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Island Creek Oyster Bar

#14 of 2,370 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Fenway / Kenmore
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500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606 (Kenmore)
+1 617-532-5300
16:00 - 23:30
Open now
All hours
Sun 10:30 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 23:30
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114 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant does not disappoint. Great service, even better food. Visited here for dinner on a Monday evening. The fresh oysters, crabcake sliders, fresh baked bread, and the skirt steak were on the table, and very, very good. Wow! A very high recommendations. Yes, I'll be back again, and again. I think this restaurant will be one of my "staples"... More 

Thank InSearchofQ
Ames, Iowa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One needs to reserve a table at this welcoming restaurant with a nice and wide open space. Their oyster selection is excellent - the most expensive lunch I have had in a long time but it was worth it

Thank World_traveler_mamma
Lakeville, Minnesota
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good seafood place in Boston. Warm ambiance inside and large menu with SO many god options. Was hard to narrow down our choices. Ended up getting the lobster roe noodles with Lobster and short rib, clam chowder, fried oyster slider on brioche, and Mussels with pearl pasta. Each and every thing was amazing...would probably order the same exact stuff... More 

Thank jon p
Southampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended this restaurant for our daughters birthday. On arrival, the staff wished her happy birthday and it was printed on our menu! They also took photos for us, very friendly! We followed the recommendations of the staff on which oysters to try and they were delicious. We got a few dishes and shared them. All were amazing, especially the... More 

Thank Tracy462014
Dallas, Texas
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176 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fresh, modern, great service and bar. ICOB has become a favorite place for dinner. The waitstaff has always had excellent recommendations and the oyster selection provides a fine way to experience the different flavors. We enjoyed the lobster roe pasta - Delish! Can get crowded during happy hours and on into dinner so recommend reservations.

Thank MSLovell
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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121 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last night, the husband and I went to ICOB with friends, for the first time in a couple of years. We were kicking ourselves by the end of the evening: why have we not been back?! We each had a starter: smoked steelhead; clam chowder; crab cake and fried oyster slider. All were superb. Three of us chose the halibut... More 

Thank Switzerdude
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went for dinner to this restaurant with some workmates and the experience was very good. The food was very nice. We had the friend oyster slider and the lobster noodels. If you like "fusion cuisine" this the right place to go. On the other hand, one outstanding thing is the service. Our waiter was friendly and explained us the... More 

Thank Javier S
La Jolla, California
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Meal of 12 oysters - one each of the dozen varieties available today - and fried head-on shrimp. I've eaten here several times and always look forward to returning. Nice balance of informality, friendly service and fresh, well-prepared seafood. Shellfish are the stars.

Thank newbreak_kid
Santiago, Chile
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97 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food but incredible atmosphere. Nice open space. Generally very crowded, but there is a nice bar where you can grab a drink before you are seated. And definitely try the island creek oysters if you like oysters.

Thank Jonathan L
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered the Lobster Roll & Grilled Maine Salmon and both are great. Was never a salmon person but this is a must try. The service was impeccable with friendly waiter ensuring everything was fine.

Thank Goh C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606
  • Public Transportation: Kenmore
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Fenway / Kenmore
  • Neighbourhood: Fenway / Kenmore
  • Phone Number: +1 617-532-5300
  • This restaurant is at Hotel Commonwealth

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Fenway / Kenmore
The Curse of the Bambino may have ended years ago, but loyal Red Sox fans will continue to infiltrate this home to historic Fenway Park, where you can find victory banners, people yelling in stereotypical Boston accents, and lots of sports bars. Located within Kenmore Square, the old gas station Citgo sign is another Boston skyline classic seen throughout the city. In addition to a hectic and diehard sports mentality, this neighborhood is also home to some of Boston’s many universities. Move from Boston University territory to that of Northeastern, and spend time at the famous Museum of Fine Arts. For more culture, check out the smaller but equally beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Continue off the beaten path and check out the green space in the Back Bay Fens, a pretty community garden. This diverse neighborhood has a mix of universities, sports, culture, and more residential green space.
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