O Ya

Sushi, Japanese, Sake Bar
$ $ $ $
9 East St (at East Pl)
Boston, MA 02111
5:00pm - 9:30pm
5:00pm - 9:30pm
5:00pm - 9:30pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm

Chef Tim Cushman brings innovative sushi and related new-Japanese fare to his menu with imagination and flair, accompanied by a large choice of excellent sake and wine, in an understated dining room whose simplicity belies the complexity of flavors on the plate. Cushman won the 2012 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast. At this North End sanctuary, you can expect to enjoy dishes like hamachi with spicy banana pepper mousse; bluefin maguro with caramelized onions, foie gras ponzu, and crunchy gobo; and Okinawan braised pork with Boston baked heirloom rice beans, house-made kimchi, and soy maple. For a truly unforgettable O Ya experience, try to get a seat at the counter to watch the delicious food being created before you in what is definitely one of America’s three best sushi restaurants.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015



  • Sitting at the chefs counter, you should be mesmerized by what they serve.
  • best sushi in Boston
  • Be prepared to spend $$$ but wow the food is divine so worth the small fortune it will cost you ;)
  • Sushi so good it will change how you define sushi.
  • Andrew dined at O Ya, one of his favorite restaurants. Chef Tim Cushmans goal is to create single bites of food that pack in the flavor of an entire meal. Andrew samples Arctic char, and wagyu meat.
  • Close your eyes, point your finger at the menu, and pick. You can't go wrong.
  • 9 words: fried kumamoto oyster, yuzu kosho aioli, squid ink bubbles.
  • Best Japanese restaurant outside of Japan, incredibly creative and delicious!
  • The omakase may be expensive, but it is worth it! The drink pairing equally so.
  • A husband and wife duo create a harmonious yin and yang with their creative Japanese cuisine, like soft-boiled egg (yin) with caviar and gold leaf flakes (yang).
  • Chef's menu! A dazzling parade of nigiri (perfect bites).
  • Probably the best restaurant in town. Definitely try the foie gras chocolate balsamic maki roll and the shiitake mushroom roll. Be prepared to pay over $200 per person.
  • Sit at the bar. Mesmerizing. You'd be an idiot not to.
  • Experience unparalleled Japanese gastronomic magnificence at the restaurant that Bon Appetit magazine dubs "One of the 10 best sushi spots in America".
  • For the luxurious modern take on sushi your palette will be dazzled. -Tania Peterson, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • O ya means "gee whiz" in Japanese, and you'll be saying the same thing after sampling the masterpieces created by Nobu Matsuhisa's former apprentice. Try the robiola-stuffed omelet in dashi broth.
  • The full menu is expensive but so worth it, arguably best sushi in America. Get a spot at the counter to watch the chef.
  • Amazing Omakase
  • The chef's tasting menu is amazing!
  • Best of Boston 2016: Sommelier :: Katie Gilarde - This certified sake pro will guide you to old-vine verdejo and junmai daiginjos just waiting to be discovered.

Nearby places

348 Congress St (at A St)