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Island Creek Oyster Bar

#15 of 2,684 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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American, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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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
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
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 88
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  • 22
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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
Best seafood restaurant in Boston

We ate at the Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston last night. Garrett Harker was there so we actually had the pleasure of meeting and talking to him for a bit. What an admirable guy!! He was actually helping his employees by serving tables along with them. If you are in Boston and looking for a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Torrington, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Torrington, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We ate at the Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston last night. Garrett Harker was there so we actually had the pleasure of meeting and talking to him for a bit. What an admirable guy!! He was actually helping his employees by serving tables along with them. If you are in Boston and looking for a seafood restaurant to go... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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26 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We recently ate here because our Bostonian family members said that it is a place we must try. We had a reservation on a busy Saturday night for 5:30. We did not have any problem getting seated but we heard others without reservations would have at least an hour wait. I would recommend reservations if you can get them. A... More 

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Stanford, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

I was staying at the Hotel Commonwealth and, after discussion of several options with the staff, settled on this restaurant in the hotel. I was eating alone and was seated immediately at a seat at a "bar" - not "the bar" but a high bar around the exterior of the room with high chairs faced out through the windows onto... More 

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North Conway, New Hampshire
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Our first visit, it won't be our last. Great oysters- fresh shucked and cold. Lots of wine and beer choices. The chowder is so very good. Excellent fried clams. Great fish selections. The only negative: we were there for the 5PM seating when the restaurant opens for the day. It was a busy weekend night. The scene of customers, all... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Among the top 5 oyster rolls ever. Not smothered in mayo, but lightly dressed with what I think is creme fraiche. Great fries and great fish and chips. Great beer list. Who could ask for more than great lobster roll, perfect fries, and a perfectly matched beer? Of course they have a wonderful oyster selection, but I would go back... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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103 reviews 103 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

I stayed in the hotel attached to this place but that doesn't mean I would just eat here. The oysters were AMAZING! The staff was AMAZING! Everyone was friendly and always eager to help. Great mixed drinks, great wine selection and great oysters. The bar and the dining room work on 2 separate waiting lists so keep that in mind... More 

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Davidson, North Carolina
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40 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

This is our third visit (different trip) to Island Creek, and we absolutely loved it...again! The appetizer of fried clams were perfect and a must. The halibut was perfectly prepared,and the Boston baked beans were spectacular. My husband says the oyster sliders are an absolute must! Their ice box cake was incredible as were the Boston Cream doughnuts. The ambiance... More 

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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Enjoyed the oysters; the service was fair; the busperson did spill the oyster plate with ice on me; drinks so-so

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Dallas, Texas
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96 reviews 96 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Exceptional! Needed an early dinner, so got in quickly. Terrific atmosphere, if a bit noisy. Just had appetizers (soft shell crab and and crab cake) and wished we were hungrier. We were able to observe wait-staff providing guidance to other guests on the the oyster menu and were impressed. Very knowledgeable about their craft. Serving portions are just right -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Great food, great service, awesome beer. This is what I came to Boston for. Highly recommend that place!

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Additional Information about Island Creek Oyster Bar

Address: 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606
Phone Number: 617-532-5300
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar

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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic, 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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