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Island Creek Oyster Bar

#15 of 2,383 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Fenway / Kenmore
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500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606 (Kenmore)
+1 617-532-5300
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Today
16:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 23:30
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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In my experience, based admittedly on one visit, this restaurant is overpriced and overhyped. The food is good, the wines delicious, but it is expensive and a bit precious. A friend of mine and I went at 4:45 on a Saturday and there were waiting lists for both the bar and tables. I found the experience of waiting to be... More 

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Thank T R
St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent oysters and shrimp. Cool atmosphere. The BEST buttermilk biscuit drenched in honey I've ever had.

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Thank Elaine M
Moncton, Canada
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103 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this place i have never been disappointed. Super friendly staff amazing bartenders and the food! Wow! The food is incredible from the lobster roe pasta dont be afraid you will love it. And the fried clams and fresh fish you cant go wrong. Oh and oysters lol cant forget those.

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Salou, Spain
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went there with my husband, we had not made a reservation, but they welcome walk-ins, although you may have to wait a while. We got a seat at the bar, which was fine. Fun to look at the bartenders, which make a show at mixing the drinks. The food was quite good, especially what my husband ordered. i was... More 

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Thank Drofn
Ashford, Connecticut
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Island Creek Oyster Bar is certainly a great place if one wants to experience a non-existent service in a hype atmosphere. We booked a table a Saturday night at 8 pm. Upon arrival, a waiter explained to us that, despite the reservation, no table is immediately available and suggested us to be patient in the crowded entrance. After 30 minutes... More 

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staying at the Hotel Commonwealth last weekend and decided to see if they would be able to fit me, my husband, and my daughter for a quick dinner. Luckily, we were able to be seated due to a last minute cancellation. Our dinner was superbly fresh! The crab cakes were wonderful (and made mostly of crab meat versus "fillers"). The... More 

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Thank Higheststandardsgal
Cambridge, Maryland
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place rocks--great oysters, fish dishes, young knowledgeable waiters--loaded with people who all seemed happy--food was great

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Thank mayville10
Needham
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Restaurant. Very Busy but you didn't have to scream over each other to talk. The food was as good as nay seafood restaurant I have ever dined at. As fresh as you would hope!!

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Thank Mark M
connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know this restaurant gets great reviews but I found it just okay. The food was actually very good and my cocktail was perfect. That said, I think it is too expensive for what it is - a $29 lobster roll seems a bit excessive. Something that was odd was that there appeared to be staff whose job it was... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love Lobster Bisque and Sea Food Chowder, then you simply must book a table at ISLAND CREEK OYSTER BAR - BOSTON. Great food... Wide variety of choices... Friendly staff...

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 23:00
Monday
16:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 23:00
Thursday
16:00 - 23:00
Friday
16:00 - 23:30
Saturday
16:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606
    (Kenmore)
  • 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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Staying in Fenway / Kenmore

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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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