Island Creek Oyster Bar
Island Creek Oyster Bar

Island Creek Oyster Bar

  • 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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Island Creek Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
401 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (272)hot spot (193)special occasion (181)vibrant bar scene (145)good for groups (135)neighborhood gem (116)notable wine list (115)romantic (96)late-night find (61)great for brunch (41)great for lunch (40)kid-friendly (10)great for outdoor dining (8)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Terrific!
    LizD
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Sat at the bar and had a terrific time. Drinks were very good and our server directed us to an excellent Albarino to have with our food. Smoked bluefish was very good, although I wasn't a fan of the very thick rye toast that was served with it - would prefer thinner toast. Trout entree was delicious with diced vegetables on top of it. Very good. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch, upscale eatery
    Kcirbu
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Went for brunch on busy Sunday in Boston. Were late. Accommodated with pleasure. Very modern, spacious restaurant. Excellent clams on half shell and lobster rolls. Service superb. Fast, friendly. Timing on all aspects was just right. Lobster rolls as good or better than other more famous spots in town, plus these guys take reservations. VG wine list too. Looked at Dinner Menu and there was a plethora of interesting, seldom seen fish entrees. Will repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    Margeaux
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My husband and I were visiting Boston for a birthday getaway and wanted a vibrant dining experience. Island Creek Oyster bar delivered: great food - very creative, wonderful flavors, fresh, and locally sourced. The service was impeccable - I had the feeling our waiter loved his job and was happy to serve us and answer our questions - perhaps because he knew he had a great product! The space felt energetic, hip, comfortable - not so hip that it might be intimidating to some.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here
    Foodlover2VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Celebrated my husbands 50th birthday dinner here & it was great! They customized the menu to read "for 50th birthday party" and also brought out a special desert with his name & birthday wishes on it. Very nice!! The food was great! My only complaint would be that it took a very long time between courses.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Cruzin0177VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The food is sensational. Oysters are one the best to find while in Boston. I've been to Boston twice this year and both times I've made it a point to come here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best oysters!
    MEOtheLeoVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Pristine oysters; delicious seafood mains - Mrs. Bennett's seafood pie was savory, rich, and delicious! Service attentive - we felt special and well attended.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you - great anniversary dinner
    hotbread
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The oyster slides are amazing - as was everything else. Thank you Island Creek Oyster Bar for making our anniversary special with specially printed menus and a surprise dessert - we weren't expecting it and were delighted. We will be back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be my go to place for fish in Boston.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great shellfish. Super fresh and perfectly cooked (or raw) fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best oyseters ever!
    expectantdiner
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The variety and freshness of the raw bar oysters, coupled with the knowledgeable servers make for an unmatched oyster experience. I make it a point to always visit when I am in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Birthday
    FenwayNewbie
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I had noted in my opentable reservation that I would be celebrating my birthday here with my dad who had flown in from Seattle. Island Creek went up and beyond to make our dining experience special from personalizing the menus for my birthday to bringing my father reading glasses (since he forgot his) to a special desert compliments of the chef. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best seafood
    Brandvirtuoso
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Best east coast oysters, lobster row pasta and oyster sliders. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Oysters we the best we ever had. Grest selection and freshfresh. Salads were uneventfulb. E Fish bouillabaisse was not a disappointment. Service was great at the beginning but dropped off as our entries where somehow lost as the restaurant got very busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even with hiccups....
    CharlestownJoVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The price of a glass of house white wine was $12 and under poured!!! , The main course was not what I ordered, the wait at the front door for 10 minutes whilst the manager finished his pep talk, all pail to insignificance when you see the attention to detail and consistency of the cooking. The attentiveness and knowledge the staff have of the menu was excellent (no doubt helped by the pep talk and lots of training) Our server was delightful and his "admission" to wrongly inputting the order showed great character and integrity, attributes that sum up Island Creek perfectly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous 60th birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Dinner here was wonderful-food was the best we have had in years, and service was great. We are definitely going back, we already invited some friends to join us! The birthday menu and candle with dessert was a nice touch (and thank you for not giving some awful birthday dessert, my husband picked his own dessert and the candle and "happy birthday" written on the plate was a nice surprise-very classy).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but little poor service
    AIK01
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Lobster and Oyster were delicious, so we were very happy, but the service was not good since they did not come to our table that often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overwhelming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Loud, crowded, food just ok & not worth wait or hassling with huge crowd on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always terrific
    jr2204VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We keep returning to Island Creek, and it's terrific every time -- fish of the best quality, sensitively prepared; excellent and unusual wines; service both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It can be hard to hear yourself think sometimes, let alone keep up a conversation; but you still feel happy, given what you're eating and drinking ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great
    Amelia
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    No complaints per se but the food was just OK -- not a foodie's paradise by any means, and not a particularly large menu. The oysters, on the other hand, were the best we've ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boston 5 star restaurant
    Ocardo
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This is my second time at this restaurant for me and my second trip to Boston. I will always make a point to come back here. The food here is outstanding. If you like seafood and are in Boston come here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of my favourite Boston spot
    mcm111
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    for oysters and innovative yet traditional seafood, Island Creek consistently amazes us. also, it is a beautiful physical space. never tired of visiting... please get the oyster sliders!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always delivers
    Cody
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Fresh, cold delicious oysters. Check. Friendly, efficient service. Check. Amazing chowder and crab cakes. Check. This restaurant is run like a well-oiled machine with flair. Great staff, delicious food, a feeling of "happening" in the air. Always love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!!
    June
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    First time dining here...the waiter was very friendly and helpful. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious:) Fantastic experience. We will be back soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sea food lovers delight
    frequenteater
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Very nice sea food and a decent selection. Service was efficient and unobtrusive. We liked that it wasn't too noisy - you could actually talk with your dinner partner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great way to end our stay
    mstanton580
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This was our last meal in Boston and we were very happy with the food and the service. The ambience is really nice too! The oyster selection is great! My husband puts it at one of the best places we have eaten. This would be in the same park as a favorite we have in NYC and in Palm beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fancy but fun
    AllisonVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I had been wanting to go to Island Creek for years and when my parents came to visit I took advantage of their generosity. The service was impeccable. They even brought a lovely dessert as it was to celebrate my birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a meal,
    Wkenders
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Really enjoyed raw bar selection of oysters and monster sized shrimp. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best seafood in town
    AlexK
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We've been to island creek multiple times and it never seizes to impress me. Starting from a really beautiful atmosphere, great attentive service, and then the food! We got oysters to start which are always amazing. For main I got stripped bass which was so delicious and my husband got blue fish. Both dishes perfectly prepared and seasoned. As a side we got a buttermilk biscuit...probably the best thing on the menu! Highly recommend for all the seafood lovers out there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    One4Splurge
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Thanks OpenTable! Was able to get an early reservation where our hotel desk was not. This place was suggested by a friend and it did not disappoint. Oysters were fresh, food & wine were excellent. I personally wanted to try everything on the menu since it will be a long time before we come back to Boston from the west coast. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Room is very nice and table spacing just right. Good oyster selection, fresh fish and a biscuits. Service good but slow at some points. Overall a great dinner and will return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A tad overhyped; hit-or-miss dishes
    Ingrid
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I was looking forward to taking my mom here for her birthday brunch this past Sunday. Our server was attentive, cheerful, kind, and very helpful. The pastry basket was good as the pastries were still warm, but they weren't spectacular. We were a little upset by the fact that our food took about an hour to arrive, but at least they kept on refilling our coffee and water? The lobster roll was, as other reviewers have said, delicious. However, my mom's lobster omelette was extremely disappointing. There was barely any lobster in it, but our server was kind enough to bring over more (sauteed?) lobster for my mom. Yet, the cooked lobster was too salty. Also, the fried oyster for an extra $5 is NOT worth it. Overall a nice place to dine but...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great fish and oysters
    acp2
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Enter past huge racks of fresh oysters, ten varieties of the menu, and served expertly without shell fragments or left over muscle. Fresh fish cooked individually with contrasting flavors to accent. My bass was perfect resting on a mushroom broth with scallions. My date had the seafood casserole with huge lobster and fish pieces in a mild cream and tomato and vegetable sauce. Desert choices were fair but the banoffee pie stood out. Service educated about choices available and always handy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aloha
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food was fabulous, but service was unusually slow. Appetizers came quickly but it took awhile for our main course to be served. Also waited a long time for the bill (we had to ask someone for it) and then had to get someone's attention to process our charge card. Other than that, it's one of my favorite places in back bay!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    CaitZ
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Great service' although our server was clearly overwhelmed, she managed all her tables fairly well and was thorough in her explanations. Awesome oysters, bluefish pate was delicious. Unimpressed with wines by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters! Oysters!
    Foodiefrompa
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Wonderful oyster selection from local farms. FRESH! Service great...but noisy. Not a great "discussion" place.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bjosVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We walked from Copley square down Common Wealth and it was a nice walk- the restaurant is very metro and hip. Service was slow, but once things got moving, we had a wonderful time. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not too many options
    Kozmo
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very limited menu for lunch. Otherwise food is OK, ambience is very good. Never believe oysters have origin and farms so it was neat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of Boston's best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We visit Boston every other year for the Clemson - BC football game. We discovered this restaurant two years ago and because it had great reviews and was the T stop was on our way back from BC to Downtown, we decided to give it a try. We had no reservations, so the wait was long, but well worth it. They have a wonderful selection of oysters on the half shell and many amazing entrees. My suggestion is to make a reservation well in advance if you don't want to wait. We had another great dining experience this year, but we did have to wait again. When you don't know what time the football game will be played until two weeks out, you can't get a reservation on a Saturday night until very late. You will not be disappointed with the food here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date Night Favorite
    cdubs28VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This is my husband's and my go-to spot. When we lived in the area, we went here for date nights and special occasions. Now that we no longer live in the area, it is the only place we ensure is booked in advance of our trip. Our must-haves are the oysters and the honey biscuit for the table. I tend to stick to the fish dishes, while my husband tends to like the fried seafood or chowder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfection
    Benny
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Between two servers, and background (virtually unnoticable) spotters, our dishers were always cleared within minutes of finishing, and we never wanted for anything. The food was decadent. The prices were very reasonable for the high, high quality. Everything was simply delicious (even things I usually don't like, but tried because they were so highly recommended). The servers were extremely friendly, knowledgable and totally on point throughout the evening. My favorite part, surprisingly, was the clam chowder. I have never had its equal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stand-out seafood in a seafood town
    STLFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Dined here as an out-of-towner. Had read countless great reviews and they were all true! Everything we ate was gold! Starting with poppy seed bread, freshly sliced and served with a slightly cayenned butter. The lobster roll was much bigger than I expected, and FULL of big chunks of lobster meat. Just the right amount of mayo. Fried clams were right on spot with big, meaty chuncks of clam perfectly fried to avoid any greasiness. Tartar sauce complimented it well. Lobster bisque and clam chowder were both amazing! LOVED the bits of biscuit in the chowder. BUT the BEST part of the meal: the BISCUIT!!! Warm, crispy yet soft, with a small puddle of honey on the bottom. Oh. Wow. I would come back just for that! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic