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Oster

4.7
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34 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Contemporary Italian
We modelled our concept loosely on the osteria. A typically inexpensive Northern Italian eatery. A place where guests are hosted with warmth and familiarity. Where local producers are given a platform, and local people are catered for around the clock. This is our primary value for hosting. Traditional, communal, unfussy.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 34 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. The food was so fresh and beautiful, will come again once re opened.

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RobH
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent night out. Good food, wonderful stuff maintaining all appropriate Covid precautions. Wine list could be a bit better. Will return soon

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JeremyS
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

We went to Oster for a mid week birthday dinner during the covid-19 period so it was a strange time to be going out.
The pared back menu was to the point, minimal but definitely highlighted the skills in the kitchen. Everything we had was exceptional, with the Culatello and the ricotta filled pasta really standing out.
The service from the front of house owner was spot on; attentive, very knowledgeable and just the right amount of friendly.
We expected a nice night at Oster, instead we got an amazing night and can't give them more praise for doing a brilliant job in trying times.
We look forward to going back again, soon.

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vipAnnie
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Below average service (was told to access the food menu online on their website as we were seated in an area where we couldn't see the menu on the wall) and tuna was over-cooked as a main. Won't return in a heartbeat

Oster
Responded on 1 July 2020

Hi Annie, We are deeply sorry that you didn’t enjoy your experience at Ostēr and would love the opportunity to discuss this further with via email. We have chosen to have a board and PDF menu on our website to avoid wasting paper through single use menus as this goes against our values and principles as a business and as people. Looking forward to hearing from you. Ostēr

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MichelleM
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and location! Highly recommend.

Oster
Responded on 1 July 2020

Thanks for your review! Glad you enjoyed everything. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Ostēr

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BrittanyD
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service by Lisa! Highly recommended. Food and ambience were great.

Oster
Responded on 1 July 2020

Thanks for your lovely review! We look forward to hosting you again soon. Ostēr

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HTee
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food.

Oster
Responded on 1 July 2020

Thanks for your review! We look forward to hosting you again soon. Ostēr

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SuperFab
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food and great staff. A highlight are the special cocktails such as the Cacao Negroni and the Highballs.

Oster
Responded on 24 June 2020

Thanks so much for your lovely review! Glad you liked our new cocktails. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Warm regards, Ostēr

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was perfect! Service was excellent. We will definitely be back!

Oster
Responded on 24 June 2020

Thanks for your review. We look forward to hosting you again soon! Ostēr

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stephanieT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautifully plated food. Some food slightly bland, needing more flavour. Entree soup with muscles lacked flavour, but had good texture. The tuna with bbq sauce was dry and needed more seasoning. Dessert was beautiful, ice-cream divine and presentation stunning.

Oster
Responded on 24 June 2020

Hi Stephanie, Thank you for your review. We always take the opportunity to take reviews as a chance to improve our offering. Your comments have been passed on to our kitchen team. Warm regards, Ostēr

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vipCaroleneG
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Oster means "host" and host they did. Small menu but enough to choose from. We shared oysters, the best chicken and pork terrine ever and fabulous steak with excellent potatoes and greens. Good wine selection. Fabulous service (the tiramisu was pretty special too!)/ We'll be back

Oster
Responded on 24 June 2020

Hi Carolene, Thank you for your kind words. We are thrilled our name translated to an amazing experience for you. Can't wait to host you again soon! Ostēr

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ChazM
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience. Wonderfully crafted food and wine menu And relaxed fine dining atmosphere - recommend to all!

Oster
Responded on 24 June 2020

Thanks for your review Chaz! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Look forward to hosting you again soon. Ostēr

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MaryW
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal staff and sensational food. I would highly recommend and I cannot wait to get back.

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KirstiK
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So glad we chose Ostēr for our first post Iso dinner. The arrangement of tables to comply with regulations did not diminish the ambience. The staff were fabulous and our swordfish was gorgeous. My husband discovered a new beer and my dry martini was excellent. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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Carmel
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to this restaurant several times and it never disappoints. Osvaldo and Nick are superb hosts and the food is delicious and always varied. Will continue to return. So glad you're back.

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Jesse
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great experience at Oster. Very friendly and attentive staff, warm atmosphere and lovely food.

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OndreeaD
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff are very helpful and professional, very knowledgeable of the food and wines being served.
Food was delicious, better than I've ever had before at a restaurant in the area!

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houseofcoraline
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went with my husband last week, to celebrate our 5th Anniversary and it was stupendous! I come from an italian family so I'm always keen on trying new italian restaurants around Melbourne. In my reservation I added we were celebrating and the staff treated us incredible. Give this place a try and I'm sure you will leave feeling super happy and full! Oh, and try the Tiramisú, by far, one of the best one we've tried in Melbs.

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Marianstock
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Inviting decor. Delicious food - we had the duck which was cooked to perfection and the raspberry meringue dessert was to die for. Thank you

Oster
Responded on 12 March 2020

Thank you for your review Marian. We are glad you enjoyed everything. Can't wait to host you again soon! Oster

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Lili
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous dinner! Our group of 5 had a fantastic evening, service and food were impeccable. Great to have such quality nearby, a true local gem. We’ll be back very soon :)

Oster
Responded on 26 February 2020

Hi Lili, Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure hosting your group over the weekend! See you again soon. Ostēr

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CleoS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautifully original dishes coupled with wines that never fail to impress. We always walk away with big smiles on our faces.

Oster
Responded on 19 February 2020

Hi Cleo, Thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Warm regards, Ostēr

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Tish
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding and innovative Italian dishes using beautiful fresh ingredients. Definitely try the casoncelli!! It’s a delightfully balanced dish of fresh pasta, cheese and sage. The meringata for dessert was divine. I will be returning.

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KathyT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have eaten at Oster a few times now and the food is amazing.
The menu changes weekly so there is always something new to try.
Home made bread - yum! Extensive wine list.
Service is impeccable.
You will not be disappointed.

Oster
Responded on 14 January 2020

Thanks for your kind words Kathy. We love our bread too! Looking forward to hosting you again soon. Ostēr

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vipMichaelN
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Did the tasting menu and received 5 dishes with exactly the same texture. No variation in the plating, and we were not served food to match what we were drinking (fish with a heavy red wine).

Would definitely not recommend.

Oster
Responded on 26 November 2019

Thank you for your review and for taking the time to talk to us over the phone. Due to limited space, we have responded to your review on Google. Ostēr

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GAVINC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

hello,
the food/wine were amazing.
The waitress was 'new" I'm assuming, so she we had no issue with her she just missed a couple of the basics but it certainly did not effect the night.
The only thing that put a damper on the night was the very annoying women sitting next to us who needs to learn some etiquette when dining out with other people around her.
We will be back though...

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LloydJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good people, and excellent real Italian food. A new alternative

Oster
Responded on 19 November 2019

Hi Lloyd, Thank you for your review. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Ostēr

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PeterJ
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a very lovely dinner at Oster. Everything was wonderful - hitting all the right notes on food, wine, ambience and service. Highly recommend!

Oster
Responded on 13 November 2019

Hi Peter, Thank you for your review. We look forward to hosting you again soon! Ostēr

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vipCaroleneG
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Really interesting northern Italian fare. Creative and delicious- think tomatoes with strawberries, pepper and goats cheese, paccheri with green olives and tomato dust. Will go back. Good wine list and friendly service

Oster
Responded on 13 November 2019

Hi Carolene, Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed our take on Northern Italian cuisine. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Ostēr

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JulieD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food and terrific service! Enormous serving sizes!

Oster
Responded on 13 November 2019

Hi Julie, Thank you for your review. We look forward to hosting you again for another nice, big meal! Ostēr

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SamanthaT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very good food and welcoming staff. Lovely little extra touches. 4 stars given only because it was quiet in the restaurant so the service was a little too attentive at times.

Oster
Responded on 24 October 2019

Hi Samantha, thank you for visiting Oster. We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed your experience and appreciate the welcome nibble and our petit fours at the end. We would also like to thank you for the feedback. We will definitively take it on board and make sure we use it to improve the experience of our future guests. Looking forward to seeing you at Oster soon

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NatalieD
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service, menu and value for money. We loved everything about our dining experience at Oster. Highly recommend! Can’t wait to go back!

Oster
Responded on 24 October 2019

Thank you very much for your review Natalie. We are glad you had a good time and enjoyed your experience with us .We are looking forward to seeing you again at Oster!

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tstan
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, great wine, and really amazing service.

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LeilaS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A new little Richmond gem. The food and wine matching was perfect. Italian varieties made by Australian producers. The standout dish for me was the roasted capsicum risotto, the best risotto I have ever had! Think great local produce with an Italian accent.

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NadiaD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, wine and service a beautiful restaurant overall

FAQs

Oster offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9428 0749.

Oster is rated 4.7 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

Oster does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://oster.giverapp.net/product/digital-voucher/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.