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“All bout dem oystas” 5 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 #17 of 2,881 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Kenmore
Transit: Kenmore
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“All bout dem oystas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

The oysters here will rock your world. Huge variety, so that you can try lots of different types. Super fresh. I recommend two rounds of oysters -- at least! First, a "recon" round where you try all kinds of oysters and figure out the ones you really like. Second, a "move in for the kill" round where you gorge on your favourite bivalves. Don't miss the Wild Belons from Maine. Big and briney!

The staff are great. They take the time to tell you about all the different oysters. These guys know their bivalves and their recommendations are spot on. They get the balance right between, on the one hand, giving you time to settle in and relax and, on the other hand, showing up at your table whenever you need another round of drinks.

Once you've finished the oysters, the best part of the meal is done. The fish dishes that follow are above average, but they won't make you strip off your clothes and roll around on the floor. Some obscure fishies live on the menu, and not all of them taste great. Ever heard of tile fish? Me neither. Stick to the kinds of fish you've eaten before. Some fish come with a sauce and some sauces are more successful than others. Hint: if your fish comes with cauliflower sauce, ask for it on the side.

Side dishes are a mixed bag. The fries, baked beans, and cole slaw are kinda boring. I like the green veggies sauteed with garlic and peppers.

The beer and wine lists are solid.

The place is almost always mobbed, but the friendly people at the front desk do a good job of seating you as quickly as possible. If you have to wait, just relax, get a drink, and savour the delicious anticipation of that first oyster sliding down your gullet.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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6 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Excellent, Excellent Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Were there Friday night. It was my birthday and the whole team took excellent care of us. Matt, our server, deserves additional praise. It was a pleasure to be in his company. Thank you all for a great evening.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Westborough
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“An oyster exploration”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Not my first time at ICOB but the first since I got a book on oysters in North America and wanted to taste the range. We had everything from sweet Hama Hamas to minerally Belons and enjoyed them all - including Island Creeks which were not new to us.

Great to have a place where you really can taste what oysters can be.

If it hadn't been the smaller brunch menu today, I'm sure there would have been more great things to write about.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Syracuse, New York, United States
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“Oyster sliders outstanding! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Expert service and creative seaside decor makes dining at Oyster Island with a wait. Every dish we ordered was of exceptional quality. We especially loved the oyster sliders, a delectable blend of slightly sweet, soft brioche surrounding a crunchy, salty oyster with a dollop of homemade tarter sauce. Loved it all!

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Definitely recommend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We stayed at the hotel commonwealth next door so we came upon this restaurant by accident. Great service , incredible food, beautiful ambiance, definitely recommend!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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