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Fabulous menu! The venison was divine! Everything is created so beautifully that I almost (*almost*) did not want to eat; I had to admire the beauty of each plate as each dish c...

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went to check out restaurant after booking party for 14 people. \r the wait staff was extremely rude and pretentious the greeting at the door was just rude. Haven't had this exp...

Beautiful and delicious food 10/3/2009

Fabulous menu! The venison was divine! Everything is created so beautifully that I almost (*almost*) did not want to eat; I had to admire the beauty of each plate as each dish came out. Must order: sea bass, foie gras, venison, and the mini omelet with truffle oil. Also, our server helped us pick just the perfect sake. We had a wonderful meal. We sat at the chef's counter, which at first I wasn't sure if we'd like, but it was so nice watching the amazing creations happening right in front of us. Get there soon!!! Pros: Perfection on small plates Cons: pricey more

expensive and unfriendly 9/26/2009

went to check out restaurant after booking party for 14 people. \r the wait staff was extremely rude and pretentious the greeting at the door was just rude. Haven't had this experience before w/ a boston restaurant. sushi bar was empty and after a bill of 120. 00 for appetisers, we decided never to return/ and will cxl. our party for later this month.\r p.s. bring a seeing eye dog... no lighting in entrance or foyer Pros: sushi Cons: parking/ wait staff/ hostess more

EXTREMELY RUDE 1/27/2009

Have tried to make a reservation at this restaurant several times, both times i believe I spoke to the same woman and she was extremely rude. I am from New York City and know the difference between a ""wanna be"" restaurant and a restaurant that can pull that off. O-ya: stop trying to be something you are not, customers are key- always keep that in mind. more

Truly an experience--Not to be missed if you are in Boston 10/1/2008

Went to O Ya on a weeknight but still couldn't get a reservation before the last seating (9:30PM). Had the Omakase service and must say it was better than expected (and I had high expectations). The sushi were inventive and flavorful, the presentation were gorgeous and the staff and sushi chefs were friendly. I honestly couldn't recite most of the dishes that I had without referencing the menu, as each dish offered multiple ingredients and different preparation methods (these are not conventional sushi, mind you), but what I can say is that they were some of the best sushi I have ever had anywhere(including NYC, Chicago and LA). One warning though: the place is expensive. Expect to pay Per Se or Masa level prices, but it will be a culinary experience you will remember for a long time. Pros: Food, Food, Food Cons: Expensive more

quick appetizer before dinner at another resteraunt 9/21/2008

Complete waste of $. We spent $200 and left hungry! Would only go there for a quick appetizer before heading to another place to eat dinner. Cons: not a warm and cozy place at all, ridiculous portion sizes, waaay overpriced!!! more

O YA? OH YEAH! 9/3/2008

Sick and tired of eating the same sushi? Like to try new and innovative ways of making sushi? Well, look no further, come down to O Ya where the sushi is oh so fresh and oh so delicious. The presentation is so beautiful, it's almost looking at a piece of artwork at the museum of fine arts. The foie gras sushi with balsamic chocolate kabayaki is a must try! Don't forget to try the chu toro with cilantro pesto and Peruvian chilies.\r \r Fair warning though, not for the light of the wallet, and the proportions are very small, but worth it. =) Pros: Great food, great service Cons: Hard to find at first and hard to get parking more

looooved it 1/23/2008

Completely amazing place -- O Ya totally lives up to its reputation. The food was jawdropping. The chef/owners are incredibly hands-on and make the most gracious hosts, and our server was awesome, too. One of the best dining experiences we've ever had. more

FABULOUS ! 1/5/2008

From atmosphere to food to service...great, great restaurant. Just tell them how much you want to spend per person and let the chef dazzle you within your budget...delicious..thank you, i have waited a long time for a place like this. Pros: everything Cons: can be expensive, but don't dine if you can't afford it! more

Fabulous Flavors & Staff 12/31/2007

From the moment we arrived at O ya, the staff was super attentive and friendly. The menu has so many things to choose from and from the first dish to the last, I was impressed. Although portions are small, I think the dishes are more about the flavor & experience of trying something new. The waitress also helped us select a Saki, that was definitely the best I've ever had (although I can't remember the name). Food wise, would recommend the Chilled Noodles w/ Lobster Meat, Seared Dived Scallop w. Sage Tempura & we had several tuna dishes that were amazing. Definitely check out O ya.... you won't be disappointed! Pros: Atmosphere, Staff, Food, Saki Cons: Pricey but worth it more

Sensationally good, sensationally expensive 5/23/2007

The food is Nobu/Morimoto good. The prices are Nobu/Morimoto expensive. The sushi and sashimi are unbelievably fresh and masterfully prepared. Plates look like they belong in the Museum of Fine Arts. The hot items are good too. I can't complain about any of the 8 things we ordered. \r \r I strongly suggest some of the vegetable items as well. These are some of the better deals on the menu. Overall, portions are tiny for the prices, so you should be prepared to spend A LOT of money if you are coming for a meal. \r \r Also, the sakes they have selected are really fantastic. Give them a shot, along with the fantastic Japanese wheat ale they have on the menu.\r \r If there's one thing they can do better here, the waiters need to be a bit more knowledgeable and professional. I mean, this is a $$$$$-expensive restaurant. They have to be a bit more knowledgeable and time the courses a little bit better. Also, I wish they had a tasting menu. Pros: Artistic, delicious food, cool ambience Cons: Service could be more refined, very expensive more

O Ya, O Yeah! (somebody had to say it) 3/30/2007

Heard the buzz and had to check it out. Having the option of a small dimly-lit table or the bright, active bar...we opted to watch the busy chefs at work preparing gastronomic eye-candy. With an atmosphere more ""New York"" than Boston, it has a clean, but earthy interior design that isn't revolutionary but offers a complimentary aesthetic.\r \r With smooth (elvis, it's true!) tunes over the speakers we were welcomed by a sushi display case showcasing the nights specials. Ordering a couple here, then adding more as we felt suited, don't expect to get filled on just a couple of orders; It's all about quality, not quantity at O Ya. We recommend: Foie Gras in balsamic chocolate kabayaki (amazing), Unagi Nigiri with Basil, Scarlet sea scallops with white yuzu sauce is a must-have, hamachi nigiri with banana-pepper mousse, the chilled daikon dumplings with miso-nut ""cheese"" filling, and others difficult to remember all their intricate ingredients. Our server, though friendly, was a bit pushy for our taste...trying to convince us to try some more expensive items. We ""folded"" and did, but would next time opt to skip the sea urchin ($20+) and the torched spot prawn as well as the chicken yakitori (good, but not amazing).\r \r We had heard that O Ya had a sake sommelier, however, were disappointed to find their attention (and the chef's) was geared towards a select few in the restaurant, spending time to make them satisfied rather than acknowleding the rest of the patrons (especially with having only been open for 2 weeks). At the least sushi chefs were EXTREMELY friendly. Perhaps we have to order the $149, 8oz. wagyu steak to get noticed. Not cheap, we did our part ($200+), but next time we'll definitely spend a lot less and be more discriminating with the vast array of options.....Oh yea, don't worry, O Ya is still pretty good in our book especially for a newcomer that is sure to have a strong place in the Boston dining scene. Pros: Fresh, Inventive, Delicious, Interesting Location more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Not for the faint of wallet or large of appetite, O Ya provides an indulgent dining experience. The dimly-lit, NYC-chic dining area features a sushi bar that opens to a kitchen...

  • 12/4/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon., Sun. CLOSED;Tue. - Thu. 5pm - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 5pm - 11pm
  • Payments:

    Discover, Visa, American Express, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, Central
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