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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

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (94)
Special Occasion (77)
Fit for Foodies (74)
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Local Ingredients (68)
Fun (49)
Bar Seating (47)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Creative Cuisine (43)
Hot Spot (41)
Casual (40)
Business Meals (37)
Handcrafted Cocktails (36)
Good for Groups (35)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Vibrant Bar Scene (32)
Notable Wine List (31)
Worth the Drive (28)
Authentic (27)
Romantic (25)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Happy Hour (19)
People Watching (19)
Healthy (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Comfort Food (13)
Seasonal (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Great Beer (11)
Cozy (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Late-night Find (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Tapas (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

Food: outstanding quality, always fresh, and well-made
Service: staff is super friendly and very professional
Ambience: casual romance

We considered to be the best restaurant in Boston. We love the fact that it's very hard to spend there more than $150 on a meal that includes includes main dishes, side dishes, drinks, dessert and tip. Perfect for anniversaries and special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Went on date with wife. Oysters are better and cheaper than Neptune’s without the wait.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great place to go on a date. Their choice in music was exceptional and the atmosphere was very high class. Had a great time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great service wonderful food. Oysters are best in city

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing menu with creative apps and entrees that are very good and excellent service. Excellent oysters and seafood options, also.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

disappointed that the restaurant didn’t have a full menu at 2pm. that should have been made clear during the reservation

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My favorite restaurant in the city! And our server was phenomenal! Knowledge and kind.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fun, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Waiter had a little bit of an attitude and the fish sandwich was not a very good value.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

As an out-of-towner, I am totally impressed with the massive selections of local oysters, mostly sourced from MA! The oysters are very fresh and it's always best to pair with wine. Me and my friend ordered a salad to split and the servers brought that in two plates, and that's what I call attention to details. The service is delightful and the food is wonderful.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

One of the best restaurants I have eaten in Boston. Great food love the atmosphere. Best oysters hands down. My only critique and only because I am a wine geek, the wine list could be a little better. That said the food far exceeds the wine list. Enjoy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I had dinner with my son. There was an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list. Everything we had was delicious. The waiter was well-versed on the oyster selection, and helped us novices with three different selections of oyster. Our fish dishes were very well prepared and seasoned. I will definitely go back if I have the chance.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent service.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

We got really good oyster in a very nice ambience ! Busy, but not that crowed. Very good!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great food, great ambiance, the BEST fried clams! I would go back there in a heart beat.

Accommodated a large party easily.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We have been to Island Creek Oyster before and had very good meals and experiences. Our most recent meal was disappointing mainly because of the service. My wife and I ordered two different fish entrees and both came out raw in the center. This may have been borderline ok for the salmon but was not ok for the halibut. The waitress took the dishes back to the kitchen but when she brought it back noted that we did not like fish the way the chef likes to cook it. We eat out at least once a month and often will order fish and I'm not sure of any restaurant that typically sends out halibut where it is raw in the center. To rectify the situation the chef cooked our same pieces of fish a bit more and that was that. No other effort was made to appease us and we left feeling that it was our fault for not liking rare fish. Mind you we were never asked how we wanted fish cooked like at most restaurants.

Also, the food was good but it was not at the level of super tasty and creative like it has been in the past--especially given the price for the fish entrees which are on the high side for similar dishes in Boston.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

There was a lunch listed online that was not available on Sunday brunch, also all the fish on the menu was fried and they ran out! We were serviced by almost 3 differnet people who were not all communicating and I had family from out of town who wanted good seafood. Will not recommend again.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is a must go to spot if you are in London. Do make reservations before hand, or else you will be waiting for a while.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Tapas
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were in for lunch on Saturday, Nov 4, 2017. What an amazing dining experience. I have eaten plenty of times at ICOB before, but was so impressed with the service we received this weekend. When my sister told our waitress, Deidre, that it was my birthday, she pulled out all the stops for us and our mother. I have never felt so special at a restaurant before. She was attentive, funny and engaging. It is a meal I will remember for a long time!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great place for a birthday lunch! inspiring decor, modern yet beachy. great seafood. plenty of fresh choices. extensive wine list. not cheap

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great Seafood at a trendy spot. 10/10. Hope to return soon

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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great fancy place. GO here if you want to have a wide selection of oysters. Entres also delicious, especially the fish. Highly recommend the clam chowder as well. Great for special occasions or dates.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Service was on point. Food was solid. Menu and wine list literally illegible. May want to change the uniform lower case font and scattered placement for something more pleasant and clear to read.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The food and service was impeccable. We were celebrating my boyfriends birthday and the menu even said 'Happy Birthday!' It was a really great touch. The oyster sliders are a MUST HAVE on the menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Have been here many times. Oysters are ridiculously fresh, cold, and delicious every single time, which is the reason we keep coming back. Even their bread and honey cayenne butter is delicious. But their other dishes are hit or miss. Tonight we had the Swordfish and Bouillabaisse which were delicious but pricey. Last time we had the Cod Croquettes which were not good- too much batter and soggy. Last time also had the Whole Black Bass which was a bit strange because it was a mix of western and asian flavors that just didn't go. Crudos are pretty basic. This place is always packed but we love coming for late night oysters as well. On weekends they do blast awful top 40's electronic music which ruins the ambiance for me, so I definitely prefer quieter weeknights.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Oysters were amazing, server was great - personable and professional - and ceviche also top notch. Cocktails beforehand also solid!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fantastic, top notch service to my pregnant wife on her bday. The staff were vigilant about dietary restraints and made the celebration special

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food, Can't go wrong with anything lobster on the menu but it is a tad pricey.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great experience. Everything we ordered was fresh and excellently prepared. The waitress was very friendly and took great care to find out answers to our questions us regarding food allergies. One of the better meals we’ve had in Boston. Only drawback was the bathroom was in the hotel lobby. Highly recommend this restaurant and we will be coming back!

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our waitress was excellent -- professional and knowledgeable. The Island Creek oysters were the best. Overall, delicious food and a great night out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The fish was great, both the oysters and fish main courses. I asked for a quiet spot to be able to talk with a friend who was visiting from far away and it was too noisy. I would go back for the fish.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

First visit to Idland Creek. Everything about the experience was outstanding. Great oysters from the raw bar. My son had pasta made with lobster roe, which was outstanding. Even my salad was a memorable experience. Staff was attentive without being bothersome. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Really good food and service. I’d recommend dining here

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great location in Kenmore square, outstanding service, food and alcohol selections. Highly recommend but especially if you enjoy oysters..Outstanding

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server,Brook was phenomenal!
She was very busy all night and at the very beginning she had Lindsay help her out. Lindsay picked out a dozen oysters for the two of us and we each had a signature martini.
When Brook came back she introduced herself and took care of us the rest of the night. She made some wonderful recommendations . After we split the house salad, plenty to split, I had the smoked razor clams (if memory serves the owner grows these clams) and salmon tartare with sweet potato and taro chips. Wonderful flavor and texture in the tartare. My husband heard the salmon was wonderful so he got the salmon with beluga lentils. Delish!
There was a chef recommendation on the menu, a cod and our server described that as well as the special swordfish. I wasn't that hungry though so opted for the tartare.
I love that although the restaurant was busy I could still hear my husband! I commented to Brook about how wonderful it was to hear music and have a conversation. She said the restaurant was thoughtful about noise/accoustics and appreciated my comment.
Absolutely loved this restaurant!! I would go back tomorrow and again and again !!?

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food, solid service. Not inexpensive but excellent food and location to enjoy a very nice meal.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our first visit, but hopefully not our last! The service was excellent, our server knowledgeable and personable. The raw bar selection was great and the cocktails were finely crafted. Really upscale decor and loved the menu design and graphics.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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