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Island Creek Oyster Bar

500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606
617-532-5300
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Ranked #11 of 2,816 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Kenmore
Transit: Kenmore
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New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

I ate here for dinner with family prior to a recent Red Sox game. Drinks menu is extensive, with a great selection of beer and mixed drinks. Service was very friendly and efficient. The food was a bit of a mixed bag. The fresh oysters, fish tacos, fish stew were all excellent. However the two fried items we ordered (fried... More

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Moore, South Carolina, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This place was on my must do list for Boston. We went with a 5:30 reservation so didn't have to wait at all. The place was PACKED then. Good sign! After perusing the menu, decided on focusing on oysters. Got our server to recommend several varieties and went to town on 3 dozen over the course of a few hours.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We're Boston residents and ICOB is our favorite place to go to eat! Every time we go back, we have a better experience the time before, which is hard to believe since it's great every time. The atmosphere is great- lively and busy, but a mature crowd. Great for dates or a group of friends. The oysters are amazing, as... More

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Nj usa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Love the look and feel. Gets very busy. Food was average, interesting cocktail$. Staff was polite but too busy at times.

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Northern England
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134 reviews 134 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I have still never eaten a raw oyster, but I tried one of the fried oyster 'sliders' here and it was scrumptious, served on a little brioche bun. The lobster roll was huge (therefore justifying the $25 cost) and I'm glad my friend agreed to share with me because half was more than enough for lunch and it meant I... More

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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Visited this restaurant while traveling on business. Wow... what an experience. I sat at the bar, watched the fresh, delectable seafood get passed to admiring regulars from the oyster bar, and listed to my wise waiter (Ethan) as he recommended the restaurant's best features. I had the most amazing lobster bisque I have EVER tasted, followed by a delicious, complex... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

I stopped in randomly at this place because it was near my hotel, but I really got lucky eating here. Everything was incredible. The oysters were amazing. The drink menu fantastic. My service was good too. And I really liked the restaurants decor.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

If you LOVE Oysters - this is a must while in Boston! Food and service are outstanding!! The restaurant has a large bar area and plenty of tables for larger parties. It is the perfect place to visit before a game or concert at Fenway Park.

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Toronto, Canada
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157 reviews 157 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Unlike Atlantic Fish Company, you can actually get a reservation on a weekend if booked a day ahead. Make no mistake, the place is pricey, but worth it. I ordered the local Cape Cod Sea Bass, it was a large portion, expertlly prepared and with a delicious garnish. The waiter was very friendly and took the time to explain every... More

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Jeddah
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The food here is fabulous - you really can't go wrong. I am disappointed with the fact that I have to make a valet reservation - it's quite an inconvenience because we forgot to and it took us 30 mins to park the car on our own.

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