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Island Creek Oyster Bar

4.7
3279 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish
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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, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3279 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viphaynes (Richmond)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Our waiter was very attentive and happy to help us adjust the menu to our tastes.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Everything's just PERFECT! Try chef's favorite oysters which are all creamy and fresh. Mussels and lobsters are also great, and the bread is a surprise. This restaurant just made my day! Love love love <3

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The cold appetizer for four was great ... the oysters were fresh and served appropriately chilled. I thought the ceviche was great but the portion a bit small. Fried clams were flavorful and puffy ... not greasy in the least. The chowder was a little thin and very Smokey. That was the only real miss.

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Billy (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Been going since they opened, big fans. When there was a hiccup in serving our entrees, Chelsea, the manager, was extremely generous and personable. Frankly it turned a small mistake into a legitimate positive in the meal. Our server was great too. Wines are also fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic service. Oysters were well cleaned

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vipTomK (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Might be my favorite restaurant of all time... Certainly top 10

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vipBoston (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We have been to the restaurant many times - the service is always excellent - very well trained staff. Two small criticisms - the small portion of fried clams was unusually small - the white caviar sliders were also on the tiny side.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

I’ve been several times and it’s always been great- but this night it just wasn’t. Too start, they were out of three menu items and with a fairly small menu to start with, this really left minimal options. Second- my food was good- but not great, and our service was pretty bad. At the bar, the bar tender was unable to recommend a wine- and at our table our server couldn’t answer pretty basic questions about the menu and was generally inattentive. It wasn’t terrible... it just wasn’t even close to as good as every other time I’ve been there.

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Sweets (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The lobster crepes were memorable! Such tender knuckles in a light cream sauce and the crepes were not slimey-they were perfectly fresh and melt-in- your mouth soft.
I'm dreaming of when I can go back again. Perfect cocktail of maple, lemon, bitters and rum (?) I had two that night and would reorder the exact same dinner with oyster apps. Great execution, friendly service, very professional service on Valentine's night. Exta busy but very well controlled. We were so pleased!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great spot! Food is always amazing! love this place

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vipCarrieBinBoston (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I brought my two teammates here for dinner on Valentine's Day. We had so much fun with cheeky menu they printed and loved everything we ate (the lobster crepes, scallops, and honey biscuit hit the spot after starting with a wonderful wine selection and oysters. Can't go wrong here.

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OpenTable Diner (Brazil)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

i didn’ like the service and the price.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Great food. The cod was superb, really fresh and cooked perfectly. The beer was also fresh and at the perfect temperature

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The service was very good. The food taste great and fresh . Love to come back again

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ToniC (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious! The lobster roe noodle dish was amazing!!

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vipNylaS (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing oyster selection, delicious lobster roll and top notch service! Great spot for a brunch with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Get to know the people at icobar

The ambiance and vibe starts at the bar. Professional and excellent bartenders. Great lobster roll

And the oysters.... well they are fabulous too !

Eat drink and be happy place

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Best oysters EVER

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dining experience at the Island Creek Oyster Bar on our recent visit to Boston. Terrific food, outstanding service, and a fun atmosphere. We’ll be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

The lobster roe linguine was savory and rich, with short ribs underneath that were incredibly tender. The service was fantastic, noticeably a team effort among well-trained (and well-selected) individuals. The background music is unobtrusive and leaves plenty of room for conversation. The restaurant is housed in the Hotel Commonwealth, whose bold, colorful decor is nothing short of inspired. Oh, and the raw oysters were sensational. How often does a dining experience hit all the marks?

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vipTodd (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Service was excellent. Oysters were great excellent west coast selection too
Sword fish main was too salty, Skate fish dish too rich with cornmeal, bacon

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vipJambola (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Aside from the arrogant and impatient server who actually chastised us from the onset for asking questions about the oyster selection and seemed to take great offense at our request for the oyster shuckers’ recommendations rather than her own: “I work here five nights a week and know more about them than they do...” ,
it was a good meal. The “expert” server who works there “five nights a week “ neglected to put our salmon Crudo order in and then asked if we still wanted it as our dinners were about to come out should be a little more gracious and humble because we all make mistakes. Right?The evening was saved by the extremely pleasant and affable wine director who was very friendly and helpful in recommending a Half bottle of Gruner Veltliner to us. Lovely.
The oysters were perfect and my dining companions loved the Monkfish and Scallops.
I tried a special glass of Chinon poured out of magnum offered by the wine sommelier and it was really delicious.
Overall, the meal was very good. The food is great...but lose that attitude server!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Food great. Waitress was not very nice. Dismissive.

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BigJake (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was delicious although a little over priced. Everything was a la carte. Could have given a little more food for the money they charged. Clam chowder was delicious however a larger bowl would have been nicer considering it was expensive. Enjoyed the atmosphere. Service was good. Oysters were great and from many different areas.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We started off with a salad consisting of greens, beets pom seeds. Salad was ok, I little to much dressing. Since I'm kinda new to eating oysters, I asked the waiter to recommend 3 small bring varieties, the island creek where small and bring but the other 2 where larger, I said to him that's not we discussed he kinda offered to take them back but I told him no I will try them. They where ok, the island creek where the best ones. My wife got the grilled razor clams done in a nice garlic bacon butter sauce. She also got the monkfish for dinner with potatoes, mussels and leeks, very nice dish. I ordered the lobster row noodles, excellent dish!!

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vipBarb (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We love Island Creek. The oysters are incredible and fresh and the dishes are original and thoughtfully created. If you love fish, you'll love it here. The choices are unique (e.g. black sea bass). Excellent wine choices. Knowledgable, patient, professional wait staff.
The meal can get expensive but you feel like you're getting a memorable meal worth the price.

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AnnF (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic meal and great service. Cocktails were creative and delicious.

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NICOLAS (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Exceptional food & service!!! Made my top 3 list from CA to Spain; that includes Central America & Caribbean. Well done, a must to oyster & seafood lovers.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

My girlfriend (23) was denied a drink because the bartender had never seen a Mississippi driver’s license and the manager rejected the ID. Even when backed up by credit cards and other forms of ID, regardless of lack of birthday on them, the only response was “Yeah we can’t take a scan ID anyways, too many fakes in Boston.” Wasn’t very happy with that kind of service. Island Creek isn’t a cheap restaurant, and you don’t see under 21 college students coming in to buy $14 drinks with a $40 each dinner. There was no alternative given and no measure taken to try to make up for that, so we didn’t even stay for dinner. They had instantly ruined the opportunity for a nice date we had planned on for our trip to Boston. Atlantic Fish Company, on the other hand, was much more professional and had a much better experience.

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vipAmazingDining (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

As always, amazing oyster selection, terrific fish and chips with old bay fries, superb service.. and unbelievably tasty Boston Creme donut holes with dark chocolate sauce. That’s why we keep coming back every month... always a great experience and sometimes we even try something new!

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