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About 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.

1 Charles St. South
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Mediterranean

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

Cross Street:
Stuart Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 421-1200

Website:
http://ostraboston.com/

Entertainment:
Live Piano music seven nights a week.

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.

Executive Chef:
Mitchell Randall

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Private Dining

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.

Ostra Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (83)
Fit for Foodies (65)
Good for a Date (63)
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Creative Cuisine (57)
Good for Anniversaries (51)
Romantic (46)
Notable Wine List (39)
Business Meals (38)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Worth the Drive (31)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Hot Spot (28)
Bar Seating (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Authentic (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Healthy (18)
Good for Groups (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Cozy (9)
Fun (9)
People Watching (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Great!everything is perfect!
food is excellent, the service is good as well

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

This was our third time eating here and we again had a great meal. Spaghetti with clam appetizer and whole roasted bronzino for two were delicious.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Phenomenal dining experience. Lovely ambiance. Quiet. Great for intimate chats.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food, drinks, service and atmosphere.
Would recommend for a special occasion or a everyday dining, versatile choice

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Wonderful food, terrific service

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fantastic dining experience! It's definitely not inexpensive but the quality of the food and service is worth what you pay. The pasta dishes were wonderful and filling, despite the seemingly small portion. The oysters were amazing. The service is impeccable. The staff are all friendly. The ambiance is absolutely wonderful. We would definitely return to Ostra.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent service and waiters are extremely knowledgeable. I have been there twice and I will go again and again!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great. Bill the waiter was great

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Really exceptional fish and oysters. The salt fish is amazing and hard to get in other restaurants.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The appetizers were great, especially the hamachi. However, we ordered the paella and half of it was burnt- the bottom of the pan was black and the rice was stuck to it as well. Also, we ordered it without chorizo, but there was one piece of chorizo in the dish. After we received our entrees, the server never came back to check on us; he didn't ask how our dinner was after our plates were gone and the dessert menu was dropped off to our table by another individual.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Michaela (Mikayla, Sp?) was absolutely wonderful. She made our engagement extra special by setting up a wonderful “ring-reveal” surprise that will be remembered for a lifetime. We had a truly great experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Anniversary

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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food was delicious, the service on a slow side, what is not a problem when you want to socialize, but I would prefer the waiter to be more attentive and respond when we needed something sooner. The ambience has feel of a hotel restaurant

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

This was our second trip to Ostra. Once again, fabulous. Had Mike as our waiter. Couldn’t have been happier with all the recommendations, the attentiveness, and the overall quality. 5 stars.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Nice restaurant kind of pricey didn’t feel like a local joint, which we were looking for. The lobster gnocchi was amazing the halibut was bland.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Was pleasantly surprised overall. We had late reservation and everything was still very good. I will go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Simple and elegant surroundings with excellent service. Sea bass tartare did not disappoint and grilled Spanish octopus was tender and tasty. Worthy of special occasions.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great ambiance, not too noisy, easy access to downtown theatre venues, well-prepared meals and very good bread. Fish dishes were way above average.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Outstanding high end, white table cloth, theater district spot if you're a seafood lover.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Ostra is a very good restaurant, with a good selection of wines and a large offer of classic fish and seafood based plates. The ambiance is elegant but at the same time cozy, even warm. Everyone smiles at you from the very first moment to the end of the dinner. The service was great, not too invasive but always supportative. The food is not outstanding: there was too much lemon juice in the (excessively tiny) yellofin tuna tartare and some ingredients in the paella were too "creative", even if the cooking time of wach fish and seafood was perfect, as well as of the rice. The branzino fillet was perfect. In my opinion there are too many seats, even if the level of noise was never too loud.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

A great experience from start to finish. We went with the restaurant's specialty - fish - and didn't regret it. Had the (regular) branzino and salmon and they were perfectly prepared - moist and tasty - certainly the best salmon we've ever had. The service was attentive and personable but not intrusive. Next time we're in Boston, we'll definitely go again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We went to Ostra to celebrate our anniversary. We arrived early for our reservation and they were able to seat us right away. Our waiter, Michael, was excellent. The service from all the staff was great. Our meal was delicious--great homemade bread and we started with the campanelle appetizer. I had the salmon--it was cooked perfectly and my husband had the paella. We are still trying to figure out how they knew it was our anniversary but they brought out a lovely trio of sorbets for a nice light finish to the meal beautifully presented with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate on the plate. We will definitely be back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Very fresh seafood with good variety of choices. Oysters were some of the best that I have ever had. The sea green was moist, tender, and mild. Definitely recommend.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food and atmosphere are truly outstanding. We've also eaten at the bar, which has lovely, quiet piano accompaniment. Delightful.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Took my wife for our first dinner together in Boston. We did not make a mistake. I had the whole fish baked in salt. One of my favorite recipes! It was excellent! The preparation exceeded all my expectations. Ostra is obviously popular as folks were still being seated after 10:30 PM. I recommended it to native German colleague who ordered the same dish I had the next night and he was equally enthusiastic! 👍👍!

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Business Meals, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Beautiful restaurant, marred by noise level- impossible even to have table conversation- but it is gorgeous to look at! We preferred items from raw bar to main courses. The tartare's were fabulous. Main course fish dishes were over cooked and lacked well seasoned robust side dishes. Next time we would visit just for the raw bar. Unfortunately, the service started off well enough but rapidly went downhill. We dined most of the evening with little to no service. Had to constantly ask different people for help, including refills on water. The timing for the service of our dishes was way off as well. Starters came out quickly and then just sitting for more than a half hour for second course, and even longer for main dishes. Again, might try one more time but just for the raw bar.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful place with great food and great service. My husband and I shared the lobster - so good! And we enjoyed the chocolate lava cake for dessert which was a perfect ending to the meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great place

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The best oysters I have eaten in my life. The rest of the food was also amazing. The waiters were very profesional

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Superb, imaginative food, with very congenial, yet professional service. One complaint: wine list needs more reasonably priced bottles.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wow, is all I can say about Ostra. From the wine list and appetizers to the entrees and desserts. Everything was out of this world. I'm a huge truffle fan so the lobster and truffle to start was incredible. I definitely recommend the Monk Fish, it has truffle, as well. Everything was cooked to perfection and the flavors were incredible.

Ostra is a must!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Ostra is Boston's most refined restaurant, with unmatched preparations, thoughtful service, a deep wine list and elegant sensibilities. Lucky are we who dine there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful experience! Delicious food and exceptional service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were visiting Boston and it was across from our hotel. We had a great experience! We tend to like vegetarian and we'll splurge a little on fish but their pasta with mushrooms was delectable along with the yellowfin carpaccio and the wine was fabulous and wrap it all in the great service Margaret provided, you can't beat it! Marvelous night out.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Just excellent! From service to food to atmosphere!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Superb food, it was fresh and not overly fancy. I don't like when the chef tries too hard and things don't quite come together. This chef seemed to keep it simple and yet ever so tasty!
We were there during the week so maybe that is why it was primarily business people. Not an intimate setting but pretty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was absolutely incredible, and the service was above and beyond. It is definitely a place I would recommend to anybody and everybody visiting the area. While it is definitely pricey, it is obvious from the get-go that it is an expensive restaurant, so people should know going in. And if I ever return to the Boston area, I will definitely be sure to return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The restaurant pitches itself very high end but the atmosphere is more casual. We arrived on time but waited 20 minutes to be seated at a table directly in the path of servers going in and out of the kitchen area. We asked to be moved and were accommodated.

The food does live up though. The server was very nice, informative and efficient.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Another great night out at Ostra, our server was fantastic... the food was out of this world, We were all making each other try a taste of our dish and one bite was just better that the next.... it was a fun night sharing great food. Give me more of that wonderful bread...LOL. The BEST calamari on the planet.... with the bouillabaisse brodo, nobody can compete with that.... What a Boston treasure!! We love it there!!!!

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This is clearly fine dining in Boston with a convenient location to the theatre district. Would recommend.

Tags: Hot Spot
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