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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
  • Email: info@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 WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was amazing. We went for brunch and were incredibly pleased with the food and oysters that we ordered. I really marked down for service though because once we got our food we actually never saw our waitress again. She didn't return to see how we were doing and we actually had to flag a completely different waiter down to get the bill after sitting there for a bit. To bad for the restaurant because we were going to order another round of cocktails. oh well. everything else was top notch."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The ICOB never fails to impress. From the amazing seafood to the great wine list, I always walk away amazed at the restaurant's quality."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Go for the oysters!!!! Very fresh and perfectly open-end. Service not great but friendly"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food was exceptional--obvious recommendation being the island creeks, but the runner detailed all of the oysters for us. Also, the salmon tartare app was really fun! Wine list for days with great recommendations from the knowledgeable waiter. Very attentive, friendly, cool. Had an lovely, upscale evening."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great oyster selection and cocktails. Nice rest of the menu but perhaps a bit limited. The place can get very noisy when it's busy and it's always busy! Wait staff is great, friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great location within a short walk of Fenway Park and the food was eqauly great. Staff very knowledgeable about the different choices on the menu and helpful when making a selection. Would definitely go back again next time in Boston."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "This was an amazing experience from start to finish. The staff is super friendly, the service was perfect, the food was delightful. Wine list is great. A must for foodies or anyone who wants a fun and delicious seafood experience in Boston."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Amazing food, stunning restaurant. I highly recommend the Lobster Roe Noodles. And the donut desert was one of the most amazing things I've ever tasted. Good service, and terrific ambience. Located in one of the coolest neighborhoods in Boston."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Amazing selection of oysters, wine and beer list. The wait staff is friendly and extremely knowledgable."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We had a group of four and made reservations for dinner before a Saturday night game at Fenway. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation time of 4:30 and were promptly seated. Our server was very friendly and explained several of the menu items displaying great patience as we ask multiple questions. I started with an array of local oysters and my wife ordered the lobster bisque. Everyone ordered fish for their entree - between the four of us we tried three different items, the striped bass, the bluefish, and the Monkfish. The food was perfect and well presented. We shared one of the buttermilk biscuits which was fantastic. We received friendly service throughout the dinner. Great location - right around the corner from Fenway."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The 6 varieties of oysters we ordered were fun, fresh and fabulous. The seafood casserole for one was not impressive, I mean it wasn't even comparable to your average family friendly seafood restaurant at any beach in NE. The bisque-style sauce needed something more like...flavor and shellfish. When I make a reservation 6 weeks in advance and all that's available is 5pm on a Saturday night, my expectations for the main course are high. And why is it that the only reservation ever available 2 months in advance on a Saturday night is 5:00pm or 5:30pm? What last name do you have to have to get a table at 7:00pm or later at this place? I should have orderd the clams or the lobster roll. I saw plenty of those dishes exiting the staging area."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Island Creek Oyster Bar for our anniversary dinner. The wait staff was very friendly, the food was delicious, and the restaurant had a great upscale beachy feel."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "ICOB, as it likes to refer to itself, keeps up the high level: the fish is immaculately fresh and neatly prepared, the wines always distinctive, the service alert and friendly. We look forward to our next visit!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Island Creek has exploded in popularity. I first went not long after they opened a few years ago. I made a special point to come when I knew I was going to be back in Boston. I called three weeks in advance to get a reservation and couldn't get the time I wanted. If you have a specific date and time in mind make reservations six weeks in advance. The raw oysters are amazing. The beer list is unique and does not dissappoint."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We just moved to Boston from Long Island and I've been dying to try ICOB.....we dined there on Tuesday night and we were not disappointed!! We sat at the oyster bar to get the full experience. The bar staff was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We started out with a perfect martini and shared a raw bar platter to start.....oysters, shrimp cocktail and 1/2 chilled lobster, all ice cold and delish!! The clam chowder and lobster roe noodles were both noteworthy. Next time I will try the oyster sliders and grilled razor clams...both looked and smelled delicious as they passed by. I highly recommend reservations...this place is packed most evenings. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This was our 1st time here - I chose ICOB based on reviews. All the staff we encountered from the hostesses to the busboys were so friendly. Our waiter Kelsey was outstanding - patient and kind toward us 1st timers and very knowledgeable about the menu. It was fun having the opportunity to taste so many different fresh oysters. The Gem Lettuce salad and Crab Cake were outstanding. The Clam Chowder was a little salty. The Lobster Roll was okay - but we were expecting them to be better at $25 each (we ordered 3)."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Friendly, efficient service. Great oysters. Nice surroundings. What not to like? Would happily return."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I am 32 and this was my first time having oysters. The flavors were amazing. I did however want to do an oyster shooter but that was not on the menu. My boyfriend is a seafood nut. He ordered the lobster roll and loved it. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Very solid food -- great oyster selection. Good selection of wines. I'm a bit confused on why the kitchen would serve mussels without shells. Takes a lot of the fun out of eating them."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Wonderful food, service, dining experience. Seafood is dependably delicious. Staff takes pride in place."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "When we want to sit at a bar and have some food, Island Creek is the best choice. The brunch menu is fantastic, service just as good. The lobster omelette was perfect."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great ambiance, fantastic food, overall a very awesome night. The Oysters are fantastic, the lobster roll is incredible!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was good, a little loud, there wasn't much to absorb the sound and the place was packed. We went by the Hawthorn before dinner and loved the vibe there. Were able to take drinks from the Hawthorn to the restaurant. Would visit again."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This evening's dinner was excellent. Each dish was beautifully prepared, the oysters were succulent and the deserts were amazing. Pricy, but worth it!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Came here with my fiance and my friend from out of town. Absolutely everything we ordered was fantastic (Lobster Roe Noodles, Lobster Roll, Lobster Bisque, Clam Chowder, a dozen oysters, champagne and beer)."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "(1) A dozen of raw oysters, one of each kind. Very fresh and succulent. Must order. (2) Brown Butter Cauliflower. Must order. Our Favorite. (3) Brussels Sprouts: it was ok. We'd like the bacon bits to be smaller and softer (too dry). (4) Biscuits with honey. The first bite wasn't a "Wow," but we fell in love with it wih every bite we took. The fragrance and the subtle sweetness of the honey heightened the crispness of the biscuits. Yummm. (5) Oven Roasted Chicken. It looked dry when it arrived but tastes surprisingly moist and flavorful. (6) Lobster Roll. Ggenerous portion. Excellent rosemary roll but too big. (7) Fish & Chips. Big disappointment. American style: heavy batter and dry fish. If you want F&C, go to Marliaves."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Ambiance, service and Food were wonderful, room is spectacular"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I had such a great experience at ICOB! Our waitress was fabulous and we had a huge party of first-time brunchers so she brought us the pastry basket and it was delicious. Such a nice touch! You MUST try the brown butter bacon doughnut - it will not disappoint. I brought a friend from out of town and she was so impressed. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Excellent oysters. A real treat. The rest of the meal (Sunday brunch) was uneven and not what I have come to expect. One lobster omelet was way over salted, another not. Home fries were soggy and almost cold. Fish and chips good, not great, and served mouth-destroyingly hot. French fries on the heavy side. Son waxed poetic about the bacon-topped donut. Maybe short staffed that day, because waiter - although helpful, knowledgeable, etc. - seemed to be spread a bit thin. OCOB is a great place and a favorite restaurant: wonderful atmosphere, great food, great attitude. Even the best restaurants have a few off days and this may have been one of them."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This was our second trip to ICOB and like the first time, everything was awesome. We could not have asked for better service, there was always someone walking by the tables to evaluate if it was time to clear dishes, offer a drink refill or refill bread basket. The staff were not intrusive, they were attentive. The waiter was knowledgeable of the wine list and the menu; he was able to offer suggestions which worked well for us. We live 30 miles south of Boston and would visit more often if it was closer."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Knowledgeable waitstaff helps to educate about varieties, and the resulting sampler is a great tasting sensation. Don't miss the raw tuna. We also had excellent steamers and lobster roll. The latter will make you forget about stopping at "Red's" in Wiscasset, ME. Reservations a must (we made ours a week in advance and had limited time selection). Heard hostess tell an 8pm Saturday night walk-in that the wait was 1hr 45min."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The oysters were divine. The service impeccable. However, they made the worst bloody mary I've ever experienced. It was like they took the cocktail sauce and thinned it out with water for the mix. The shrimp in the shrimp cocktail were over cooked and chewy. Not the best Lobster Roll in Boston. The lobster was practically minced. Talk about false advertising. In the picture of Boston magazine on line it shows large pieces of Lobster. I definitely wouldn't categorize this as the best seafood restaurant in Boston. It's a great place to come in after work for a couple of beers and some oyster, but you're better off saving your money for cab fare and going home for dinner."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Always great service and delicious fresh oysters. The oyster sliders are amazing...occasionally referred to as "crack." The halibut was a little over cooked for my entree but overall a great spot! We go back every couple months."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I love the oyster very much! It's so delicious! The Lobster roll and Clam chowder is also very good. The burger is good but not so impressive. Overall is a good place for seafood."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We stumbled on this place by accident and have been back every time we are in Boston. Fantastic seafood (top 3 shrimp cocktail ALL TIME) with great service. Good news spreads fast so reservations are hard to come by but plan a couple days in advance..we have never been disappointed"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This restaurant is fabulous. We have never had any dish that wasn't great. I had fluke that was probably the best I have EVER had. The oysters are fabulous. Very unique décor that provides a warm but modern feel. Our server, Sarah, was fabulous and very helpful."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Oysters were outstanding. The Quohag was delicious. My fish, the tilefish, was pretty good. Dish was overall fine, but not great. The waiter did a good job of describing the taste of the fish. And the waiter, Matthew, was very attentive and very knowledgeable. Really good experience!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our dining experience. The wait staff was friendly and well informed. They were there when we needed them and gave us space when we didn't. The food was excellent. Combined, we had two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts, and a bottle of wine. All were different and amazing. We left very full and very happy."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "i've been here twice in the last few months. Food is spectacular, beer and wine selection excellent."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Difficult to have pleasant, sustained conversation when you eat...not fine dining experience. Food uneven--bass was excellent but vegetables served with it just ok. The seafood casserole was Overlooked and seafood inside was tough, not moist and tender."
    Dined on 3/12/2014