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Island Creek Oyster Bar

#24 of 2,750 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606 (Kenmore)
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This restaurant is at Hotel Commonwealth
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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, Late Night, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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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
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This place was great! The service was impeccable. Food rating is high because it offers typical bar food for the venue as well as healthy choices with a flare. Thank you to our server whom suggested beer selections to a non-beer enthusiast. We may have a conversion.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Business meetings
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place was great! The service was impeccable. Food rating is high because it offers typical bar food for the venue as well as healthy choices with a flare. Thank you to our server whom suggested beer selections to a non-beer enthusiast. We may have a conversion.

Thank CE_12534556
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Simple, coolly modern ambience and menu. Great service and food. I recommend highly. May need to wait but worth it. Bar dining is well done.

Thank Brandon F
Cambridge, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago credit card Amex Card Member Review

I had dinner with a friend at Island Creek and we had a great time. She had a big platter of oysters, mostly Island Creeks and Howlands Landing, as her main dish. I had a glass of Riesling for a change, and a few oysters, also the same mix, and a small order of fried clams, which came with French... More 

Thank Padmapada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The bomb. We had champagne and 4 types of oysters, they were so good. Also the lobster roe noodles.. mmm!

Thank Laurien K
Miami, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for drinks, for food, to hang out with friend and for a business meal. Food was very good, service was on the poor side.

Thank Alan K
Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

went in for the oysters, unfortunately many were sold out by the time we arrived at 8pm. Oysters are fresh but you can probably get them at a better price somewhere else. Classy setting with professional servers, but won't the place for a romantic dinner as it's quite noisy inside.

Thank Wesley K
Jersey City, New Jersey
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a little nervous about going here because the price is high, but once I took a bite of the food, I got over that quick. Everyone deserves to eat at a place like this sometimes. The atmosphere is great: not stuffy or overly fancy but beautiful and clean. The tables are spaced out enough so you're not on... More 

Thank kkm21
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're staying at the Hotel Commonwealth, this is a must. And worth seeking out if you're not! Amazing raw bar and nightly fresh seafood specialties. Also: Do NOT miss the biscuits. Great cocktails and wine selection; see "What We're Drinking" on the menu. Definitely make reservations - this place fills up quickly each evening with both locals and visitors.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wen't here for a drink with two friends as I was staying in hotel above. Service was quite arrogant and cold, maybe because we were at that point only having drink in the bar and after long day not looking so glamorous. You would expect bit more from this kind of place, so we decided to go and eat elsewhere.... More 

Thank Tanja S
Wallingford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Place is awesome! Get there right when they open and sit at the bar and have a home made margarita!! Food is always consistent and the service is excellent. The oyster sliders are a personal favorite. Can't go wrong with this place.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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


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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