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“Good food, friendly service”

Ota-ya Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #37 of 84 Restaurants in Newtown
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Although we have lived in the area for several decades, this was our first visit to Ota-Ya. When we arrived at its off-the-beaten-track location last Saturday evening, we discovered that it was smaller than we expected and quite busy. However, we did manage to get the last available table. The manager was friendly and engaging, and she promptly made sure we were attended to.

Apparently from other reviews, many locals come for the sushi; however, we ordered a tempura (Chicken & Vegetable) and two udon (Nabeyaki and Yaki) entrees. While we were waiting for our meals, the manager came over and talk with us for several minutes, despite the restaurant being quite busy. Soup and salad were tasty, though I thought they could have been a bit less salty. The main courses soon arrived, hot and very tasty. Portions were larger than at most Asian restaurants in the region at which we have eaten. For example, the tempura entree included six large pieces of chicken and six vegetables.though I did not partake of the udons, both of my companions were very pleased with their choices.

Though quite full after the main meal, the manager convinced us to share what was a a large serving of tempura green tea ice cream. We liked the ice cream itself but In hindsight, given the size of our meal, I think we would have been happier with a scoop of plain green tea ice cream.

We plan on returning to Ota-Ya in the future. Both from reading other reviews and our own experience we will plan on going on nights when it is less busy or else make advanced reservations.

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Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

I went here with a friend in the beginning of December on a Tuesday night. We ordered a couple of special rolls, and to our surprise, we had the best sushi ever! The fish was so fresh, and there was a lot of it, with very little rice (brown rice, too!). The pieces were so big that we couldn't even fit them in our mouths. Fast forward to a Friday night two weeks later, and our sushi favorites became a huge disappointment. They kept bringing the wrong rolls and didn't ever bring our edemame - we ended up just eating what they finally brought to us, even though we hadn't ordered it, because we were starving. The rolls we are were almost all white rice, and we couldn't even taste or find any fish. The pieces were tiny, too. We asked if the chef had changed, but he hadn't. One of the owners told us that it gets so busy on weekends that the chef was probably in a rush. She told us to remind them to use very little rice in our rolls, and it should help. I am still going to frequent this restaurant, but it probably won't be during the weekend. Beware!

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Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

I returned to Ota Ya after nearly 10 years of living away from Bucks County. OTa Ya still has the freshest sushi. It is tasty and refreshing. We ended up getting take out and I wish we had ordered more. Love it!

Thank richard e
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Reviewed 7 May 2016

From the moment we step inside, we feel like we are visiting family. We are greeted with a smile, and shown to our table. Fair warning - Friday nights are VERY busy with lots of regulars. Be sure to make a reservation or get there before 7p.m. The wasabi dressing on the garden salad is amazing. The Veggie Tempura is light, not greasy. And of course the sushi. Delicious. It is BYOB, they will happily uncork for you. And save room for dessert, complimentary orange and pineapple dish. One last thing - everything is made fresh, so have some patience. It's a small restaurant with one overflow room. I can tell the staff is running to keep everyone happy.

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Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

Best sushi around by far. It is not a fancy place but their sushi is absolutely terrific. I recommend the spicy tuna pizza to start. The spicy rock roll is on their special menu and is the best. Friday nights are very busy so expect a wait. They also do take out. We go or take out at least once a week.

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