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O Ya

#39 of 2,854 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Monday
Closed
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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  • 118
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    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
Most recent review
An amazing experience

My wife and I came here to celebrate my 60 birthday. The food was outstanding. We tried 12 different items and every one was delectable. We also ordered a flight of sake and the server explained them all and which order to taste them in. Her recommendations on the food were spot on. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
drb385
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Thompson, CT
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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172 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Thompson, CT
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My wife and I came here to celebrate my 60 birthday. The food was outstanding. We tried 12 different items and every one was delectable. We also ordered a flight of sake and the server explained them all and which order to taste them in. Her recommendations on the food were spot on. The receptionists were super friendly, the waitstaff... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I came here on a Saturday night and were immediately taken by the "ambiance." Food is sensational and service is great. There are a variety of options for non seafood options and food is unreal. Seriously. Now I know why it's the number 1 restaurant in Boston!

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Coming from places like French Laundry or Nobu the O Ya experience was one I was interested in trying in Boston, but was unfortunately unimpressed. Staff seemed to be "trying to hard" and the prices although known, were still expensive. Samples in the $20 range were manageable, but the higher end plates for $50 to $70 were just something I... More 

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New York City, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Had the omikaze for two. Understood in advance that this is a very high price restaurant but was looking for an unusual dining experience. However (perhaps I should have asked?) we were blown away by only getting one piece each of some extremely tasty items.No rice or any other 'filler' so it's impossible to feel full or even satiated If... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

First, let me say that the meal and service were outstanding and compares favorably to some top restaurants we've eaten at in Japan. We did the 17 course tasting menu ($185/pp). We explained our dietary restrictions/preferences up front and the chef did an amazing job presenting a meal that was delicious and kept to our requests. The food was beautifully... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

took us approximately 5-6 months to get a reservation. small place, very upscale and super expensive. something tells me though if you aren't perceived as a regular prospect or you are a regular prospect the service will not be very cordial. this was our experience. food was good but my son who is a major foodie and isn't easily deterred... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Loved thi plaec not enough good words to say. Loved all the ingredients served up, from the Primo Prawns, lobster leg meat, and lot of imagination goes into the dishes. Casual setting for what you are getting, fine to dress casual. What I liked was the food was fantastic and it was a casual laid back setting. I am sure... More 

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NYC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Perfect place for a holiday outing with clients. Food was luxurious, service implacable and the ambience amazing. One of the best tasting meals I've ever had. Perfection.

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is without any doubt one of the better restaurants I visited. Excellent meails and very good service. The price could be the only concern.

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NY
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31 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

There are dinners, and there are Experiences. Dining at O Ya is an Experience. Do not be fooled by its unassuming looks and location - this is mere trickery, for what lies inside is a bit of culinary magic that appears but a few times in one's life. I must be upfront that my knowledge of Japanese food is limited... 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: Sushi, Asian, Japanese

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?