Island Creek Oyster Bar
Island Creek Oyster Bar

Island Creek Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.islandcreekoysterbar.com/
  • Phone: 6175325300
  • 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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Island Creek Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
410 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (253)special occasion (186)hot spot (182)vibrant bar scene (170)good for groups (136)neighborhood gem (122)notable wine list (105)romantic (100)late-night find (66)great for lunch (51)great for brunch (50)kid-friendly (14)great for outdoor dining (9)scenic view (3)Show More
  • crmimiVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    oysters were excellent as usual. fish sandwich was very good, but the fried clams were gritty and clam chowder was not very tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oppi328VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Island Creek Oyster Bar is a fabulous restaurant. I love the oysters! I had Moonshoals and Island Creeks this time as well as salmon tartare and bluefish pate. My friend ordered Faroe Island salmon for her entree. The service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful - Must Repeat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Service was outstanding, and food was delightful. The salmon entree was the highlight of our meal. I asked details about a cocktail - the recipe was written out and returned with style. This was going above and beyond and on top of already excellent service. I will be looking for an opportunity to return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well Below Expectations
    Joebusinessdiner
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our reservation was for 4:30 as our party was going to the Red Sox game after dinner. We were 5 minutes early and we were made to wait at the bar where we were summarily ignored. We waited well past 4:30 while the staff set up the restaurant (really.. they didn't know people were coming?). Our waiter Joe was very good and no complaints there. All of the food ordered was increadibly substandard. My fried clams (Ipswich they say on the menu .. must be "frozen in Ipswich "Ohio") were "scrawny" and chewy like rubber bands... Yes, I'm from New England, live on the ocean and know good seafood... this was terrible.. My guest from North Carolina had the mussels which again were terrible (he was polite but I asked o taste).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I have been to this restaurant many times. I have never been disappointed. The food and wine are both great and it is so much fun to see the chic and bustling crowd. It is in walking distance to Fenway Park and next to one of the finest Hotels in Boston - the Hotel Commonwealth. Staying at the hotel and eating at the restaurnt = my favorite evening.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good stuff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Oysters are exceptional. Food came out slow, but we were made whole and more. It's now up there as one of my most favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glad I found this
    Katie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great for seafood! Awesome oysters and great beer and wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, poor service
    BostonDiner365VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The good was outstanding, the service was terrible. Our food took about 1 hour to come, and our waitress needed to be flagged down every time we needed something. Very disappointing given the price of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best oyster bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were happy to return to Island Creek Oyster Bar. Still exceptional food and service. Oyster selection is first-rate. Clam chowder was excellent, as was the herb-crusted cod. Yummy peach cobbler for dessert. Interesting wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Oysters and crab cake was the best. Entree was okay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish galore
    lennyk
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We started out on a low note with the music so loud that we could not talk at the table. When asked to lower the sound, we were obliged; however, the music got louder as the restaurant filled. I started with a half dozen oysters from a list of about 16. They were properly briny and came with the usual accompaniments. There was also an excellent whitefish cerviche with the correct amount of citrus and spice. The Marha's Vineyard black cod came as a whole deep fried fish. It was difficult to bane as it was very crispy but we managed with few bones. We also had a grilled stripped bass that came in a sauce with sausage and Israeli couscous. Tasty but a bit spicy detracting from the freshness of the fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome
    Satisfied
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    It was a very pleasurable experience. Staff was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    FlavourFavoured
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Everything about our evening at Island Creek Oyster Bar was exemplar. Staff were knowledgeable and attentive. The food was fresh and delicious. We will definitely recommend the restaurant and return there, when in Boston again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oh the Oysters
    Slim
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We were dining here for the 1st time and it was our 10th Wedding Anniversary. Food was great especially the really fresh and tasty oysters. The meal was just excellent from beginning to end. There was also a very nice selection of drinks to pair w/ the meal. We had a great time and enjoyed our meal. Definitely lives up to the hype.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mtnester
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyed the experience. Went to The Hawthorn to wait and enyoyed the manager Nick Frank, the meal was very good with an education on the finer points of oysters, decor was intersesting with a story on every wall and interesting designner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring friends
    bstnbnd
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Good food good cocktails. Bustling atmosphere. Great spot for before or after a sox game.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place you will remember
    yoda2013
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I am a fan of fresh sea food, and this place has it. The raw bar selection is very good and the ceviche was a gem. I ate a whole black bass and it made me feel like I was eating at the beach. My wife got the Casserole and it was good but we both agreed it would have been better to order from the selection of fresh fish dishes. The entire staff, from the valet to the servers, is very friendly and thoughtful. They went the extra mile to print "Happy Anniversary" in our menus. They won a new customer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must go to for seafood
    Sheppup1VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Large assortment of oysters, delicious shellfish, and very good seafood entrees. We loved it so much we booked it again for 2 nights later. Definitely a top 10 seafood restaurant in Boston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic night
    NYCgal
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Delicious oysters and raw bar and really great, friendly service. I tried the lobster roe noodle entry, and found it to have an odd, reheated quality to it. Everything else was great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oppi328VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Island Creek Oyster Bar is one of our favorite restaurants! I ordered 3 varieties of oysters this time: Island Creeks, Moonshoals, and Chathams. All of them were delicious, but the Chathams were the largest and the tastiest! My husband ordered the striped bass ceviche and a bluefish entree. I chose the tuna tartare and a crab cake with a cucumber and tomato salad. Both the service and the food were fabulous! We highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    As usual, the food was outstanding, and among the eight of us who dined together, we sampled almost everything on the menu. The service, however, has gone from bad to worse. While many servers attended to our table, none of them did it well, and there was a noticeable lack of coordination. We repeatedly had to ask for just about everything, and in the case of a beer, we had to ask three times. It finally came, when the diner who had requested it had finished his meal. Although every server was pleasant, no one really seemed to care, maybe because the gratuity was predetermined. If we'd received any service, we would have tipped considerably more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    Desertbabe
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food was good and the selection was varied for drinks as well.Didn't enjoy the ambience as was seated near a little girl that cried constantly.Parents just sat enjoying their meal.Restaurant wasn't that full but they couldn't move us.Nice decor but it took too long for the waiter to help us every time and the meal took forever.The waiter kept disappearing and we got annoyed.It's a shame cause the food is not bad!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its all in the details....
    Chris
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating a major anniversary here. When we sat down, the waiter handed us our menus, and they were customized to wish us each a happy anniversary. Its great when a busy restaurant like this takes note of the little details, its such an easy thing to do, yet not many places do it. Superb service plus terrific and memorable food makes for a great experience that you want to repeat in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night out
    sjinjp
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    raw bar was exceptional, service was fantastic. Would return in a minute
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It gets better everytime
    Dand
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We have been to Island Creek several previous times and the best meal I ever had there or anywhere else was this past Tuesday night. The Island Creek Oysters were the best, the clam chowder was perfect, and the Wild striped bass entree was superb. We ordered a nice bottle of French Chablis and that too was near perfect- right temp, nice glasses and a very fine wine. The service and ambience were just right. And everyone seemed to enjoy their desserts which I passed on. Island Creek has set a new standard for a New England oyster/fish restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood comfort
    5jbsina
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Even though we (vacationers) were lost and arrived more than thirty minutes late for our reservation, the staff was very accommodating and sat us quickly. We ate a wonderful dinner in a very relaxed atmosphere. All good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best oyster bar
    Nick
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This place erased our horrible experience at Union Oyster House. Island Creek's signature oysters were some of the best I've ever eaten, the service was top notch and the ambiance was comfortable.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    tspears
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I'll never get tired of coming here, just an amazing place. Usually the best places for seafood and raw bars are these little shacks in the middle of nowhere. Island Creek combines fantastic food with a beautiful atmosphere. The wine list is spectacular, and I can't say enough good things about the service. Even the chemex coffee they serve with desert shows that every detail of your meal is the highest quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing service
    peacetoallVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been to Island Creek numerous times, and one of the highlights is usually the outstanding service. This was certainly not the case this time. The main waiter was rude and bordered on obnoxious. This was when we could get his attention, which wasn't very often. Furthermore, we waited over one hour after appetizers for the next course. Most of the food was, as usual, outstanding, expect for the halibut, which was way overcooked. We pride ourselves on establishing a rapport with the wait staff, as a friendly and helpful waiter/waitress adds a lot to the dining experience, so I don't write this review lightly. We will go back, but we will make sure never to have the same waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All in all, a wonderful night
    Fridaynightfoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food and drinks were delicious and the service was friendly and helpful. The cocktail list was not descriptive, so be adventurous and try something new! The oysters are fantastic, sample all the different regions for a variety of flavor. The monkfish was amazing and the lobster roll, while very good, was a bit heavy on mayo. A delightful surprise to see angel food cake on the desert menu and I highly recommend it! We had a great night with great drinks and delicious food and I would recommend this restaurant to my friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but...
    lisaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I love the food here but it is quite expensive, even for Boston. A small-ish bowl of clam chowder is $11 and a romaine salad is $16. Low marks for ambience because our area smelled horribly of dirty mop water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Took my girlfriend here for her Birthday. She's a huge fan of oysters(I am not) so she was very happy with the seafood selection. I got the Roasted Chicken and it was delicious! Good ambiance and the wait staff was very accommodating, helping me surprise my girlfriend with a birthday desert and candle.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    jjwenzell
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is my favorite spot in Boston. I love the oysters, clam chowder, and lobster rolls. Also, I had the wild Red Snapper Special last time which was phenomenal. I even had a signature cocktail, the Dark and Stormy, and absolutely loved it. Will try to come back every time I am in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Cheers of Seafood Restaurants
    PetersonDavisVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    On our second visit to Island Creek Oyster Bar they remembered my family. On our third they remembered our names. Now, they know so much about us. They care so much about their customers that they take the time to get to know them. They also have amazing food and put service above everything else! We have been there at least 30 times and have never had anything short of an exceptional experience...to be continued!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Treat!
    LiterateDog
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday. I took him here last year as well. I'm really a big fan of ICOB. The hostess and servers are always so friendly and helpful. Plus, the food is excellent. I can highly recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in a great meal in a beautiful setting. My husband has demanded that we not wait until his next birthday to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tera
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great experience! Fun restaurant, vib and delicious food!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and vibe
    FabulousVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food was fantastic. Our server Jill was great! I live in Teaxs and make sure Islnad Creek is on the top of my list when I go to Boston
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yogi was right
    HemulVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The Red Sox were out of town, which meant you could valet your car, and we had not been here for awhile. The Yogi Berra quote "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." starting ringing very true almost immediately. We were seated right at the exit to the ?kitchen/supply area and between the horde of rushing servers and the constant "Behind, Behind" it felt like having dinner in the "Chopped" kitchen. Whatever you do, refuse to sit in that seat. The food was very good as always, but a tad too rich for a seafood restaurant. The service was attentive and involved at least seven different people, which led to the inevitable lack of communication and dropped orders (two drink orders were late or did not arrive).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NorthYorkers
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Arrived an hour early for our reservation, but the team was very accommodating and seated us at a tall table in the bar area (our choice vs waiting). Very lively and fun, though the table was a bit too small to share a meal and we seemed to occasionally get "forgotten" by our waiter amongst all the bustle. All the seafood dishes we had were excellent. Special mention for the "no shell" PEI mussels and the tuna tartare that the staff brought us as an "extra" surprise. Shrimp cocktail was good but a bit pricey at $3 per shrimp. The chocolate/caramel pot de creme my daughter ordered for dessert was to DIE for. Highly recommended.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ups and downs
    repeatVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great raw bar items -- that is the reason to come here. Service is less than ideal which can influence an evening. We had different people in the group with different patterns of orders and therefore asked for service in a particular pattern. Did it happen? No. Did it ruin the taste of the food? No. But it did take away from the overall pleasure.
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    • Noise LevelModerate