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O Ya

#23 of 2,753 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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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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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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Best Sushi in Boston

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank ElleMaks
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Love_to_Eat_NY
Sudbury, Massachusetts, United States
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

Thank Bob S
New Orleans, Louisiana
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583 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 248 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 

1 Thank RahulMD
Cambridge, MA
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195 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 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 

1 Thank wabitop
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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 

Thank colderthanyou
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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131 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

O Ya is a perfect example of food as art. I lived in Japan for over a decade. I ate sushi regularly, often at top-tier sushi shops. O Ya could complete with any of them---and win. Each piece is a creative tour de force. From concept; to design; presentation and taste, O Ya sets the bar incredibly high. If you... More 

Thank Travelingman074
Hartland, Connecticut 06027
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59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This place is insane! The food is ethereal (yes, I said ethereal), the service is exquisite and the atmosphere is elegant yet comfortable. We went with the Chef's Tasting Menu; this is pricey...no regrets, just a heads up. We were warmly greeted by our hostess, Maria, (we made reservations - which I strongly recommend), and our waitress Caitlin was well... More 

Thank Matthew R
Nashville, Tennessee
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79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Yes, it is expensive. Yes it is a twist on traditional Japanese sushi. If you go knowing this though - you'll love it. The food and flavors are delightful. Hint of shiso in most dishes was better than the actual fried shiso leaf dish. The textures and spices are innovative. Don't go for the expectation of a traditional Japanese sushi... More 

Thank Christina C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

O ya is a special place. Fourth time dining here and it never disappoints vs some high expectations. The food is truly exceptional - some of the best Japanese food outside of Japan in my experience. At least as good as Zuma, Nobu, Morimoto - perhaps better. Every bite is a morsel of art - complex and perfectly balanced. Service... 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
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?