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“Excellent food in frenetic setting”

Island Creek Oyster Bar
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Ranked #22 of 3,185 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Fenway / Kenmore
Cross street: Kenmore
Transit: Kenmore
Poconos
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent food in frenetic setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

We chose to eat here after a Red Sox game based on the excellent reviews. It did not disappoint. It was very crowded and noisy due to the crush of after game, Sat. Night, etc., as well as the dense layout of the very spacious combined dining room bar area. I would not recommend this place for any intimacy or quiet meals. The decor was fun: industrial meets docks meets flea market. With all of that stated, know that the food exceeded our expectations. Embarrassed to say that I have never had raw oysters before, but decided to try them here for obvious reasons. With kind guidance from our waiter we thoroughly enjoyed our virgin raw bar experience. Our party had Haddock, Lobster Roe Pasta & Salmon for our three entrees. All were excellent. The braised short rib pieces, lobster and peas in the pasta were out of this world. We finished up with strawberry donut (very sweet, but interesting), upside down peach cake (dry & disappointing if not for the REALLY good sweet corn ice cream on side), and chocolate cake with black berries (yummy). Wait staff was attentive without bugging us. Music was loud but tunes we loved, so we were happy. Highly recommend if you are in the mood for all that I described.

Visited June 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“OVERRATED!!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

We have been waiting to come here, and we were just let down! Writing the review while we are still sitting at Island Creek. Yes, the oysters were good, but the rest of the menu is an overpriced frozen seafood experience! The absolute worst shrimp I have ever had!...rubbery with no flavor! Boston has many other restaurants with much better seafood!

  • Visited June 2013
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Glastonbury, CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic Oysters!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great meal start to finish with super selection of fresh oysters and terrific menu. Staff was excellent!

Visited June 2013
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Cambridge
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Amazing food, outstanding service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

The food is fantastic - I was an oyster virgin so didn't have a clue which to pick but our server was really friendly and helpful and helped us choose our oysters as well as making sure we were happy with them and the rest of our meal. Oysters and the catfish were fresh and tasty. It's got a really relaxed atmosphere and we just had the most amazing night. We couldn't get seated straight away as the restaurant is so popular so the staff took us next door to the cocktail bar while we waited for a table but it only took about 15 minutes. Really happy with our visit.

Visited June 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Excellent oyster Bar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

This was a fun experience and the oysters were exceptional. The wait staff was very knowledgeable and helpful in ordering from the extensive oyster menu. It is really cool that they show on the menu where everything comes from. Good food and good service. I gave them four stars I stead of five because the menu is somewhat limited. After the oysters the choices were not very extensive. We ate the following evening at Atlantic Fish Comoany and the difference in the menu was unbelievable. But, if you want a great oyster bar with a lot of atmosphere, this a a superb place.

Visited June 2013
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