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O Ya

#68 of 2,680 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Downtown
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9 East St, Boston, MA 02111 (Atlantic Ave and South St)
South Station on Red Line, Commuter Rail and Amtrak/Acela.
(617) 654-9900
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Waitstaff

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  • 157
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mind-Blowing

My husband and I love sushi and eat quite a bit of it (see my review of Oishii Too). But our first meal at O Ya this January was mind blowing - a glorious night of surprises and exquisitely thought out food. The space was small and intimate with waiters covering only a few tables. Very romantic for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
FrozenMe
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I love sushi and eat quite a bit of it (see my review of Oishii Too). But our first meal at O Ya this January was mind blowing - a glorious night of surprises and exquisitely thought out food. The space was small and intimate with waiters covering only a few tables. Very romantic for parents who... More 

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2 Thank FrozenMe
Newton, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Great food in small comfortable setting. Love how the menu is designed. Lots of wonderful small dishes. Choose 12 to 16 and share. Be sure to leave room for the deserts.

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Thank mjd18
Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

I don't even know where to start ! Call well ahead of time they are always booked! I called 1mo. early and they only had 2 seating time left for a Saturday evening. As for the food it is some of the best I have ever had. I am a Chef and I am very picky. I would rate them... More 

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1 Thank paul m
Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

It is easily one of the top 5 best place around the country for me. We did the Tasting Menu and it was phenomenal. The taste, texture, drinks presentation and atmosphere is perfect. The server we had it was so into giving information about the drinks and the food it was a very delight experience. I can't find one single... More 

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Thank Juaninha A
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Wonderful, thoughtfully conceived, flavor-dense magnificent and diverse sushi. Nothing compares to it in Boston.

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Thank ElleMaks
NY, NY
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

The food deserves a 6 (out of 5). We ordered off the ala carte menu as not too hungry. The Kumamoto oyster with watermelon pearl were perfect meld of flavored - wish we' had a dozen instead of just 4! All the sushi and sashimi was fresh with herbs and sauces that complimented them perfectly. The foie gras dumplings were... More 

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Thank Love_to_Eat_NY
Sudbury, Massachusetts, United States
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We were given a $500 gift certificate to OYA as an anniversary gift. Went for the Grand Omakase menu. Food and service were incredible. Beautiful preparation, interesting ingredients, great diversity - 19 courses. Spent an additional $300 without going for the full wine pairings. In summary, a great experience we will probably do once. Go for it for a very... More 

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Thank Bob S
New Orleans, Louisiana
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599 reviews
345 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We came here for dinner last week and were utterly impressed with this place. It's a real Japanese style restaurant with small plates for all of the dishes. And the place only seats about 25 people if that so it's a cozy feeling. I would recommend you get reservations in advance as they get committed really quickly for the entire... More 

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1 Thank RahulMD
Cambridge, MA
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205 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Listen, I get this place. It's very high end, the food meticulously made and served. Small tastes that are unique for the most part. Unique is not always good though. Half of the plates were noxious to my stomach and left me sick all night. Sampled over a dozen dishes, some were amazing, like the Tuna Tartare and the Arctic... More 

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1 Thank wabitop
minnesota
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We met our friends at O Ya on a weeknight. They had heard it was "The" place to go when in Boston. We are sushi lovers, so we thought it would be a great dining experience. Our server did a nice job of explaining that the menu was small plates- like "tapas". They were REALLY small!! We ordered the Day... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 East St, Boston, MA 02111
    (Atlantic Ave and South St)
  • Public Transportation: South Station on Red Line, Commuter Rail and Amtrak/Acela.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (617) 654-9900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Sushi, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.