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O Ya
Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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9 East St Boston, MA 02111
9 East StUSMABoston02111
$$$$Japanese Restaurant, Asian RestaurantToday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:00 – 10:00 pmSaturday 5:00 – 10:00 pmSunday Closed
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Acclaimed, inventive sushi, Japanese small plates & tasting menus crafted in elegant surrounds.- Google
People talk about tasting menu, foie gras, fried kumamoto oyster, nigiri and sake list
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Taylor Yi
reviewed 8 months ago
O Ya has probably been the highlight of my food experience thus far. While most certainly pricey, I would go back and spend the same or more in a heartbeat. O Ya is not a traditional sushi bar like NYC's Sushi Yasuda. Rather, it is a mix of traditional sushi with elevating elements that add flavors and textures that transform sushi from being excellent to exceptional. Sitting at the sushi bar, it is a delight to watch the chefs at work creating masterpieces that taste as stunning as they look. The chefs were also incredibly friendly and happy to share their knowledge with us. The restaurant is on the smaller side but had a nice ambiance to it. Wait staff was very attentive and patient as we took the time to order 15 items a la carte from the menu. Highly, highly recommended for any foodie who lives in Boston or is there for a visit.
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Jan Mark Holzer
reviewed a year ago
O Ya is my perfect idea of a place I can go to have one of the best meals of my life but yet be in a relaxed and wonderful environment. The consistency of the food/ tastes is nothing short of mind boggling and every bite will be a party in your mouth. There's not a single" bad" dish. Just throw a dart at the menu and you'll never go wrong, actually let them pick for you. After all they're professionals ;) . Nancy and her staff have created a truly magical place. I'm traveling often and have visited many other places but I always find myself looking forward to my next visit to O Ya
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Dawn Rhummy
reviewed a year ago
The best sushi restaurant in Boston. The best restaurant in Boston! Tim Cushman is one of the most creative, incentive chefs you'll ever meet. As surprising as it might seem, this place is actually worth the price. Even if you can only go once in your life, do it.
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Taka Tanaka
reviewed 9 months ago
I've been to O Ya twice, in May 2011 and in July 2013. The food is very, very good. Unique. Exquisite. Reliably delightful sushi that melts in your mouth, with innovative twists that are not done, or not done as well, anywhere else. (Examples: basil sauce with maguro sashimi, oysters with watermelon, aged sake with foie gras sushi.) The sommelier also makes exceptional drink pairings, drawing on both wines and sake. But the price is very high for what it is. We had the standard omakase meal for two with a wine pairing, which ran about $750. You can eat there for less, but will probably end up spending more than $200 a person. When you charge as much as they do, you simply can't have an item on the omakase menu that reminds you of a Philadelphia roll (the cream sauce overpowered the salmon) or make a highly questionable wine pairing (sweet eel with a very dry riesling), and both of those things happened on our second and most recent visit. To their credit, the sommelier was receptive to our criticisms and substituted the questionable wine free of charge; the second pairing was much better. We also noticed a few items that were slightly too salty, which to me absolutely should not happen in a Japanese restaurant. Note that this was over 17 dishes; about half or slightly more than half were fantastic, a handful left us unimpressed, and the rest were enjoyable or very good. You can have phenomenal culinary experiences at restaurants like Morimoto in Philadelphia, Kyo-ya in New York, Koy Shunka in Barcelona (we've been to all of the places named above), not to mention most starred Michelin restaurants, for about 1/2 to 2/3 the price. If you simply want great sushi, you can have that throughout the USA on a budget of $100 a person. Don't get me wrong. Kyo-ya is an absolute delight, and it's a unique sushi restaurant, especially when you limit your comparisons to within the Boston area. It's just that while the extra amount you spend at Koy Shunka will get you a very unique experience, it will not necessarily get you a better meal. It's like spending $800 for the best seats at a concert or for a great pair of headphones. You will have an excellent, excellent time, but you may also end up wondering whether you would have been happier spending "only" $400 eating at another great restaurant—especially if you notice slight flaws in execution as we did. Lastly: don't let the price tag fool you into thinking the place is formal; just the opposite. I wore jeans, and there were several patrons in shorts and baseball caps. The servers are also very friendly.
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Jeffrey Carroll
reviewed 10 months ago
This was, without a doubt, the best sushi I've ever eaten, or hope to eat. The preciseness of the food is so different from the mass market sushi that I've had so much of, it seems like a different cuisine all together. One small problem is that the staff were very adamant about our trying sake pairings with our food. While I undersand the urge to match the food and drinks, I would have enjoyed my meal more with nice wine pairings. Go for the sushi, and drink what you want!
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Maria Beaudoin
reviewed a year ago
O ya is one of the best restaurants in Boston. The staff is incredible and the food never disappoints. The best meals of my life have been at o ya! Always leave room for the foie gras nigiri - you won't be sorry!

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