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Island Creek Oyster Bar

#14 of 2,865 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
American, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606 (Kenmore)
Kenmore
617-532-5300
Website
Today
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 749
    Excellent
  • 262
    Very good
  • 80
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
The best oysters in New England

Great cocktails and wine at the bar. Bar has a waitlist for seating which is great on a busy night so it doesn't get ugly waiting. Very personable and helpful bartenders. Tables are very nice but worth the wait to sit at the bar.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
wisc_mass
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Great cocktails and wine at the bar. Bar has a waitlist for seating which is great on a busy night so it doesn't get ugly waiting. Very personable and helpful bartenders. Tables are very nice but worth the wait to sit at the bar.

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

If you like oysters (or seafood) generally, try this restaurant. We went early on a Saturday with our large group and it was packed. Definitely get a reservation. The oyster theme starts early with oysters displayed in ice at the bar. Then the wall of the restaurant is lined with bleached oyster shells in a metal cage. Really cool effect.... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Love, love, love this place! Was traveling on business to Boston & wanted amazing oysters and seafood....The Island Creek Oyster Bar more than surpassed my expectations. I unknowingly was visiting during Seafood Week (a convention, as I understand it); however, I was fortunate enough to have made reservations....even on a Monday night at 9p. Was so glad that I made... More 

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Boston, MA
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17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We had heard great things about ICOB so we were eager to try it. We had a dozen oysters that were all very good but not unusual from any other good quality seafood restaurant, although the presentation in the restaurant at the oyster bar was impressive. I had the fish and chips which were above average but not necessarily a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I'm from Minnesota and was glad I ventured here to try some fresh oysters finally. I would recommend the wealthy or island creek oysters here, they were phenomenal! Lobster roll is definitely a must as well if you're not from around here. Also, try the WhistlePig Rye here, one of my favorites now.

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Westford, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Can you say "stupid good"? We had the most delicious meal tonight. Must haves? Oyster sliders -- $4, perfectly fried and crispy with a tangy slaw and spicy aioli. I could eat 10 of them, but that would mean missing out on the perfect salmon tartar with house made chips (potato, sweet potato AND taro!) Dinner? My whole black bass... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

My husband and I are visiting Boston and had a reservation last night to celebrate my birhtday here. At first, we were welcomed and seated-all good. My menu arrived with a little birthday greeting on it-that was sweet. Then our server arrived and he seemed a bit distant-that ended up being the tone of the rest of our presence at... More 

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Lima, Peru
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Amazing and very fresh oysters and shrimps! love it! Good beers and great environment Have been there for lunch as well and the lobster roll is good :) Been there in 2013

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is the second time visiting this restaurant and I really love it! We went for dinner on a Wednesday evening - no reservations but at 6:00pm we could sit in the front of the restaurant at the high tables. We ordered the app of shrimp cocktail at $3.50 each - the shrimps were huge and delicious. After reading the... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The wait staff is always attentive and the menu selections are always on point. The wine selection is great with numerous varieties to choose from. The oysters are always a favorite, but their sliders, salmon, casserole and others specialties are all top notch. We paired a Vouray with this meal and were pleased.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606
    (Kenmore)
  • Public Transportation: Kenmore
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
  • Phone Number: 617-532-5300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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