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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Damariscotta River, Maine
Sea Bass Tartare
Black Truffle Carpaccio, Fennel Pollen Crostini
Grilled Spanish Octopus
Lemon, Olive Oil, Crispy Salt Capers, Raw Sweet Vidalias
New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers
We are offering our à la carte menu and a dinner special
Very pricey but some of the dishes were spectacular (octopus! Lobster gnocchi!). The entire staff was extremely warm and friendly, and the service was excellent.
Waited a half hour after our reservation time to get seated. Hostess was unpleasant and rude. Beautiful Restaurant and amazing experience in nearly every other way. Great food. Tartare excellent as was the Monkfish. Terrific wine list. Our server was attentive but not over-bearing. Lovely experience after we were seated.
Excellent food and doting service bordering on obsessive. Noisy, ambiance somewhat grating due to constant pumping techno-beat music. But the quality of food and service more than compensates.
Hosts were extremely rude. Everything else was great!
Wonderful dining experience with attentive waitstaff. Would return when in Boston again. Excellent menu choices and well prepared, too.
Excellent seafood. All their fish entrees are creative with a special aroma, very tasty. If you are concerned with prices just order the fish entrees.
We arrived 10 minutes early, but were told the dining area wasn’t yet prepared?? Hostess said we could go to the bar, where I guess we were forgotten? I had to return to the hostess desk to ask to be seated. The atmosphere was very pretentious! The food was good; (2appetizers & 2drinks more than $120)….. but for the money, I enjoyed the lobster rolls at Luke’s so much more!!
Exceptional food. Highest quality seafood, excellent balance of ingredients, excellent char. Noisy but ok. Our table for two was nicely sized and spaced. Great cocktails and wine by the glass. Good service from waitress and entire staff. One of the best restaurants I’ve been to, and I’ve been to many. Obviously quite expensive.
Next time we go, we'll sit where the action is. I do, however, appreciate that they have seating available for people who'd prefer a quieter experience.
Four of us went to Ostra for my wife’s birthday I had a special surprise for her and dropped it off the day before. Jade was fantastic took care of the gift overnight and the staff presented it to her during dessert. It was a hit. The food was fantastic the service was excellent. The staff went above and beyond I would recommend Ostra to anyone.
Really nice place. Highly recommended for seafood lovers.
We are fine diners on a regular basis and have even eaten here at Ostra before. But this was the most exceptional restaurant experience we’ve had in many years. Every person from the host to the bus people to the wait staff in the lounge to the waiters and the bus people in the restaurant to the food, it was all beyond exceptional. We found them attentive, accommodating, efficient, timely, friendly and professional without exception.
The menu was outstanding and every dish was superlative, maybe some of the best food I have ever had in Boston. I am very impressed especially during this time when we encounter, more often than not poor service almost everywhere, even some of our tried and true favorites.
The whole experience was above and beyond, and consequently we are going to book our small holiday gathering at Ostra. We can hardly wait to return again!
Many thanks for a perfect dinner out.
Constance Cervone and Janet Deegan
Ostra is an excellent, exquisite dining experience. I'm a New Yorker (& not a Red Sox fan) who I was awestruck by Ostra. My crispy oysters were prepared with perfection. I ordered paella that was the best I've eaten in my life. The seafood was the star of the dish & not buried under rice. The flavors melded together to create a memorable dish that would excite anyone from Barcelona!
Food and service 5 star
A bit too dark and noise could be cut down a notch. Seating too close to other guests in booths.
An amazing evening! Loved it!
Food was good
Tables too close
Service was great
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The food was very good, small portions and very pricey. Service was also very good but it was a special occasion and we did note that on the reservation and they did not even acknowledge it. :-( For the amount of money we spent we would go elsewhere to celebrate.
From service to cuisine, everything was absolutely impeccable.
Great seafood and fish, prepared with care and original seasoning. A clear step up above most seafood places, we will go again with pleasure
Experience was Excellent !! As always It was simply amazing. The service is as Superb as the Food !!
Always an enjoyable experience
Consistent every time !
We sat at the bar for a quick bite before a concert. Service very slow. 2 people were “training” but they should have been able to help more as the restaurant was very busy
No matter how hard we try to like this restaurant business, they consistently work to underwhelm us as guests.
Last night's dinner there was a typical example: when we arrived on time for our reservation, the maitresse d' gave us a table that was too close to other diners, given Covid restrictions. When we raised this as an issue, she offered no apology, but rather grudgingly accommodated a change, moving us to a cramped table by the kitchen door -- which was, given its location, deafeningly loud.
By the time we were seated properly on the third try, our meal improved a bit. However, the starters were largely tasteless and un- or poorly seasoned, with more emphasis on visuals than on flavor. There was a 45-minute gap -- unexplained -- between our first two courses and our entrees. While a friendly and efficient waiter tried to make the best of things, it was clear the kitchen had let him down. We ordered seafood as mains, Ostra's specialty, but it, too, was bland and overcooked.
All this for an $850 dinner for two. And not a single attempt by management to make amends or otherwise acknowledge the problems we experienced on arrival.
In a city brimming with restaurants both good and great, why would we ever go back?
Still my favorite restaurant in Boston - always excellent food, great staff and it is beautiful
This has some of the bests most expensive restaurant food in Boston but if you are feeling covid vulnerable don’t go. They have closed their outdoor dining and although we went early and the restaurant was half full they sat a 6 person party with an outlandish love of perfume and gold jewelry male and female- right next to us within touching distance - if we could smell that much cologne and they were that lower class ostentatious they were also likely unimmunized and much too close for our liking in a half empty restaurant
Sad- we might return with a booster and some specific seating instructions but not for a while
Amazing food and great service
Tables were too close. You can hear the conversation of couple next to us.
Impeccable service. wonderful meal at the bar. Best oysters in town!
Exceptional food and service. A very pleasurable dining experience. Try the Seabass Tartare for a unique tartare taste.
Amazing food and service. The monkfish entree was exquisite
Phenomenal seafood restaurant 😋
Period. Best one I've dined at for sure!!
Excellent meal from drinks and apps through dessert!
Ostra delivers on expertly prepared food, personable service, and attention to guest’s dietary needs. We enjoyed a lovely anniversary meal and enjoyed every bite— from the briny oysters to the mushroom risotto. My criticism is for the dated decor and the energetic noise level. The food experience is wonderful… I’d enjoy it more in a space that reflects the quality of the dining experience.
Went out to celebrate a birthday dinner. It was better than anticipated! Highly recommend
Amazing restaurant & service was impeccable. Recommend the octopus appetizer as a must have. First time seeing & having Monk Fish, was delicious. Highly recommend!
Great food and even better service. But the bill …
Great dinner with visiting friends. Service was exceptional.
Chris is always attentive to our needs and provides exceptional service.
Never a disappointing visit at Ostra. From the moment we walked in we were greeted by gracious hosts, seated at one of their beautiful tables, received attentive service all night from an outstanding server (Katie), and dined on truly exquisite fare. Just an absolute delight all around.