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“Place with a buzz”

Island Creek Oyster Bar
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Ranked #19 of 3,309 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Fenway / Kenmore
Cross street: Kenmore
Transit: Kenmore
Reviewed April 12, 2014

It is, perhaps, unfair of me to review this restaurant. On the evening of our visit we had been awake for 22 hours and travelling for 15 of those hours. We were exhausted and ready for bed.
The place was abuzz. This is clearly a very popular dining spot for Bostonions. Tables are pretty tightly packed together and it is certainly not the place for an intimate evening. Service was excellent from cheerful, friendly waiting staff. A crab cake starter was excellent; very tasty indeed, but my main course, Ethel's lobster roll was a disappointment. Would we return? Most definitely, but next time after some sleep!

Thank Roger E
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

It was like receiving a lovely gift, well wrapped with a really nice bow. Then you carefully open the gift and the box is empty. All the trappings of a fine dining experience with one exception, the food was well below average. I must start off by stating that I did not have raw oysters, maybe they were really good. I actually wanted fried oysters which they did not have. I did have lobster bisque which, outside of a few token chunks of lobster, had a very greasy taste. I had a muscle dish which was ok. This is not a good seafood restaurant, it may however be a good raw bar. The service staff was excellent, very professional and courteous. If you are willing to pay top dollar for excellent service and poor food then this place is for you.

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1  Thank William H
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

Every now and then you have a magic night meal. The food is great, the wait staff unbelievable. Monday night was ours. We wanted to share a bowl of soup. Instead of two spoons, they brought two smaller bowls of great clam chowder. We put a large dent in the oyster population and loved all of the recommendations. Like Arnold, "we'll be back."

Thank Jerry5707
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

Service here impeccable.... Relaxed, friendly, casual, but expert! Food out of this world!! Amazing wine too and bill didn't shock me. Book in advance and don't be afraid to go early evening, it's still nice and buzzy!

Thank DeirdreIrish
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Vibrant restaurant. With many seafood and drink choices. They did not disappoint! Service was quick as we were heading to a Red Sox game.
This restaurant is one of our go-to-places when we are in Boston!

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Thank MaSleeper
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