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Island Creek Oyster Bar

#16 of 2,676 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
American, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606 (Kenmore)
This restaurant is at Hotel Commonwealth
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Clam Chowder

terrific meal overall -- great clam chowder and oyster rolls; terrific beverage selection (beers, wine, cocktails) -- nice vibe

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Princeton, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

terrific meal overall -- great clam chowder and oyster rolls; terrific beverage selection (beers, wine, cocktails) -- nice vibe

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Naples, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I can't comment on the food since we never made it to the point of ordering! 15+ minutes to get water and place a drink order and another 20 minutes later we didn't even have our drinks. This was after waiting 30 minutes for a table. There are a lot of great restaurants in Boston. I wouldn't waste my time... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A very nice and chic place for oysters. The restaurant is actually embedded in a boutique hotel. There are over 20 kinds of oysters served in this restaurant. Food is also quite good. But the drink, especially the wine, is really over priced.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I would rate them 4.5 stars if I could, just because their entree options are limited but the ones they did have were delicious. Service was excellent. The food and drinks came out in a timely fashion and was very orderly. The raw oysters came out first before any hot appetizers. The plates and used utensils were changed fairly often... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Food is tasty, fried clams a bit too salty but all in all delightful, good service, great interiors, great place to go with friends.

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Seattle, Washington
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21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My wife and sister ordered Cosmos and specifically requested that it be on the tart side. However, it was brought out too sweet, and when they returned it, our service was minimal thereafter. The food was ok, but with marginal service, our experience was disappointing.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We sampled various things on the menu- all were very good, but the oysters here are truly exceptional . We wanted to go back but did not have enough time. We went sept 2013 & been planning to review this amazing restaurant but kept forgetting. Very special place. I think the best I've visited in Boston (& I used to... More 

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Bayville, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I always make it a point to go to Island Creek Oyster when we are in town. I have introduced friend and family members to the restaurant. I enjoy this restaurant, the atmosphere and the service is great!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Lively, trendy, sleek popular place with friendly service and amazing oysters. Never saw so many choices! Always 12-15 varieties, with knowledgeable help from your server-oyster sommelier. Excellent wines and bar service too. Entrees lived up to the high standard set. As good as we remembered it. We'll be back whenever we're in town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Loved this place. Great vibe. I told the waiter I was an oyster newbie and he steered me in the right direction on how to choose the best kind of oyster for a first timer. Great food. I stayed fairly normal, with their burger, mostly because when I arrived one of the waitstaff was walking right by me with an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606
  • 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: Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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