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Island Creek Oyster Bar
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Ranked #19 of 3,245 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Fenway / Kenmore
Cross street: Kenmore
Transit: Kenmore
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“really glad I went back”
Reviewed February 16, 2012

An first visit was ok but underwhelming. The Maitre'D, Ashley White-Stern, went out of her way to encourage us to give it another shot.

We did, and it was great!

The oysters were wonderful – I got some stronger Wellfleets this time, very much more to my liking than the very mild ones I had the first time – and others really liked the Misty Points. Sweet Maine shrimp were remarkably light and a smelt amuse-bouche was a very interesting and unexpected treat – something none of us had ever had.

One of us had a reprise of the lobster roe noodles and loved them, another had the chowder and the many-flavored hamburger with oysters and loved them both. I had the scallops which were, without a doubt, the MOST TENDER and delicious scallops I have ever had. I savored every bite.

All in all, a wonderful evening and we will be back.

  • Visited February 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Fresh, fresh seafood in a relaxed setting”
Reviewed February 15, 2012

We wanted to start with drinks and relax and then order our food. The waiter, a total charmer, said "take your time." That's what we did. After a while we ordered a dozen perfect oysters, fresh and tasting of the sea, and then I had a perfectly cooked roast lobster. Hard to imagine a nicer evening.
Hard to get a reservation even thought the place was never totally full.

Visited February 2012
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Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Beautiful Bivalves in Kenmore”
Reviewed February 12, 2012

Outstanding food & service in an unparalleled setting. The french onion soup, the steak tartar are remarkable as are the bivalves.

Visited September 2011
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116 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“One of the best seafood restaurants we've ever been to!”
Reviewed February 12, 2012

This restaurant was fabulous in all regards. We go to Maine or Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard for our summer vacations, and this restaurant served the most divine fish we've had in years. Everything, from appetizers to dessert, was superb. Don't miss it if you are in Boston!

  • Visited March 2011
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Has it all - Great food, atmosphere and staff.”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

Made our reservation on Open Table with ease. The table I had selected was ready for us when we arrived, we were a bit early so we had a drink at the very lively bar. Although very busy at the bar the service was efficient and friendly.
The wait staff for a dinner were excellent, they knew the products very well and the wine list too, which is quite extensive. The oysters were excellent, fresh, fresh, fresh :)
The atmosphere was lively but we did not have to raise our voices to hear the conversation at our table (perfect).
We will return.......very soon.

  • Visited February 2012
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