  • Loren
    LorenSeptember 18, 2014
    Extraordinary food!
  • DRAZ
    DRAZSeptember 6, 2014
    Best Japanese restaurant outside of Japan, incredibly creative and delicious!
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Robert Sisca, chef of Bistro du Midi, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Baby geoduck clam. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 15, 2014
    Bill Addison's review: "Beyond the 'legs and eggs,' another particular favorite was uni crowned with dashi gelee and lightened by the mysterious, vanilla-like essence of tonka bean." Read more
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SchoebenAugust 9, 2014
    best sushi in Boston
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    Flavor combinations are novel and refined -- diver scallop with sage tempura and olive oil bubbles, or foie gras nigiri with cocoa pulp and a chaser of aged sake. Eating here is an experience. Read more
  • The Wall Street Journal
    O Ya is the best and freshest, and between it and Oishii and Douzo, Boston has some of the best of the raw in the land. Read more
  • Cody L.
    Cody L.June 29, 2014
    There are far better restaurants for a fraction of the price.
  • Talisa C.
    Talisa ChangMay 3, 2014
    Oh my god.
  • James D.
    James DiMartinoFebruary 19, 2014
    Mind blown.
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinFebruary 16, 2014
    (Best of Boston 2013-JAPANESE) Improper Bostonian says, "Dinner here is a conscientiously crafted sequence of perfect bites, each incomparable in it's artistry."
  • Luke H.
    Luke HaseloffNovember 6, 2013
    It's phenomenal. The short ribs aren't to be missed.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 8, 2013
    Sushi lovers who have not yet embarked on O Ya's grand omakase have not yet lived. Hidden in the Leather District, this tiny spot has accumulated numerous awards. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Alfonso C.
    Alfonso CastilloSeptember 19, 2013
    EVERY dish you order it's an amazing experience. O Ya it's definetly one of the best Japanese restaurants in the all the Americas. Make sure you get a reservation earlier, it gets really crowed
  • William T.
    William TollJuly 31, 2013
    Sushi so good it will change how you define sushi.
  • j w.
    j wJuly 23, 2013
    The omakase may be expensive, but it is worth it! The drink pairing equally so.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJune 12, 2013
    A husband and wife duo create a harmonious yin and yang with their creative Japanese cuisine, like soft-boiled egg (yin) with caviar and gold leaf flakes (yang).
  • Joseph and Leo
    Joseph and LeoMay 14, 2013
    Chef's menu! A dazzling parade of nigiri (perfect bites).
  • Chad M.
    Chad MazzolaMay 11, 2013
    The greatest culinary experience of my life. Every bite of every course was spectacular.
  • The Taste Sheriff
    The Taste SheriffApril 20, 2013
    Probably the best restaurant in town. Definitely try the foie gras chocolate balsamic maki roll and the shiitake mushroom roll. Be prepared to pay over $200 per person.
  • Abby S.
    Abby SMarch 18, 2013
    Be prepared to spend $$$ but wow the food is divine so worth the small fortune it will cost you ;)
  • Tammy V.
    Tammy Van DineOctober 27, 2012
    Sit at the bar. Mesmerizing. You'd be an idiot not to.
  • Zach Aarons
    Zach AaronsMay 8, 2012
    Probably the best Japanese restaurant in the country, and I have been to many . Splurge and get the Omakase. The oysters are insane. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Nick C.
    Nick CarrMay 5, 2012
    Try the omakase, it is an experience like no other, simply divine!
  • Boon Y.
    Boon YapMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    LOVE Nancy Cushman!!! xoxo
  • Claudia R.
    Claudia RinaldiMarch 10, 2012
    Our favorite roll is Bluefin Maguro with republic ovf Georgia sauce and the Shiso tempura with grilled lobster - best way to flavor the best
  • Jeffrey P.
    Jeffrey PalterMarch 4, 2012
    Ah, simply said we are on the midi of the best tasting meal EVER.
  • Justin
    JustinMarch 3, 2012
    Bring your Amex Black
  • Ajit V.
    Ajit VergheseFebruary 19, 2012
    regular nigiri, but also seared foie gras w/ chocolate & raisins sitting atop your sushi rice; grilled mushrooms w/ soy sauce & a kind of rosemary aioli; or tea-brined pork ribs w/ honey & scallion
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelFebruary 13, 2012
    Andrew dined at O Ya, one of his favorite restaurants. Chef Tim Cushman’s goal is to create single bites of food that pack in the flavor of an entire meal. Andrew samples Arctic char, and wagyu meat.
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NguyenNovember 11, 2011
    Warm braised shitaki mushroom nigiri!
  • Boston Magazine
    Boston MagazineNovember 11, 2011
    Sitting at the chef’s counter, you should be mesmerized by what they serve. Read more
  • Mitesh A.
    Mitesh AminOctober 25, 2011
    Close your eyes, point your finger at the menu, and pick. You can't go wrong.
  • Donna S.
    Donna SOctober 2, 2011
    Get lobster w temp shisho, fried kumomoto w squid ink and end w the foie (comes w aged sake taste) this restaurant is amazing. Oh and don't complain about the bill, you are there for the food
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Be prepared to pay a ton per bite, though dishes like the hamachi sashimi with banana pepper mousse, tea-smoked pork ribs and mushroom nigiri are worth every single penny. Read more
  • Brian G.
    Brian GeorgeApril 24, 2011
    Nice food but overpriced!
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealFebruary 22, 2011
    Oh my omakase! If your wallet is burning a hole in your pocket, place yourself in the chef's skilled hands and prepare to savor 18 courses of pure flavor harmony. Read more
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityFebruary 14, 2011
    Experience unparalleled Japanese gastronomic magnificence at the restaurant that Bon Appetit magazine dubs "One of the 10 best sushi spots in America".
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 12, 2010
    For the luxurious modern take on sushi your palette will be dazzled. -Tania Peterson, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Sheila S.
    Sheila SunNovember 4, 2010
    Suzuki Sea Bass and the wild berry crunch ...mmmMMMmmm
  • .Mark F.
    .Mark Feldman ✳August 26, 2010
    Anything with spicy ponzu sauce!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    O ya means "gee whiz" in Japanese, and you'll be saying the same thing after sampling the masterpieces created by Nobu Matsuhisa's former apprentice. Try the robiola-stuffed omelet in dashi broth.
  • Senator John B.
    Senator John BlutarskiAugust 16, 2010
    Start your meal with a bottle of Dassai Junmai Daiginjo sake. Yamadanishiki rice is polished down to only 23% of the original grain. Religiously delicious.
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer GoldenJanuary 14, 2010
    Expensive but worth it... there's one sushi that has a sake shot at the end -- get it
  • Michael D.
    Michael DonnellyDecember 28, 2009
    Chef's tasting menu FTW. Best entire paycheck you'll eat all year. ...oh, and you know you want the sake flight personalized by the sake sommelier.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TroianoSeptember 28, 2009
    9 words: fried kumamoto oyster, yuzu kosho aioli, squid ink bubbles.
  • Роман Б.
    Взяли дегустационное меню. Еда супер. Сервис не очень . Забывают приносить перинг к еде. Путают очередность подачи. Но еда супер
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