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Ostra

4.6
4.6
93 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

LOUISVILLE'S BEST NEW RESTAURANT IS OSTRA

From oysters, poke and ceviche to duck grilled cheese, wild boar pasta, honey truffle fries and cricket cake!

Upscale Pacific-Equatorial Cuisine! Taste the Equator! Fresh Fish Daily! All Proteins and Produce is SUSTAINABLY AND RESPONSIBLY SOURCED!

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Menu

Oysters

  • West Coast Half Shell

    aji tomato & truffle ponzu

    • MKT
  • Hot Half Shell

    kale goat cheese, jalapeno mornay

    • Four Count$15.00

Shooters

  • Bloody Mary - Sal de Gusano$6.00

    • Quail Egg, Truffle Soy, Salmon Roe$7.00

      • Grapefruit, Aji Diablo W/ Chili Citrus$6.00

        Salad

        • Beet$13.00

          lemon lavender hummus, goat cheese, peanuts

          • Jay Kale$12.00

            citrus vinaigrette, parmesan, goat cheese, toasted pistachios, cranberry

            • Crispy Brussels$12.00

              citrus miso tahini, parmesan, blue cheese, orange zest

              Raw

              • Poke$15.00

                sesame, soy, red chili

                • Ceviche$14.00

                  aji amarillo citrus, sweet potato paint

                  • Crudo$14.00

                    grapefruit miso, seaweed

                    • Hamachi Ceviche Tacos$20.00

                      wasabi roe, charcoal tortilla, seaweed, passion fruit

                      Bocata

                      • Bruschetta$12.00

                        heirloom tomato, anchovy, brie, sal de gusano

                        • Wildflower Hummus$13.00

                          brie, sourdough, passionfruit honey, drunken berries

                          • Nashville Hot Soft Shell Crab$9.00

                            bianca's pickles, turmeric celery slaw

                            • Duck Grilled Cheese$10.00

                              brie, apple, honey, manchego

                              More Amore

                              • Wild Boar Gemelli$21.00

                                beemster aged gouda, cream, balsamic toast

                                • Lobster Capellini$25.00

                                  absinthe, manchego, miso butter, sharp cheddar, seasonal caviar

                                  • Pickled Deviled Eggs$13.00

                                    smoked salmon, candied chicken skin

                                    • Chicken Chorizo Empanada$14.00

                                      goat cheese, cranberry, carrot chimichurri

                                      • Szechuan Plantain Tacos$14.00

                                        black garlic, brie, sesame, pineapple, algae tortilla

                                        • Truffle Honey Fries$9.00

                                          manchego

                                          • Smoked Foraged Mushroom Risotto

                                            jalapeno

                                            • MKT
                                          • Bang Bang

                                            jalapeno risotto, toasted peanuts

                                            • Cauliflower$10.00
                                            • Chicken$13.00
                                          • Duck Tacos$18.00

                                            hibiscus mole, brie, garlic chips, kimchi mayo, cricket tortilla

                                            • Lamb Ribs

                                              coffee rubbed, rocket, mint mojo

                                              • Half$20.00
                                              • Full$38.00
                                            • Rabbit Corndogs$18.00

                                              smoked blueberry ketchup

                                              Dessert

                                              handmade daily, exclusively in-house

                                              • Cricket Cake$10.00

                                                hazelnut, lavender ganache, rotten banana ice cream

                                                • Red Velvet Churro$10.00

                                                  cayenne nutella

                                                  • Bulls Blood French Toast$10.00

                                                    mad cow ice cream, bee spit

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                                                    What 93 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                    4.6
                                                    4.6 based on all time ratings
                                                    • 4.7Food
                                                    • 4.6Service
                                                    • 4.6Ambience
                                                    • 4.3Value

                                                    NoiseModerate

                                                    93% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                    1. KC

                                                      KimC

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on March 14, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. I could live off the Brussels sprouts. This was my third visit to Ostra and I can’t wait to go again. As soon as the food is served I have remorse that it will be gone soon......

                                                    2. B

                                                      Brendal

                                                      Louisville

                                                      27 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      27 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 28, 2020

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                      Great food and service

                                                    3. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Louisville

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Service, ambience and food were all spot-on!!

                                                    4. A

                                                      Anonymous

                                                      Denver

                                                      14 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      14 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 17, 2020

                                                      overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                      Odd menu...food was overpriced. The servers were nice...Could hear the music from the kitchen loudly competing with the music in the dining room. Dining room also quite cold--I kept my jacket on the whole time.

                                                    5. LD

                                                      LyndseyD

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                      overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                      My husband and I went on a Saturday night to celebrate Valentine's day. Ambiance was great...dim lighting made for a romantic date night, and loved the decor. The cocktails were not good. They had way too much ice and were so watered down by the time they were brought to us. We were very excited to try the rabbit corn-dogs, but they were bad. Not seasoned at all and just bland. The duck confit is the reason we would give this place a second chance. It was phenomenal! In conclusion, maybe they were having an off night because it was a holiday weekend and they were so busy?

                                                    6. SN

                                                      ScottN

                                                      Dallas

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                      The preparation and service were first rate, with an attentive server and hospitable staff. Seating occurred at the scheduled time. Food was delicious with ample portion size (wagyu brisket and salmon). It was pricey but but equal to the value

                                                    7. L

                                                      Loucard

                                                      Indiana

                                                      17 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      17 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                      Cool restaurant and excellent service. However, the menu is very limited ... and I don’t mean just weird to picky eaters. Definitely check out the menu before going. Also, it isn’t the restaurant’s fault, but parking is very difficult to find in that area.

                                                    8. SB

                                                      SteveB

                                                      Louisville

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                      My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's dinner. We especially enjoyed the Crispy Brussell Sprouts. Her entre was delivered 5 minutes prior to mine which neither one of us cared for. The food was excellent and should be for the price paid. It rates with us among the tops in Louisville and we will likely be back.

                                                    9. S

                                                      Smp101363

                                                      San Diego

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                      Great service, food and drinks!

                                                    10. SP

                                                      SandP

                                                      Louisville

                                                      97 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      97 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 1, 2020

                                                      overall3food3service5ambience3

                                                      Food was average, but the service was superb. Not sure if I’d go back again.

                                                    11. C

                                                      Cadams

                                                      Louisville

                                                      22 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      22 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 1, 2020

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                      In a city filled with great restaurants, Ostra certainly can hold its own. Do yourself a favor and start with the rabbit corn dogs and lamb or veggie chimichangas. The lamb stroganoff and spicy soft shell crab sliders are two of the best versions of these dishes I've had. Ostra is tabbed to anchor the north end of Frankfort Avenue as well as its place near the top of restaurants in Louisville.

                                                    12. PF

                                                      PaigeF

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 26, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                      This was my first time at Ostra for a girl's night and we had a great experience. The food was delicious and the drinks were great! It took a little while for drinks to come out, even without a very busy restaurant, but overall a great experience. Get the brussel sprout appetizer!

                                                    13. JJ

                                                      JJR1

                                                      Chicago

                                                      32 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      32 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 24, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      What a great dining experience! The fun atmosphere, the creative menu options, and the delicious food made the experience wonderful. The server was delightful -- friendly, upbeat, knowledgeable and attentive -- and she made the evening even better. This is a "must go" place!

                                                    14. D

                                                      Daniel

                                                      Louisville

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 18, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      One of the best and most unique dining experiences in the city!

                                                    15. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Louisville

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 15, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      First time here. Fabulous house cab. Tried the ceviche and Brussels sprouts for appetizer. They were delicious. I will be trying the bang bang next time we come. For dinner, we did the Lobster Cappellini and brisket slider, which was a special for the night. Honey truffle fries came with the sliders. So tasty and perfect salt and sweet flavor. Lastly, for dessert!! GET READY FOR THIS!! Cricket Cake. So GOOD! and yes there are crickets on top of it. But so easy to move them to the side and not eat them. We finished the dessert in less than 10 minutes. Has a pound cake, Nutella, a fudge brownie and a scoop of chocolate ice cream on top!!! Definitely a fun new place and we will definitely be back !!

                                                    16. J

                                                      Jimbeaux

                                                      Louisville

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 12, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Magnificent food, great service in a beautiful room. Perfect, thanks, Chris

                                                    17. DV

                                                      DanielV

                                                      Dallas

                                                      1 review

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on December 20, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Omg. We were starved for real creativity having just arrived from Dallas, and lo and behold, like an angel from damn heaven , was delivered to us, this day, a meal of great joy, which should be to all men! Hallelujah for the crispiest of Brussels, the butteriest gemelli and, then, Bang Bang we were delivered. Great all!! Elizabeth is a super🌟.

                                                    18. R

                                                      Rt1111111

                                                      Western KY

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 8, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Delicious food, we have visited several time and always had a great experience. Very professional service and nice atmosphere.

                                                    19. J

                                                      Jax2

                                                      Minneapolis

                                                      9 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      9 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 4, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Very creative chef offering unusual and delicious food. We started with very good cocktails and had the ceviche and rabbit corn dogs as appetizers followed by wild boar and duck confit entrees. It was my wife’s birthday so they gave us a complimentary dessert of red velvet churros. All delicious! Very good service as well. Highly recommended.

                                                    20. D

                                                      Dg314

                                                      Louisville

                                                      11 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      11 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 30, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      We loved our meal. Very inventive menu with lots of great choices.

                                                    21. MG

                                                      MichaelG

                                                      Hawaii

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 22, 2019

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                      Best new restaurant I’ve been to in town. Main fare was a nice departure from convention without being unapproachable. Service and decor outshined some of the nicest places around.

                                                    22. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Louisville

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on November 17, 2019

                                                      overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                      I was so excited to dine here after hearing from a few friends how great it was. Unfortunately our experience was not as I hoped it would be. The drinks were delicious. We ordered the Poke small plate but were brought the beet salad. Not a big deal, but our server disappeared so we had to flag down another to ask if we could get the right appetizer. By the time it was brought out, our food shortly followed and we hadn’t had time to finish the small plate yet. I ordered the lobster Capellini. The server told me ahead of time that the normal pasta was sold out so they were using something different. I was fine with that, however my husband got the strogonoff and his also had the wrong noodles which we weren’t told about. Overall the food was really good, just a few hiccups. We were also there for our birthday celebration which I noted in the reservation, but our server brought us the check and didn’t tell us about the dessert offering. The food was good, but the service was definitely lacking and the restaurants music was so loud it felt like everyone was yelling to be heard. For the prices, I don’t think we will be back sadly.

                                                    23. TS

                                                      TracyS

                                                      Louisville

                                                      21 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      21 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 14, 2019

                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                      Creative flavors and a unique atmosphere. A great choice for anyone who loves seafood or is looking for offerings outside of the typical.

                                                    24. I

                                                      Italianfood27

                                                      Louisville

                                                      20 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      20 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 8, 2019

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                      Absolutely love the food at this place

                                                    25. B

                                                      Brendal

                                                      Louisville

                                                      27 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      27 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 8, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great values

                                                    26. L

                                                      Love21c

                                                      Louisville

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 7, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Excellent. Only my second visit in a year but with the new menu I will be a more frequent customer! Loved it. The service was fantastic, food appeared timely and drinks were on spot.

                                                    27. UB

                                                      UrsulaB

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on November 6, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      This was a girls nite out for us, (a wed evening) and none of us had been to Ostra. Didn’t really know what to expect. Needless to say, when looking at the menu and we could add insects to ANY dish😳wow! Got the biggest kick out of that, although none of us attempted that. We all shared 5 different dishes and they were ALL exceptional (compliments to the chef👊🏻) The kale salad was out of this world. Our waitress was fantastic in all aspects of service and helping us with menu options. The ambiance is comfortable, eclectic, and fun. We had great conversation and were probably the loudest ones there🤣it was a great nite to gather with friends for great food and laughs. We WILL return!!

                                                    28. KF

                                                      KellyeF

                                                      Louisville

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 3, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      I was so excited to try Ostra. When I was looking at the menu I was a bit apprehensive about some of the pairing but they all worked so well together. We ordered almost the entire menu and everything exceeded our expectations. I can’t wait to take friends back there to enjoy more great meals.

                                                    29. e

                                                      energy1

                                                      Louisville

                                                      13 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      13 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 3, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      This is my second time at Ostra and each time the experience has been great. I love going to places that embrace new and different combinations of food and Ostra does and does it well. Can't wait to go back.

                                                    30. TD

                                                      TDiddy

                                                      Louisville

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 3, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Can’t go wrong with the truffle fries and Brussel sprouts! The chimichangas were amazing as well!

                                                    31. MP

                                                      MichelleP

                                                      Louisville

                                                      28 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      28 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 2, 2019

                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                      Really great variety of food and fun to share... I think we tried half the menu. We all really loved the Brussels sprouts! Half price glass of wine on sat night until 7pm was awesome too!

                                                    32. L

                                                      Lvillefoodlover

                                                      Washington DC

                                                      17 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      17 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 26, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      I love this restaurant. The interior is cozy and cool. The service is excellent — knowledgeable, helpful, available but not intrusive. And the food is fantastic — plus it’s one of the more innovative menus in town. There is nowhere else like Ostra!

                                                    33. S

                                                      Swoony

                                                      Louisville

                                                      21 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      21 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 25, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Our first trip in and a fabulous experience across the board. The menu was a bit daunting but our waitress Courney did a fantastic job of walking us through it. We tried as much as we could and every dish was better than the next. Can't wait to go back.

                                                    34. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 16, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere, informative and friendly server, tasty drinks!! Perfect place for a large business dinner on a weekday. Not easy to please 10 people but they did!

                                                    35. SE

                                                      SpecialEvent

                                                      Louisville

                                                      32 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      32 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 11, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Unique atmosphere and menu, service was wonderful and a great spot for a date night or girls dinner!

                                                    36. BC

                                                      BC40206

                                                      Chicago

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 6, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                      Best bartender in town. Very interesting food. Nice specials.

                                                    37. YG

                                                      YankeeGirl

                                                      Louisville

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 6, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      My new favorite Louisville eatery. Everything was amazing!

                                                    38. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Louisville

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on September 28, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Food was creative and flavors were outstanding!!

                                                    39. K

                                                      Krish

                                                      Louisville

                                                      12 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      12 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 19, 2019

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                      Good food. Really need to work out noise level in the restaurant given that there is little sound absorption. If you like good food and can tolerate noise levels, certainly worth trying out.

                                                    40. b

                                                      bjv70

                                                      Louisville

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      2.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 1, 2019

                                                      overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                      Out of oysters, out of duck. Service was very slow and don’t remember it being so loud. Very pricey for what you got.

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