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“Had a great meal here in a group of 40”
Review of Ostria Restaurant

Ostria Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 65 Restaurants in Hydra
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Greek
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The friendly corner with the traditional food, the beautifull atmosphere, and the smile of Anastasia.
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Large group spread across 2 long tables. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Food just kept coming and was great tasting. Thoroughly recommend

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1  Thank Brett H
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

Situated just up from the main harbour, this was a different sort of dining experience. Let’s say it was rustic with a service with attitude. I wouldn’t go so far as to say the waitresses gave the impression that by eating there we were imposing ourselves on them – which does happen in some tavernas – but it wasn’t exactly service with a smile either. So if you are a sensitive soul, take offence easily and don’t like being told what to eat rather than being advised this isn’t for you.
With this sort of approach the food has to pass muster and by and large it did. I started with sardines – a good size and which had also been butterflied – and they were very good. I followed with shrimps (prawns to me) having enjoyed something similar earlier on my holiday. These were fine but nothing special. My two friends had maki-maki or dolphin fish (nothing to do with dolphins) and these were voted a major success.
The meal represented great value (80 Euros for three starters, three main courses and three-quarters of a litre of wine) and despite the “service with a difference” had
we been staying on Hydra for more than three nights we agreed we would have visited Ostria again.

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1  Thank Bob W
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

This is the fourth year that we have eaten at Ostria nearly every night of our holiday. The food is really fresh, and is delicious. It is all good. The lady of the house is Tasoula and she is brilliant. She manages all the tables, takes all the orders, remembers what everyone is having at the same time as watching her little girl Georgia and speaking on the phone. Her husband looks after the kitchen, and cooks everything to perfection, especially the calamari. It is a very entertaining and lively place to be. We usually have a couple of nights at more expensive places for romantic dinners, but we always return here. A quiet intimate place it is not, but it is fun, and you usually meet interesting people. It is also the best value in Hydra.

1  Thank Al H
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Lovely family restaurant food was good. The menu is what ever the owner catches. Don't have the calamari as the owner will tell you it's not fresh.

1  Thank Metinee
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

The menu--a dual-language affair *handwritten* in a lined, navy-leather bound notebook--should've tipped us off. Instead, sip by sip, things get clearer rather than fuzzier. Ostria isn’t an ordinary restaurant; and Hydra most certainly isn't your ordinary destination.

We quickly learned a husband and wife duo owns this charming taverna recessed a bit from the bustle of this Greek island's central port. She greets us with a charisma TV execs would've fallen over themselves for long ago back in the States. As we hesitate to take one of the tiny street-lining tables given its location on top of two dining locals to the right, she acts. Sit, sit, the owner insists, "here." She slides her regular's purse over a chair, pushes their entire table a bit further down the street, and ends with a simple question. "To drink?"

Soon table wine further introduces us to Hydra. M and I met far from here near the Finger Lakes in New York, and we generally remain skeptical of white wines (a fun tasting experience but otherwise an overly sweet diversion). Yet 500mL of the house offering surprises us with a pleasant dryness that compliments the various oils to come.

The husband serves as head chef, but he unknowingly volunteers as tour guide. That morning he sailed out into the Aegean and caught dinner, a few kilos of local white fish, so our host invites us to visit the kitchen and see firsthand what her spouse can grill or fry. Even if we thought quickly enough to snap a picture, the scene that plays out proves to be artfully irreplicible. He cleans fish and jokingly points their eyes in our direction, she shouts back that we'd like a pair grilled, and all the while their toddler runs in and out smiling and throwing her hands in the air at the sight of small fish. Dinner service suffers no delays throughout.

Smitten by the place already, dakos (like a greek salad but with a hard crusted brown bed lining the bottom of the plate) and fava (a potato-ey bean dip served warm with oil and raw onion) solidify things. The only problem? We stand no chance with gracious Greek portions. The solution? Our host similarly swept a trio of Londoners into the table to our left, and by now we’ve learn the Hydra ethos: You *never* drink or dine alone in Hydra—care to join?

Pours of reds and whites effortlessly swap between our two tables (the locals to our right had already been plenty served and politely decline). Eventually we end the evening at a neighboring bar with a local twist on Cosmopolitans that tasted as if they included Ouyzo (Greece's clear, anise-based liquor) as a vodka upgrade. But all of that only represents the beginning. Ostria's charm and delightful, accessible menu had us smitten with this island immediately. It's a meal I may never forget, and the experience—the vivid memories of images, smells, tastes combined with the dreamy location and the extreme affordability for travelers—ranks up there among the best dining experiences I've ever had (others include places like Woodbury Kitchen in Baltimore, Maryland or Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco \m/)

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4  Thank nzmattis
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