Oishii Boston

★★★★☆
  • 1166 Washington St

    Boston, MA 02118

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  • 617-482-8868

About Oishii Boston

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Lunch hours: Tue - Sat, noon - 3pm; Sun, 1pm - 5pm. Dinner hours: Tue - Sat, 5:30pm - midnight; Sun, 5:30pm - 10pm
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First off, it's pricey. But totally worth the money. You do get what you pay for.

This place has an amazing ambiance. I have yet to find a place (excluding mainland Japan) that compares in terms of such a broad menu and hospitable atmosphere.

In full disclosure, I have not yet been to O Ya, which is rumored to top even this spot.

The servers are very knowledgeable and the cooks are fantastic and precise artists.

Go for Otoro (the highest grade fatty tuna) and Kobe beef sashimi. Delicious. Hamachi (yellowtail) is also very good.

The one quasi-negative experience was that I saw my food go to an adjacent table once, and it was promptly taken back and then served to me. I'm quite sure it was the same plate but am not sure. And to be truthful, I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt, especially with such vulnerable food items. For this reason I knocked the five stars to four.

But I will return, and repeatedly.

P.S. Best Kobe beef I've had in all of North America...

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★★★★☆

First off, it's pricey. But totally worth the money. You do get what you pay for.

This place has an amazing ambiance. I have yet to find a place (excluding mainland Japan) that compares in terms of such a broad menu and hospitable atmosphere.

In full disclosure, I have not yet been to O Ya, which is rumored to top even this spot.

The servers are very knowledgeable and the cooks are fantastic and precise artists.

Go for Otoro (the highest grade fatty tuna) and Kobe beef sashimi. Delicious. Hamachi (yellowtail) is also very good.

The one quasi-negative experience was that I saw my food go to an adjacent table once, and it was promptly taken back and then served to me. I'm quite sure it was the same plate but am not sure. And to be truthful, I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt, especially with such vulnerable food items. For this reason I knocked the five stars to four.

But I will return, and repeatedly.

P.S. Best Kobe beef I've had in all of North America...

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The food was fine. BUT I really think my sister and I were slipped some sort of a mickey! I had one drink and I had to hold on to the railing to walk down the stairs! I decided not to get any other drinks-- usually I get 2 or 3 total if I go out to dinner.
My sister did have 2 drinks and also felt overly intoxicated
Also, we both had nightmares all nite and WICKED dry mouth!
anyone else?

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★★☆☆☆

The food was fine. BUT I really think my sister and I were slipped some sort of a mickey! I had one drink and I had to hold on to the railing to walk down the stairs! I decided not to get any other drinks-- usually I get 2 or 3 total if I go out to dinner.
My sister did have 2 drinks and also felt overly intoxicated
Also, we both had nightmares all nite and WICKED dry mouth!
anyone else?

Pros: good sushi

Cons: pls read review

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At some point Japanese cuisine has lost its way in Boston. The fact that Oishii sits near the top of the food critic ratings is evidence of it. People seem to be wowed by sushi coated with expensive items like truffels and exotic caviar. Hand rolls now tend to be drenched in mayonaise and spices (this is a well known technique for sushi chefs to get rid of the cheaper and older parts of the fish that they would have otherwise thrown away). The only difference with Oishii is that it makes you pay triple what other places charge and they serve it to you in a pretentious dark Euro bar atmosphere. Even the way they serve soy sauce is an insult to Japanese cooking. Whats the deal with the huge soup bowl for the soy sauce anyway? Compare this to some fine restaurants in Japan where they dont even serve you soy sauce. Why? Because good fish should stand on its own. Oishii does get some of the freshest fish around, but it manages to mess up everything around it. The sushi rice is overcooked, and some nigiri zushi was served on some silly parchment paper which looked fancy but then stuck to the rice as it fell apart. Poor form. Its too bad that people think that this is good sushi and are willing to pay ridiculous prices for it. Just look around though. You wont find any Japanese people there (including the entire chef staff) or anybody who has spent any considerable time in Japan.

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★☆☆☆☆

At some point Japanese cuisine has lost its way in Boston. The fact that Oishii sits near the top of the food critic ratings is evidence of it. People seem to be wowed by sushi coated with expensive items like truffels and exotic caviar. Hand rolls now tend to be drenched in mayonaise and spices (this is a well known technique for sushi chefs to get rid of the cheaper and older parts of the fish that they would have otherwise thrown away). The only difference with Oishii is that it makes you pay triple what other places charge and they serve it to you in a pretentious dark Euro bar atmosphere. Even the way they serve soy sauce is an insult to Japanese cooking. Whats the deal with the huge soup bowl for the soy sauce anyway? Compare this to some fine restaurants in Japan where they dont even serve you soy sauce. Why? Because good fish should stand on its own. Oishii does get some of the freshest fish around, but it manages to mess up everything around it. The sushi rice is overcooked, and some nigiri zushi was served on some silly parchment paper which looked fancy but then stuck to the rice as it fell apart. Poor form. Its too bad that people think that this is good sushi and are willing to pay ridiculous prices for it. Just look around though. You wont find any Japanese people there (including the entire chef staff) or anybody who has spent any considerable time in Japan.

Pros: Trendy hot spot

Cons: Overpriced and pretentious.

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Poor service, for these prices I expect the best and got nothing close to good service at this restaurant. I left hungry, after forking over almost $200.00 for a meal for two. Substandard

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★☆☆☆☆

Poor service, for these prices I expect the best and got nothing close to good service at this restaurant. I left hungry, after forking over almost $200.00 for a meal for two. Substandard

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Went on 6/8/08 for fiances birthday. Kobe beef $60.00, small portion. Other portions very small. Waitress loud brash American girl, stated when she realized we were new to the experience "Our chefs recommend you trust them to cater to you, starting at $135.00 to $150.00 PER PERSON. Are you kidding me? We do not use chop sticks, again, she LOUDLY stated "I WILL GET YOU SILVERWARE!" We were seated in the main dining room, across from the sushi bar, therefore on top of the other diners, as it was a long couch, with tables for two coming off. Service abhorent, beverage glass usually empty. Additionally, we did not opt to buy the bottled water,and were served WARM tap water. The bill was outrageous, and I am still annoyed at my fiance for tipping well. Bad experience, over priced pretentious

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★★☆☆☆

Went on 6/8/08 for fiances birthday. Kobe beef $60.00, small portion. Other portions very small. Waitress loud brash American girl, stated when she realized we were new to the experience "Our chefs recommend you trust them to cater to you, starting at $135.00 to $150.00 PER PERSON. Are you kidding me? We do not use chop sticks, again, she LOUDLY stated "I WILL GET YOU SILVERWARE!" We were seated in the main dining room, across from the sushi bar, therefore on top of the other diners, as it was a long couch, with tables for two coming off. Service abhorent, beverage glass usually empty. Additionally, we did not opt to buy the bottled water,and were served WARM tap water. The bill was outrageous, and I am still annoyed at my fiance for tipping well. Bad experience, over priced pretentious

Cons: parking, service, price

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was delirious as i heard the news about oishii boston opening: it was RIGHT DOWN THE BLOCK from my work!!

went there to try it out last summer when they first opened, but was instantly disappointed. the food was good but not original anymore. they inserted too much gimmick and names of exotic ingredients that you can't even pronounce, but when the food came you didn't feel like you were getting your money's worth. even for die-hard special rolls that i liked from the old place (ex. torched yellowtail roll), the price is marked up but... even if they gave you the exact same food it just feels very different here.

in the old location, when i ordered about $100 (for 2) worth of food we consistently stuffed ourselves; we had to rock-paper-scissor the remaining few pieces. but here i paid the same amount and walked out feeling empty (both belly AND wallet!). the only thing i liked from this place is the dessert. had a green tea tiramisu and that at least concluded my meal on a good note. but the whole experience just made me yearn to go back to the old, humble location in chestnut hill for solid quality and real food. this place is too pretentious (decor is very nice, though), unauthentic, and overpriced for me to return.
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★★☆☆☆

was delirious as i heard the news about oishii boston opening: it was RIGHT DOWN THE BLOCK from my work!!

went there to try it out last summer when they first opened, but was instantly disappointed. the food was good but not original anymore. they inserted too much gimmick and names of exotic ingredients that you can't even pronounce, but when the food came you didn't feel like you were getting your money's worth. even for die-hard special rolls that i liked from the old place (ex. torched yellowtail roll), the price is marked up but... even if they gave you the exact same food it just feels very different here.

in the old location, when i ordered about $100 (for 2) worth of food we consistently stuffed ourselves; we had to rock-paper-scissor the remaining few pieces. but here i paid the same amount and walked out feeling empty (both belly AND wallet!). the only thing i liked from this place is the dessert. had a green tea tiramisu and that at least concluded my meal on a good note. but the whole experience just made me yearn to go back to the old, humble location in chestnut hill for solid quality and real food. this place is too pretentious (decor is very nice, though), unauthentic, and overpriced for me to return.
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Pros: hip, minimalist decor; prime location (more accessible than old joint on hammond st)

Cons: overpriced

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Have been here three times and all were great. Prefer to sit at the bar since the dining rooms are cold and dark. The service is very good, the sushi wonderful and just an overall great experience.

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★★★★☆

Have been here three times and all were great. Prefer to sit at the bar since the dining rooms are cold and dark. The service is very good, the sushi wonderful and just an overall great experience.

Pros: Sushi, service, bar area

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best place for sushi in boston. pricey, but worth it. intimate place; great sushi bar; overall A+++; you must try the green tea desserts! they are amazing. also for they have very unique veggie sushi.

the fish is extremely fresh. this place rivals New York sushi house Nobu. Service is great too, very friendly and knowledgeable staff

5
★★★★★

best place for sushi in boston. pricey, but worth it. intimate place; great sushi bar; overall A+++; you must try the green tea desserts! they are amazing. also for they have very unique veggie sushi.

the fish is extremely fresh. this place rivals New York sushi house Nobu. Service is great too, very friendly and knowledgeable staff

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Was on a double date last night, thought the food was great, and was having a wonderful experience until during our desert, the manager asked if we enjoyed everything and then asked if we would "move on", as other people were waiting and they were really busy. I have never experience such rudeness and obnoxiouslness from a manager, at what is supposed to be one of Boston's high end restuarants. If he had just showed some patience he would have realized we were just finishing up. If you want to spend a lot of money and be disrespected by management go to Oishii.

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★★☆☆☆

Was on a double date last night, thought the food was great, and was having a wonderful experience until during our desert, the manager asked if we enjoyed everything and then asked if we would "move on", as other people were waiting and they were really busy. I have never experience such rudeness and obnoxiouslness from a manager, at what is supposed to be one of Boston's high end restuarants. If he had just showed some patience he would have realized we were just finishing up. If you want to spend a lot of money and be disrespected by management go to Oishii.

Cons: disrespectful management who push you our after your meal

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I love this place. I used to always go to the Chestnut Hill location which is just as good with their food, however, the Boston location is a nicer restaurant. After dinner tonight I did not feel over full, although plenty satisfied. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and American- it was very easy to talk to her (only Asia's work at Chestnut Hill). If you want great sushi and can pay the price for it, make Oishii your choice. The shaved ice desert, Miso soup and the lobster sushi are great, also try to the meat sushi- made with red meat.

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★★★★★

I love this place. I used to always go to the Chestnut Hill location which is just as good with their food, however, the Boston location is a nicer restaurant. After dinner tonight I did not feel over full, although plenty satisfied. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and American- it was very easy to talk to her (only Asia's work at Chestnut Hill). If you want great sushi and can pay the price for it, make Oishii your choice. The shaved ice desert, Miso soup and the lobster sushi are great, also try to the meat sushi- made with red meat.

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oishii is definitely one of the best japanese place of boston especially for fresh raw fish. the others are fugakyu (for entrees) and uni (for sushi). The atmosphere is modern and chic, barely can hear the music, the lighting is nicely dim. the hostess and waiting staff are friendly and helpful. the sake menu is comprehensive. the only complaint is that some of the food wasnt to taste. the ingredients and freshness were there, it just could use some improvement. the desserts are fab, i had red bean creme brulee. the green tea tiramisu was okay, a bit too rich. overall, i liked the place,

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★★★★☆

oishii is definitely one of the best japanese place of boston especially for fresh raw fish. the others are fugakyu (for entrees) and uni (for sushi). The atmosphere is modern and chic, barely can hear the music, the lighting is nicely dim. the hostess and waiting staff are friendly and helpful. the sake menu is comprehensive. the only complaint is that some of the food wasnt to taste. the ingredients and freshness were there, it just could use some improvement. the desserts are fab, i had red bean creme brulee. the green tea tiramisu was okay, a bit too rich. overall, i liked the place,

Pros: staff, atmosphere, sushi/fish, desserts, sake

Cons: expensive, but expected for a japanese place

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I felt compelled to write my first review on Citysearch of Oishii after going there Friday night, being only semi-impressed with the food, and then looking on this sight to read what other people thought, wherein I came across one review after another that were enthusistic to the point of being ridiculous. Then I discovered, upon clicking on some of the reviewers' names, that a disturbingly high proportion of these individuals had each only written one review in the past--the one raving about Oishii. To me that is fairly suspicious. Check for yourself, but if someone is trying to skew the reviews in Oishii's favor, that's pathetic.

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★★★☆☆

I felt compelled to write my first review on Citysearch of Oishii after going there Friday night, being only semi-impressed with the food, and then looking on this sight to read what other people thought, wherein I came across one review after another that were enthusistic to the point of being ridiculous. Then I discovered, upon clicking on some of the reviewers' names, that a disturbingly high proportion of these individuals had each only written one review in the past--the one raving about Oishii. To me that is fairly suspicious. Check for yourself, but if someone is trying to skew the reviews in Oishii's favor, that's pathetic.

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As a Lexus Dealer, I see the Japanese theory of GAIZEN (Continuous Improvement) in practice everyday. Oishii Boston needs no GAIZEN, their execution is 100% perfect. My wife and I recently flew to Boston on business and as she is orginaly from Japan, she was dying to go to the top SUSHI destination in the city. We both had OMAKASE. Beginning with an incredible traditional dragonfish soup and finishing with an exquisitely perfect chopped mango desert, while experiencing knowledgeable and attentive service, this restaurant afffords a top notch dining experience. I reiterate, top notch. Any one of the cold appetizers is an exquisite blend of flavors and exotic and fresh ingredients. If you love sushi, are not afraid to experiment, this is the only place in Boston you need to know.

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★★★★★

As a Lexus Dealer, I see the Japanese theory of GAIZEN (Continuous Improvement) in practice everyday. Oishii Boston needs no GAIZEN, their execution is 100% perfect. My wife and I recently flew to Boston on business and as she is orginaly from Japan, she was dying to go to the top SUSHI destination in the city. We both had OMAKASE. Beginning with an incredible traditional dragonfish soup and finishing with an exquisitely perfect chopped mango desert, while experiencing knowledgeable and attentive service, this restaurant afffords a top notch dining experience. I reiterate, top notch. Any one of the cold appetizers is an exquisite blend of flavors and exotic and fresh ingredients. If you love sushi, are not afraid to experiment, this is the only place in Boston you need to know.

Pros: Every Dish was an Artistic Masterpiece

Cons: Getting a Reservation Was Tricky

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After going to the location in Chestnut Hill, we wanted to try this location for a special night out. Right away I was impressed with the decor, although when you sit in the 2-person tables you are uncomfortably close to your neighbors.

I am in agreement with the other reviews about the high quality of the food. It was delicious and I don't have much to add in that regard. Where Oishii Boston really struggled was in the service. Our waitress was completely uninterested in explaining items on the menu and was nowhere to be found for about half an hour. After taking our order she never came back to check on us-- other staffers brought our food, filled our glasses, etc. If she HAD come to check on us, she would have realized that we never received our appetizer prior to our meal.

We were so disappointed in our serer that we left feeling very unfulfilled, despite the tasty food. When you pay such a premium price for dinner, you want to be made to feel special. You want the staff to acknowledge you and to provide you with outstanding service. Unfortunately, this was not the case at Oishii Boston.

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★★★☆☆

After going to the location in Chestnut Hill, we wanted to try this location for a special night out. Right away I was impressed with the decor, although when you sit in the 2-person tables you are uncomfortably close to your neighbors.

I am in agreement with the other reviews about the high quality of the food. It was delicious and I don't have much to add in that regard. Where Oishii Boston really struggled was in the service. Our waitress was completely uninterested in explaining items on the menu and was nowhere to be found for about half an hour. After taking our order she never came back to check on us-- other staffers brought our food, filled our glasses, etc. If she HAD come to check on us, she would have realized that we never received our appetizer prior to our meal.

We were so disappointed in our serer that we left feeling very unfulfilled, despite the tasty food. When you pay such a premium price for dinner, you want to be made to feel special. You want the staff to acknowledge you and to provide you with outstanding service. Unfortunately, this was not the case at Oishii Boston.

Pros: Food, parking

Cons: Service, waitstaff

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Kobe beef is a treat, so naturally I found myself very excited to order it here in the states instead of having to go to Japan. When dining out, one believes that they can trust the establishment to provide what they say they say they are providing; Organic means organic, kosher means kosher, Kobe means Kobe. For a $60 appetizer, I at least expect good quality. This is Kobe "style" beef and NOT a very good immitation. Another thing, the service (I'm use to a much higher quality at this price...even at Great Bay) and their training must not be included in the price, but deception is. I asked the manager if it was real Kobe beef and he said "Of course." Then I asked a server(who was friends with the person I was dining with) and she confided "actually it's from Australia and it's not the highest grade either." What?! On top of that, the sushi was not the melt in your mouth quality I was expecting, they are soy nazis (and not very good soy) and LOST IN TRANSLATION: cold and impersonal. There are many authentic sushi bars t/o the world that I have been to where they had more personality. Ugh, this place was a serious disappointment. Don't waste your time or money. It's better spent flying to Japan for the real thing; no joke.

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★☆☆☆☆

Kobe beef is a treat, so naturally I found myself very excited to order it here in the states instead of having to go to Japan. When dining out, one believes that they can trust the establishment to provide what they say they say they are providing; Organic means organic, kosher means kosher, Kobe means Kobe. For a $60 appetizer, I at least expect good quality. This is Kobe "style" beef and NOT a very good immitation. Another thing, the service (I'm use to a much higher quality at this price...even at Great Bay) and their training must not be included in the price, but deception is. I asked the manager if it was real Kobe beef and he said "Of course." Then I asked a server(who was friends with the person I was dining with) and she confided "actually it's from Australia and it's not the highest grade either." What?! On top of that, the sushi was not the melt in your mouth quality I was expecting, they are soy nazis (and not very good soy) and LOST IN TRANSLATION: cold and impersonal. There are many authentic sushi bars t/o the world that I have been to where they had more personality. Ugh, this place was a serious disappointment. Don't waste your time or money. It's better spent flying to Japan for the real thing; no joke.

Pros: OK if you don't know better & parking

Cons: honestly everything else

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The sushi here is outstanding, this is Boston's attempt at progressive, excellent sushi without being afraid to charge what it should for amazing quality, innovation, and technique. I ate at the shop in Chestnut Hill for years before this opened, and as the ambience there was appropriate for the location, this new south end, minimalist location is dead on. I knew once the chef took a chance and expanded into Boston, it would be a success, and a job well done. I guess good things come to those who wait.

The cost is high for the food here, although if you wanted to get some typical roles, with fabulous presentation and excellent fish you could have a less expensive dinner. What you pay more for are the specialty rolls, sushi and sahimi.

I am disturbed by anybody who mentions the F-word when discussing Oishii, possibly another confused BU student? The food at Fugakyu is not very good and the ambience is like visting Japan in Disneyworld.

This and Uni in the Elliot Hotel put Boston on the map for outstanding Japanese cuisine.
Check this place out! You would be a fool not to.

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★★★★★

The sushi here is outstanding, this is Boston's attempt at progressive, excellent sushi without being afraid to charge what it should for amazing quality, innovation, and technique. I ate at the shop in Chestnut Hill for years before this opened, and as the ambience there was appropriate for the location, this new south end, minimalist location is dead on. I knew once the chef took a chance and expanded into Boston, it would be a success, and a job well done. I guess good things come to those who wait.

The cost is high for the food here, although if you wanted to get some typical roles, with fabulous presentation and excellent fish you could have a less expensive dinner. What you pay more for are the specialty rolls, sushi and sahimi.

I am disturbed by anybody who mentions the F-word when discussing Oishii, possibly another confused BU student? The food at Fugakyu is not very good and the ambience is like visting Japan in Disneyworld.

This and Uni in the Elliot Hotel put Boston on the map for outstanding Japanese cuisine.
Check this place out! You would be a fool not to.

Pros: Sushi and Cocktails

Cons: Null

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AMAZING! The restaurant was very busy and a little noisy but our server Elizabeth was incredibly calm and accomodating. She walked us through the menu with great expertise and made what could have been a very intimidating experience incredibly pleasureable and divinely delicious. We tried things I never would have if I hadn't had her advice. Worried about the cost? Ask for Elizabeth tell her your how much you'd like to dole out per person and she'll make it happen! We had an great time, phenomenal sushi and sake. The kitchen was a bit slow making the maki but our servers' attentiveness totally made up for that. I'll definitely be back as long as Elizabeth is there to guide us through to new and exciting choices!!

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★★★☆☆

AMAZING! The restaurant was very busy and a little noisy but our server Elizabeth was incredibly calm and accomodating. She walked us through the menu with great expertise and made what could have been a very intimidating experience incredibly pleasureable and divinely delicious. We tried things I never would have if I hadn't had her advice. Worried about the cost? Ask for Elizabeth tell her your how much you'd like to dole out per person and she'll make it happen! We had an great time, phenomenal sushi and sake. The kitchen was a bit slow making the maki but our servers' attentiveness totally made up for that. I'll definitely be back as long as Elizabeth is there to guide us through to new and exciting choices!!

Pros: Service and menu

Cons: Doesnt have a full liquor licence

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The food was good. The tuna tartar was amazing. Sushi was fresh. But when I got my $60 Kobe beef 'medium rare', it was crispy as a piece of charcoal and drowned in a thick teriyaki sauce! We had them take it back and it was better the second time around, but I've had better steaks for a lot less. The service was awkward at best. Not exactly in tune with customers. I wouldn't go back but if you have the money to spend for solid sushi, not a bad choice.

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★★★☆☆

The food was good. The tuna tartar was amazing. Sushi was fresh. But when I got my $60 Kobe beef 'medium rare', it was crispy as a piece of charcoal and drowned in a thick teriyaki sauce! We had them take it back and it was better the second time around, but I've had better steaks for a lot less. The service was awkward at best. Not exactly in tune with customers. I wouldn't go back but if you have the money to spend for solid sushi, not a bad choice.

Pros: Sushi

Cons: Service, Ambience

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We were visiting from New York. We are sushi experts (originally from Japan). We usually eat at Masa and other New York restaurant for Sushi. But many places are now tourist trap (like even Las Vegas has NOBU in Hard Rock Hotel). We eat at Oishii and have tasting OMAKASE! It is soo excellent. Even my wife who is impossible to be pleased loves it! We had duck in apple this is best dish! I highly recommend. This food is creative and better than NY. Maybe student in Boston does not know good food. Experts say food is excellent. A+ recommend.

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★★★★★

We were visiting from New York. We are sushi experts (originally from Japan). We usually eat at Masa and other New York restaurant for Sushi. But many places are now tourist trap (like even Las Vegas has NOBU in Hard Rock Hotel). We eat at Oishii and have tasting OMAKASE! It is soo excellent. Even my wife who is impossible to be pleased loves it! We had duck in apple this is best dish! I highly recommend. This food is creative and better than NY. Maybe student in Boston does not know good food. Experts say food is excellent. A+ recommend.

Pros: Authentic. Decor. Server Knows Food. Quality A+

Cons: None

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At best this sushi establishment is a wannabe of a wannabe Nobu. The absolutely horrible service we received on all of four occasions is by far the worst in boston for such a high-priced place. Staff that try to clear dishes before you are done; waiters who literally forget about you for 45 minutes. You will not find a restaurant in Boston where dinner averages $75 per person with SUCH POOR SERVICE. The service is similar to what you might expect in Chinatown. The sushi is not bad, but it definitely does not live up to the price. If Chef Ting is serious about maintaining a good restaurant, he'd better shape up his staff, b/c this writer does not plan to return and has spent a total of over $1300 at his restaurant.
Sadly, if you want truly good sushi, you have to go to NYC - I know it's hard to believe, but true. Otherwise, better to go to Fugakyu, where at least you don't feel totally ripped-off.
Note: I would be very suspicious of most the reviews - many were likely written by people affiliated with staff .

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★☆☆☆☆

At best this sushi establishment is a wannabe of a wannabe Nobu. The absolutely horrible service we received on all of four occasions is by far the worst in boston for such a high-priced place. Staff that try to clear dishes before you are done; waiters who literally forget about you for 45 minutes. You will not find a restaurant in Boston where dinner averages $75 per person with SUCH POOR SERVICE. The service is similar to what you might expect in Chinatown. The sushi is not bad, but it definitely does not live up to the price. If Chef Ting is serious about maintaining a good restaurant, he'd better shape up his staff, b/c this writer does not plan to return and has spent a total of over $1300 at his restaurant.
Sadly, if you want truly good sushi, you have to go to NYC - I know it's hard to believe, but true. Otherwise, better to go to Fugakyu, where at least you don't feel totally ripped-off.
Note: I would be very suspicious of most the reviews - many were likely written by people affiliated with staff .

Pros: Decor

Cons: Awful service; Ridiculously overpriced; Not Authentically Japanese

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i have been here about 10 times since it has opened after falling in love with oishii in chesnut hill, and I can surely say this is the best sushi I have ever eaten. This is not for the novice, spicytuna roll loving sushi eaters but rather for people who are interested in innovative and amazingly fresh japanese cuisine. The seared hamachi and sudachi roll topped with japanese limes were AMAZING, the sashimi was like nothing ive ever had before, baby hamachi, THREE differents types of tuna toro not to mention salmon and hamachi toro...last week i had their specials ankimo soup"(monkfish liver) which tastes like foie gras and the superfresh uni served in the shell...sweet and creamy. The servers were knowledgable and attentive..this is the best restaurant in boston!!!

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★★★★★

i have been here about 10 times since it has opened after falling in love with oishii in chesnut hill, and I can surely say this is the best sushi I have ever eaten. This is not for the novice, spicytuna roll loving sushi eaters but rather for people who are interested in innovative and amazingly fresh japanese cuisine. The seared hamachi and sudachi roll topped with japanese limes were AMAZING, the sashimi was like nothing ive ever had before, baby hamachi, THREE differents types of tuna toro not to mention salmon and hamachi toro...last week i had their specials ankimo soup"(monkfish liver) which tastes like foie gras and the superfresh uni served in the shell...sweet and creamy. The servers were knowledgable and attentive..this is the best restaurant in boston!!!

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Oh my god your tastebuds will thank you. Even if you are a picky eater you'll love this place. There is more to it than sushi. They have a Grilled Black Cod that makes my mouth water just thinking of it. They also have some pretty unique rolls, and the atmosphere is very nice. Top quality cuts, tightly wrapped sushi, great wait staff. Definately a great place for celebrations, romantic dinners etc.. If you've been to Nobu, This place is almost as good. That's the quality we're talking here. Pricy, but worth it!!!

2
★★★★★

Oh my god your tastebuds will thank you. Even if you are a picky eater you'll love this place. There is more to it than sushi. They have a Grilled Black Cod that makes my mouth water just thinking of it. They also have some pretty unique rolls, and the atmosphere is very nice. Top quality cuts, tightly wrapped sushi, great wait staff. Definately a great place for celebrations, romantic dinners etc.. If you've been to Nobu, This place is almost as good. That's the quality we're talking here. Pricy, but worth it!!!

Pros: Best sushi in Boston

Cons: Sometimes it's hard to park, their parking is 14$

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The place is amazing...ridiculously expensive, but amazing. Make sure you try the spicy tuna handroll!

2
★★★★★

The place is amazing...ridiculously expensive, but amazing. Make sure you try the spicy tuna handroll!

Pros: Food

Cons: price

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Fantastic experience at Oishii Boston. The food was Oishi (delicious), the service was impeccable and friendly, and even my fellow patrons were a delight. Don't let the fabulous list of specialty maki distract you from the ala carte list. Rock shark and mantis shrimp, red and black snapper to name a few! Omakase.....omigoshe.

2
★★★★★

Fantastic experience at Oishii Boston. The food was Oishi (delicious), the service was impeccable and friendly, and even my fellow patrons were a delight. Don't let the fabulous list of specialty maki distract you from the ala carte list. Rock shark and mantis shrimp, red and black snapper to name a few! Omakase.....omigoshe.

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Oishii's spartan decor can make you feel as though your eating in an underground tunnel - almost. But that's the sole complaint. Portions are small on sight but when the meal is over you are so satisfied! Parking can be tough in the South End but kkep circling for a spot. Don't miss this place

2
★★★★★

Oishii's spartan decor can make you feel as though your eating in an underground tunnel - almost. But that's the sole complaint. Portions are small on sight but when the meal is over you are so satisfied! Parking can be tough in the South End but kkep circling for a spot. Don't miss this place

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OUR 6 COURSE OMAKASE (TASTING MENU FOR TWO) WAS EXQUISITE! WE BEGAN WITH BABY HAMACHI AND ELEPHANT GARLIC AND FINISHED WITH GREEN TEA TIRAMISU (SAMPLING FOUR OTHER EQUISITE DISHES IN BETWEEN). I HEARD A RUMOR THAT THIS PLACE IS ACTUALLY OWNED BY A FAMOUS JAPANESE CHEF (ITS HIS FIRST VENTURE IN THE US). THE FOOD WILL CERTAINLY ATTEST TO THAT! THIS PLACE WAS SPLENDID! PERFECTLY INFORMED WAIT STAFF! WE ARE OUT OF TOWNERS BUT WILL VISIT EVERYTIME WE ARE IN TOWN! ARGUABLY BETTER THAN NOBU! (CERTAINLY DIDN'T HAVE THE SNOBBERY) I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHO THE CHEF IS THIS PLACE WAS UNREAL!

2
★★★★★

OUR 6 COURSE OMAKASE (TASTING MENU FOR TWO) WAS EXQUISITE! WE BEGAN WITH BABY HAMACHI AND ELEPHANT GARLIC AND FINISHED WITH GREEN TEA TIRAMISU (SAMPLING FOUR OTHER EQUISITE DISHES IN BETWEEN). I HEARD A RUMOR THAT THIS PLACE IS ACTUALLY OWNED BY A FAMOUS JAPANESE CHEF (ITS HIS FIRST VENTURE IN THE US). THE FOOD WILL CERTAINLY ATTEST TO THAT! THIS PLACE WAS SPLENDID! PERFECTLY INFORMED WAIT STAFF! WE ARE OUT OF TOWNERS BUT WILL VISIT EVERYTIME WE ARE IN TOWN! ARGUABLY BETTER THAN NOBU! (CERTAINLY DIDN'T HAVE THE SNOBBERY) I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHO THE CHEF IS THIS PLACE WAS UNREAL!

Pros: EACH DISH SURPRISES AND EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS!

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My boss treated me to dinner at OISHII Boston as part of a performance incentive. There were 6 in our party, and the service was handled smoothly and efficiently. The food was incredible! We began with a bunch of assorted rolls and hot appetizers: truffles in Sushi, who does that, simply AMAZING! Everyone had very different entrees but I tried at least four different dishes: Black Pepper Pork Chop: INCERDIBLE! Sea Bass in tofu skin: CRISP! Rib Eye: SENSATIONAL stuffed with mushrooms, and an assorted Sashimi basket was INDESCRIBABLE! Overall this place is a must try! My new go to spot to entertain or wow out of towners! Boston needs new and incredibly different places to sustain its culinary diversity! this place is a pioneer and it is well worth paying for!

2
★★★★★

My boss treated me to dinner at OISHII Boston as part of a performance incentive. There were 6 in our party, and the service was handled smoothly and efficiently. The food was incredible! We began with a bunch of assorted rolls and hot appetizers: truffles in Sushi, who does that, simply AMAZING! Everyone had very different entrees but I tried at least four different dishes: Black Pepper Pork Chop: INCERDIBLE! Sea Bass in tofu skin: CRISP! Rib Eye: SENSATIONAL stuffed with mushrooms, and an assorted Sashimi basket was INDESCRIBABLE! Overall this place is a must try! My new go to spot to entertain or wow out of towners! Boston needs new and incredibly different places to sustain its culinary diversity! this place is a pioneer and it is well worth paying for!

Pros: Decor! Perfect Ghost Service! Unique Offerings!

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WE ARE PARTY OF 5 WOULD LIKE TO CELERBRATE OUR FRIEND BIRTHDAY. AND SHE EVER TRY RAW FOOD OR SUSHI BEFORE SO WE WENT TO OISHII (one of our friend recommended) We have no clue what to order since we look at the menu and listen to all specials that our waitstaff told us. We end up try almost everything that she recommended start of with toro tartare serve in ice block, salmon with truffle and gold leaf and also spicy tuna tartare one of the special we really love it. But our birthday girl didn't touch anything. So our waitstaff told her to try grilled black cod in miso sauce she start to like it. Then we order some sushi and sashimi now we let her try some bluefin tuna. First bite kind of hard for us to ford her then after that she try several of our maki (hamachi with truffle, white tiger, rock shrimp, name after you,crispy salmon,the maki, alligator) so she try one of each. She thanks us to bring her here. It was the most wonderful birthday she ever had./ Thank you oishii

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★★★★★

WE ARE PARTY OF 5 WOULD LIKE TO CELERBRATE OUR FRIEND BIRTHDAY. AND SHE EVER TRY RAW FOOD OR SUSHI BEFORE SO WE WENT TO OISHII (one of our friend recommended) We have no clue what to order since we look at the menu and listen to all specials that our waitstaff told us. We end up try almost everything that she recommended start of with toro tartare serve in ice block, salmon with truffle and gold leaf and also spicy tuna tartare one of the special we really love it. But our birthday girl didn't touch anything. So our waitstaff told her to try grilled black cod in miso sauce she start to like it. Then we order some sushi and sashimi now we let her try some bluefin tuna. First bite kind of hard for us to ford her then after that she try several of our maki (hamachi with truffle, white tiger, rock shrimp, name after you,crispy salmon,the maki, alligator) so she try one of each. She thanks us to bring her here. It was the most wonderful birthday she ever had./ Thank you oishii

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I'm a die-hard fan of Oishii Too in Sudbury, so I was excited for a closer, larger, and more chic location. These are in fact the only improvements at this location, and they come at a great expense. The reality is that the food at Oishii Boston does not meet the Oishii standard! It's just not THAT special, and certainly does not justify costing nearly twice as much. I'd like to recommend it to folks who are looking for a really chic place for dinner, and to whom money is no object, but I cannot recommend even under these terms. Here's my story: there were seven in our party, and we had a private room. Our waiter took our order, and then we never saw him again until the bill came. In the mean time, the servers were all over the place. First, they poured soy sauce all over my friend's piece of spicy toro guken ($7/piece!) because he had it sitting in his bowl- they had not brought us plates yet. Three people ordered entrees from the kitchen, and these came out at least 45 min before the sushi was served. Then another server brought some other table's sushi by mistake. It's gets better.... The original server then came and asked if we were all set, and we hadn't been served our sushi!! Hello?!?! Finally, the sushi arrived, and we were underwhelmed. Definitely not worth the price. Then our original waiter showed up to bring us the bill, and upon taking a closer look we realized he brought the wrong bill. And finally, rather than charging $40 to a friend's credit card, they charged $140 (it was later corrected). Yes, it was a circus. The service team was clueless. Although I give good marks for the restaurant design in general, there is apparently some confusion among patrons as to the location of the restrooms, as many strangers stepped into our room before realizing it wasn't the bathroom..... My own bill was $55 w/tip (no alcohol), and I went home hungry.

1
★★☆☆☆

I'm a die-hard fan of Oishii Too in Sudbury, so I was excited for a closer, larger, and more chic location. These are in fact the only improvements at this location, and they come at a great expense. The reality is that the food at Oishii Boston does not meet the Oishii standard! It's just not THAT special, and certainly does not justify costing nearly twice as much. I'd like to recommend it to folks who are looking for a really chic place for dinner, and to whom money is no object, but I cannot recommend even under these terms. Here's my story: there were seven in our party, and we had a private room. Our waiter took our order, and then we never saw him again until the bill came. In the mean time, the servers were all over the place. First, they poured soy sauce all over my friend's piece of spicy toro guken ($7/piece!) because he had it sitting in his bowl- they had not brought us plates yet. Three people ordered entrees from the kitchen, and these came out at least 45 min before the sushi was served. Then another server brought some other table's sushi by mistake. It's gets better.... The original server then came and asked if we were all set, and we hadn't been served our sushi!! Hello?!?! Finally, the sushi arrived, and we were underwhelmed. Definitely not worth the price. Then our original waiter showed up to bring us the bill, and upon taking a closer look we realized he brought the wrong bill. And finally, rather than charging $40 to a friend's credit card, they charged $140 (it was later corrected). Yes, it was a circus. The service team was clueless. Although I give good marks for the restaurant design in general, there is apparently some confusion among patrons as to the location of the restrooms, as many strangers stepped into our room before realizing it wasn't the bathroom..... My own bill was $55 w/tip (no alcohol), and I went home hungry.

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Oishii is terrific! We went for sushi awhile ago and had the most incredible meal. Its definitely pricey, but worth it.

2
★★★★☆

Oishii is terrific! We went for sushi awhile ago and had the most incredible meal. Its definitely pricey, but worth it.

Pros: Delicious food, freebies

Cons: Price

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Is this restaurant a little rediculous with some of the sushi prices? Yes, but it's worth it for the experience. The restaurant is different than anything else in boston, could easily fit in in New York or LA, though a little small. The fish is of excellent quality and there are many delicious makis (like spicy tuna tempura). The appetizers are very small (it would make sense to order about 2 per person) but they are definately not cheap - averaging around $20. The entrees, at least none that we got, stood out as much as the maki or other appetizers (we tried the scallops, tuna pancakes, steamed gyoza). The sea bass, salmon and rib eye were good but not something that will stick out in my mind. The desserts were very good - green tea tirimisu, ginger ice cream, chocolate molten cake. One thing they could've done better was space out dishes more as we shared them all - it is definately a great sharing restaurant. Also there was an issue with the bill that was removed after a slight attitute from the manager (who i didn't even request to talk to, i just assumed they would credit $5 for giving me the wrong sea bass, my bad). Came out to about $90 a head without alcohol. Definately worth checking this place out though if you love japanese food and a nice atmosphere.

2
★★★★☆

Is this restaurant a little rediculous with some of the sushi prices? Yes, but it's worth it for the experience. The restaurant is different than anything else in boston, could easily fit in in New York or LA, though a little small. The fish is of excellent quality and there are many delicious makis (like spicy tuna tempura). The appetizers are very small (it would make sense to order about 2 per person) but they are definately not cheap - averaging around $20. The entrees, at least none that we got, stood out as much as the maki or other appetizers (we tried the scallops, tuna pancakes, steamed gyoza). The sea bass, salmon and rib eye were good but not something that will stick out in my mind. The desserts were very good - green tea tirimisu, ginger ice cream, chocolate molten cake. One thing they could've done better was space out dishes more as we shared them all - it is definately a great sharing restaurant. Also there was an issue with the bill that was removed after a slight attitute from the manager (who i didn't even request to talk to, i just assumed they would credit $5 for giving me the wrong sea bass, my bad). Came out to about $90 a head without alcohol. Definately worth checking this place out though if you love japanese food and a nice atmosphere.

Pros: quality of food, atmosphere

Cons: Rushed at times, expensive

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It was a very nice dining experience: pleasant service (attentive but not intrusive); fresh & delicious sushi, sashimi, maki; and a tasty green tea martini. As other reviewers have said: portions are quite small, and the bill adds up quickly. It is certainly not a good value, but the quality is high.

2
★★★★☆

It was a very nice dining experience: pleasant service (attentive but not intrusive); fresh & delicious sushi, sashimi, maki; and a tasty green tea martini. As other reviewers have said: portions are quite small, and the bill adds up quickly. It is certainly not a good value, but the quality is high.

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We had an amazing four course dinner at Oishii in the South End on Friday. There is no restaurant even remotely resembling it in Boston. The food is like art, and the only things better than the presentation and the quality, are the completely unexpected mix of flavors....A flash-fried tempura tile fish wrapped around a rare japanese grape was an incredible juxtaposition of flavors...The Sashimi is stand-up quality, and I did not expect the Rib-Eye to be as rich and flavorful as it was....Wow....NY quality palace of fish...10 STARS!!!!

2
★★★★★

We had an amazing four course dinner at Oishii in the South End on Friday. There is no restaurant even remotely resembling it in Boston. The food is like art, and the only things better than the presentation and the quality, are the completely unexpected mix of flavors....A flash-fried tempura tile fish wrapped around a rare japanese grape was an incredible juxtaposition of flavors...The Sashimi is stand-up quality, and I did not expect the Rib-Eye to be as rich and flavorful as it was....Wow....NY quality palace of fish...10 STARS!!!!

Pros: Exceptional Fish and Main Course Totally Inventive

Cons: Neophytes won't understand the concept and will blanch at the FAIR prices...

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Sushi has never been abang-for-your-buck type of meal. Oishii Boston takes this to a new level. OUTRAGEOUSLY overpriced!! (rolls average 18-25 dollars) This wouldn't be so terrible if the Sushi really was exceptional, but it's not. It's good, not great. Certainly nice to have space to sit, but I'd rather get takeout from their original Chestnut Hill spot. Prices are more reasonable, and the sashimi is just as fresh with bigger pieces. Don't bother with Boston unless you want to leave a restuarant dissatisfied and hungry.

1
★★★☆☆

Sushi has never been abang-for-your-buck type of meal. Oishii Boston takes this to a new level. OUTRAGEOUSLY overpriced!! (rolls average 18-25 dollars) This wouldn't be so terrible if the Sushi really was exceptional, but it's not. It's good, not great. Certainly nice to have space to sit, but I'd rather get takeout from their original Chestnut Hill spot. Prices are more reasonable, and the sashimi is just as fresh with bigger pieces. Don't bother with Boston unless you want to leave a restuarant dissatisfied and hungry.

Pros: Inventive Rolls

Cons: Way Overpriced, Small portions

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The South Boston location is a much larger and more contemporary space than the teeny Chestnut Hill Oishii. This location strives to be chic with no sign outside the front door, coed bathrooms and dark intimate lighting. The sushi and sashimi, however, are the same. This means the absolute best you can eat in Boston or as good as anywhere in the USA for that matter. There is an extended hot menu at this location as well including noodles and an array of Japanese appetizers.

Prices for the South Boston location appeared to be a bit higher than the Chestnut Hill location.

2
★★★★★

The South Boston location is a much larger and more contemporary space than the teeny Chestnut Hill Oishii. This location strives to be chic with no sign outside the front door, coed bathrooms and dark intimate lighting. The sushi and sashimi, however, are the same. This means the absolute best you can eat in Boston or as good as anywhere in the USA for that matter. There is an extended hot menu at this location as well including noodles and an array of Japanese appetizers.

Prices for the South Boston location appeared to be a bit higher than the Chestnut Hill location.

Pros: Best Sushi and Sashimi

Cons: Pricey

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I HAVE BEEN TO THE CHESTNUT HILL LOCATION AND THEIR SUDBURY LOCATION AND THOUGHT THEY WERE BOTH GREAT.HOWEVER THE NEW SOUTH END RESTAURANT IS NOT AS GOOD. IT IS MORE EXPENSIVE AND THEY SEEM TO BE IN A HURRY TO TAKE YOUR PLATE AWAY.THE SERVICE WAS POOR. I HAVE BEEN TO UNI NEXT TO CLEO ON MASS AVE AND IT IS FAR SUPERIOR. WHEN YOU SPEND OVER $100 FOR DINNER THEY SHOULD CATER TO YOU.THEY DON'T AY OISHI.

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★☆☆☆☆

I HAVE BEEN TO THE CHESTNUT HILL LOCATION AND THEIR SUDBURY LOCATION AND THOUGHT THEY WERE BOTH GREAT.HOWEVER THE NEW SOUTH END RESTAURANT IS NOT AS GOOD. IT IS MORE EXPENSIVE AND THEY SEEM TO BE IN A HURRY TO TAKE YOUR PLATE AWAY.THE SERVICE WAS POOR. I HAVE BEEN TO UNI NEXT TO CLEO ON MASS AVE AND IT IS FAR SUPERIOR. WHEN YOU SPEND OVER $100 FOR DINNER THEY SHOULD CATER TO YOU.THEY DON'T AY OISHI.

Pros: CREATIVE SUSHI

Cons: OVERPRICED POOR SERVICE

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I was very excited to hear that Oishii opened a location in Boston. In terms of location and size, this is certainly an upgrade from the Chestnut Hill Location. The interior design is very chic and modern! The food was exceptional and I savored every flavor such as the Torched Toro roll that was topped with caviar, truffle, and truffle oil! It was divine! Overall the prices were $$$ but well worth every bite! Last but not least - we finished off with the Green Tea Tiramisu! - that was soooo delicious!

2
★★★★★

I was very excited to hear that Oishii opened a location in Boston. In terms of location and size, this is certainly an upgrade from the Chestnut Hill Location. The interior design is very chic and modern! The food was exceptional and I savored every flavor such as the Torched Toro roll that was topped with caviar, truffle, and truffle oil! It was divine! Overall the prices were $$$ but well worth every bite! Last but not least - we finished off with the Green Tea Tiramisu! - that was soooo delicious!

Pros: Great to bring a date, special occassion

Cons: Don't go here if you're on a budget because there's soo much to try!

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Exquisite! Exceptional! Totally Unique! We ate at the new Oishii location in the South End after hearing a friend compare it to NOBU and MASA in NY. We split time between Boston and NY so we were hoping to find a place to enjoy top notch Japanese Sushi in town. This place blew us away. I had the Madai Appetizer with a Pomegranite Spritzer, followed by the Jumbo Shrimp sheathed in intertwined cucumber. Both dishes were exceptional. Another member of our party had one of the UDON bowls, and we split a bottle of sake...This place is truly unique in Boston. The interior decor is minimalist NEW ASIAN, and really tastefully designed. It is not, however for the unitiated. It is not an average sushi bar, it really is a testament to ultra-fine (read money is not an object) quality Sushi dining. It is an A+ dining experience and should not be missed, but only for the connoisuer. There are plenty of sushi places in Boston that offer adequate rolls. There is only one place i would consider going for NY caliber ultra-fine Japanese dining. Let's face it, Sushi is not for everyone, and experimental high caliber Sushi has an even smaller audience. This place knocks the cover off the ball for those who are in the know.

2
★★★★★

Exquisite! Exceptional! Totally Unique! We ate at the new Oishii location in the South End after hearing a friend compare it to NOBU and MASA in NY. We split time between Boston and NY so we were hoping to find a place to enjoy top notch Japanese Sushi in town. This place blew us away. I had the Madai Appetizer with a Pomegranite Spritzer, followed by the Jumbo Shrimp sheathed in intertwined cucumber. Both dishes were exceptional. Another member of our party had one of the UDON bowls, and we split a bottle of sake...This place is truly unique in Boston. The interior decor is minimalist NEW ASIAN, and really tastefully designed. It is not, however for the unitiated. It is not an average sushi bar, it really is a testament to ultra-fine (read money is not an object) quality Sushi dining. It is an A+ dining experience and should not be missed, but only for the connoisuer. There are plenty of sushi places in Boston that offer adequate rolls. There is only one place i would consider going for NY caliber ultra-fine Japanese dining. Let's face it, Sushi is not for everyone, and experimental high caliber Sushi has an even smaller audience. This place knocks the cover off the ball for those who are in the know.

Pros: Closely resembles NOBU and MASA in NY, But Better!

Cons: None...

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I was looking forward to trying this new restaurant because of the stellar reviews for its old location. Although the rolls were more creative than other Japanese restaurants in Boston, I'm not sure that they were so spectacular as to justify the price (most rolls were ~$17 or more). We ordered some cooked appetizers and tempura and it was HORRIBLE. It was the worst tempura I've ever had in an upscale restaurant; even the batter was not authentic tempura batter. Just fried food alone does not equal tempura.

If you're looking for a trendy atmosphere and are willing to pay the price, despite the restaurant's location on the seedier end of Washington St., then give this place a chance. Otherwise, stick to Douzo or Osushi.

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★★★☆☆

I was looking forward to trying this new restaurant because of the stellar reviews for its old location. Although the rolls were more creative than other Japanese restaurants in Boston, I'm not sure that they were so spectacular as to justify the price (most rolls were ~$17 or more). We ordered some cooked appetizers and tempura and it was HORRIBLE. It was the worst tempura I've ever had in an upscale restaurant; even the batter was not authentic tempura batter. Just fried food alone does not equal tempura.

If you're looking for a trendy atmosphere and are willing to pay the price, despite the restaurant's location on the seedier end of Washington St., then give this place a chance. Otherwise, stick to Douzo or Osushi.

Pros: trendy atmosphere, great service

Cons: terrible cooked food, high prices

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i went to oishii boston one night because my friend told me it's good there. i went there with my gf and we both like it. it's different from ALL the sushi restaurant in boston. we spend 250 for two ppl, it expensive but i got what i pay for because everything taste good. i was actually surprise it's not like another "sushi restaurant" in boston and serve the same kind of sushi (california roll, spicy tuna roll......etc). i guess many ppl agree that a lot of sushi restaurant serve similar items right? i would recommend oishii boston to my friends for any special occasions, since the atmosphere is nice and the food is delicious. decoration is not my favorite though.....the ceiling doesn't look very attractive, but everything else looks good. i like the lounge area but i think they should put a plasma there...anyway. enjoy the food there because you will not be disappointed.

2
★★★★★

i went to oishii boston one night because my friend told me it's good there. i went there with my gf and we both like it. it's different from ALL the sushi restaurant in boston. we spend 250 for two ppl, it expensive but i got what i pay for because everything taste good. i was actually surprise it's not like another "sushi restaurant" in boston and serve the same kind of sushi (california roll, spicy tuna roll......etc). i guess many ppl agree that a lot of sushi restaurant serve similar items right? i would recommend oishii boston to my friends for any special occasions, since the atmosphere is nice and the food is delicious. decoration is not my favorite though.....the ceiling doesn't look very attractive, but everything else looks good. i like the lounge area but i think they should put a plasma there...anyway. enjoy the food there because you will not be disappointed.

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

Cons: decor, design

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From the impressive entrance, to the masterful dishes, this place is a winner. I highly recommed trying the black pepper pork chop, easily one of the most intriguing and tasty dishes I have ever had!

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★★★★★

From the impressive entrance, to the masterful dishes, this place is a winner. I highly recommed trying the black pepper pork chop, easily one of the most intriguing and tasty dishes I have ever had!

Pros: Tuna Appetizer, Awesome Decor

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Oishii Boston is the gold standard for innovative food in Boston. Departing dramatically from run of the mill Sushi Bars, their food is a tier above, using truffles, gold leaf, and bar none the highest quality fish available. If you like California Rolls and Tuna Maki, head to their casual Chestnut hill location. If instead, you are looking for a restaurant where each dish is a culinary landmark, head to this South End hotspot, replete with decorative two story waterfall, and cutlery fit for a Japanese emperor. My 5-Course Dinner cost me $100; About ? the price of the Japanese Uber-Temples of NY or Philly. It featured a refreshing cold eggplant soup laced with California Uni, and an exceptional tuna tartare with fresh ginger. These two light appetizers were followed by 3 knock-out examples of show quality preparation. A baby hamachi, thinly sliced and topped with elephant garlic, olive oil and a few other accoutrements was sigh inspiring, a seared sockeye salmon with truffle butter was an exquisite little gem, and my Sashimi of Super White Tuna and Ama-Ebi (Sweet Shrimp) was perfectly chilled, served atop a platter of ice. The grapefruit granite for dessert was a perfect finish. The atmosphere and service were exquisite, the interior is an exceptional use of space. Oishii Boston is guaranteed to be a culinary sensation, it is to Japanese what LEspalier is to Boston French. If you're not afraid to pay for unique greatness, Oishii Boston is your spot. Go now before you have to wait weeks for a reservation as this place is going to be a monster success.

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★★★★★

Oishii Boston is the gold standard for innovative food in Boston. Departing dramatically from run of the mill Sushi Bars, their food is a tier above, using truffles, gold leaf, and bar none the highest quality fish available. If you like California Rolls and Tuna Maki, head to their casual Chestnut hill location. If instead, you are looking for a restaurant where each dish is a culinary landmark, head to this South End hotspot, replete with decorative two story waterfall, and cutlery fit for a Japanese emperor. My 5-Course Dinner cost me $100; About ? the price of the Japanese Uber-Temples of NY or Philly. It featured a refreshing cold eggplant soup laced with California Uni, and an exceptional tuna tartare with fresh ginger. These two light appetizers were followed by 3 knock-out examples of show quality preparation. A baby hamachi, thinly sliced and topped with elephant garlic, olive oil and a few other accoutrements was sigh inspiring, a seared sockeye salmon with truffle butter was an exquisite little gem, and my Sashimi of Super White Tuna and Ama-Ebi (Sweet Shrimp) was perfectly chilled, served atop a platter of ice. The grapefruit granite for dessert was a perfect finish. The atmosphere and service were exquisite, the interior is an exceptional use of space. Oishii Boston is guaranteed to be a culinary sensation, it is to Japanese what LEspalier is to Boston French. If you're not afraid to pay for unique greatness, Oishii Boston is your spot. Go now before you have to wait weeks for a reservation as this place is going to be a monster success.

Pros: Food, Interior Decor, Service Quality

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I opened this account just to write this review, the food was that good! My wife and I ate at this new restaurant in the South End last night, Oishii. We had heard that it was a new take on Sushi, a more upscale version. This place rocked our world! First of all, the place is gorgeous...Very rich looking in this minimal asian way, even the plates look rich. I have liked Sushi for a long time but I have never had anything like these awesome dishes! Its like going to Number Nine Park for japanese food! Creative and delicious every dish was like art! Regular sushi will never be the same! This place is like something from NY or San Francisco with its intricate and complex menu of hard to find fresh fish! For the exotic nature of the place I didn't mind paying prices in line with ultra-fine dining! This place is one of a kind. A must go-to for the Sushii (or interior Decor) Connoisuer.

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★★★★★

I opened this account just to write this review, the food was that good! My wife and I ate at this new restaurant in the South End last night, Oishii. We had heard that it was a new take on Sushi, a more upscale version. This place rocked our world! First of all, the place is gorgeous...Very rich looking in this minimal asian way, even the plates look rich. I have liked Sushi for a long time but I have never had anything like these awesome dishes! Its like going to Number Nine Park for japanese food! Creative and delicious every dish was like art! Regular sushi will never be the same! This place is like something from NY or San Francisco with its intricate and complex menu of hard to find fresh fish! For the exotic nature of the place I didn't mind paying prices in line with ultra-fine dining! This place is one of a kind. A must go-to for the Sushii (or interior Decor) Connoisuer.

Pros: Ambience, Parking, Service

Cons: Wish I could go every night, but can't afford it!

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After the Chronicle television review on the best sushi in boston yesterday, I had to try it. It was so good! The atmosphere was very modern and beautiful. The lobster I had was so tender and juicy with grilled pineapple in a tangy yuzu. The dinner was so light and healthy, however surprisingly full of flavor. If you want to get full, go to a burger joint. If you want to taste the most innovative food I've tasted in a long time, definately go to Oishii Boston.

2
★★★★★

After the Chronicle television review on the best sushi in boston yesterday, I had to try it. It was so good! The atmosphere was very modern and beautiful. The lobster I had was so tender and juicy with grilled pineapple in a tangy yuzu. The dinner was so light and healthy, however surprisingly full of flavor. If you want to get full, go to a burger joint. If you want to taste the most innovative food I've tasted in a long time, definately go to Oishii Boston.

Pros: food, decor, sake bar

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I've been waiting for this SE location for a year because it's close to where I live. I finally got a chance to go there today, and I was amaaaaaaazed by their foods!!!!!!!!! Especially the presentation of the foods. You can't find this kinda sushi restaurant unless you take some times driving down to NYC. I kinda agree with some other comments that the price of this location wasn't affordable at all. Still, I think it's the best place in Boston to go for the special occasions.

2
★★★★★

I've been waiting for this SE location for a year because it's close to where I live. I finally got a chance to go there today, and I was amaaaaaaazed by their foods!!!!!!!!! Especially the presentation of the foods. You can't find this kinda sushi restaurant unless you take some times driving down to NYC. I kinda agree with some other comments that the price of this location wasn't affordable at all. Still, I think it's the best place in Boston to go for the special occasions.

Pros: Visual presentation

Cons: Price........

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Even though the price there is not "that" friendly, I still feel worthy! I highly recommend this one for special occasion to all the sushi lover! The quality of food, the service, and atmosphere.... everything there just lighted up my night. The bill was kind of big, so what? There is nothing wrong to buy myself a treat!

2
★★★★★

Even though the price there is not "that" friendly, I still feel worthy! I highly recommend this one for special occasion to all the sushi lover! The quality of food, the service, and atmosphere.... everything there just lighted up my night. The bill was kind of big, so what? There is nothing wrong to buy myself a treat!

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The food was okay, but our bill was so high! It was close to $100 for two and we were still hungry after the dinner. Average quality sushi shouldn't be that expensive. We should have gone to Ginza...... I don't think I will go back.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food was okay, but our bill was so high! It was close to $100 for two and we were still hungry after the dinner. Average quality sushi shouldn't be that expensive. We should have gone to Ginza...... I don't think I will go back.

Pros: interior

Cons: price

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I ate at the new restaurant that Oishii just opened in the South End with two of my friends and we really liked the decor inside but when we opened the menu, we had no idea how we were going to afford the prices :((( I had eaten a few times at the other Oishii restaurants in Brookline and the food was always good but I don't remember the prices being nearly as high. As a result, I selectively chose a few dishes (much much less than I normally order) and the bill still was really expensive - plus I was still hungry. The food was good though, about what I expected so that was nice but there are so many excellent restaurants in the South End to choose from that I probably will not return. Next time I'll just hop in my car and head to Brookline for the old, cramped sushi bar experience that I used to enjoy.

1
★★☆☆☆

I ate at the new restaurant that Oishii just opened in the South End with two of my friends and we really liked the decor inside but when we opened the menu, we had no idea how we were going to afford the prices :((( I had eaten a few times at the other Oishii restaurants in Brookline and the food was always good but I don't remember the prices being nearly as high. As a result, I selectively chose a few dishes (much much less than I normally order) and the bill still was really expensive - plus I was still hungry. The food was good though, about what I expected so that was nice but there are so many excellent restaurants in the South End to choose from that I probably will not return. Next time I'll just hop in my car and head to Brookline for the old, cramped sushi bar experience that I used to enjoy.

Pros: Interior

Cons: Price

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My girlfriend and I have been long time supporters of the Oishii chains in Chestnut Hill and Sudbury. That excitement ended abruptly with our first order from the South End store, a takeout order. We will NEVER go back. First off, my order took 20 minutes to place because no one knew the menu (Customer Creations, what are those?). I thought, "hmm, must be growing pains, everything will be okay". Then I placed my order only to learn that the prices had increased which did not dawn on me until I got my itemized bill. The prices are more more than the top sushi restaurants in NYC (Nobu) and Philly (Morimotos). For example, Rachels sushi is $7 for two pieces at the Chestnut Hill ("CH") restaurant, in South End ("SE") it is $13 for two pieces (thats $7.5 for scallop on a bed of rice with a lemon wedge). Oishii SE reinvented sashimi as only 2 pieces of fish, although it means 3 pieces at every other restaurant including their other stores. Salmon sashimi costs $7 for 2 pieces of fish. What?? Spicy Crispy Toro Gunkan - $3.5 per piece at the CH store, $7 PER piece in the SE. Jeffreys Maki - $9 at CH store, $13 in SE. The WORST part is that the quality has dropped. In the restaurant business they say food & price are everything. Oishii doubled the prices and cut the quality in half. I spent $80 for 21 pieces of sushi (I counted). I then called the South End store to check if a mistake had been made and was told only that the prices had gone up. Huh? I never write reviews but I created an account just to write this. I love great cuisine and don't mind spending money but this is outrageous. If you are smart, you will follow my advice - go to the Sud or CH stores OR never go back to any Oishii. I believe that Oishii's chefs make some of the best sushi in Boston - they just made a HUGE mistake with the SE store. One positive, the inside looks nice. I guess that's cool???

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I have been long time supporters of the Oishii chains in Chestnut Hill and Sudbury. That excitement ended abruptly with our first order from the South End store, a takeout order. We will NEVER go back. First off, my order took 20 minutes to place because no one knew the menu (Customer Creations, what are those?). I thought, "hmm, must be growing pains, everything will be okay". Then I placed my order only to learn that the prices had increased which did not dawn on me until I got my itemized bill. The prices are more more than the top sushi restaurants in NYC (Nobu) and Philly (Morimotos). For example, Rachels sushi is $7 for two pieces at the Chestnut Hill ("CH") restaurant, in South End ("SE") it is $13 for two pieces (thats $7.5 for scallop on a bed of rice with a lemon wedge). Oishii SE reinvented sashimi as only 2 pieces of fish, although it means 3 pieces at every other restaurant including their other stores. Salmon sashimi costs $7 for 2 pieces of fish. What?? Spicy Crispy Toro Gunkan - $3.5 per piece at the CH store, $7 PER piece in the SE. Jeffreys Maki - $9 at CH store, $13 in SE. The WORST part is that the quality has dropped. In the restaurant business they say food & price are everything. Oishii doubled the prices and cut the quality in half. I spent $80 for 21 pieces of sushi (I counted). I then called the South End store to check if a mistake had been made and was told only that the prices had gone up. Huh? I never write reviews but I created an account just to write this. I love great cuisine and don't mind spending money but this is outrageous. If you are smart, you will follow my advice - go to the Sud or CH stores OR never go back to any Oishii. I believe that Oishii's chefs make some of the best sushi in Boston - they just made a HUGE mistake with the SE store. One positive, the inside looks nice. I guess that's cool???

Cons: Price, Price, Quality

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We visited today because it was my anniversary. My husband knows I love Sushi so he took me to this new place that just open for 4 days.
As I walked in the place the hostess greeted me with a warm smile, and I walk in the hallway to the dinning room, I hear and saw the water fall with water dripping to a pond on the lower floor. It feels so good to see the big water structure like that in the restaurant. It just relaxed me instantly. Especially with the heat wave we had in Boston.
The food, Service, Yum! It was most greatest experience I ever had. I don't have to go to NYC anymore. It's like youre in SOHO. But you are only in SOWA.

2
★★★★★

We visited today because it was my anniversary. My husband knows I love Sushi so he took me to this new place that just open for 4 days.
As I walked in the place the hostess greeted me with a warm smile, and I walk in the hallway to the dinning room, I hear and saw the water fall with water dripping to a pond on the lower floor. It feels so good to see the big water structure like that in the restaurant. It just relaxed me instantly. Especially with the heat wave we had in Boston.
The food, Service, Yum! It was most greatest experience I ever had. I don't have to go to NYC anymore. It's like youre in SOHO. But you are only in SOWA.

Pros: Ambience, Food, Service

Cons: Parking, Value

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Though this handsome South End sushi spot is affiliated with its Chestnut Hill namesake, loyal fans of the latter should keep in mind that not all siblings are identical twins. Branch number three (there's also one in Sudbury) is larger,…

 

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