Oishii Boston

4.6
1792 reviews
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Oishii Boston located in the South End SOWA district, the most artistic area in Boston. Oishii Boston is devoted to providing the most wonderful dining experience to every customer. Chef Ting San is dedicated to combining every dish with the freshest ingredients and creativity, to transform a dish into a work of art. We want our customers to have a fabulous dining experience for all occasions. We serve the most delicate wine and sake in our contemporary Tokyo style lounge. The dining room is elegantly decorated for a comfortable atmosphere to complement a magnificent meal.
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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food service was v slow
And wait staff didn’t seem to care

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R
New Mexico
84 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

had only been to the Oishii in Chestnut Hill (now closed), but remember their food being much better than this. Rock shrimp tempura were tasteless, and the wasabi/soy did little to help. The vegetable dumpling reminded me of a subtler version of samosa, and was nice. The miso soup was a small portion, not sufficiently warm, and the flavor just ok. The king crab maki had the crab on the outside, unincorporated, making the dip into the soy problematic. The taste was underwhelming.

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LN
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had dinner here for my birthday and it was a great experience. The good was so good and different than most places and the wait staff were so personable and knowledgeable that made us feel very comfortable. I had an amazing time.

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BF
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in Boston!!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi ever and desserts are spectacular!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, the best Japanese cuisine in Boston area. A little pricy but worth it especially for a special occasion. Food choices are amazing. Cleanliness is very noticeable, service staff are trying but you can tell that they are reactive instead of anticipating the guests needs( difference between amateurs and professional waitstaff). I will always go there for a splurge or when I am in the mood for some sushi, there are a lot of items on the menu that I am looking forward to try on my next visit.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

9 courses took us 3 hours to finish, I know this is a high end restaurant and those delicate dishes needs time to prepare, but I was sitting in front of the bar and I saw those chefs are talking, playing, and working very inefficiently. Me and my partner sat in a tiny and uncomfortable chair for 3 hour watching how slow our dishes are being made basically ruined the date.
However, besides that I must say most of the dishes are great. There dishes are art works and really innovative, but I call them one-time dish. You came there to try them and enjoy all the creativity inside those, but their favor is just not that great for you to reorder them and pay the high price again in the next visit. Not saying they are bad, don’t get me wrong.

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JF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we come to Boston THIS IS WHERE WE EAT!!!! Delicious

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HW
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative and our server was a great help in guiding us through the various selections.

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SL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oishii has been a favorite since finding this gem in Sudbury. The 9-course Omakase was balanced and unique (in a good way).

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CR
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

them pork buns were DOPE. the best I’ve ever had by far.

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TF
New England
90 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Been here many times, love the lunch special for Keiseki sets. All of them are yummy. Good job, come again. Wish these lunch will extend more days and on weekend.

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JP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

9 course tasting with wine and sake pairing was awesome!

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we're in Boston, we try to have dinner at Oishi. One of the best Japanese restaurants we have ever had the pleasure of dining in. And having eaten Japanese food in NYC for several decades, where there is a lot of excellent Japanese food, that says a lot for Oishi.

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S
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BRAVO!!!! Well done and extremely excellent food, options for unique fine dining, amazing flavor and pride in service delivery. I was loosing hope during my trip to Boston for a Med conf until I came to Oishii! As a world traveler this is on the top of my A+++ list. I can’t wait to visit again when I’m in Boston.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Incredible food, elegant environment. The wagu is a must.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything dish is tasty just the price is bit high tho lol

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RD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food! Been there about 5 times and have never had a bad experience. Highly recommend.

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F
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I wanted to try the restaurant for a while as I am a food lover and heard good things. I tried O ya a few months before, as THAT is the best sushi restaurant in Boston for sure.

First of all, we were seated in front of the kitchen, which is a good thing in sushi restaurants, but there was SO much smoke that I was having a hard time breathing in the beginning, it didn't smell good either. They do a lot of searing and other pan fried dishes. Still not a good seating area. Also, our waiter was terrible, she did not bother to ask if it was our first time there or celebrating something "which we were" or if we knew how the menu works. She had the strongest accent ever and we couldn't understand anything she said to us. Finally we thought all of the dishes were going to be small and ordered a lot of dishes, but asked her if that was too much food because we were concern it was, and she said not at all. It was three appetizers, two maki rolls, a steak entree and a fried rice entree. We obviously thought they were very small dishes from looking at other tables. Nope, they were all huge and we ended up with a crazy amount of food that we had to take home. I complained to the manager and she just took the fried rice, the least expensive item out of the bill just so we didn't bother her. Wasn't apologetic at all.

Don't spend your money in this place! instead go to O ya, it's amazing.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner and parents anniversary

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KC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great as usual. What we ordered: treasure spoon, toro truffle, food grab sushi, salmon on fire, uni pasta, uni sashimi, king crab dumplings,oishii maki and coconut ball ice cream thing-a-ma-jig. The highlights were toro truffle, salmon on fire, uni sashimi and treasure spoon. Add two drinks and some sake and you get a $300+ bill dinner for two. We came to celebrate my gf’s bday, as we’ve come here before, I knew what to expect. Overall it was a joyous occasion and we both enjoyed the food.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Great fpod but poor service

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LJ
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was ok- but "ok" doesn't warrant the prices being charged. It also took 30 minutes to be served any food, and our appetizer was served after our entree.

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New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went there for our anniversary. Good but not great meal. Step above most sushi restaurants but not a big enough step to warrant the hefty menu prices. It's a slick venue with a very New York feeling. But overall, if you're looking for swanky downtown sushi, we thought Uni was much better.

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FV
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Good overall. Just had the feeling that they rush your experience! We Even finish the food and they take or plate away! Kind uncomfortable!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most delicious sushi and sashimi we have ever had!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was very disappointing

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New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

To be honest, I know this restaurant’s rating is quite good. But if u are a sushi lover and sushi pro, this place’s sushi is definitely terrible. Sushi rice, we call it Shari. Their Shari was like congee, hard, no air, no vinegar taste. I was expecting this restaurant to be one of the best japanese restaurants in boston, but I feel really disappointed.

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KA
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, and great food. Went with my cousin and my uncle and really enjoyed ourselves.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on every level!

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C
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food presentation and great service! Thanks to Alessandra, our waitress, for making our first time experience at Oishii amazing.

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JF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love in NH. Whenever we come to Boston no matter what new restaurant opens we find ourselves at Oishi. The Very Best

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b
New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Oishii is an absolutely wonderful restaurant. Much of the food was made gluten free. Which may have changed some flavors. The meal while wonderful was also quite pricey.
There are several really spectacular dishes! I was with a group that neither pork nor seafood, so I a limiting my review to those dishes that they were wiling to try.
*SALMON ON FIRE....beautiful, pretty, showy, tasty, 4 pieces... wish the staff serving had done a little better with the presentation... the flame had slid so it was missing the salmon. In the past, spectacular.
WILD MUSHROOMS....tasty, but salty
PORK BELLY BUNS.... tasty, has pork (only 2)
CRISPY MANGO...absolutely spectacular roll
*WAGYU BEEF...didn't show off hhe beef the way I had anticipated... the interior overwhelmed the flavor.
*WHITE TIGER...the group was split.. I loved this because of the sauce... other were not excited about the sauce.
We also got a duck/apple dish... normally visually stunning....reviews were mixed... some of didn't like the apple (baked) some didn't like the duck (sweet with honey) but it was a nice blend of flavors... and normally a show stealer.
The deserts turned out to be the show stopper!
Interesting, varied and different... there were multiple choices from a single mochi to a complicated sphere (white chocolate & coconut?) with coffee mouse... spun sugar... beautiful presentation...
To Ice melon with chocolate ribbons...

I am conflicted, because I would go back again happily, but the items on the menu seemed very similar to the items on the menu years ago...I am not sure if there is creativity, or just resting on the laurels of quality novelty in the past. I may feel this way due to the dietary restrictions of the group... not sure..

Overall quality s both good and pricey.

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous food excellent service relaxed atmosphere

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JO
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente restaurante y altamente recomendable

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SA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I have been an avid sushi fan and Boston resident for years, but never had made it over to Oishii until this weekend. And, I will not be going back. We were sat right next to the ONLY other occupied table in the restaurant when we arrived, then watched them order drinks and food before someone even came to us with the water. The server was horrible and never checked on us - we had to rely on other servers who brought out the food when it was ready. As for the food, they certainly have some fun and creative presentations - think pyrotechnics, smoke, illuminated ice cubes, hot rocks, etc. That was fun, but the food itself was mediocre. The sushi was nothing great and pretty poorly cut. The special duck (served in an apple) was excellent, but definitely not what we came for. The next time we want to splurge on sushi, we'll head to Uni or Fugayku. Very disappointing.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I added that it was my wife’s birthday to the Open Table reservation, but nothing was even said about it. Bummer, but kind of sums up the whole experience from start to finish.

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DG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

delicious, creative dishes , fresh sushi , and excellent even by NY standards.

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QZ
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a great Japanese restaurant for special dinner. Recommend the desert: coconut sop here. (˶‾᷄ ⁻̫ ‾᷅˵)

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CT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Chef's tasting menu of 10 courses. Each course was prepared by and served by Chef Ting Yen. All of the courses were unique and wonderful and paired wonderfully with Sake. I cannot recommend it more highly. You will not be disappointed!

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