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Situated in Boston's vibrant Back Bay neighborhood, One Charles Street South is home to a modern Mediterranean eatery known as Ostra. Led by Chef/Owner Jamie Mammano and Executive Chef Mitchell Randall, our restaurant draws inspiration from the abundant seafood offerings of both local New England waters and the coastal regions of Europe. With a strong emphasis on specialty seafood sourced from the Mediterranean and various parts of the United States, our culinary creations showcase the natural essence and delightful flavors of each dish through their light preparation.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, Drinks
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European
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed today via mobile

We expected more from Ostra. Fish was fresh but not a lot of flavor to either of the two entrees we chose. My shrimp cocktail was slightly overcooked. The carpaccio was the best dish we ordered. Other reviews mentioned cost and flavor d have to...agree. For the prices the food should shine.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate at this storied Boston fish house of the most elegant order with my wife on a holiday + graduation weekend Friday night. The place was bustling, loud, and jam packed. Once we were seated the evening unfolded perfectly. Service was prompt and flawless. The...food was of the highest quality and perfectly prepared. The meal was delicious and a high point of our visit. The waitstaff was some of the best I’ve ever seen. Our waitress was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. We will be back!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed April 12, 2024

The seafood at Ostra was well cooked and delicious but at the prices charged one would have expected exceptional food. The waiters clearly try and maximise restaurant revenue by only offering still or sparkling water unless asked otherwise. The portions were large so unless you’re...a big eater a starter each and a main between two would be plenty.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 7, 2024 via mobile

Enjoyed a nice dinner with my wife. The menu is comprehensive, the service is incredible, and the food quality is amazing. The managers are always in the middle of the action so everyone is on his/her ‘A-Game’. We will come back soon!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed January 30, 2024

Being in Boston, why not seafood? And if seafood, why not one that purports to be high end? Well, not here. There was so little to like about this place. Sorry to be so negative, but really...start with the room. It feels like the shell...of what was meant to be a lobby bank but they changed their mind. So they put a few (alleged) artworks on the walls -- sort of artworks anyway, and then the decorator called it a day. If you like that company cafeteria look with white tablecloths, this is your kind of place. It wasn't ours. We're from New York. We know what expensive is. But these were not mere Upper East Side prices. These were Upper Upper East Side prices. True, some entrees were in the high $40s, but expect more like high $50s. And even then if its great, why not? But this place is far from great. My wife's salmon was ok, meaning for $30, ok. But not $46 ok. And my paella was very good. At $58, it should be great, I mean great, not very good. But all of this was submerged in the disco beat -- that thump thump thump that vibrates your heart at a dance club. But for dinner? Ugh. Loud. Thump thump thump. Totally incongruous. It made us wonder what "concept" this place was meant to be. Oh, forgot to mention the service. It was diner efficient: the guy shows up, drops something on the table and before you can say "may we have butter" he's gone. There was no one -- no one -- watching the room. You could raise your hand for service but it was more like "if you raise your arm and no one sees it, did you really raise your arm"? So to summarize -- if very large sterile rooms with 30' ceilings, loud disco music, poor service and ok overpriced food is your thing, reserve now! PS -- one good thing to day though, to be fair. The "snow egg" dessert was sublime. And only $17!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 27, 2024 via mobile

Ostra is a jewel within Boston’s dining community. Impeccable service, and outstanding gourmet seafood. Flavorful dishes perfectly cooked & served!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 1, 2024 via mobile

We’ve been several times at Ostra. Never disappoints. Lobster is delicious, fish is delicious, meat dishes are equally good. Great service and impressive wine list. Very nice sea themed decor.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 24, 2023 via mobile

The food and the service was absolutely spectacular. Frankly I’m speechless. It’s amazing how many restaurants can’t serve food hot, even the real good ones. Their attention to the most minute details was unparalleled. This is a must visit.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 7, 2023

A culinary delight that's sure to make your visit memorable. Their seafood dishes are fantastic, the atmosphere is elegant, and the service is top-notch. If you want an unforgettable dining experience in Boston, Ostra is the place to go. It's a testament to the city's...thriving food scene and a must-visit for food lovers!!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed October 10, 2023 via mobile

Beautiful setting in a large room with high ceilings. Chefs obviously have a tight control on the quality of their food and deservedly so. Food is beautifully prepared with emphasis on fish and shellfish. Service from the waiters is excellent and attentive. We found it...hard to find fault with this very professional establishment..... will return on our next visit to Boston.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 2, 2023

The dining experience at this establishment is truly exceptional. The food and drinks served here are nothing short of amazing. If you're looking for a delightful appetizer, the Calamari is an absolute must-try, boasting flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. One of the standout...features of this restaurant is its fantastic location in Boston. It's perfectly situated for a meal right before or after attending a show. This convenience adds to the overall appeal, making it an ideal choice for a memorable dining experience in the city.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed September 3, 2023 via mobile

Atmosphere and service was awesome! We were celebrating our 17 yr anniversary and so happy we chose Oestra for our special day! We loved the food it was phenomenal. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Boston!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 25, 2023

First time here and we’ll certainly come back soon! The ambiance is superb, I highly recommend this restaurant, the food was amazing and the service was fantastic. Special thanks to Diana. She was extremely kind to us and the desert she recommended was a great...conclusion!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 23, 2023

Skimpy portions at inflated prices. Would you pay $13 for a bottle of water or $32 for a teacup-sized bowl of pasta? All delivered with cold dismissive service. They greet you warmly at the door- don’t be fooled like we were.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 23, 2023

Extremely small portions Food came out suspiciously fast Water was expensive Unfortunately a huge disappointment !!

Date of visit: August 2023
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HHelenaH
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Response from ElGuap0_1 | Reviewed this property |
I think so. Their pasta dishes are excellent, and I believe some are without seafood or meat.
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Response from bigBlue78 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Three minutes or less.
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Response from jackie075 | Reviewed this property |
Upscale casual is how I felt comfortable. You could dress up more but unnecessary. Enjoy!
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Ostra is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5