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.
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!
Great spot! Food is always amazing! love this place
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.
i didn’ like the service and the price.
Great food. The cod was superb, really fresh and cooked perfectly. The beer was also fresh and at the perfect temperature
The service was very good. The food taste great and fresh . Love to come back again
Delicious! The lobster roe noodle dish was amazing!!
Amazing oyster selection, delicious lobster roll and top notch service! Great spot for a brunch with friends.
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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
Best oysters EVER
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!
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?
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
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!
Food great. Waitress was not very nice. Dismissive.
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.
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!!
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.
Fantastic meal and great service. Cocktails were creative and delicious.
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.
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.
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!
Great brunch menu. Plenty of items for non-fish eaters in the group. The pastry basket for the table was outstanding.
Amazing food, beautiful place. One of the best dinners I have ever had. Oysters were superb and the lobster roe noodles was delicious!
We had a fabulous time and the food was delicious. Our only issue was the we felt rushed by our server. We were a party of 6, celebrating a birthday and would have liked to feel more comfortable chatting before ordering dinner or desert. Thank you!
The food was excellent! The oyster choices made my oyster loving parents very happy. The waitress was extremely helpful in guiding us through the choices. The tables are a little close and it was a little noisy. Other than that it was great!
Great seafood. Good atmosphere for a Friday night dinner experience.
The quality of the lobster roe pasta has gone severely downhill. The pasta was rubbery, the short ribs were over cooked, and the dish has lost its overall richness. I’ve been to Island Creek four times over the last two years and every time the quality of the lobster roe has declined.
The oysters were fresh and delicious. Every mouthful from the clam chowder with their in-house cured bacon to my main meal of salmon and their homemade marscapone pistachio ice cream was amazing !
Sat at the bar - had a great selection of oysters, salmon tartar, etc. Can't wait to go back!
Great overall - food, service and atmosphere!
Exceptional food, oysters to die for. Beer list is great too. A little pricey, but everything was very good.
I mentioned in my reservation that it was our anniversary. The host, server and manager all wished us a happy anniversary. Happy Anniversary was also written in chocolate on our dessert plate. Great attention!!! We will definitely go back due to this, the nice service, and delicious food.
It's always a pleasure to dine at Island Creek Oyster Bar. I visit Boston very often and this is a place that I never forget to visit. Fresh ingredients, friendly staff and amazing taste.
Great food, ate at the bar. Bartender was pretty arrogant and inhospitable. Maybe I’m used to southern hospitality though.
raw bar was amazing. My husband had the oysters several different varieties and was noticeably impressed by the freshness. I had jumbo shrimp cocktail and have to say that it ranks in the top. We splurged on desserts and they were worth it. Boston cram donuts yummo. And banana caramel pie. The meal the staff everything was amazing.
The oysters and crudite were fantastic. The swordfish over a risotto was perfection. A bottle of French Chablis was elegant. This is my vote for the consistently best seafood in Boston.
They ran out of food! Well, not everything but a lot of the main dishes were gone by 9pm...on a Saturday. Really??