Ostra

4.7
1923 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. Great for a meal and conversation. All dishes well prepared.

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s
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is outstanding; wine prices were a bit high based on other comparable restaurants. Waiter was good but a bit slow with bringing drinks.

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MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent service and food!! Try the Sea Bass tartare!

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

We love Ostra, great food, classy atmosphere, and an exciting vibe!

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

Fantastic!

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RR
New England
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Valentine's day at Ostra over the weekend. Service was impeccable - attentive hosts, service was fast, good recommendations from staff. Food was very good. Not quite as inventive as other restaurants in this price range in Boston, but very fresh food that was cooked appropriately (we
ordered seafood and steak). Next time will order dessert, the menu looked amazing.

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RD
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and food service was excellent. We sat at the bar and the bartenders were a little green and not very outgoing. We had fun overall and would highly recommend.

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SR
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu was very interesting and the food was excellent. Waiter was very attentive and made sure we were able to make it to symphony with time to spare. Highly recommend for food and service

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AK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good overall experience, service was a bit slow, the food was good, but the noise level was high.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have the sea bass tartare.

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T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Impeccable service. Great food. The prices are quite high … I am not sure a dinner for 2 exceeding $400 is value. It is an airy room with high ceilings which leads to a loud dining experience. Overall, it was lovely and I would probably go back for a special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was spectacular. Table service very good. Bar service prior to sitting down, bad. Bar tender was not good at all. Plus, my wife had full drink, bag and coat and hostess did not offer to carry anything. My hands were full too. Not a huge deal but a surprise for a place of this caliber

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AR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great for a special occasion. The food was beautiful and delicious.

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C
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday celebration. I was amazing.

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal. We had the crap appetizer, the octopus and the scallops. Great food, even better service. Nice wine list. Top notch all the way around

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SB
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place and have been here many times before! The seafood is fresh and delicious and they were able accommodate food allergies in our party. My husband tried the steak and it was wonderful too!

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Excellent Tasty HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we dine at Ostra we are wow’d - by the food, the atmosphere, the service! They exceed our expectations. There are few restaurants that consistently hit the mark for us. Ostra always does. The food is tasty and healthy, and my dietary needs are easily met. The atmosphere is warm and the staff is friendly and helpful. The service is top notch, professional and personable. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an excellent dining experience soup to nuts.

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KP
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Love it here. Perfect for dinner and a show. One of the best places in Boston.

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C
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I look forward to dining at Ostra when in Boston. The food is superbly cooked and delicious. The carpaccio was to die for and Spanish octopus did not disappoint. My husband had the scallops with he loved. I ordered the dry aged ribeye, there was a sweet sauce that was on top of my steak. I am not someone who like sweet with their meat so it was a let down. The steak was properly cooked and had good flavor, just really missed the menu description on the sauce. One small issue was no black napkins, I prefer not to use a white napkin when wearing black slacks.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

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FD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine, courteous service and very pleasant ambiance. Will definitely visit again.

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a
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Ostra to celebrate my birthday. We were a party of 10. The food was delicious, beautifully presented and the ambiance is great. There was barely any noise. The service was a little too slow between our appetizers and mains despite the fact we went on a Sunday night and there were barely any other people at the restaurant. Overall great experience, highly recommend this place!

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C
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good!

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YW
New England
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation at 7:00PM on Sunday. The place is easy to find. All the food are extremely good, the staff are friendly. Do ask them to recommend if you don't what to choose. They can also help you to take good photos.

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t
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the monk fish which was served over mushrooms, hen of the woods and it was fantastic. My date had the bream and enjoyed it. The seafood really spoke and wasn’t obliterated by creams sauces etc! Great access to parking and the theater district

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JS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ostra is a sophisticated, elegant restaurant with a hip vibe. We were treated like treasured guests as soon as we walked in the door. The manager took our coats, and when we were leaving he even zipped my coat up for me. After being shown to our table (I had requested a quiet table based on Open Table reviews) we saw another table we liked better. They graciously seated us there, and the noise level was only bothersome when a table of 4 cackling women were not engaged in eating. After their food started arriving there was no noise to speak of. Our waitress, Margaret, was exceptionable, giving us stellar advice throughout the evening. We shared a grilled Spanish octopus appetizer that was split in the kitchen. Since I have an allergy to onions, the kitchen baked a separate loaf for me without onions on top - very thoughtful. For my entrée I ordered the grilled sea bream, and it was delicious! My husband’s paella was filled with fresh seafood and so large we took some home (along with 1/3 of my entrée and most of the delicious roasted vegetables that accompanied the dish). For dessert we split the warm chocolate torte with Tahitian vanilla ice cream. It was dreamy - the best we’ve had in ages. My husband doesn’t drink, but I asked to taste 2 different white wines by the glass before selecting a generous pour of Grüner Veltliner. Everyone on the staff (including the bus service) went out of their way to make our evening at Ostra extra special. Proper training and instilling an attitude of warmth and caring among the staff in a restaurant go a long way to set that restaurant above all the rest. Even though this, our first visit to Ostra, was for a birthday celebration, it will definitely not be our last. We may even pop in sometime, sit at the bar, and enjoy a less formal dinner (and, course, a glass of wine or a cocktail). We actually live less than a mile away.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Hard to imagine what sort of food could justify these prices. This food definitely did not achieve it.

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s
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found myself in Boston and had to go back again! And it did not disappoint. I found out they have a complimentary car service available within 2 miles of the restaurant! Now that is what I call service!

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e
Oklahoma City
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Incredible. Everything we ordered was delicious. You must get the grilled octopus, dreamy.

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s
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant experience in Boston. I travel for business and to date it has been my best food and restaurant experience. Exceptional seafood, service, and presentation!

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Brazil
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Amazing service. Spectacular restaurant.

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f
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular experience. Food and presentation are amazing. Wish I could afford to go more often!

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L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was very excited to dine at Ostra with my husband and parents for a special Birthday dinner. I left the restaurant disappointed and probably won't go back. We arrived right on time for our 8:30 reservation and told they couldn't seat us right away because a few tables were finishing up. I dine out often and understand this happens, but wasn't thrilled since it was a later reservation. My mother and I excused ourselves to the ladies room. Meanwhile my father and husband saw two empty seats at the bar and started to sit down. The bartender informed them these seats were reserved. There was no reserved sign when they went to sit down but the bartender then put a reserved sign up. I found this quite rude.

We were seated at our table about 10 minutes past our reservation time. The server was very knowledgeable and polite. The pace of the meal was good. I was disappointed in the food. I had shrimp cocktail, which need salt. My husband and I had the paella and there wasn't much flavor to it. Overall, the dinner was a disappointment, especially for the price.

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DC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experiencie, food was deliciuos and the service was perfect.

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JJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Simply the best fish and seafood in Boston. They nail it every time, with moist, fresh seafood cooked and seasoned perfectly every time.

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RS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the finsest fish and seafood restaurants in the Boston area. Freshest ingredients.

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l
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great menu and preparation; excellent seafood selections

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SF
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an amazing dinner impeccably served. Pricey but worth every bit of it.

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