Located on the Ashland Plaza, Ostras! Tapas and Bottle Shop is brought to you by Ashland restaurateur Billy Harto, the man behind Thai Pepper and Kobe in Ashland, and Bambu in Medford.
Harto partnered with one of his long-time employees, Oliver Fix, for this venture, and the sum of their culinary expertise has resulted in one of those restaurants that works on all levels: setting, menu, and service.
Stepping into Ostras! is like walking through a portal to some far away place: rustic and comfortable, with high ceilings, brick walls, and upholstered seating. But it is also decidedly Southern Oregon, with lots of local ingredients for their international flavors, and a wine list showcasing the regionâ€™s best bottles. Far from the original tapas days, where the only bottle of wine was one the proprietor made out back, Ostras! has an Argon gas-based wine dispensing system that allows them to offer by-the-glass choices and tastes to assist with your wine selection. And their commitment to proper pairing reflects in their decision to include a retail wine shop, where patrons can purchase a bottle to accompany their meal at regular retail pricing and enjoy it without a corkage fee. If other adult beverages are your thing, the clever mixologists at Ostras! have created a line of craft cocktails that also utilize fresh and local ingredients, and are worth the visit all by themselves.
But youâ€™d be remiss to overlook the food, especially the seafood tapas and their incredible sauces: scallops with romesco, prawns and harissa verde, clams with chorizo and fennel, and, when available, oysters. If you didnâ€™t already know it, ostras means oysters in Spanish. And while meal size portions are available for some dishes, you are strongly encouraged to take a taste tour through the tapas menu.
Open Tues through Sun from 5pm.