Island Creek Oyster Bar

4.7
3488 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
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: The Oyster Bar at Les Sablons, Island Creek Oyster Bar (Burlington), Row 34 (Boston & Portsmouth), Eastern Standard, Branch Line, and our cocktail bar, The Hawthorne.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish
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Hours of operation
MON - THU: 04:00 PM - 11:00 PM
FRI: 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
SAT: 11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
SUN: 10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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Phone number
(617) 532-5300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jeremy Sewall
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Cross street
Kenmore
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Parking details
Metered parking is available in and around Kenmore Square, or we offer valet for $16.
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Public transit
Kenmore
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
3,488 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
78%
Very Good
17%
Good
4%
Fair
1%
Poor
0%
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service , Great Food every time...
Servers are right on when asking for a particular oyster. The lobster roe noodle dish is always spot on.

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JK
San Francisco
3.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointed by menu selection. Was expecting lunch, but got some “mid day” menu which was extremely limited.

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New England
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for brunch, and always a great place for oysters. Every time I’ve been here, the service has been superb, and the food has been good. Try the bialy as a nice baked item with your brunch!

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New England
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I had Sunday brunch over the weekend and we both thought the food was OUTSTANDING! I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu - but I would highly recommend the Oyster slider and Salmon pate for apps and the egg white frittata for the main event. And if you are feeling very hungry, the banoffee pie for dessert. Everything was delicious!

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New England
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing!

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New England
2.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service, not attentive to gluten allergy, and not worth the cost.

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New England
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was truly perfect. Our reservation was honored. My mention of a bday celebration led to specialized Happy Birthday menus and a complimentary appetizer. Most unexpected and greatly appreciated. The bartender was knowledgeable, attentive and likeable. The other support staff were professional and efficient. Food was awesome.

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Memphis
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great spot for a business dinner. They sat us in a circular booth so everyone was able to talk with ease. Food, drinks and ambiance were great.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters are fantastic. Everything else was great too

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New England
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice selection of oysters, fresh and nice condiment options. Mussels excellent flavor, nice broth, fish dish was cooked well, not overdone, etc., flavorful. Nice meal.

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New England
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was the first time at Island Creek. We ordered Oysters, House Salad, Mussels, Fries and a Moscow Mule and Hard Cider.

The place was packed. There was a RedSox game so my suggestion would be to make a reservation. We had a reservation for 6 pm and didn't get seated until approx 10 past 6:00 which was alright with us. We meandered through the Bar area which was jam-packed. We made it to our seat which was a tiny table barely enough room for dinner plates, apps, and drinks. We made do.

Will defiantly go again!

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Pittsburgh
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Oysters were excellent, but clam chowder and lobster roll were average and overpriced.

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New England
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ICOB is the best

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EM
3.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

the music was uncomfortably loud. we asked a waiter to lower it a bit - he said not a chance b/c they cater to the red sox fans. I didn't know this was a sports bar when I made the reservation. our waitress agreed the music was unusually loud this particular night and was able to lower it a bit so it wasn't piercing. it helped that she couldn't hear us speak :) b/c the music was so loud.
I wouldn't return.

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m
New England
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our faves!

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EW
New England
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fresh and delicious. The oysters are a must have!

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New England
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server had great suggestions and descriptions of dishes

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CB
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, quality food and knowledgeable wait staff. Would highly recommend and excited to go back again. Nice atmosphere. A mix of couples and families.

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SM
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best seafood restaurant. Nice row seafood menu, superb oysters seldctions. Perfect service!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lots of fun - staff a bit slow to respond, but understandable due to being very busy

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OT
3.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food. Not so great waiter. Seemed like it was his first day on the job

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GF
New England
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent oysters and drinks. Highly recommended.

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San Francisco
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters were well-shucked and very fresh. We got the platter for four. Nice sampler. Had the lobster roll for dinner which I really enjoyed - not too much mayo. Great experience! Next time I’m going to try every single oyster!

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Chicago
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best lobster roll and oysters I had while traveling through New England and I spent a week in Cape Cod after 5 days in Boston — nothing beat Island Creek.

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Hertfordshire
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Superb flavor of dishes. Mussels tiny; a shame with otherwise great flavor. Great cold corn seafood chowder.

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TK
New England
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful plate of raw oysters as an appetizer. The restaurant has an excellent wine selection by the glass, half bottle or full bottle. We both enjoyed our fish entrees although we liked the striped bass a bit more than the halibut. The service was wonderful and we would definitely recommend it.

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1.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was exorbitantly priced (the lobster roll was $36 and very small) and was not very tasty. Rather than spending money here, go to a restaurant with better food and lower prices.

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CH
New York Area
2.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Nothing spectacular and service was negligible. Pricey for the area. Fresh seafood but not much menu selection for dinners. Meh

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JS
New England
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed with the food- it was the best we had in Boston! A lot of the oysters were local, and very delicious. We were impressed with our server, and the ambience was very nice.

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PJ
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing chowder. Friendly waitstaff. Great selections. One hostess was a bit snippier than necessary, but the others were great. MAKE A RESERVATION EARLY.

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New England
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Loved the Fried Oyster slider - a must try! I ordered the fluke and it was delicious! Also, don't forget to try the Banoffee Pie and Friend Dough. We will be back!

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New England
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. The food was delicious. The service was incredible. Our waitress was so attentive. They even created personalized menus for my bf because I mentioned in the reservation it was his menu. Great experience. Will be going back in the future.

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San Francisco
3.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This is our second time eating here and each time the food was just so-so. The oysters are great, some of the fried foods are very good, fried clams in particular, and the biscuits are amazing. The worst dish was the steamed clams, oddly enough. Horrible broth and steamed-to-death clams.

The service is efficient but delivered with little concern. Most likely won't be back which is too bad -- love the decor and location.

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N. Ireland
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptionally great sea food in city full of sea food. Service was excellent, especially from the wine director Lindsey.

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ME
New England
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For appetizers, we sampled oysters from 5 locations- fabulous!

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MH
2.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed in the value. The food did not measure up to the cost. The oysters were only fair. The $36 lobster roll was nothing special.

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New England
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were excited to go to island creek, but the brunch menus is a joke. I’ve been multiple times for dinner and it’s an amazing place, but for a Sunday 2pm the food selection is poor. For a fish restaurant there is no typical fish on the menus other than fish and chips.

Had a good time, but overall it was a disappointment from da food perspective.

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MT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best seafood restaurant in Boston. This is a high quality dinning experience, principally due to the quality of the ingredients and the imaginative way they are assembled into sublime showcases of the finest seafood from the East Coast. The oysters are superb, but this is so much more than an oyster bar. The crab cake contained more crab than a crab and was light and sumptuous without the overpowering richness usually found in traditional US crab cakes, allowing the flavour of the crab to be the star of the show. The same philosophy was applied to the fish with, bluefish, bass, halibut and flounder all accompanied by complementary flourishes which enhanced the main feature - perfectly cooked fish.

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New England
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters were excellent as were the Ipswich clams. The service was great with excellent wine recommendations. We all let happy and satisfied.

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KK
Atlanta
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing oysters, best service. Had the halibut - to die for!!

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