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“Service does not do food justice” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Island Creek Oyster Bar

Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606
617-532-5300
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Ranked #15 of 2,846 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Kenmore
Transit: Kenmore
Mosbach, Germany
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Service does not do food justice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

We went yesterday with a reservation to the restaurant, very busy very crowded. We got seated at a high table which I personally dislike but nothing else available. Our waiter changed in the course of the meal and I had to ask 2 times to get our drinks. First drink was served ( a simple beer) after starters were finished ( the oysters were a delight!). The main course that followed. Was also great, but again tried to catch the waiter for some more water. The water came with the unasked bill, which have us the feeling to get out in order to place some other clients at the table. The food was excellent however it was a ruined evening. For sure not a visit next time in Boston.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Fresh, fresh, fresh and delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

While in Boston, I had the good fortune of dining at the Island Creek Oyster Bar. There were no tables, so we ate at the bar. They were very busy, and it took awhile for the waiter to acknowledge us, but once he did, the service was great. And the food and drinks were divine. Excellent selection of oysters, fresh seafood and turf. Prepared impeccably to showcase the flavors of the fresh ingredients, not buried under unnecessary sauces. Divine. And the bartenders are GREAT. Enough said. One of my favorite restaurants anywhere!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“An Oyster Lovers Paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

This was probably my 12th visit to The Island Creek Oyster Bar and every visit 1) the food is perfect, 2) the service is wonderful, 3) nice selection of wines, and 4) enjoyable environment. I am a lover of Island Creek Oysters and the ones I enjoy her are the best I have ever had. They serve delicious bread with a variety of butters depending on the day. Being a solo diner this time, I enjoyed sitting at the high top tables in the bar area. The servers gave me just the right amount of attention. The only challenge is parking so be prepared. Enjoy!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jackson, MS
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“Great food and a high end drink list.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I ate here with a group of friends about two weeks ago, and I was rather impressed with both the food and drinks menus. I had oysters and the halibut, both of which were fantastic. The beer list is great too with a nice draught list and great domestic craft/import bottle list. The place gets pretty busy at night, so the servers get a little confused at times, but overall, our server(s) were very friendly and did a good job.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best Oysters”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The oysters keep me coming back here. Service is always good and the pale interior and lighting contribute to perfect ambiance.

Visited September 2012
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