Restaurants, Seafood Back Bay
 (Photograph: Courtesy Ostra)
Photograph: Courtesy OstraOstra
 (Photograph: Courtesy Ostra)
Photograph: Courtesy OstraOstra

Ostra has hit upon a magic formula: sophisticated seafood with a side of piano music. The exquisite menu starts with oysters and tartare, then moves on to French escargot, grilled whole red snapper and pan-roasted halibut. If once-a-year celebratory cuisine is what you’re after, you’ll be torn between the salt-crusted branzino, the three-pound broiled lobster and the $155 Israeli caviar; the 275-bottle wine cellar, at least, makes clear you should spring for something special. Before the evening ends, take your nightcap over to the sleek lounge area for the aforementioned ivory tinkling. 

By: Meaghan Agnew


Venue name: Ostra
Address: 1 Charles St S

Cross street: at Stuart St
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5-11pm; Fri & Sat 5-midnight; Sun 5-10:30pm
Transport: Green Line to Boylston St

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