Island Creek Oyster Bar

4.7
3832 reviews
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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.

Looking for another reservation? Visit one of our sister restaurants: Island Creek Oyster Bar (Burlington), Row 34 (Boston & Portsmouth), Eastern Standard, Branch Line, and our cocktail bar, The Hawthorne.
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being from Massachusetts you can get jaded with seafood. After you move away, you want only the best. Which is what Island creek is. Best oysters hands down. Local and not. Highly recommended

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great oysters from both coast as well as a decent craft beer list

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SC
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great selection of oysters a little pricy but top quality.

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KP
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic! Thank you!

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place with excellent food and service

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PB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Drinks are great..
Lobster roll not so great. Clam chowder soupy and really only taste bacon.
Quality of the little necks not desirable
and very pricey.
Oysters also pricey but delightful..

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L
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! We will be back!

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c
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The service was very slow although it was only 5:30PM on a Thursday. My lobster roll was very watery and not very flavourful.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of Boston's great establishments. Oyster Sliders and Raw Oysters for days...

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely overall. Thanks!!

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CG
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with outstanding raw bar and great wine list!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was incredible. Service was overall disappointing.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delicious experience at this fantastic restaurant!

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VC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the best seafood restaurant in Boston. The oysters are always superb and food is excellent. Wait staff is great. Worth the money.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love

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RV
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places! Great oysters and seafood, and the best lobster roll in the city!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best lobster roll in the city, amazing raw bar. Excellent service. Pricey, but worth it.

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GA
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the modern ambiance, pleasant staff, and of course fresh seafood. Definitely recommend, and will visit again when in town!

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r
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was very good. Crab cake didn't taste fresh. Other items ordered were good.

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HD
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our wedding anniversary and had a perfect experience with Mat.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable dining experience. Best fish place in the city hands down. Never disappoints!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Trendy restaurant with good service and seriously overpriced wine list. Great oysters, greasy main dish (salmon with farro, soaked in grease) $200 for 2, with the bottle of indescript ‘champagne’, dozen of oysters and 2 main dishes. Average food with a high price.

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EK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food, and a memorable evening.

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t
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Oyster are spot on. Lobster was flat and disappointing. They should hook up with a real lobster source.. just my opinion

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Naples
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is Outstanding. Service and Staff on point !! Enjoyed it so much we went back for dinner the next night ...

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved it!

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m
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The Oysters were good. The fish was dry & overcooked. Not a do-over.

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MS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We make a point of dining here every time we are in Boston.

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g
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful. The island creek oysters are consistently perfect. The food is always good. The prices are on the expensive side, that’s why we only really go on special occasions.

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JS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious. My husband and I shared 2 main courses which were split for us by the kitchen separately plating half for each of us and staggering them so we could enjoy each dish.

Service was excellent. Almost too good —the bus girl tried to clear everything off between our 2 main courses. The waitress was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

Only one negative. We came in to eat very early and the restaurant was fairly empty but we were seated at a table right next to kitchen door. There were no other diners in our half of the restaurant yet the table they put us at was clearly one of the worst in the restaurant. I have a theory that open table reservations get the worst seating but have been told by restaurants that is not the case. This reservation supported that theory.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyster selection was excellent!

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B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Amateurish service. Great oyster (but it’s boston. There are great oysters everywhere). The cooks are either incompetent or uncaring. Fish is over cooked. Vegetable garnishes are indifferently prepared. Music is too loud. Dined here 4-5 times hoping it will improve. It hasn’t.

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TA
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I was very excited to try this restaurant as it had great reviews. We came for a birthday celebration our first night in Boston. We had reservations and were seated right away. They had a customized message for the birthday guest which was special. The waiter we had was not a great experience. This is not a cheap place and service should be 5 stars. I felt as if he didn't want to be there, no smile, threw the envelope down as he was passing by to put the menu in for a keep sake and never even asked how everything was while rushing around, again we felt like he just wanted us to leave for the next table guests to come. The table's food was delicious except for my daughter's steak. She cannot eat steak if it is less than medium and it was medium rare, no one came to ask how the food was and she didn't want to try to get the waiter's attention due to the birthday celebration. So she left her meal pretty much untouched. I regret leaving the higher than average tip that I did. I only did it at the time, thinking they must share tips and not all should suffer because of the server. (I have a child in the hospitality industry, so I know they depend on tips)
When we first got there and I saw the menu and thought we would eat here a couple of times. After the experience with the waiter I would rather spend this kind of money elsewhere, where the staff smile and are happy they have customers spending this kind of money on food they are proud to ask if you are enjoying or not. Just a note that a smile and a quick how is your meal goes a long way. It would have changed our whole experience.

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TM
Munich
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Oysters were amazing and the cocktails were tasty as well.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good. Our waitress Alex was great.

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New England
26 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was inconsistent...we’ve been here before and not experienced such haphazard service...we had two different servers all thru the meal for some reason ...ordered cocktails..took 20 minutes to get them...no apology
Said they would get us something...never brought it, poured a half glass of rose because bottle was empty and said they would bring more...they didn’t until prompted and it was a different server so he seemed suspicious of our request, said we wanted to order wine after we had time to look at the wine list, server never came back until serving our dinners then couldn’t recommend any wine under $100 but thought they all were “cool”...must have said that four times...ended up with a good bottle of wine and the food was excellent ...very strange experience

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly fresh oysters!

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j
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great oysters and apps. The service staff was nice to work with. I was lucky to go on a Sunday afternoon in February. Not crowded and very laid back ambience. Definitely try!

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been for dinner many times, but tried brunch. Was fabulous! Don’t miss the giant honey rosemary biscuit!

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