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Ostra, Boston, MA

Ostra

4.8
4.8
3386 Reviews
$31 to $50
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. Ostra's private dining room accommodates up to 42 seated and 70 for a cocktail reception.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 77 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 421-1200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alex Interiano

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room at Ostra comfortably seats up to 42 guests and 75 for a reception. We also offer private buyouts of the restaurant for up to 150 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Lisa Flores: (888) 205-3023

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Stuart Street

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Arlington on the Green Line & Tufts Medical Center on Orange Line

  • Entertainment

    Live Piano music seven nights a week.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,386 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Seafood

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. DB

    DylanB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    I had dinner at Ostra to celebrate my engagement to my girlfriend. When I made the reservation and told the staff about the occasion we were celebrating, they offered to provide a dessert with a message on top. I thought that was a nice touch. However, the meal left a lot to be desired. It look more than an hour and an half between ordering and receiving entrees, and the staff forgot to the provide the dessert. The food was pretty good but not good enough to justify us waiting so long or their lack of attention to detail. I can understand a kitchen can get backed up, though the restaurant wasn't terribly full. The wait staff was attentive, so I couldn't justify leaving them a bad tip. Please hire more kitchen staff and compensate them well. I'd be willing be pay more money for a more timely meal and better organized experience.
  2. W

    William

    Los Angeles

    279 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    279 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we always get the monkfish which was fantastic. the corn risotto was creative and a perfect complement to the monkfish. As appetizer we had the powder point oyster, the fried calamari and oysters, which were very good. Server, Nicolle, was attentive and the busboy or bus person were stellar--cleaning the table, providing fresh plates and utensils promptly.
  3. SM

    ScottM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Our server Christopher was efficient and personable (he laughed politely at my bad jokes). When I suggested 3 potential wines to go with our entrees, he quickly and decisively pointed us in the correct direction toward one impressive choice. Da Wife had oysters and a caprese salad; I had sweet corn risotto and monkfish. All were very good. Chocolate torte and cappucino for dessert. It was not cheap - $ 250 before tip.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent
  5. CV

    ChristineV

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Absolutely love this restaurant. The food is amazing & we appreciated the warm service.
  6. m

    melchl

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Service was great! Food was great. I was disappointed about where we were seated, given that the restaurant knew we were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. I felt like a 2nd class citizen. The tables next to us were very loud, and one diner was coughing incessantly throughout the night, which created stress re: concerns about contracting covid. Based on the seating, I would not return. I don't want to listen to the other diners' intimate conversations on a very special occasion.
  7. LD

    LuluD

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service, as always. Our waiter made our wedding anniversary extra special by decorating our dessert with a "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. Nice touch! We love Ostra and will be back again soon.
  8. A

    Annonymous

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambience, fantastic food and excellent service.
  9. TH

    ToddH

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    They can’t tell the difference between ketchup and cocktail sauce. Imagine dunking a humongous piece of 8$ shrimp to find out it’s KETCHUP. Yak.
  10. S

    Squishy1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the staff was so inviting and made sure the whole evening was perfect
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our server christopher p was outstanding. absolutely helpful, attentive, and so very kind. i loved the ostra - the food was incredible. service was impeccable.
  12. B

    Barbara

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a beautiful restaurant. Easy valet parking albeit very expensive, 25.00 plus tip. The food was superb and the service was incredible. Would recommend for fine dining in downtown Boston
  13. K

    Katie

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classy, elegant, delicious. Can’t wait to go back :)
  14. m

    mikenjeneat

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Ostra many times in the past, but not in the past two years due to moving further away. When we visited last night, I was so happy to see that it has not changed. The service is impeccable. The food is delicious. The manager of Ostra has always done an amazing job caring for all of their guests and last night was no exception.
  15. LM

    LarryM

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous cocktails, food & dessert. Creative menu items, excellent presentation & food quality. Great service-outstanding restaurant.
  16. LD

    LornaDoone

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our pre-theatre meal at Ostra, the food was great (the sweet corn risotto was to die for). The service was attentive although a bit slow. The dining room was a bit clinical, it was very bright and we felt too close to the neighboring table.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, staff were very professional and attentive from constantly topping off waters and making sure we were all set
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible atmosphere. Amazing food. Friendly staff. A must do in Boston
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Great food. Slowest service. We were starving waiting between courses.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an early dinner before taking in a show. We told the host what time we wanted to depart for the performance. And from that point on, we had one of our best restaurant experiences. Service was fantastic! Our server James was so attentive and had a wonderfully pleasant manner. The whole team that supported him was also stellar. Cocktails, mellow bravo and metronome, were awesome. The food was phenomenal, from the 2 starters; heirloom tomatoes & gnoccetti; our 2 entrees, grilled branzino & grilled sea bream; and the desserts, the snow egg & the panna cotta. And can’t forget the delicious bread! And everything went perfectly for us to leave for the show at our requested time! Highly recommend Ostra! A premier eatery! Exquisite.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Compared to other visits, service was just off…. Food was amazing
  22. JT

    JoeT

    New England

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was delicious and the service was amazing! Highly recommend!
  24. NA

    NicoleA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant, good choice of wines from around the world , very fine food of fresh products. Our waitress, Selma, was really nice. Only problem in this restaurant : the noise. You feel like being in a train station. In my opinion, the day the acoustic problem is resolved, Ostra will gain its first star Michelin.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Took my mom and her friend shortly after they landed. Meant to kick off 2-week vacation. Mom’s visited many times. Decided to try something new. Food and service were very good. It was incredibly noisy but it was busy. Unfortunately, we didn’t get served our dinner until 70 min after we were seated. Had oysters as app and one main dish. Nothing complicated.
  26. r

    robinj

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Went with my son. Food ok- but overall good service .
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was good but $13 for a bottle of Pellegrino is too steep. Plus 3% for kitchen staff.
  28. FH

    FrankH

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third time visiting. Always excellent sea food, beautifully prepared. The beef carpaccio was a surprise. Perhaps the best ever - and I recently returned from Paris! Elegant and friendly service. Pricey, but . . . we keep coming back.
  29. F

    Foody

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Smoked salmon tartar appetizer was worth ordering. The smoked corn side (new) was the tastiest corn I have ever had!
  30. f

    food4trough

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Paella and Steak were exceptional.
  31. A

    Aladdin

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We love Ostra! Our “ go to”, place for special occasions…! Food is always wonderful . Ambience is Urban Chic… and service is usually outstanding! We’ll be back !!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent meal last night at Ostra. Our server, Conor, was very knowledgeable about the menu and recommended excellent starters, main courses and cocktails. There were so many delicious choices but Conor asked what we liked and suggested a perfect meal. We got tuna tartare, grilled octopus, monkfish and sea bream and every bite was better then the next. The bread is also excellent - don’t fill up on it at first! Wait to dip it in all your sauces throughout the meal.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, wine and service! Its a Michelin quality level restaurant. I highly recommend!
  35. AJ

    AJay

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredibly attentive service. Probably the best I’ve ever had.
  36. AC

    AnaC

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely phenomenal!!
  37. PD

    PDef

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was good but not outstanding. Portions too small.
  38. FB

    FaysalB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Meh…not great, not bad, seems the staff is mainly keen on serving some frequent clients …unimpressive reception. Nice place but won’t go back
  39. CB

    CaitlinB

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ostra is always great every time we dine there! Never disappoints! Food is always amazing!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Early dinner for nearby theater. Gave staff minor improvement suggestions

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ostra offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 421-1200.

Ostra is rated 4.8 stars by 3386 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 77 times today
Google Map for Ostra

1 Charles St. South, Boston, MA 02116

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stuart Street

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Arlington on the Green Line & Tufts Medical Center on Orange Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Interiano

  • Entertainment

    Live Piano music seven nights a week.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 421-1200

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room at Ostra comfortably seats up to 42 guests and 75 for a reception. We also offer private buyouts of the restaurant for up to 150 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Lisa Flores: (888) 205-3023

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