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“Great food. Not great Solo”

Island Creek Oyster Bar
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Ranked #20 of 3,202 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, Bar scene, Special occasions
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
Chicago, Illinois
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great food. Not great Solo”
Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

I just arrived into Boston and was anxious to eat at a nice restaurant with high quality seafood. This restaurant was highly rated on TripAdvisor and Yelp and then the Boston Sheraton hotel recommended it too. I took a taxi and was told it would be a 2 hour wait for a table of one. I decided to try the bar. Their bar is large and they hold seats at the bAr for dining so I thought ok this is great. I ordered a mix of raw oysters and they were incredible with the different size texture. Saltiness etc. the oysters were absolutely awesome!! I ordered the lobster roll dinner because this place is known for this dish. Delicious. Service was excellent! The only complaint was the ambience. I had multiple people reaching over me and my dinner to order cocktails. Great restaurant but eating at the bar took away from the whole experience.

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177 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“fantabulous seafood and great wine list”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

I ate hear on both nights in Boston. Conveniently located attached to the Commonwealth Hotel. Wonderfully fresh oysters, whole baked black bass, lobster roe noodles...what's not to like?

Visited March 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2014

Great seafood place oysters were superb,really enjoyed our time there !Great cocktails good overall experience.

Visited February 2014
Thank V T
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Boston, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Best in Boston”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

Wide choice of oysters, fish perfectly prepared and flavored, attentive staff, cosy ambient, great cocktails, reasonable price... What else do you need for a place to be designated the best of the whole city, specially if we talk about sea food, an unexplainably difficult product for a city that sits near the sea?

  • Visited March 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wonderful seafood”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

Great atmosphere, service and food. Getting a reservation not such a great experience. Call the restaurant directly, it always shows up unavailable on Open Table. Brunch is great here and easy to get into. The oysters are amazing and not to be missed. My favorite seafood restaurant in Boston..

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Pamela T
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