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Oishii Boston

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(49 Reviews)

1166 Washington St Ste 110, Boston, MA 02118

(617) 482-8868

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Hours

Regular Hours

MonClosed

Payment method
amex, visa, master card, cash, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$$$
Neighborhoods
South End, Harrison Lenox
Categories
Japanese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Caterers, Sushi Bars, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Caterers, Sushi

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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KatieBussian

10/17/2008

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Mickey?

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?

Qbert74

07/20/2008

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Japanese cuisine has lost its way in Boston

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.

Jillbradshaw

06/21/2008

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Rip off, who do they think they are?

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

lynnzamanian

06/16/2008

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Over priced pretentious fish shack

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

freewilly7

04/12/2008

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totally disappointed

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.
:)

sgourmandp

02/03/2008

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Best Sushi in Boston

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.

nolan1

11/18/2007

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Awful Customer Service

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.

smcnally2003

10/10/2007

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GET GREAT SUSHI IN BOSTON

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.

nyerbostonlover

07/23/2007

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nice atmosphere, nice set up, wide sake menu, fresh sushi, entrees need tweeking.

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,

pieface

07/16/2007

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Highly Suspect

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.

mitchfishgold

06/29/2007

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Truly Outstanding!

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.

kimberlyf

06/20/2007

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Great food, but service was poor and left us feeling unfulfilled

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.

globalfoodie

05/24/2007

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Don't eat the Kobe Beef

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.

jillianboston

02/06/2007

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Serious Sushi

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.

chanteuse88

01/28/2007

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Great Service and Amazing Sushi!!!

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!!

eleventh

12/29/2006

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Solid Creative sushi, but Bad customer service

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.

billlau

12/21/2006

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Completely Impressive. Better than Tourist Traps in NY.

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.

neustudent2004

12/17/2006

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SHAMEFUL SERVICE; WAY OVERPRICED

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 .

jessabella617

12/14/2006

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best INNOVATIVE sushi/japanese cuisine in boston!!!

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!!!

begonias412

11/27/2006

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Best Sushi In Town

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!!!

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