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
238 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (167)fit for foodies (163)romantic (104)notable wine list (79)hot spot (66)good for groups (41)neighborhood gem (33)vibrant bar scene (31)late-night find (11)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • superb seafood
    acg1
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great !!
    Lesly
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night at Ostra
    LocalEater
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodfanaticVIP
    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..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    Chaser
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Babsandmark
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    MiClosetVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We love coming to this restaurant it's always amazing
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Proper spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Everything was very good. food was exceptional and the decor is very simple and elegant. gives off a south beach feel with the white.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of the best seafood restaurants
    mcm111
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    the food was creative, with unusual flavours, and beautiful presentations. The service was excellent. The restaurant is elegant in a most tasteful manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary food, deafening noise
    LouisVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food was truly extraordinary and beautifully presented. The room, the decor, the china and cutlery are beautiful but the noise level spoiled our experience. It was impossible to have a conversation without shouting. We couldn't wait to get out of there. Two in our party said that because of the noise, they'll never return. What a shame!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing flavors!
    luzydi
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    This has been one of the best restaurants I've even eaten at. The exotic flavors were amazing! The atmosphere was great! Location was very convenient. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A must go
    Dininggal1
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I would most definitely recommend this restaurant and I can't wait to go back again myself! They were so accommodating to my party who had 2 people added on from our original reservation. If you love seafood then this is the place to go- the food is exquisite! There is a piano bar section where you can lounge before your table is ready- this adds to the amazing ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    scarpinito
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Ostra is one of those restaurants that will blow you away, everything from the sleek and mod ambiance to the expertly executed menu, this place is amazing. Sometimes restaurants can't get all facets right, but this one does. Each plate was not only delicious, but unique, not what you are seeing everywhere else. The fish-centric menu is to die for, it took us 20 minutes to decide what to order. The wine list filled with wonderful accompaniments with a range of pricing. I will go back to this restaurant again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food
    phph
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The food was delicious. Our waiter wasn't very helpful on suggestions or recommendations. The atmosphere might be better suited to an all-male after work dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greatpl
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We enjoyed the food and service very much. Certaily a place to come back to.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    This was a beautiful restaurant in downtown Boston. Lovely interior and really good food. Would certainly return. Only "ouch" is the $17 valet parking. Upscale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A bit underwhelmed
    Bill
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    This restaurant is very pricey; however the waitstaff was knowledgeable and pleasant. Our oysters on the half shell were delicious and very fresh. The entrees were good but far from outstanding and when paying those prices I think one expects more. Probably will not go back unless for drinks and appetizers at the bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly Good
    Ming
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I found this restaurant through Internet search. This restaurant was opened right after Thanksgiving last year. For the main dining It is an open kitchen where you can see fresh fishes in display and chefs cooking. Menu has three sections which include raw, the first course and the main entrees. A bit confusing as I am not sure of the difference between raw and the first course. We tried every item on the raw bar. Fusion style and very fresh but the Hamachi has a bit too much lemon sauce. The fish dish and the risotto dish are tasty and the seafood is impressively fresh. The bouillabaisse is excellent though we need to return for a re-cook for being too salty. Service is excellent and we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb dining
    Fun2dine
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    A perfect evening. Food, service and ambience all exceeded are expectations! The menu is creative and everything we tried was delicious! Another sure hit for Columbia Restaurant Group!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Ostra
    LeeL
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The service was great, very attentive though got a little spotty as the restaurant filled, not unexpected really. The food has me wanting to move in! Try this place, you can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ostra is fantastic
    SAM23
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I am very critical when we go out. If I can cook at home, why bother? At Ostra, the food was perfect. We arrived early and had a drink in the lounge. We were seated promptly and served warm bread (tasted like a faluche). I wasn't a big fan of the chips baked in the crust but I was able to pick them out. As an app, we shared the oysters. They were rich and salty. Please try the champagne vinaigrette. My husband ordered the paella and I, the salmon. OMG! I kept picking at his plate. It had everything I expected: right amount of saffron and rice, chorizo, shrimp, mussels, clams and lobster. My salmon was perfectly cooked as well as the asparagus. I wish there had been more mushrooms though. We finished with a cappuccino and Calvados.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion hot spot
    Dbarlicious
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Ostra. The staff really made this special birthday a lovely event. The food was so well prepared and tasteful that each bite was a bit of heaven. I had the Branzino filet which were flavorful and light. Our waitstaff just made an error in bringing appetizers after our first course. But because this was a birthday dining event, he brought us a lovely sampling of sorbet with a candle which was such a nice save for the evening. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Birthday Dinner
    RikasuaveVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our birthdays at Ostra. What an incredible dining experience! It is a bit noisy, but I would still consider it perfect for a romantic dinner because you don't have to worry about speaking in hushed tones. I loved the decor and thought the wait staff were superb. The gentleman who served us our drinks was extremely knowledgeable about the wine list. He helped us pick a killer Italian that paired perfectly with our paella and filet mignon. I did not check off the "notable wine list" only because we felt the mark up on the prices was a bit extreme. We had yellow tail and a roasted beet salad as our first course - DELICIOUS! If we could eat like this every night we would :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went with the recommendation of
    allsky05
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    A friend mentioned this new place to us. The food was outstanding. The presentation was quite impressive as well. The noise level was too much for my taste. I was not able to talk to my wife unless a good effort was made each time ( my hearing is good). The waiters knew what they were doing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Ostra
    Outandabout61
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We booked Ostra for the last night of our first trip to Boston before we left for the States and we're not disappointed. Initially our table was poor, behind a pillar, next to a service spot, but a request to move tables was dealt with promptly and graciously. Our waiter was knowlegeable and charming. He guided us through the best of the regional produce on offer and assisted us choosing local wines, rather than the European wines served at many restaurants of a similar standard. The standout dishes were the amazing oysters from Duxbury and the paella. All in all, we couldn't recommend the restaurant highly enough and look forward to returning on our next trip to Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 133 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 135 reviews are from the Ostra reviews archive.
  • Amazing!
    Wesley
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This restaurant was great, our last night in Boston. We had the salt crusted fish and it was amazing. We loved the open kitchen to see everything that was coming out. VG was an awesome waiter as well! Highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food lacking taste and presentation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Service very slow, took a long time before we ordered and long gap in between first and second course Sea Bream was unappealing charred; tasteless other than burnt taste. Asparagus(8) spears, overbooked and woody/tough. Poor quality. No where close to Mistral or Sorrelina
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Super seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great appetizers very nice setvice - all our. Dishes we would come back again tomorrow For... Sea bream lobster kale salad a bit dry but everything here very groovy babies.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavor Profile Perfection
    mrandmrspip
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This was our second visit to Boston and this restaurant was recommended by a friend. The food was simply amazing from the appetizer course , to entree and dessert--- all beautifully prepared to perfection! The dinner was an "experience" to remember ! The greet hostess and service were courteous, attentive and knowledgeable. We will be back for a repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I eat out frequently, and while the food at Ostra is well prepared, the restaurant is way overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another winner
    CJCbostonVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    No doubt OT readers know this is a fish focussed, Mediterranean style high dining newcomer. I was a fan of Avila - and now a fan of Ostra. The room has always been elegant - such high ceilings and windows. The wine list has breadth and while expectedly is shy on a lot of new world reds, has enough to keep those of us so inclined still happy. The octopus grilled with lemon and caper was perfection. As were the fish entrees we each selected. For me - better than Mistral!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous experience
    Thestudio1
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was exquisite.. Great menu and Execution. The ambience is glowing.. Our waiter Brenden was a sommelier and exceptional at explaining the wine And making our evening a celebration!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eareye
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Food was excellent; The placement of our table (first one as you leave the reception area) was a bit in the open, too close to the kitchen. Probably should be eliminated. Server was very knowledgable if a bit too solicitious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Great time. Pricey but worth it. The beet salad was fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mouthwatering food
    Annmargaret59
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Had one if the best meals ever in Ostra on Sunday night. Delicious baby beets with whipped goats cheese to start. Lobster for main course, to die for. Finished with Snow Egg, meringue, lemon curd mousse, raspberries and basil. Simply delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Boston. Staff very attentive .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My husband and I eat all over the world and have experienced wonderful food at all price points. Ostra is up there with the best of them. The restuarant decor is sophisticated, the food presentation is beautiful and creative, the staff was helpful and polite. but it is the food that is the crowning jewel. I am thrilled for this addition to Boston
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • neverVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food of variable quality: OK but not quite good enough to warrant the prices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NonoVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in the city right now. Alex is a gem and the experience reminds me of Milos Estiatorio in Athens/NYC/Montreal/Miami. I'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • truffles and loud
    avocatVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    On the plus side, not all oysters are created equal. Here, the bivalves were fantastic and perfectly presented. The white truffle shaved onto a sea bass crudo was delicious. On the not so plus, the space seemed to amplify sound. It was hard to talk to the young server.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fishing for foodies
    OleDoc33
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    This is an outstanding eatery, predominantly seafood, all which is fresh, perfectly executed, and served with brilliance. Try the whole fish in salt dome, carved table side. The squid is outstanding, and wine list friendly. Ambiance is nice, and professional, and knowledgable staff are of great help. Dessert was also a pleasant addition. A must eat place for fresh fish and seafood in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.