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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

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (76)
Good for a Date (60)
Fit for Foodies (56)
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Creative Cuisine (51)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Romantic (44)
Notable Wine List (39)
Business Meals (37)
Pre/post Theatre (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Hot Spot (29)
Worth the Drive (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Local Ingredients (19)
Bar Seating (19)
Healthy (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Authentic (17)
Good for Groups (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Cozy (9)
Fun (9)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (3)
Seasonal (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The service was well managed and the food was top notch. I look forward to dinner here on my next trip to Boston.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful establishment in all respects. Great service and outstanding cuisine.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Mississippi)·Dined 3 days ago

A Beautiful restaurant and bar, with equally creative cuisine and talented, attractive staff.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

They sat my friends and I by the kitchen with many tables open. Why do restaurants always sit groups of women by the kitchen? Very loud and we are older, please bring baby boomers to quiet side of restaurant!
We ordered salad and received 1 crouton on it after ordering it for pumpkin croutons. We spoke up and received 5 tiny croutons for each of the two salads. Wait staff was attentive. Main courses were very good. I will not recommend to friends, sorry.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was excellent, however we had a late reservation and were made to feel extremely rushed so that the staff to go home.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Every dish was over the top gorgeous and delicious! The staff were incredibly accommodating and very friendly. The entire experience is very high end, the decor is reminiscent of a luxury sea voyage, and the quality and freshness of the food and herbs is top-notch. I had the broiled lobster (my first fresh new England style lobster experience) and it was outstanding. Overall an unforgettable adventure, and was a great meal for us to start off our first ever night in Boston!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing on every level, we will certainly return to Ostra!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

This place came highly recommended. “Best in Boston”. While the food was very good, the service was just OK, the ambiance was just OK, and the noise level was LOUD (couldn’t hear across the table). For premium prices, I expected more.

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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Our waiter had excellent recommendations and brought out a special sorbet dessert to commend the birthday we were celebrating. The gnochetti and hamachi were excellent!

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·Dined 7 days ago

As always, fabulous! Thank you. Look forward to returning soon.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

I was with my wife and other couples, we had great time and service was great. We had very good white vine recommended by the waiter. I would recommend Ostra to all of my friends and family.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Clearly one of Boston’s best restaurants. Fabulous menu, comfortable seating with separation from nearby tables, great wine list, and very good drinks.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food is excellent as usual. However the service is not too good this time. The waitress never tell me anything about the menu. We had to wait for a long time for her to take our order. Same happened for dessert. In fact we had to wait so long , we just ask another person to give us the check .
We have been here many times before and it never happened to us like this before. Hope it will never happen again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Elegant as usual.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent service, food, ambience and location!
Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Nice place! Very good service! The detail for our anniversary was unexpected!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Lovely spot. Food is excellent. Our waiter very professional.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 26, 2017

From the start we were given great service. I have a peanut and tree nut allergy and the menu did list which dishes had nuts in them. The waitress also took care to ask the chef if nuts could be removed from certain dishes so my significant other and I could share our meals.

Lets start with the bread and butter they brought out before the appetizer. It was a ciabatta dusted with light seasoning and warmed to perfection. Perfectly crisp on the outside and melt in your mouth soft on the inside. It was served with butter in a little dish with olive oil- a mixture I never thought of combining but it worked wonderfully.
The grilled octopus appetizer was the best I ever had. And I have eaten octopus many times in Italy. It was perfectly tender and buttery, not at all rubbery! For my entree I ordered the monkfish and mushroom ragout, and it was out of this world. So many tender and flavorful mushrooms and a perfectly cooked piece of fish. The truffle and parmesan fries had the perfect amount of seasoning in every bite- one of my biggest rants is when people are lazy and just throw some seasoning on top of the fry pile but it was obvious that they had carefully seasoned the fries with truffle oil and parmesan BEFORE putting them in the serving dish so that there would be the same flavor in every bit down to the bottom of the dish.

The apple spice cake and s'more desserts were wonderful and balanced in flavor. Our waitress even gave us extra housemade salted caramels for forgetting the coffee we ordered (which we didn't even notice as the dessert was so damn captivating) The whole experience was perfect for our special occasion date night and I can't wait to go back again. Unfortunately, it is super expensive so it must be reserved for very special occasions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Went for an early dinner after a matinee at the theater with a party of 4. We had a reservation for the time when the restaurant opened (5:30pm) and arrived on time but were told to wait even though it was empty. Then we had to wait while others who came in after us were seated first - very annoying!! The hostess seemed disorganized. Besides that, once we were seated the service was very attentive and I have nothing negative to say. The wine list was good, but could be pricey. We had various appetizers and entrees and everyone enjoyed their meals. There are a lot of seafood options and our fish was prepared to perfection. There are some expensive entrees on the menu, but most are what you’d expect for Boston prices. Convenient to the theater district and we would go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Consistently good food and good service experienced over a number of visits. Fresh vibrant food and a varied wine list. Professional staff try very hard in providing a quality service. In short they are doing an excellent job in providing the essentials of an enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We first noticed the really bad cocktail list - which featured creative designs like grapefruit liquor with grapefruit juice, and bitter liquors mixed with other bitter liquors, and even a vodka/mezcal concoction. Not good. So we moved on to the wine list, and sadly found it to be at least half again more marked up than any restaurant that respects its clientele would ever go for. You have to really not know wine to order wine here. Finally I gave the waiter my own cocktail recipe while my wife just opted for a classic dirty martini.

The food was uneven at best and showed the same propensity for playing at being a grown up restaurant as the bar menu. We had a hamachi tartar that lacked half of the ingredients listed and a monkfish dish that was drowned and overwhelmed by a murky mushroom... broth I guess you would call it. It certainly wasn’t the roasted mushrooms with truffle that was promised. (And if it contained any truffles at all then that was a tragic waste of truffles!). We had a steak that came resting on the blandest grainy potato paste I’ve seen in awhile, accompanied by one round of seasinless, over cooked carrot.

I can only assume that the good reviews for this place were written by small town tourists or people who desperately want to believe that they’re on to something new and fancy. We won’t bother trying again.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Apitizers were delicious, but the Branzino was terrible.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The ambiance in Ostra was beautiful from the dinner-wear to the hanging lights. The food was so fresh. Each of us tried a different fish dish and we were all delighted with the flavor and the presentation. Portions were just the right size and the dessert we shared, an apple cinnamon cake with ice cream, was light and lovely.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Amazing as always!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Second visit to Ostra. Fabulous food and Service. Love the lobster ravioli and octopus

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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Wonderful food, terrific service

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 (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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 (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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