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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
  • "Ok I never give a 10 until now! There is usually something that just keeps me from giving the perfect score, but I would give this place a 10! Several reasons: first off, it was crowded but the entire staff knew how to deal with it. When I checked in I got a big smile and warm welcome. Then I headed to the bar, it was full but as soon as I walk up the bartender knew looked and got me taken care of. Our table was on time and the staff waiting and delivering our food were friendly knowledgeable and the food was off the chart. With food atmosphere and great service like this, I will always come back to this gem of a dining experience."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food is great. Fish is always fresh. Oysters always delicious. And the drinks from the bar are always top notch."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "ICOB is my favorite restaurant in Boston. It can be difficult to get a reservation from 6-8pm, but its worth the wait! The staff is knowledgeable and attentive. They work as a team, so you won't have a single waiter throughout your meal. Their oysters are plump and flavorful, they slide down like butter. The drinks were fabulous--they brew their own ginger beer and squeeze their own lime juice! Order the biscuit--delish! Their bluefish is incredible, as is the salmon tartar and crab cakes. The space is always lively, yet the dim lighting adds an intimate flair to the setting. Great date spot! I can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This restaurant does everything right! From the hostess, servers, quality of food and drinks this place is sure to satisfy the pickiest of foodies everywhere. Definitely the Best Boston has to offer! They also manage several other restaurants in town, so good I couldn't pick a favorite!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great service by knowledgable staff. Local oysters very good. Fish cooked to perfection. Wide ranging tailored wine list. Basil ice cream was a first for me."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Unfortunately this restaurant did not offer much regarding quality of food or service. It's a hipster hot spot but the food and especially service needs serious work. Our server was very neglectful and did not serve the drinks that we requested nor took our entree orders. She seemed more focused on serving other customers during the rare times she surfaced near our table. Once we received our appetizers from a completely different server, everything tasted bland and forgettable. The lobster tartare was very disappointing and flavorless. I would not recommend this extremely loud and overpriced place for a meal to anyone anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Wonderful array of extremely fresh and tasty oysters followed by unique and delightful fish preparations"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "One of my top favorite restaurants in Boston by far. Superlative food, service, ambience. I have never had a bad meal here. Oysters are the best in the city. Lobster Roe Noodles are my favorite meal. No complaints. Bartenders are knowledgable and terrific."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had a late lunch past Sunday afternoon, the restaurant wasn't very busy at all. Food was ok, oysters fresh, nice coffee and dessert. I had to write a poor review as the poor service was deliberate judging from the service provided to other tables from the same waiter. The waiter was tardy, condescending,deliberately forgetful and did he best to provide minimal basic service for our table. Other waiters and busboy had to lack of service a few times. We still gave a fair tip not wanting to penalise everyone else if they share tips. If we weren't in a hurry we would complained to management right there and then. Btw, the terrible waiter is somewhat taller and had wavy hair, Island Creek take note if you are reading this review."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Had a great meal starting with oysters own on the half shell, followed by Halibut for myself and Salmon for my friend. Everything was delicious and the service was great. I go there anytime I'm in the area."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It was our first time there and we loved it! Great wine, food and atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great dinner, great waitress, great service! Expensive but worth it - great for a special night out. Valet parking was an added expense but worth not having to drive around to find a parking spot. We will definitely do it again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Island Creek is a favorite of my family's, and we always go there when they are in town. Basically, it has the best seafood in town, an amazing raw oyster bar, and a great ambiance, although it can get a little loud. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "How do you shout out... Just don't go!! Food bland!!! Bar staff non-attentive and confused!! Breaded oyster sliders like frozen fish stick. Lobster noodles just fishy limp bad pasta!! Seafood casserole has limited taste... Falls flat !!! Lastly, even the kids could tell you the clam chowder just wasn't right!!! Such a beautiful space... Expect it to be out of business in a few years!!!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The menu at ICOB is always fresh, unique, and as local as possible. There are favorites I get every time I go, shrimp cocktail, biscuits, and the clam chowder, and the specials always provide an unexpected treat. The chef here is extremely talented, absolutely best seafood in Boston!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in, to the moment we left -- the service was really excellent. Our initial waitress made some really good beer and wine suggestions, and then our main waiter did the same for our food selections. The raw oysters were very nice, my wife loved the chowder, and we shared the lobster pasta -- which I can highly recommend. The house biscuit was HUGE, and quite good, although ours was a bit doughy inside (and our waiter comped the biscuit because of this -- apparently even though the pastry had a perfect golden hue on the outside, this can still happen to professionals...and they were quite apologetic). My wife is still giving raving reviews of this place to her coworkers."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Don't miss the oysters!!!!Definitely super great!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was great! However, service was disorganized (long time to get drinks)"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We had Sunday Brunch here and loved it. The ICOB egg sandwich was delicious. We also had the mushroom quiche and thought it was divine. The pastries were unique and we tried a couple. Although they are noted for their oysters, we did not try them at breakfast, but will definately go back another visit to have oysters. Service was great and we had a lovely Sunday morning here. Thanks ICOB!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "If you're looking for some of the best oysters in town this is the place to go. Everything on the menu looks delicious and after eating my meal I could honestly say that everything probably is delicious. Seriously eat as much as possible, everything was fantastic. The atmosphere is very relaxing and feels like Restoration Hardware did the interior design. You'll walk out feeling like you're the King of the Sea, enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The drinks were good, and the food was great! I recommend the oyster sliders and the lobster roe noodles! The oysters were also fresh and delicious!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Took the whole family for oysters since we were staying at the Hotel Commonwealth, which is adjacent. The oysters were very good as was the other food that we ordered. The service was also very good and attentive. As a side note, we were very happy to see that they serve the Mexican Coke that is made with cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. Overall it was busy and seemed like a popular place. The decor is modern with a pleasant seaside theme. We would certainly go back again!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Oysters very good, clams O.K., the shrimps a complete desaster. Strong taste of antibiotics, simply horrible, hence decided to stop the dining experience after one bite. Energetic scene, if you want to go for the oysters, however bring a ski jacket as this place is cooled down as a ski day in Vermont."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Don't let the name fool you -- Island Creek is much more than an oyster bar; it offers a wide range of seafood dishes (lunch and dinner menu items change daily) and a long roomy bar. It's one of two restaurants in the Hotel Commonwealth (the other is Eastern Standard), and just a few steps from the T station (but, if you're driving, it offers valet parking). If going there on game day (when the Red Sox are at home), be sure to make a reservation -- it gets jammed 2-3 hours before the first pitch."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food was good, but the service was so poor we will not go back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Oysters are amazing! Great food and wine! Definitely one of our favorite restaurants"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Best seafood restaurant in Boston and Island Creek oysters are the best!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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