Ostra

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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4.8
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4.8
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4.7
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New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff here was terrific and they accommodated our timing given that we were headed to the theater. The food we ordered was very good and they split the entree for those who were sharing. Restaurant is on the high end with regard to cost but honestly if we didn’t have to rush we would have enjoyed it more!

L
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third time dining here. Our meals were delicious, the service was excellent. I will be back! Thanks for a great night.

MG
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food and the service were excellent. We had alaskan king crab for 1st course, fish for second. Both of us. One drink, one glass of wine, one soft drink. Nothing else. $300 Definitely not worth it.

CJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic fare. Fish was out of this world.
Highly recommend.

CL
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ostra is a special place and we are THRILLED it's right in our neighborhood!! Start at the bar with the piano playing in the distance, then migrate into the dining room for incredible dishes inspired by the sea. A+++

H
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very expensive. Food very good. I am Celiac, and was able to eat comfortably. The server brought what we think now were GF rolls, but no regular rolls, so my husband ate them, noting they were not very good. Quite loud!

R
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Vastly overpriced place. I think people go there just to show they don't care about money. Ordered the paella; the shellfish was overcooked and rubbery. Big on presentation, low on value.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The octopus was amazing, the steak was incredibly flavorful and the ambiance was perfect!

DD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, lovely atmosphere and very professional staff. The best kind of dining experience one looks forward to.

JM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience! They take your coat and make great recommendations as far as wine pairing. A worthwhile splurge!

Jenna

DQ
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentine day

j
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined here on Valentines day - busy night but our waiter was top notch! The food was amazing, and the drinks were delightful. Would recommend this for any fun celebration. Not too fancy stuffy - a nice ambiance that makes you feel welcomed!

IK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The service was very slow. Other than that everting was good.

AA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was impeccable. Food was extraordinary. Conversation level extremely high. Annoying music with bass beat playing unnecessarily.

LH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ostra has a very nice vibe; the food is excellent and the menu has a lot of variety for seafood-lovers. We had reservations for 5:30 pre-theater. We arrived a little early and had a drink at the bar. They have a really nice cocktail menu and an excellent selection of wines. For dinner we shared some oysters, tried an appetizer and then a couple of our party ordered Paella and I had an appetizer (which was more than enough) with Alaskan King Crab and risotto. Everything was delicious. We would definitely return!! The bartender and the server were both top notch.

DS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An overall excellent experience albeit somewhat expensive. Great for a special occasion.

V
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ostra was such a wonderful dinner spot. The wait staff were very friendly and personable. I was treated like a queen. The food was amazing. The lobster was nice and the presentation was great. Would definitely recommend.

ML
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff food and drinks were incredible!
Some of best food and service I have ever experienced in fine dining.

AK
London
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We’re from London UK. The services were absolutely phenomenal. We stayed in Boston Harbour hotel and the concierge also recommended to have a dinner here . The lobster was delicious however the shrimp with horseradish that we had for appetiser tasted like a chlorine(?). Also the one my mum had for her main dish , Paella was very watery . I would say it’s more like a risotto rather than Paella ( still tasted good though !). All in all it was good . Thank you !

H
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The raw fish dishes are superb. The Bronzino is one of the best that I have ever had.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Birthday celebration with family

LJ
New England
48 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Ostra was great... would advise friends to go, actually already have... Service is good but food is great.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time in Boston and a wonderful meal at Ostra! The food was amazing...we had the Sea Bass Tartare, Grilled Octopus and the Monk Fish. All were delicious, but the Tartare stands out as extra special! My date and I like to share plates and the wait staff was super accommodating. We very much appreciated this and it made for a relaxing and enjoyable experience!

OT
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First-rate seafood with excellent service.

m
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were exceptional. Our server Mario was a delight. His recommendations for our meal and wine were awesome!!

IQ
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Apps were incredible but the fish was ok. The main dish was not worth the price paid. Also service was not up to the standards of such a fine place.

C
New England
21 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding seafood and service! By far best seafood in Boston.

r
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exquisitely prepared seafood; the citrus hamachi is a special favorite.
I have never been disappointed here

A
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! Consistent good food and great service! I go almost every two weeks! This time sat at the bar and bar tenders wine recommendation was amazing! Thank you!

DT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Great appetizer mushy grilled fish entree. Restaurant has become place for large groups of businessmen yucking it up. Uninteresting decor and so so waiter. Loud &. charmless

FM
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We enjoyed our meal at Ostra. The tables are far apart, and it was not too loud until a large party entered and though seated at the back they were very loud. Our waiter was very on top of things and thoughtful. The one item I regret was the tomato-based fish soup. It was really too much like tomato out of a jar, with a few pieces of fish in it. I expected it to have more flavor and finesse and lots more fish. It gave me heart-burn. Our entree of the salt-covered fish was tender as can be and perfect. The fresh warm bread was really quite good. The waiter gave us a dessert to make up for the loud group in the back, which was very nice and unexpected. We would go back, but as this is a very expensive choice relative to other places in the area, we won't be taking the whole family.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Hands down the best sea food in Boston!

S
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In one word: outstanding. Beautiful restaurant that was not noisy despite the fact that it was crowded. Impeccable service without being fussy. Excellent food. The hamachi crudo was the best I have ever had. The first course garlic, seafood pasta was truly great!! The rose wine was a 10. Prices were reasonable for the quality. I cannot wait to go back.

RS
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our wedding anniversary.
Everyone was super nice and accommodating from valet personnel, greeters at the front desk and wait staff. We asked for a table closer to the middle of the dining room since it was our first time dining at the restaurant and we wanted to enjoy the ambience. The food was delicious and the staff from water server to food clearers were wonderful. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the wine list and also helped navigate the dinner menu especially since I have a diary allergy.
We didn’t want to leave. A Very fun time. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

King Crab risotto was phenomenal, as was the sea bass tartare!

JA
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!! Fantastic service! Food was excellent! Becoming one of my favorite restaurants in Boston!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and the meal was delicious.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Has an amazing dinner and the food and environment was wonderful. Only issue was trying to leave for a show and had to ask for the check 3 times. It took about 30 minutes to get the check while we had no drinks or food left everyone just kept passing by us.

AT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful restaurant, impeccable service with wonky timing (plates were cleared between courses, but then a 10 minute wait for the next, which was unexpected). Food was not as good as expected, and not a great value. Appetizers were great but expensive. The hamachi was excellent, the local oysters were very small, I would say fairly tasty, gnocchetti were fantastic, best dish of the night. I ordered the snapper, which was grilled, served without any kind of sauce, super bland and dry. Branzino was marginally better. If you're going to cook fish with no/little fat, you should include some kind of sauce or veg that complements the fish- not potatoes and radish. Sides were meh- the broccolini with roasted pine nuts was okay but not outstanding, the truffle fries were quite good, but I've had better across town. We skipped dessert/coffee as we were headed to the theater (and the weird slowdown in service midway through the meal meant it took 80 minutes to finish entrees). Suffice to say I had high expectations given the $$$$ menu, but I had a much better seafood meal for a more reasonable price a week ago at a suburban restaurant. I think they need to work on their menu to make this worth $100+/person not including dessert/coffee.

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