Boston >Food & Dining > Oishii Boston
1166 Washington St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.343030 -71.066796
Lunch hours: Tue - Sat, noon - 3pm; Sun, 1pm - 5pm. Dinner hours: Tue - Sat, 5:30pm - midnight; Sun, 5:30pm - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Harrison Lenox, South End
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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 .
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!!!
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