O Ya
Innovative, refined sushi & small plates
Japanese · Leather District · $$$$
The Zagat Review
Each “utterly amazing” plate is presented as “a work of art” at chef Tim Cushman’s “exceptional” Leather District izakaya, a sushi lover’s “dream come true” (especially if splurging on a grand omakase tasting that feels like “a dining experience of a lifetime” ); dinner will “definitely cost you an arm and a fin” , but “attentive” service and a “discreet, relaxing” ambiance ensure that “if you can afford it” , it’s “worth every cent.”
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hours Open Today · 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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
location 9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111, USA phone +1 617-654-9900 website o-ya.restaurant directions Get Directions
Zagat Mentions of O Ya
Zagat Mentions of O Ya
Google Reviews
The restaurant is easy to miss, as the outside does not look like one. The inside is nice though, not too bright, and ample bar seating to watch the sushi chefs. The prices on the menu gave me high expectations for the food, which ultimately turned into a disappointment. $20 gave me two small, and very bland, pieces of eel. Not with a very light flavor, but tasteless. The chefs seemed bored making the food, and that may have been reflected in the meal.
Jacob Rose · May 19, 2018
First let me just say, it’s the most nondescript restaurant I’ve ever been to. It’s a little off the path and if you aren’t looking for it, you’ll walk right by. But once you’re inside it’s really beautiful. Soft lighting and a seat at the bar proved a great start to the evening. We were first greeted by the General Manager, which we thought was a great touch. Then came our fabulous server Anna. She knew every dish and was able to explain in great detail. We ordered about 14 courses to share and she brought them out one after the other. I really can’t say enough about her! Now the food. Oh my the food. My friend’s favorite dish was the squid ink noodles with fried octopus and moving fish scales. I personally loved the beef tartar tacos and fried oyster with squid ink foam. It was rounded off with the most divine cheese for dessert and donuts with tea infused caramel sauce (still drooling). The only thing we didn’t care for was the fried chicken. It was good, but the seasoning can be a little off putting. Other than that it was a beautiful night. We highly recommend this restaurant, especially the corner seats at the bar (best view)!!!
Angel Pogue · February 2, 2018
We experienced the 17 course tasting menu with sake pairing. The courses were typically a single, perfect piece of sushi that as the meal progressed ended with wagyu beef and a small desert. Every bite was sublime, the service was impeccable and unlike other tasting menus I've tried in the area I felt indulged rather than grotesque when we'd finished. The experience wasn't cheap, nor should it be. This is a rare treat and all involved should be well rewarded for their skills.
Tom Marsh · March 10, 2018