Ostra

4.7
1862 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Mediterranean
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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
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Phone number
(617) 421-1200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mitchell Randall
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stuart Street
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Parking details
We offer Valet Parking beginning at 5:00pm for $21.00 per car. Valet is located at the front entrance of the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Live Piano music seven nights a week.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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4.6
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4.6
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

パエリヤの味がちょと濃過ぎた以外は美味しかった。

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WH
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best restaurants in Boston. The only thing they could improve, is the dessert selection. Other than that, it is very high level cuisine.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is one of the best dining experience in Boston, great food, great service, great spot!!!

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is classy & simple. Service was phenomenal, waitstaff was attentive, knowledgeable & enjoyable. Food is pricy but phenomenal. I would definitely recommend dining here for a nice night out in Boston!

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The grouper and monkfish were surprisingly bland preparations. The oysters from the west coast had a very odd fishy taste. Stick
With the east coat ones.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and great service. Will definitely go back!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always wonderful to have dinner at Ostra.

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GA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Restaurant in all of Boston, the Grilled Branzino was the best I have ever had! Better than anything I have had in Europe! Also one of the few places you can get really good caviar.

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I took our 10 year old daughter here prior to going to the Nut Cracker. We all loved it. My daughter said it was her new favorite restaurant for special occasions.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent for each if us!!!!

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KV
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great local food. Good service. Very professional. Lovely atmosphere.

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DH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We shared the salt encrusted branzino which was delicious. Even though we sat down pretty quickly (we had a 9:30 reservation) it did take quite awhile to even get our drink orders taken and then to get our drinks. Once our orders were taken for dinner however things went more smoothly and we had an enjoyable experience

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C
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, everything was perfect. We have had an amazing and romantic dinner.

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n
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant redeemed my faith in the actual taste of the food of Boston area upscale restaurants. I had nearly given up, actually until I came here. I had tried many other up-scale fine dining restaurants in Boston and in comparison, those other ones had great presentation but the flavors had fallen flat. Not Ostra. At Ostra, everything was perfectly executed -- both the presentation and the flavor of the food. This was also one of the very few restaurants that actually listens to the requests of the customers. Usually this is not easy to accomplish. If only I had a dime for every time restaurants in the past (in various areas and of various price ranges) had screwed up my request to cook all proteins very well and remove any hot and spicy parts. Ostra, thankfully came through in every way. I had no problems with hot and spicy anything. They are catering to that request flawlessly. And they cooked my salted branzini to perfection. It was well done and yet moist, probably because of their incredible skill. The ambiance was incredible. I loved coming in and seeing all the fresh fish and fresh herbs still growing in pots. My fish had fresh parsley and fresh raw sage. This was new. It was absolutely incredible. The waiters and waitresses are skilled in how to cut through fish in the proper way. I will surely come back to this restaurant in the future.

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RK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haver eaten here before when visiting Boston. Again, the service was spot on as was the food. The waiter asked if we had "to make time for a performance" and fortunately we didn't. The service was not rushed nor was it under or overly attentive. As with Goldilocks it "was just right". We split the two appetizers offered that night and I wish we didn't since the oxtail gnocchi were divine and I wanted more. I also truly enjoyed the beet salad. I love beets and you don't find them too often on a menu. Keep up the superb dining experience, Ostra, so when I visit Boston in 2019 I can visit again.

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

Leaving a review is a rarity with me but in this case I feel like I have to say something.
There were three issues that unfortunately made the wonderful food difficult to completely enjoy.

First, and this I will agree is a nitpick -but in a quality restaurant I expect when transitioning from the bar to the table, not to need to to close out my bar tab and carry our drinks to the table.

Next, although the restaurant was spacious they sat us in a corner next to a waiter/waitress control room, this was a big issue with the noise, constant hurrying of waitstaff, and slight bruising of the back of my chair. We finally took it upon ourselves to move the table an additional 6” to alleviate some of the interference.

Finally, the noise was so bad that I could not have any conversation with the person across the table. Now understandably, this was excessively acerbated by the waitstaff but a majority of the sound is not helped by the open floor plan without any sound absorption what-so-ever (smooth walls/open rafters/square angles)

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wife surprise 40

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Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular meal! Freshest seafood, done creatively, to make the flavor of the fish shine. Hamachi ceviche, saffron fettuccine, monkfish, silky snapper...and more...were incredible. And the desserts! Meringue “egg” was surprisingly out of this world, in both taste and presentation. Beignets with ginger ice cream, incredible. Service was outstanding, in a courteous, disciplined European style.

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ES
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I traveled from Texas to celebrate my birthday. We have traveled to Boston 8 times and had never gone to Ostra well let me tell you! It was worth the trip!! The place is wonderful the food was the very best. Service was excellent waiter new his menu. We had the best time. The only thing is the place was very loud we are older people and could not hear each other talk so we did very little talking I don’t like talking loud I could hear the next table conversation. But I guess it’s not the restaurants fault. But other then that I do believe on our next visit to Boston we will go back.

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Miami
26 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a great experience , thank you

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C
New England
55 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The meal, with an emphasis on seafood, was delicious. There is an extensive wine list with prices ranging from moderate to very expensive. The service was very attentive without being intrusive. When we arrived the restaurant was full and the noise level was quite high but as the evening progressed, it became quieter and more tolerable. I shall go again.

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j
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food! Great service! First time here. Very impressed. You might need a small loan but worth it

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Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection.
Food was delicious. service was impeccable!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The waiter was knowledgeable about wines. Selection was great, however, can be pricey depending on what to spend.

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EC
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. The sea bass tartare. The octopus. The lobster. Everything was magnificent.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Don't be alarmed by the star rating but they just had a bad service night. Wait staff Sunday after Thanksgiving Day was totally off their game on a relatively slow night. Food was ordered correctly but all courses arrived together. The result was my wife watched me eat my appetizer while she ate her entre without all her sides and then watched me eventually eat my entre as the same fish was returned from under the heating lamps. Manager and wait staff apologize for the scenario and deducted items off the bill, but not what you expect from fine dining at Ostra. Yes, we will return in a couple of months once the experience wares off! Recovery is always a challenge. If I was a manager, GM or owner I would want my staff to flag that couples name and phone number from the reservation made. A couple of days later I would call that couple and say, " I am so... and very aware of our mis-steps on Sunday. Please let me know when you are coming in next so we can say hello and make sure all is well". No we are not looking for pamper but business today needs to watch the foot steps not leaving their brand. That's more expensive than fish. Enjoy

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DL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning dinner, excellent wine list, superb ambience and very attentive staff. It was a last minute find but so glad we did! Thank you!!

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M
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience, service was exceptional! We had the salt encrusted branzino for two. You can watch as they crack open and deboned the fish. It was awesome, highly recommend. We finished with dessert, the snow egg, beautiful presentation and tasted great.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious seafood, beautiful atmosphere, professional, would happily dine here again

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SP
Minneapolis
41 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was expertly prepared and competently served but very expensive. The wine prices were outrageous, mostly in the triple digits and many in the thousands. The noise level was very high due to the acoustics of bare wall and high ceilings.

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time and we will be back. Food, service, and ambience was outstanding. A bit pricey but it lives up to the cost.

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JW
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chanced upon this incredible dining establishment while looking for a place -any place!- that had a table open a mere two hours before we needed to eat on a Saturday night on our way to a show at the Wilbur Theater (which is just a block or two away). It just so happened they had a reservation for four when no one else did. I had no idea this was such a posh place, so we weren't dressed as finely as everyone else there, but at no time did the wait staff make us feel "less than" or unworthy of eating there. For dinner I had very large prawns, the likes of which I have never seen before. Delicious. Sadly, we didn't have time to have an appetizer, but we managed to fit in a fabulous dessert, and I would be sure not to miss dessert if you dine here. The service was top notch, the nicest I think I have ever had in Boston. The wine list was extensive, although we drank beer and cocktails. It got a bit loud as the evening went on, but I didn't really notice it. If you have the funds to eat here, I highly recommend it. Dinner with two drinks each for our party of four came to $384.

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious fish (sea bass tartare and pan seared halibut). Nice and professional staff. Noiay.

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LF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small party of friends getting caught up.
Food was terrific. Paella was outstanding and as authentic as anything you can get in Barcelona. Terrific version of fish soup and came straight from the streets of Marseille. Why can’t the prices be comparable?

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MF
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, service excellent, as well! Great wine list... this restaurant has never disappointed!

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful, love the octopus & branzini.

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The wine pricing was ridiculously expensive. The service was very pleasant and professional. The music was too loud and completely unnecessary given the buzz from all the conversations.

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was very inviting and luxe. The wait staff was outstanding. The menu was full of many choices, I had trouble deciding. Can’t wait to go back.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place ! Marvelous food and options . Awesome experience. Service wonderful.

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