O Ya

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 14 publications
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Top 1% in Boston About the TripExpert Score

14 expert recommendations



When chef Tim Cushman and his wife, Nancy, opened this Japanese restaurant in 2008 it got a little bit of fanfare.



On a side street in the gritty Leather District, O Ya's location is as unconventional as its tantalizingly novel sushi menu.

Book several weeks in advance for prime-time weekend slots.

Condé Nast Traveler

Sushi, sashimi, and nigiri have been taken apart and reassembled; you'll recognize the beat, but the melody's all new. Full review →


Fodor's Tick Choice

Dining critics from the New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine have all named this tiny, improvisational sushi spot among the best in the country. Full review →


Gayot 16.0

Maximum, however, is the only way to explain its impact---and the serious buzz has yet to let up. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

Boston’s food community can’t stop talking about this inspired sushi restaurant, which has even been lauded by the New York Times food critics. Full review →


Michelin Guide

Tucked away on a side street near South Station, O Ya is devilishly hard to find, but that hasn't stopped local foodies from discovering it and raving about the swoon-worthy sushi.


Not For Tourists

Amazing sushi that is not easy on the wallet. Full review →


Rough Guide

The portions are petite and the sushi prices sky high, but patrons swoon over O Ya’s exquisite fare such as wild bluefin tuna tataki and roasted beet sashimi.


Tasting Table

At this small, luxe sushi bar, you can order the exquisite pieces of nigiri...a la carte, or commit to a procession of artful bites with the full omakase tasting menu. Full review →


Time Out 69

Bite for bite, this self-styled Japanese tavern is arguably serving the most expensive food in the city. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

In his hard-to-find restaurant with high ceilings and dark brick walls, chef-owner Tim Cushman brilliantly and improbably combines his Japanese training with his New England background. Full review →



Located in a century-old fire station, Tim Cushman’s upscale O Ya is Boston’s coolest place for modern Japanese cuisine Full review →



"You'll never think about sushi the same way" after tasting chef Tim Cushman's "exquisite creations", each an "adventure" of "sublime" flavors. Full review →

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