Island Creek Oyster Bar

4.7
3753 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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New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!! I have some uncommon food allergies, and everyone was so attentive and responsive.

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D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyster novice here, so the waitress offered a chef’s selection and we ended up with a great mix of flavors. Everything else was delicious as well. Highly recommend.

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

Brussels in the lobster roe pasta were out of place

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NO
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time and will definitely return. Having heard raves about Row 34, I booked here not realizing that it was the same team behind it. Phenomenal oysters - of course - great service, spirits and everything else was really top notch. Among the best meals I've ever had in BOS.

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BV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best sea food places well beyond the Boston area. The oysters and fish never disappoint.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The night was running right on schedule so we were able to be seated upon arrival for our reservation without having to wait! (We were even given an option as to where we wanted to be seated, which is always nice.) The waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine selections. She had a great sense of humor and we left ICOB satisfied with the exceptional service and delicious food.

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RP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date, one of the best experiences in a very long time

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c
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The lobster roe noodles were extremely salty. Fish and chips were pretty bland. Drinks were good.

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

Quality seafood for fair prices.

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MF
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Very limited menu options for dinner. A friend recommended several dishes which none were available.

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DB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had marvelous oysters, superb salmon, and delisheous lobster noodles. Creative, authentic, and tasty presentations by excellent service.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I was impressed with the attentiveness of our server. She was very nice. Great service!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went out for my birthday and had a wonderful evening. The food, drinks, and service were all excellent.

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MH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The service was a little slow but the food was very tasty

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L
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place for seafood in a clean, modern setting. Excellent raw bar and food for meat lovers, too. Attentive and friendly staff. Bright and happy place for a good meal.

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AV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic celebratory lunch for our engagement! Always an exceptional meal and service at Island Creek!

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AC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a mellow New Year's Eve celebration but still a fun night out with friends. Food was delicious!

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

good good food very good

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EN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great restaurant! the food was fantastic. best biscuits ever.

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JG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kayla our server was best ever . Icob never disappoints💜💜

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CS
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We first ate at Island Creek Oyster Bar in the summer of 2012 and were delighted with everything. We have been dreaming of going back to Boston for another meal. Nothing was wrong, really, but the quality of the main dish I ordered did not reflect the premium price, in my opinion. We will go back, I am sure, but if we only get to Boston every six years, I might consider trying a new restaurant for dinner and hang out at the bar and eat oysters instead.

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DF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is consistently good, we had great service. The food is very fresh and always able to find parking.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My Montauk fluke was a tiny bit over-cooked but was overall excellent, and was a daily special. The place has great food, menu doesn't do it justice. Initially I had a "green" server and seems like someone figured it out soon - someone much more experienced server took over quickly - nothing said, appreciated! Great cocktails and ambiance also. Will definitely go back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent and provided solid recommendations.

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SW
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

the waiter was rude ... perhaps he had a bad day (?)

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, wine list was limited.

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PR
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The oyster selection was impressive. They only deal with oyster farmers they know and list which oysters came from what oyster provider. Service was little iffy at first, but as soon as I said something the manager stepped in and overall the visit was great. The food was fabulous. Needless to say, trying the oysters is a must!

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VZ
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Disappointing experience at what we thought was a highly regarded restaurant. Very slow service, poor and limited selection of items on menu. No oyster stew nor fried oyster dinner at an oyster bar!!! Very noisy.
Can't believe anyone gives this place positive reviews.

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s
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sense of thought and smarts in the menu, and genuine care for the customers' experience. Hipper than anything comparable in New York City I can think of off hand.

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FS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently amazing food. Great atmosphere. Friendly staff. I've only had good times here.

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ended up staying for dinner at the bar where wehad a cocktail before dinner. Bobby was our bartender and he was awesome! Great drinks and great food. Bobby made it a very fun evening.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in Boston and would like some seafoods. I saw yep review and it is among the top 3 popular restaurant. Foods quality is more than what I can expected. I ordered lobster roe pasta. It was so yummy and so many lobsters that I couldnt finished. My husband ordered salmon and it was so fresh and delicious too. Oysters has so many kinds and server is familiar with all of them and recommended few to us and we loved it very much too. Overall it was an excellent experience in Boston. I would def recommend to everyone.

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Kind of expensive, but it's really nice for ocations . Great service

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is very well prepared. Great lobster!

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G
New England
39 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food and great service.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Snail like service...particularly/strangely drinks. Cocktails didn’t arrive for 10min after ordered, but the primary gripe is that waitress failed to offer us a second round until our entrees were served...and it didn’t arrive (a canned beer) until I had already finished my entree.

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S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good celebratory spot. We were concerned about the noise level in the entire restaurant, but we found a quieter table in a back corner. Pre-dinner drinks were delicious, but arrived very late. Oysters were outstanding (we tried 12 varieties!). Food is delicious but the wine list is odd and pricey. We settled on a $90 bottle of sparkling rose.

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i
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service from Ryan and Patrick.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love ICOB. Service is phenomenal and one of the biggest reasons I keep coming back. Obviously, some of the best seafood in Boston as well. I’ll keep coming here for special occasions and get togethers :)

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M
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very professional service! Thanks for a nice dinner.

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