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“If this place gets franchised Nobu and Zuma should be worried”
Review of O Ya

O Ya
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Ranked #26 of 3,391 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Atlantic Ave and South St
Transit: South Station on Red Line, Commuter Rail and Amtrak/Acela.
Reviewed December 18, 2013

We walked in to this small restaurant in a side street near south station. They couldn't seat us on a table as they had only a limited number of tables so we sat on the chef's table/bar. We were handed what can only be described as the most delicious sounding menu I have ever seen, Hamachi with banana pepper mousse, Home made fingerling potato with black truffle sushi, Venison Tataki, Seared Petit striploin with Truffle oil and potato confit, Foie Gras Gyoza, and Tempuras galore. The list seemed endless and the portions are small so you keep ordering and delighting in the food. The service was unpretentious and quick.
The ONLY downside is the price. It says here that the price range is 70-100 dollars per person. In our case it was more like 300 a person and we could have ordered more .
Having said that , this place easily rivals the best of similar concept restaurant such as Zuma and Nobu. In fact in many aspects it beats them hands down.
Great Night and Great food.

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Thank Tarek_Aggad
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

Pricey but well worth it. The food arrived beautifully displayed, full of flavor, fresh and created with such passion that was certainly evident. Wait staff was very attentive and knowledgable. One of the best restaurants in Boston, if not the USA. Do not mis the opportunity to go there.

Thank BAA1949
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

The food here is very delicious; it's not your traditional sushi. Everything is fresh and creative but very tiny. To really enjoy this place, you need to suspend reality somewhat and come to terms with the fact that you're going to spend a lot of money -- and by a lot, I mean upwards of $200/person. That said, start ordering. You'll need to order a lot because everything is small but overall, if you can get over the sticker shock, this is a delicious place to spend an evening. Btw, not only is the food tiny, the restaurant is too, so reservations are a must.

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Thank ywnyny
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We went for a special occasion. We were expecting an experience commensurate with the price and the reviews. I had the Grand Omakase, but due to dietary limitations my wife had the Chef's Omakase. Both were paired with sake and wines. Some of the items were amazing, but the majority left us wanting. My wife has a similar sauce on many of her items. That made for a slightly boring palate over the course of the evening. The plating of the items were consistently great. The staff's knowledge of the items and readiness to describe them was another highlight of the evening. The sake and wine parings ranged from very good to so-so.

Overall, it was great to have gone and had the experience. However, I'm not sure we'll make a return visit.

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Thank Brad F
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

I guess it really depend on how much you know about Japanese food to judge how good this restaurant is. If you are used to the regular sushi food then you will be impressed with its selection which are different than your day to day Japanese restaurants. However, if you are into the gourmet style of Japanese food, such as Nobu, then this place is really not unique by itself. Food was good but way too expensive, since the portions they gave you were tiny and a $20 dollar plate came with two little pieces of artistic decorated sushi that you finished within two seconds. After spending more than $150 for dinner for two without including drinks and tip we left this restaurant hungry.Still, just to be fair, if you have a deep pocket , working with government, have a generous boss and on a diet, then this is a nice place to go. Service was good and chefs were friendly and helpful.I truly believe that when ranking a restaurant one should always take price into consideration. This is a good restaurant but overrated by food critics.

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1  Thank DRCTDAI
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