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Island Creek Oyster Bar

#13 of 2,387 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
Fenway / Kenmore
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500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606 (Kenmore)
+1 617-532-5300
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Today
4:00 pm - 11:30 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
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went to island creek before the Red Sox game. Managed to get a table with no reservation which was great as was very busy. I had oysters and the biggest shrimp I have ever seen, they were amazing! So fresh and delicious. I also had the lobster bisque which was beautiful. Service was ok, nothing special but it was very... More 

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Thank Andrew1bardsley
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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255 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place was the best lunch we had in Boston. The Oysters were fantastic. The difficulty is to order so different types of oysters they have! The ambience is cozy and the service friendly; The wine list comtemple many good white wine by glass. A must go restaurant in Boston!

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful experience there when we were there in 2015! The atmosphere and food was amazing, and the service was impeccable. The lobster roll was great and the oyster selection was out of this world. I would highly recommend it!!!

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Newton, Massachusetts
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79 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent service and classy place. Yes it is somewhat expensive but the food is top notch. I had lobster bisque. it has chunks of lobster in it. It was different. Hard to describe. It melted in your mouth. Like it melted away. While eating the whole cup ($11)l I was deciding how I felt about it. I would order it... More 

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Thank ABC153
Chicago, Illinois
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244 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are heading to or from Fenway, or just happen to be in Kenmore Square, this is the place for a bite. We like this restaurant much better than Eastern Standard. Both restaurants are in the Commonwealth Hotel. Both are good. This one is special. Outstanding chowder. Great lobster roll. The fried clams were as good as I have... More 

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Thank Claude P
Cincinnati, Ohio
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148 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food, the buzzy atmosphere, the wine list, the service - everything was top notch from top to bottom. I could only get a 5:30 reservation on a Saturday but the place was still packed and the bar and tables turned over fairly quickly. We had oysters and GIANT shrimp cocktail to start, some of the best I've ever eaten... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

When we came in the line was absurd. We won't on OpenTable made a reservation for later on the night and went out. Food was excellent

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Thank Dayter
Dallas, Texas
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203 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our 'go to' spot for a special dinner. The oyster bar always has fresh selections and service has been good. It is very popular place - so even with reservations we end up waiting during peak period. This time we enjoyed oysters, lobster bisque and the 'fish & chips'... all were delicious. The lobster bisque though was the... More 

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Thank MSLovell
Masaka, null, Uganda
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice ambiance and very friendly staff. On top of that the food was outstandingly good. Weather it was seafood e.g. Bostons famous Lobster Roll or Chowder or a regular burger. All in all the prices were suitable for the quality and region. Only (good-bad) thing was, that the preparation of the food was crazy fast. Meaning we had some bread... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thanks trip advisor.....without you I would have never found this place! After a Sox game we wanted oysters and tried on Island Creek. We did not have a reservation, but we're lucky enough to get a bar seat. We dove straight into the oysters. We tried a variety, but the Island Creeks were the best. My husband had the lobster... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$31 - $50
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606
    (Kenmore)
  • Public Transportation: Kenmore
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Fenway / Kenmore
  • Neighborhood: Fenway / Kenmore
  • Phone Number: +1 617-532-5300
  • This restaurant is at Hotel Commonwealth

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Staying in Fenway / Kenmore

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Fenway / Kenmore
The Curse of the Bambino may have ended years ago, but loyal Red Sox fans will continue to infiltrate this home to historic Fenway Park, where you can find victory banners, people yelling in stereotypical Boston accents, and lots of sports bars. Located within Kenmore Square, the old gas station Citgo sign is another Boston skyline classic seen throughout the city. In addition to a hectic and diehard sports mentality, this neighborhood is also home to some of Boston’s many universities. Move from Boston University territory to that of Northeastern, and spend time at the famous Museum of Fine Arts. For more culture, check out the smaller but equally beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Continue off the beaten path and check out the green space in the Back Bay Fens, a pretty community garden. This diverse neighborhood has a mix of universities, sports, culture, and more residential green space.
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