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Chef Travis McShane’s Much-Anticipated Montrose Restaurant Ostia Opens This Week

Amaro cocktails and chic European dishes await

a charred steak on a bed of red romesco sauce, topped with charred leeks, all on a white platter.
Hangar steak with Romesco and leeks at Ostia.
Jenn Duncan/Ostia

Hotly anticipated Mediterranean-influenced restaurant Ostia will open this Friday in the Montrose.

The restaurant, helmed by chef and native Houstonian Travis McShane, is set to open for dinner service at 5 p.m. at 2032 Dunlavy Street on Friday, September 25. Before this project, McShane served as corporate chef for mega-restaurateur Jonathan Waxman’s empire, overseeing operations at the chef’s restaurants in New York City, San Francisco, Nashville, and Atlanta. He’s also spent time in the kitchens of Barbuto in New York and Adele’s in Nashville.

a greenhouse-like dining room with windows and hanging plants on the left side, exposed metal beamed ceilings, an open kitchen on the right, slate grey walls, wooden floors, and furniture.
Ostia’s greenhouse-like interior.
Jenn Duncan

Ostia’s menu is based on “seasonality and spontaneity,” with frequently rotated dishes like fluke crudo topped with citrus and tarragon, summery vegetable gnocchi with cherry tomatoes and corn, juicy hangar steak served with romesco sauce, plus tasting menus. Beverages will include amaro-focused cocktails, wine, and local beer. The restaurant itself features a greenhouse-like space with retractable walls and a large outdoor patio. Diners can also place curbside orders by calling the restaurant at 713-324-9288.

For now, Ostia will be open for dinner only, with plans to expand to brunch and lunch at a later date. Hours will be 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.