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
409 reviews since May 25, 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 (257)special occasion (187)hot spot (185)vibrant bar scene (170)good for groups (134)neighborhood gem (122)notable wine list (111)romantic (99)late-night find (67)great for lunch (51)great for brunch (48)kid-friendly (13)great for outdoor dining (9)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Not All Its Cracked Up to Be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    While the oysters are delicious and the bartenders are attentive, the service staff, if you sit a table, is a bit slow and inconsistent. Our service for food (i.e. oysters and lobster bisque to start the meal) took about 15-20 minutes. When we finally finished (almost 2 hours later for a two person meal) a random server that we had not seen before dropped off and took the check, even though our server was still there and picked up the paid check just before we left. I'd rather go to Eastern Standard and get the same oysters there.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great oysters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Excelente food, i love the fresh oysters and good. Fish
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Island Creek Oyster Bar Rocks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Every time I go to ICOB it is an absolutely wonderful experience. The shellfish and other accouterments are phenomenal, and the drink list is stellar! I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Fish prepared with care and incredible skill, awesome selection of oysters, somewhat overwhelming bar selection, all tied together with helpful, friendly, and effective service. Everything we tried at our table exceeded expectations... we need more visits to try the rest of the menu. But always get a "buttermilk biscuit" - simply amazing, and the biscuit leftovers were fantastic with the morning coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Required stop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I first tried ICOB in June on a summer vacation. I came back in September and had a great time. The best dish is the Lobster Roe Noodles with brisket. Soo good, hands down no comparison.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUMMY
    Anna
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I just love going to this restaurant, the food, service, and OMG those biscuits, need i say more? When is the next time I'm going?, in two weeks!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite restaurant
    Jungstah
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Amazing food, hip but attentive, down-to-earth service, gorgeous setting, Island Creek Oyster Bar is where I always bring out-of-town guests looking for the best Boston has to offer. Island Creek oysters from Duxbury, Moon Shoals oysters from the Cape, fluke crudo, and fresh locally caught fish are astonishingly good. The oyster shooter (an adult beverage) is one of a kind. They know what they are doing here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As usual--the best!
    Deee
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I have eaten at this restaurant about 10 times in the last 2 years. Consistently fabulous every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, fair service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The lobster roe noodles was a great dish and I appreciated how the noodles were made in-house. The oysters were exceptional. The service was relatively good - we were seated around the time we had booked our reservation, although we had to wait 30 minutes between our appetizers and entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went with a party of 8 including 2 children (10 and 6). Staff was accommodating for the kids. My 10 year old liked a couple of the oyster selections and that says a lot. The food was phenomenal and the best we had while staying in the city. The meals are prepared to go together and the flavors blended perfectly. It is obvious that things are meant to be eaten the way they are prepared. Oysters were fresh and amazing and the chowder was the best we had during our 5 nights in Boston. I can't say enough about this place. I work as a server in a high end restaurant in Ohio and this place was worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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!
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    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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    • Ambiance
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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