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Ostra Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://ostraboston.com
  • Phone: (617) 421-1200
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:30pm -10:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm-9:30pm
    Bar/Lounge: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm-11:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Mitchell Randall
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stuart Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer Valet Parking beginning at 5:00pm for $17.00 per car. Valet is located at the front entrance of the restaurant.
A word from Ostra
A Contemporary Mediterranean Restaurant featuring both innovative & classic preparations of the finest seafood available globally. The dining room at Ostra evokes a sense of style and sophistication in a comfortable and inviting setting. Ostra also offers a fine bar and lounge area featuring live piano entertainment. Ostra's private dining room accommodates up to 42 seated and 70 for a cocktail reception. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "This was a terrific dinner. I and a colleague split the Branzino for two. Absolutely remarkable. It takes 40 min, which worried me for a who baked fish, but it was light, moist and absolutely remarkable. The grilled octopus app was a good amount of octopus (usually it isn't enough), but it had slightly too much olive oil, so I'd put it down one notch as just very good. The warm chocolate cake dessert went back up to compete with the best that I've had in this category. Overall, it was a terrific dinner."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "List is okay, not great and the prices are very high."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "When we first arrived we noticed the beautiful dining room. We were especially taken by the photography by Pail Roscoe....stunning ! This was matched equally by our delicious food and warm attentive service by Chris. The food is incredibly fresh and perfectly prepared . Thanks for a great night"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have been to many fine restaurants in Boston and this is 5 star! The food and service is outstanding. The waiter was personable and checked in with us after each course. The evening was topped off with listening to the incredible piano performance by Misha in the bar area and a surprise dessert in celebration of our anniversary. Over the top! We will be back!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had a dinner here on my birthday - was very happy! Food, wine, service - all great, we had a wonderful time!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "it was ok - just not great. Room was very loud and waiter was inexperienced. Food was good but better options available for the price."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This was the first time we visited Ostra and we will definitely be back! The food was excellent, the service very friendly and fast, and the restaurant ambience very pleasant. The only minor complaint I have is that, even though we were a party of three, we sat in a small table more appropriate for a party of two. The restaurant was full, so I imagine that was the only table they had available, but it was a bit crowded once they brought the bread and wine. However, the rest of the experience was so good that the problem with the table size was quickly forgotten."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "2nd time there, the food is stunning and the service is perfect, attentive without being intrusive. Noise level in the dining area is high."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This is what fine dinning looks like. Yes, prices are high, but its worth every penny. Our waiter was probably one of the kindest and most professional waiter I've ever delved with."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "First visit to the place. Proximity to the hotel as well as very favorable reviews prompted the reservation. Overall, outstanding dining experience. Great ambiance. Place was quiet despite being occupied @ 70-80% on a Sunday evening. Food was simply great. Very fresh seafood. Tuna carpaccio, hamachi, oysters were all very fresh and well prepared. Sea bream was very well executed, with just enough of sides to complement it. Just a right amount of food on the plate. Blueberry tart with corn ice cream and especially trio of sorbets were pure fun on a palate. Very successful flavor combos on sorbets. Excellent restaurant. Well worth a visit. Will be back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This was our first visit, and we will definitely return! Both the food and service were outstanding, and the decor was a nice improvement over the previous tenant of that space, it made the restaurant feel much roomer. The paella and salt cured lemon grilled branzino are musts, and there's so much more to try on the next visit."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Service was good too. Only tried seafood."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This is one of the best seafood restaurants in Boston. Great decor, amazing service, and remarkable food."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Creative and attractively presented food in a beautiful room made for a memorable evening. We tried smoked salmon appetizer which arrives under a little dome that releases the smoke when it's lifted--a delightful presentation; also hamachi which was flavorful and a bit spicy. For main dishes we split the salt-crusted bandino for two--it was tender, moist, and delicious. Desserts were the two chocolate offerings which were rich and excellent, accompanied by cappuccinos. Service was outstanding--knowledgeable and friendly. Prices are high, and there aren't many reasonably priced wines on the wine list. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Went to Ostra for dinner. The place is gorgeous in a New York sort of way, unbelievable ambience! The service was lovely, although the food took took long. The food itself was less impressive, especially considering the astronomical prices. The salmon tartar was fairly tasteless except for the caviar on top, so was the bread which seemed underbaked. My salmon entree was tasteless as well, although the fish quality was very good. My date's sword fish was delicious, he said. So, I don't think I would go there again, but it was certainly an interesting experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I don't often order fish, but this was special. A whole fish covered in salt and baked (for 2), outstanding! Ambience - I loved the decor, the lighting, the whole thing. Service - The service was good Value - My only complaint is the value on the portions. The appetizers and first course portions were very small. The portion on the wine was embarrassing. I asked the server and his reply was weak (3oz. to 4 oz. pour), he stated that mine was closer to 3oz and my wives closer to 4oz., what?"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The room is gorgeous, even down to the plates, cutlery and espresso cups. The service is impeccable. The staff is knowledgeable and there exactly when you need them and the meal is served at a lovely pace. But most importantly the food is delicious. The expert preparation uses interesting ingredients that always allow the fresh seafood to be the shining ingredient. One note - the cost of valet parking is (with tip) about the same as the garage across the street and much easier."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Ostra and we had a great experience both times. The food is outstanding. It cAn get a bit loud, as it is a big open space, but I would defrinitely recommend."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We had a very nice time, our server was knowledgeable and very personable. The octopus app was truly outstanding. The lobster gnocchetti, sea bream, and paella were all very good. The hazelnut chocolate cremeux and parfait with local strawberries were a wonderful finish to a great evening. Would definitely recommend for celebrating a special occasion or a splurge."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "seafood with a lofty price but great quality. It is too bad thta the price gets elevated just to make a quality piece of fish look more attractive."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The chef is like a maestro of symphony. He blended flavors together in a unique way that only a true artist could do. We are foodies and have an opportunity to eat in many high end restaurants all over US. This was one of the best experiences we have ever had. We started with three different appetizers: salmon tartar smoked under a dome (amazing!!!), tuna tartar with mushrooms (very good), grilled octopus (little salty). We decided on the signature dish as our shared entree, salt crusted baked Bronzino. We had never had anything like it and it was out of this world. One of the servers is a level 1 sommelier and he guided us to a great new Italian wine. The service and food were outstanding."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The dishes are creative, flavorful and unique...everyone at the table enjoyed their meal and we'll definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "outstanding food and great service. This is a special place and I highly recommend it. Order some apps with your dinner. Super"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We chose Ostra because we were looking to have a nice dinner prior to seeing a show in the theatre district. I'd been to Mistral before and Ostra looked interesting. The service was outstanding. Stephen, our server, started the evening off right by asking what our plans were for the evening to make sure that he timed our meal well (so as not to be late for the show). He recommended a great wine for our meal and the food was outstanding. We started with oysters on the half shell (2 of each), I had the beet salad (amazing), my son had the swordfish and my 5-year-old daughter had the calamari. The desserts, all of which were paired with homemade ice cream, were also fantastic. I recommend the blueberry tart or the rice pudding brule."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food here was wonderful! My husband and I enjoyed the calamari to start, I ordered the salmon with a side of truffle fries and he had the seafood paella. We loved everything and the service was very good, as well. The seating was a little close together along the wall, but we were seated just as the table next to us was wrapping up and the table did not fill again until we were about done. I highly recommend this place for a romantic night out for two!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Another smash hit from this group! This restaurant was superb in every way. The decor is striking and very unusual. The staff is extremely friendly, efficient and knowledgeable, and relating with everyone was very comfortable. The food was innovative, perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious, starting with the potato wrapped bread to the kale with Caesar dressing (best Caesar I've had in years), to the Sea Bream, to a delightfully gooey chocolate dessert. This was my first experience with sea bream, and it won't be my last - it may have been the best fish I've ever had the pleasure to eat!!! You cannot go wrong with your experience at Ostra"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This is some of the best fish in Boston. Imaginative and well presented. Everyone enjoyed their dinners. I've had the steak on a prior occasion and found it also very good. A bit pricey but for special occasions or business quite a nice place."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Ostra was a huge disappointment. For a restaurant billed as Boston's answer to Le Bernadin, I can say this restaurant doesn't come close (I dined at Le Bernadin recently). The service is average, the ambiance is anything but refined and the food variable. The seafood in my wife's pallela was overcooked, although I must say my halibut was delicious. Desert was tasty (rhubarb tart and Thai rice pudding brulee). The hamachi appetizer was tasty, but I had to ask for a spoon to scoop up the broth. I was surprised by the absence of a tasitng menu. The wine list is rather pricey--one needed to search for good wines under $100. There was also the sense of being rushed through dinner. OVerall, not worth the price."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Bronzino for 2 for incredible!! The beet app was amazing as well."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We took our good friends to Ostra because we love Mistral and learned that this was a sister restaurant. The four of us absolutely loved everything about the place. The food was fantastic, the martinis were perfection, the service was excellent, we loved the dining experience. Our waiter was great and the rest of the staff was attentive. We would go there again anytime."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was good but service was average. Understaffed on a Friday evening."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Ostra was a beautiful restaurant with excellent service and amazing food. The portion size was very small for the price however."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • " I think this is the first "rate my experience" that I have given five stars to. The food was fantastic the waitstaff great & atmosphere beautiful. We started with Oysters, Hamachi, Yellow Tail Tartar and Grilled Octopus and they all were delicious and not huge appetizers. For dinner I had the Halibut and My husband had the Beream again they were fantastic. The other couple in our party had the Bronzino salt encrusted fish which was for two and needed 40min to cook. The presentation of this fish was beautiful and served at the table. It was FANTASTIC. We returned for dessert which again was delicious. Highly recommend this Resturant. We will be returning!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I hosted my in-laws and family from out of town for a celebration here and the service and food were both excellent. I goofed and made the reservation for the wrong week, didn't realize it until 15 minutes before I thought I had made it. The staff was very helpful and accommodating and shifting things around to fit us. The food was excellent. The vibe was great, but a bit more trendy/noisey than perhaps my in laws were used to. Oh well, they got to enjoy/experience a vibrant, contemporary fine dining experience. Would definitely recommend this place as a date spot."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Not your usual choices for seafood, a delightful range of options. The grilled branzino was superb and that old standby, salmon, was "the best I've ever had". The desserts were just as awesome."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "That atmosphere was amazing and the service was warming and welcoming as well as very helpful. I was able to taste a few great wines as well as the lobster being absolutely mouth watering."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I took my wife on a Saturday night date to Ostra. We had a drink in the piano lounge where the seating was great, the piano player terrific and the martinis ice cold. We had a great table in a niche banquette (of which there were several) and although seated against the back wall, I did not have to face the wall. The service was a perfect balance of total attentiveness falling blessedly short of intrusiveness. The manager stopped by the lounge to welcome us and during dinner to check on us, like we were regulars (but it was our first visit to Ostra!). The star of the show is the food, again a perfect balance of freshness and inventiveness that avoided crossing into overblown weirdness. Ostra is our new favorite restaurant in Boston."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Absolutely loved everything about this restaurant. Service was terrific. Thank you Jorge good job! Seafood dishes were superb. Loved the potato/onion bread. Someone was thinking outside the box. Must try if you are in the area.."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Outstanding service from an extremely helpful, cordial and knowledgeable waitstaff. Sea bass tartare was phenomenal and the gnochetti was incredible. The potato bread with butter and dipping sauce was great as well. My girlfriend had the halibut which was very tasty. I ordered the Paella which was at first overcooked. However, our server brought it back to the kitchen and brought me out a new plateful which was delicious. Very exceptional service the whole meal and great suggestions from the waiter. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It doesn't get any better than Ostra..... Four people for dinner, four 5 star dinners. Extensive wine list, wines a tad overpriced, but, your in Boston."
    Dined on 6/6/2014