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“Special night out” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Island Creek Oyster Bar

Island Creek Oyster Bar
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Ranked #20 of 3,154 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Cape Cod, MA
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Special night out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

This was our first visit to the ICOB and it was fantastic. We loved the oysters and to quote my husband,"It's almost not fair how good these taste!" We started with a sample of 4 kinds which the waiter helped us pick and the did a second round of our favorites. Our meals were great too. The oyster shell wall was fascinating and the ambiance perfect for a special night out. Wish we lived closer...we would certainly be regulars!

Visited June 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Delicious and Fresh Seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

One of the best places around for seafood ! Excellent food, prices and service. Lovely experience with long time family friends.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Poconos
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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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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