Ostra
Ostra

Ostra

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://ostraboston.com/
  • Phone: 6174211200x
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Ostra reviews from OpenTable diners
233 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (162)fit for foodies (159)romantic (103)notable wine list (78)hot spot (66)good for groups (41)neighborhood gem (33)vibrant bar scene (30)late-night find (11)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Fantastic food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I visited Boston on our East Coast trip. We stayed at the Revere just across the street. In browsing the neighborhood for a good dining experience that included lobster, we picked Ostra. Got a reservation for 05.30, a bit early, but acceptable. As both my wife and I are fans of "surf and turf", we asked the waiter if the chef could split a grilled lobster and a 10 oz filet. Sure enough he could. The waiter, i believe called Mike, recommended a Pinot Noir that blended perfectly with the filet and the lobster. We enjoyed food including dessert and coffee for over 2 hours. A truly memorable dinner and one of the best I have experienced.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Cc1515
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was my wife's birthday. They took great care of us and the food was phenomenal! I highly recommend Ostra. We will come back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful
    mjb358
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Everything was beautiful. The room, the food, the atmosphere, and also the people. Try the Serrano ham appetizer. Wonderful flavors. It's expensive, but there's lots of food, and high quality. The only negative was the size of the table for 4. We were always waiting for something to fall off. It's a little small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    From the ambience to the service to the food, a culinary experience and delight. Will return soon.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing from start to finish
    GoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great time. Everyone enjoyed the evening. Amazing food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy!
    Doug
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We met two friends to celebrate a 60th birthday. For the price, Ostra is not worth it. Way too noisy and chaotic for a reasonable conversation with friends. The food is a little above average -- many better restaurants in Boston. It is a place to make the "scene", not for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • marjoVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is very good at Ostra but also expensive. The service is as it should be for such a high end restaurant and the wine list is extensive. Then why not 5 stars? Probably the same reason it is not that crowded anymore - A bit too expensive ESPECIALLY the wine and drink prices. Come on now, $18 for a glass of Prosecco? $95 for a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc that retails for $30? Table next to us were questioning their cocktail price of $15. Again, I'll pay $24 if I want the Octopus and $48 if I want the Paella, because they are both special and hard for me to replicate at home. But, $150 for 2 cocktails and a bottle of Sauvignon? Don't think so.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect service
    Masha
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Attentive but largely absent....just perfect! Delicious lobster appetizer. Lovely setting.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific restaurant. Creative.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful food. Flavorful. Great service. Among Boston's best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience!
    Andy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had dinner last Friday night at Ostra and we did not regret our choice of choosing a fairly new restaurant. The service was impeccable and our server Brandon was friendly, knowledgeable and took the time to explain the menu/methods with details. The wine list is extensive but the food is the star. We share the Branzino (for two) baked in salt and it was so delicious. I loved my appetizer Smoked salmon tartar which came still "smoking" to the table. Would strongly recommend it.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • top notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Hosted a team dinner here - colleagues from across the country - who of course want seafood when visiting Boston. Wanted to do something a bit better than the usual legal seafoods trip. Had read about the great service so I tried it out immediately by asking for a different table than the one offered - request was accommodated without question. The rest of the experience was similarly excellent. The $60 Lobster was a tough sell, but absolutely worth it. Ostra made me look good among my work peers - thanks!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What you expect in fine dining
    montana
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Ostra hits on all cylinders. The atmosphere is great, the food well thought out and meticulously prepared and the service attentive without being intrusive The fish I had was superb and my son had the filet mignon which was perfect We found this place close to our hotel by accident. We will certainly go back on purpose
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real gem
    JandJ
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is a great place. It's convenient to get to and the valet parking is a blessing. We were early so we had a choice of tables and ours turned out to be a quiet one. Our waiter, Trevor, was terrific. He knew the menu and steered us right. We had oysters, a fabulous gnocci from the chef, an octopus salad that was the best we ever had, sea bream and paella that carried over to lunch the next day. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and could not have been happier. We are not going to wait for the next birthday to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I had the best seafood ever the Spanish grilled octopus was amazing and for dinner I had the Paella
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent but not blown away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Decent food. Oysters were fantastic. Hamachi tartare was quite nice. Great balance of flavor. Just enough heat from the jalapeño oil. Octopus first course was very tender. I had the branzino for my entree. Cooked just right. My wife had the halibut. It was definitely overcooked. OK flavor but the fish was too dry. Shared the blueberry tart with cream corn ice cream. We felt it wasn't sweet enough. Made me want to order the chocolate tart but just ended with an espresso.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous fish
    experienceddiner
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Very pleased to try Ostra, relatively new in our area. Happening scene, clever decor and great food well served. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ridiculously good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My wife and I can't wait to go back - the drinks at the bar are inventive, unique and top-shelf. Every dish we had was spectacular - from the grilled Spanish octopus and tuna tartare to the Branzino, which was flawless, to the desserts. My wife had the rice brûlée and I was worried that her reaction was bordering 'When Harry Met Sally'. It was just that good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time
    pescatarian
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    appetizers wete inventive and delicious. We had the octopus and the gnocci. Salmon was excellent. Branzino filet, fresh but not flavorful. Sea bream very good. Salt encrusted branzino would have been ordered if not for the 40min listed order time. Service was late to start. Several empty tables but they told us there was a 10 min wait. Dessrts wete off, not great.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    DStarmVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This a gem of a restaurant. Best seafood I've had in Boston. Impeccable service, stellar wine list, and perfect food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely first rate
    LocalmanVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Perfect experience - pricey but worth it. All 4 of us had a great meal, service was perfect (efficient and friendly without needing to become friends). Highlights were monkfish and paella. Portions in general were not large, but if you're hungry, get the paella; more than enough food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous gnoccheti and drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The gnochetti are one of the best meals we have eaten in our lives. Fresh oysters and excellent desert and drinks made this evening memorable. On the expensive side, but worth every dollar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent meal - the branzino was the best ever! Oysters and fish were so fresh! Very accommodating for a party of 6
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Delicious food, great atmosphere and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    AmyNUCVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was amazing, great wine selection also. Very fun vibrant scene Wonderful seafood
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    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent food
    HemulVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had been to Ostra several times and had good meals in the past, but last week, we had a spectacular meal there. Both of our appetizers and main dishes were outstanding. The fish was perfectly cooked and the flavors were simple but spot on. The sides were fresh and seasonal. We highly recommend it, despite it being somewhat pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Uhav2go
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My wife and I had an outstanding meal. Everything was prepared perfectly. Our server Christopher was exceptional. He was extremely knowledgeable, very attentive yet not intrusive. This made the evening and dinner even more memorable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost Perfect
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A very nice evening, with outstanding service and interesting dishes. Definitely for fish lovers and if you are interested in preparations a bit different than standard fish fare in boston, this is a good find. Strangely all our dishes were excellent with one exception which was a very overcooked and frankly a killed Paella. If it was my choice so my guests didn't know,or I would have returned it. I have had this dish in the past and it was quite good, so no idea what happened. Other than that an excellent evening. Not cheap but worth it for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience
    TRW39
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We picked Ostra by chance and we hit the jackpot. From start to finish our experience was great. We were greeted and made to feel welcome. I ordered a Sidecar and it was one of the two best I have ever had. All our food was amazing and we enjoyed everything from start to finish. If you are in Boston this should be on your list if you are looking for great restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic all around
    Wellfed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A friend and I recently dined at Ostra. The food was amazing. We had fried oysters for an appetizer that just melted in our mouths. Then I had the halibut, which was perfectly cooked and came with the sweetest little clams I have ever had. My friend had the paella which was also amazing we finished with the flour less chocolate cake, one of my fav desserts and Ostra's was the best I have ever had. The waiter and staff were excellent. My only complaint, and it's not really a complaint, is that when the place fills up it can be quite noisy. Fortunately, our reservation was at 7 and the place did not fill up until 8 so we had an hour of relative quiet. The wine list is awesome. Try the Spanish sparkling rose!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    ilikegoodfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was my first time at Ostra and it was fantastic. Ambience is modern and trendy and the food is outstanding. If that's what you are looking for you won't be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining indeed
    Gitushon
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The beautiful restaurant and the outstanding service have made our date night very special and delicious!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but overpriced
    codypepperVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was very good. The service was spot on. The restaurant itself was quite beautiful. But in my opinion, everything was way overpriced. That was especially noticeable in the dessert course. They charge you roughly 40% more but give you about 50% less. Not a good way to end a meal for this sweet-toothed diner! The best "dish" of the night was the free bread at the beginning. Now that was truly delicious. Everything else, eh. Nothing particularly craveable at those prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Tartars and carpaccios were outstanding as were the other starters. Mains were good but less inspired.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ostra Knows Their Business!
    ChicagoGirl
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Our experience all around was perfect! Christopher was fantastic - impeccable service and personality to boot. The food was equally as good as the service. It was familiar fare yet tweaked to the disconcerting foodie tastes. I've eaten in the best restaurants in the country and this place belongs in that category.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    PJK20VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Ostra was terrific. The ambience was modern, fun and elegant. The food was terrific. Service could not have been better. Highly recommend. Cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Fantastic seafood, great service!
    LocalCouple
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is a special dining experience! The seafood was absolutely delicious, the dessert was incredible and the service was friendly, personable and prompt. We would highly recommend this great dining experience!
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    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Honeybee
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    All around amazing! Incredible food with a beautiful presentation. The waiters are flawless with their etiquette and everything was timed well. The decor is beautiful and unique. A very special place. It's a rare thing nowadays when you can go somewhere and be dazzled by your experience. Most often, the food and atmosphere is a letdown. This place, however, left me smiling at every turn. I cannot think of a single thing I did not love about it. If you are looking for a place to have a business meeting, romantics evening or celebrate a special occasion then you want to go to Ostra. I am so happy to have found this place. To anyone who is looking for an experience like no other, then you'll want to dine there. Thank you, Ostra!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a typical Boston seafood rest.
    Av8or
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Beautifully decorated and great feel in this contemporary Restaraunt. No typical New England seafood here such as; scallops, Cod, Lobster etc. instead, the menu consists of Halibut, Fluke, Bronzino etc. Artfully prepared, the dishes have great flavor but will leave you wanting more as the portion sizes are small and the price is fairly high. Nice for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pricey, esp the wines
    John
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was wonderful, neither the calamari or octopus was overcooked. The food is on the expensive side, but the wine list was at least 20% higher than it should have been. One just has to soft through the list to find value, but NZ sauvignon blanc for $60?
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster
    Susank
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The lobster dish is fabulous! No bib needed for this one. My husband had the branzino which also was terrific. I do not think you can go wrong with any dish here, service attentive. I cannot say enough. Enjoy!
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