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Island Creek Oyster Bar

#17 of 2,720 Restaurants in Boston
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500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606 (Kenmore)
Kenmore
617-532-5300
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This restaurant is at Hotel Commonwealth
Today
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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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
Great meal, service can be more attentive.

The oysters are the best in town. Great elegant room, nice ambiance. This is a busy very popular restaurant that seems to be a bit shorthanded with the wait staff, to many tables for one waitress to take care of. Besides that a great meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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St. Maarten-St. Martin
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The oysters are the best in town. Great elegant room, nice ambiance. This is a busy very popular restaurant that seems to be a bit shorthanded with the wait staff, to many tables for one waitress to take care of. Besides that a great meal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went to this restaurant based on a recommendation from Chowhounds. If you love oysters (as we do) this is a great place to try. We sampled 6 different oysters, all from New England, and all of them were fresh and delicious. The service was attentive, and our server helped us select an excellent bottle of rose.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Husband was looking for true Boston fish restaurant. Tried here on a locals recommendation and glad we did. Really enjoyed the evening here. Lively trendy atmosphere. Had a later reservation but was pleased that we were taken directly to our table and pleased that not every table filled but seating was staggered. Made dining area not so hectic. Also glad... More 

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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The oysters were fresh, fresh, fresh - the shrimp were large and even the non alcoholic drink my colleague had was special. On the downside, this place is popular, so getting a seat at the bar can be a challenge while waiting. But, the food was excellent, the desserts appropriately sinful and the atmosphere (and the walls) are 100% shellfish.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I loved this restaurant. Very hard to get a reservation, great atmosphere, absolutely wonderful food. One of my favorite places in Boston. Took my friend for her 70th birthday. It was very special.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Best selection of oysters that I have ever seen, soup was very good and the blueberry dessert was excellent. But the service made the night, excellent. Highly recommend this place.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I tried 12 different kind of oysters. All so good. The waitress wrote all the oysters name on the paper for me. Which helped me found my favour oyster lol. It super busy. But worth to wait. Yes, a bit pricey. But worth it. I think I will visit here again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Chose this because of great reviews & for the close proximity to Fenway Park. Location was about a minute away from the ball field. Excellent food & service. Lively atmosphere and made us feel very comfortable. Oysters & Mrs. Bennett's seafood casserole were heavenly as well as the banana pie.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Great ambiance, mediocore food for price. Extremely slow inattentive service. Could have been a new server but if so, he should have told us and we would have cut some slack. Twice another server brought over setup for oysters...which we did not order. Overall kind of a let down.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I ate here alone and the staff were highly knowledgable and attentive. The food was exceptional - I tried raw oysters for the first time and they were incredible. The scallops were also perfect!

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
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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