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About Island Creek Oyster Bar

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.

500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

Cross Street:
Kenmore

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 532-5300

Website:
http://www.islandcreekoysterbar.com/

Parking Details:
Metered parking is available in and around Kenmore Square, or we offer valet for $16.

Public Transit:
Kenmore

Executive Chef:
Jeremy Sewall

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Island Creek Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (58)
Special Occasion (50)
Fit for Foodies (48)
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Good for Anniversaries (30)
Fun (30)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Local Ingredients (28)
Bar Seating (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Good for Groups (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Casual (23)
Hot Spot (23)
Notable Wine List (22)
Business Meals (21)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Romantic (18)
Authentic (17)
Healthy (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Great Beer (9)
People Watching (9)
Cozy (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Scenic View (4)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New England)·Dined a day ago

Great place.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

They ran out of food! Well, not everything but a lot of the main dishes were gone by 9pm...on a Saturday. Really??

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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We went out of our way on a stormy night to come here and were well rewarded. From the food to the service to the ambiance, everything was superb! Thank you so much! We will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Island Creek Oyster Bar is one my favorites in Boston. This is where I had my first taste of east coast oysters when I moved here five years ago. We definitely had to come here for our anniversary. The service and food was great! The fried oyster sliders are a must! My herb crusted cod in a saffron broth was an excellent choice. Thanks ICOB, you never disappoint!

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Island Creek is always a special and great dining experience. A must for all those who appreciate the best New England seafood!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We went to Island Creek Oyster Bar because we were trapped in Boston by the storm in Jan. 2018 and it was close to our hotel. It is difficult to judge how the restaurant might be on a normal night because when we were there the place was understandably almost empty. Still, the decor, the food, the service were all superb. A very memorable occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Outstanding food and good service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The oyster sliders were incredible!! The wait staff was very nice and accommodating. They allowed us a last minute addition to our party. They had many people helping us as a team. It was super fun and festive for New Year’s Eve. We had a blast, the food was moth wateringly good, and the staff was amazing. We can’t wait until the next time we are Boston to come back!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Exceptional food, as always. Service was great, a little busy because it was New Years Eve, but overall a wonderful experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I had monk fish and it was perfectly cook. My husband had lobster roe's pasta and he thought the lobster was a bit over cook. Over all the experience was nice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The place is very nice. The waiter were nice. The food was very good! A little bit expensive but the level is pretty high! :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Oysters and seafood here is impeccable and staff is attentive and nice.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Amazing as always! Great service! We went on Christmas Eve and we will make it an annual tradition!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Delightful oysters

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

I brought the Birthday cake, because my kid’s birthday surprise gift. but we can not enjoy the cake together, your bar charged 3 dollars of each. so if I want to eat this cake 3 people together, I have to pay total 9 dollars. It is not good for us and kind of breaking the good moods.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The service here always blows me away. One of my favorite places in Boston.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was superb! We had oysters, lobster rolls, and Bouillabaisse - all were absolutely perfect. The wine list is diverse and the service was first rate. Had a wonderful evening at this very popular spot!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dublin)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great food, good service... But we had to wait 25 min despite having a 7:30 pm reservation!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The food is always the best in freshness, presentation, and quality. Service is unobtrusive and impeccable. I brought friends (foodies) from Atlanta and they gave it top marks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Casual, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We were very, very disappointed. The brunch menu online was very different from the one that we were presented with when we got to the restaurant, and though we'd been looking forward to trying several of the online offerings, there was basically nothing we wanted to eat (egg white omelette, tuna fish sandwich, baked beans--no thanks). We felt misled by the menu that Open Table put up, so we left without eating.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The oysters were amazing!! Definitely go for that - there are tons of choices. Both the mains were underwhelming considering the amount you pay for them - undersalted and my potatoes were undercooked. They redeemed themselves for dessert the banofee pie was delish! All in all don't think the main dishes are worth it - have cocktails, oysters and dessert!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great cocktails, great service, and phenomenal seafood made my first recent meal at Island Creek another memory.

I look forward to the next time I treat myself to a wonderful dining experience--or even just a delightful beverage.

Tags: People Watching, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Best oysters in town! The Island Creeks are always the best! The non-seafood specials always sound good, but I always come here to order a ton of oysters, fried oyster sliders, and fried clams. These items are always consistently delicious and keep me coming back. Service is always great and they have a good beer and wine list, too. Also, complimentary sparkling water is always a nice touch!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Totally amazing. Will be back soon.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Best oysters! And amazing experience and staff. They were very knowledgeable and made our anniversary even better.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The best raw oysters I have had, with a good slection. Service was great!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service. Raw bar is dynamite!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Nice selection of fresh oysters to choose from as always.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful food and perfect service. It is worth for the price.

Tags: Cozy, Live Sports, Casual, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Pretty salty. Good food and fresh meat/seafood. Fruit/veggies were all undercooked. Good service and nice atmosphere. Nice place.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, People Watching, Casual, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My favorite place to eat love the oyster sliders and shrimp cocktail. Great waitstaff fun place

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Worst dining experience and worst birthday ever.

Bad service and would never come back

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

If there are a little more menus of the meal, I am glade.

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Key West)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food was pretty good but overpriced and not outstanding. Too much bacon in the clam chowder. The pepper on the salmon crudo was palette destroying. The fish and chips had an extremely heavy batter and were served with a cup of what seemed to be plain mayonnaise. The mignonette for the oysters was not as great as others I have had. Desserts were overpriced and underwhelming.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Tried to get into this restaurant on our last trip to Boston but it was a two hour wait. This time made a reservation one month in advance and it was worth it. Great food and close to Fenway Park. Would definitely eat here again and would recommend it highly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Met some friends for a birthday lunch and had the perfect time together. The menus were customized and our server was exceptional. Everything everyone ordered was fabulous. thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food, drinks, and service are always exceptional! The selection of oysters never disappoints. Lindsay has a great selection of wines and gets us to try ones we have never had. Always a great going here.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

If I could, I would add an extra star. Our experience was great. We made our open table reservation but needed to push it back, and called and they were great about changing the time. We chose to be seated at one of the high tops. The decor is very stylish and the whole ambiance is energetic. Still and sparkling water are free, just to start. Having heard about their bar, I ordered a slightly obscure drink, not on the menu, and Brook, our excellent server didn't even blink. It was also one of the best corpse reviver 2's ever. Husband had a gin martini and we thought it was excellent, but different. Brook explained they do a wash with orange bitters. It works. Doesn't detract but adds to the flavor of the gin. Will be trying this at home. We of course went for oysters. Again, Brook was wonderful in helping us choose, and her recommendations were excellent. The oysters come with several bottles of mostly hot sauces, as well as cocktail sauce and a vinegar sauce. I'd never tried hot sauce with oysters, but tried the green tabasco and was pleased to discover it is a decent addition. The menu is very original and creative. I had read about the Lobster Roe Pasta, so went for that and found it lived up to the hype, with succulent bits of shortribs and lobster. My husband had the fish sandwich, which he enjoyed, but the fries that came with it were really excellent. There was an appetizer scallop carbonara on the menu, which we opted for instead of dessert. It arrived barely warm. Brook quickly replaced it with apologies and took it off the bill. On top of all this, we had said we were going to a show and we got a wonderful unhurried meal, with great service in plenty of time to make the curtain. Really cannot wait to return.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Our servers were knowledgeable, generous, friendly, and made a great dining experience even more memorable. Thank you!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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