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Island Creek Oyster Bar
Island Creek Oyster Bar

Island Creek Oyster Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.islandcreekoysterbar.com
  • Phone: (617) 532-5300
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jeremy Sewall
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kenmore
  • Public Transit: Kenmore
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available in and around Kenmore Square, or we offer valet for $16.
A word from Island Creek Oyster Bar
Island Creek Oyster Bar is named simply after our farmer, built on the ideal of bringing guests closer to the farm. Chef Jeremy Sewall offers a daily changing menu with a raw bar featuring Island Creek Oysters and an updated, seasonal selection of New England seafood.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "I have heard how hard it is to get a reservation here and so we were excited to finally have dinner at Island Creek. Our experience was less than stellar. We could not believe the fried clams that were presented to us. They were overdone and were more like clam strips than clams with bellies. I have had better fried clams at many other places and would not go to this restaurant again. In addition, we waited a long time to get our drinks and then another long time to get food. Definitely very disappointing."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great oysters. A must visit in Boston. Enjoyed the drinks as well"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Greeted my very friendly and warm hosts upon entering. Showed up very early for my reservation, but they were able to seat me right away. My waitress was nice enough but didn't seem very friendly at all. That was the only downside. The oysters were incredibly fresh. Delicious! Oyster slider was also very good."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "a very modern looking place. Very good oysters and clam chowder. the service was very attentive and friendly. I went there in the early afternoon to beat the crowd."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This place is great - great oyster list and the oysters are always fresh! And the staff really knows their stuff, so don't be bashful - ask them for recommendations. The wine list is long and great as well. In a good oyster city, this place still stands out!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Food was generally ok. Did not live up to the hype. Very noisy."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Very extensive seafood menu. It's all about the fish! I had halibut and my date had salmon, both delicious and served HOT off the grill. Service was excellent, food was excellent; however, I thought it was a bit pricey and very loud."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This restaurant is my favorite. The food is always good with much of it locally sourced and always nicely prepared and presented. The chef responds to special requests made because of allergies, medical issues, or personal taste. It is sometimes hard to get a reservation, but I guess that is testimony to my review."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Oysters were fantastic as always. Island Creek are my favorites. Excellent halibut - perfectly cooked and accompanied by corn, chanterelles and tomatoes. Some interesting new Austrian wines."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great service and menu! The haddock I had was cooked to perfection. Our waiter was wonderful, great atmosphere as well. I will definitely come again!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Oysters for brunch, really good. Would have been nice if my cocktail arrived in time to drink while eating my dozen."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Very good fried clams, lobster omelette. Oysters are outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Oysters are amazing! Great food and wine! Definitely one of our favorite restaurants"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was good, but the service was so poor we will not go back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Island creek oyster resturant was wonderful Our waiter was amazing he was attentive and knew the menu well. Our guests were impressed with our selection go there for dinner before a Red Sox game . You must make a reservation for dinner the place was busy but noise level was fine the lobster roe noodles a must! It was delicious! Fried food good too everyone loved what they got the clams and mussels apps amazing my group do not like oysters but I love them and I saw many tables order a bunch ... They looked fresh and delicious! Go if you love fish and try something different on the menu they had mackerel on the menu which would of been my next pick the decor was interesting kind of modern with a beach theme dress is neat casual"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Had a great lunch with a friend from out of town. The raw oysters did not disappoint. I wish there were a few more vegetarian friendly options, but had a great experience otherwise."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Was visiting Boston from Toronto and this was one of the highlights of our trip! Ate from full menu right at the bar and the service was excellent throughout our three-hour stay! Would definitely return if visiting Boston again."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My family and I went to Island Creek for brunch and although we made a reservation, we didn't need one. We were unable to get a seat near the televisions, even though we made a reservation; however, the food quickly made up for missing the World Cup game. The fried oyster sandwiches were phenomenal."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We headed up to a Boston game and discovered this great spot. Able to valet park and walk to the game. The food was good, service slow but it was busy. Fun atmosphere. We will come again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Best seafood restaurant in Boston and Island Creek oysters are the best!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "After seeing the awesome reviews I specifically wanted to try the Lobster Roe Pasta that everyone was raving about so I made advanced reservations. The Lobster Roe Pasta was so salty. I am not the type of person to send a plate back but the salt level on this dish was unbearable. I asked for a replacement of the same dish and the second dish that came had no salt at all. I was disappointed that the kitchen couldn't get this dish right for me this night. Too much salt does not mean send out a plate with no salt. The saving grace of this meal is that the servers were so nice and we still had a great time and walked around Fenway afterwards. They even took the plate off of the bill since the kitchen just couldn't "get it right"."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service was spotty. Had to ask for water, more wine, etc. Long wait to be acknowledged when we were seated and then long wait to even get water. Oysters were delicious as was noodle dish with short ribs and lobster. Seafood casserole, which weve had many times at home and in other restaurants had an odd taste in the sauce, like it was "off"."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Went here with my girlfriend. We are both seafood lovers. Menu changes each night so we wanted to try as much as possible. We went with all appetizers and split everything. I also had some of the best oysters on the half shell I've ever had. They bring you a sauce kit that has all different types of hot sauces, horseradish etc that you could ever need. For apps we had New England clam chowder (one of the best I've Had and I a chowda snob), mussels in risotto, clams in broth with bacon and fennel, fried oyster sliders and a seared tuna dish. Everything was delicious. Atmosphere is fun, but a little loud if your sensitive to that as the bar was hopping at 6pm. Staff was friendly and service was fast and helpful. Highly recommended!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I made a reservation for my birthday at 9:30 for 6. I know this place gets crazy busy, so I figured a late reservation would be best. WRONG! The place was not even close to busy, and when we arrived, we waited 20 minutes for our table. Once we sat, we then waited about half an hour to even place a drink/food order. The only time anybody got a drink, is if you asked about it 20 minutes after ordering it. One would think that for the amazing quality of food and ambience, and high prices, that the service should be equally as great. It is so atrocious that unfortunately, I would only come back to sit at the bar for a couple of drinks and mayyybe some oysters. It is such a shame."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Staff, food, preparation all amazing can't wait for my next visit."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "ICOB is always excellent. The food is great and the service is spectacular. I don't know how they do with the volume of customers they serve."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "A (not so funny) comedy of errors: (1) valet parking full, (2) they refused us one of many 2 seaters at the edge of the room, because they were 'booked' (maybe, but really irritating. We booked on Open Table. Where is the field for "choose your table"?), (3) no waiter helped us until we flagged someone down after >20 minutes. (4) waiter forgot to bring our drinks - we had to remind him, after appetizers were already done. He brought over not 1 but 2 incorrect bottles to pour from. (5) forgot to bring 1 of 2 appetizers, and when we pointed out that we hadn't gotten our oysters, he told us "but I was just about to bring your entrees", then he looked over and said "oh, they didn't bring it over. Your oysters are over there." Nice."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We came here for the seafood after an internet search kept leading us back to this restaurant as being one of the best. We tried a variety of seafood and the dishes were all fantastic. On top of that, the atmosphere is relaxed but cool, and our servers were very friendly and helpful us make decisions as first-timers."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed our dinner at ICOB. They had a massive wine list, lots of amazing seafood options, and of course lots of options for oysters if raw bars are your thing. The prices are higher, but we were dining here for a special occasion. The halibut was prepared deliciously- it was our favorite between our two dishes (big eye tuna and halibut). The staff was very accommodating and friendly!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "There's a reason why ICOB is always crowded and reservations run fast weeks in advance - the food and fresh oysters are outstanding. My friends visited Boston and we went to both Neptune and ICOB. Verdict is clear - ICOB. Seating and ambience was nice for ICOB. You could make some form of reservation for ICOBs and need not wait for 1hr - 1.5hrs for seating. However, ICOB has the habit of squeezing people into a small table. First time, they squeezed 5 people onto a table meant for 4. Second time, 4 people on a standard square table. Normally, such tables would be sufficient for 1 - 2 course meals. But, you won't be stopping at 1 -2 dishes at ICOBs. Many times, the whole table is filled with food and hardly any space for manoeuvre."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The staff at Island Creek are so knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to their Oysters. They made it so easy to order. Great night dining, young and older crowd. My only complaint was the music was incredibly loud. Don't go for conversation."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The raw bar and apps were amazing. While the entrees were very good they were outshined by the apps and oysters. The service was good albeit a little annoying with the 'team' style waiters/waitresses. It was annoying to be asked the same thing within the span of a few minutes from different people at each stage of dinner. Still everyone was attentive and knowledgeable so the overall experience was very good."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The oysters are the BEST in Boston and I have tried several other places that seem to get written up often but don't compare! The combination of really good, interesting fresh food and wonderful, very knowledgeable and appropriately friendly staff make this place a standout. The wine recommendations are always excellent."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "ICOB oyster sliders are among my favorite food . Fresh oysters are the best anywhere. regular entrees are polished, interesting and flovorful."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Always the best pre-sox stop. excellent lobster rolls, the lobster arancini were great"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food: Very fresh seafood. Great !! Service: The service was good. We are just not used to being waited on by multiple waiters. Food deliverers and busboys were fine."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food was great,a modern twist on some classic items,and of course a great raw bar. The atmosphere was electric and the space was contemporary. The only slight negative was that our waiter seemed bored or disinterested in his interaction. He didn't do a bad job, just didn't seem to love what he was doing."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food, service, atmosphere... Fantastic! Great oysters, fluke crudo, oyster sliders. Great meal!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We just love Island Creek! Amazing food...great oysters of course and the best fried clams! Moreover, the staff, from the hostesses to the wait staff to those bussing tables is top notch."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Had lunch here for father's day and it was perfect. Great selection of oysters, good beer list, and an incredible lobster roll."
    Dined on 6/15/2014