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Island Creek Oyster Bar

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Kenmore, Boston
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  • Ting
    TingJuly 21, 2015
    Very good chowder. Think the secret is in the bacon that enhances the clam flavour. The biscuits r great too.Go for the oysters only if you want to support MA sourced ones.Give the fluke crudo a miss.
  • Jingshu H.
    Jingshu HuangNovember 5, 2015
    Oyster! They're so so fresh. Shrimp cocktail is also one of my favorite. The lobster roll is aweson.They have some sort of lobster soup, but not every time. So don't miss when you see it on menu.
  • Taisiia I.
    Taisiia I.May 27, 2015
    The island creek oysters are amazing. Liked them more than the other ones. Great ceviche and grilled halibut. I'll be back ;)
    Upvoted Sep 24
  • Juanita
    JuanitaJune 24
    Sat at the bar with no wait during peak hours and it was fine! The oysters were so fresh--Island Creek were by far my favorite
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LowMarch 19
    Oysters, littleneck clams, and bomb-diggity lobster roe noodles - this restaurant has all my favorites! I always get the Moon Shoals - NE oysters are brinier to begin with but these are just perfect.
  • Reserve
    ReserveJanuary 22
    An elevated take on one of everyone’s favorite football eats, the Oyster Sliders at Oyster Creek Island are served up on a brioche roll with lime chili aioli. Read more
  • Claudio
    ClaudioApril 18
    One of my favorites in Boston. Fresh and local oysters; must try the clams with bacon, monkfish with black rice or the fish and chips. Friendly staff, great location and a little expensive.
  • Erin Y.
    Erin YoungDecember 6, 2012
    If you walk in without a reservation, they can sometimes seat you at the dining bar. Excellent place to sit. The Island Creek oysters are the local, cheapest on the menu and huge. Well worth it!
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongOctober 28, 2012
    Lobster roll 4.5/5. toasted brioche. Lobster filling is a nice lobster mayo salad. Kettle chips could be crisper. Island creeks are excellent, nausets saltiest, smoothest. Belon a sweet-sour enigma.
  • Christine L.
    Christine LeeApril 26, 2013
    Island Creek oysters are so delicious! Great service, ambience & wine selection. Get the oyster sliders for apps & roe noodles, monkfish, or casserole for entree. Dessert: Rhubarb strawberry turnover!
  • Brendan H.
    Brendan HasenstabMay 14, 2014
    The finest meal I ate in Boston, period. (And I did my research before I arrived.) Superb fish (red trout), BUTTERMILK BISCUIT, excellent cocktails, and fine atmosphere. Don't miss it!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJanuary 30, 2014
    Instead of saltines or oyster crackers, try the melt-your-brain buttermilk biscuits and house smoked bacon with your clam chowder. Read more
  • BU Today
    BU TodaySeptember 6, 2012
    The raw bar occupies center stage and is unquestionably the main attraction. Nestled between piles of crushed ice are a glistening array of some of the freshest oysters to be had anywhere in Boston. Read more
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinFebruary 17, 2014
    (Best of Boston 2013-SEAFOOD) Improper Bostonian says, "Bivalves are only the beginning. Whether it's pearlescent crudo, an inspired halibut with mushroom broth/ the gastronomic epiphany of trout..."
  • Todd H.
    Todd HamiltonAugust 21, 2015
    Our fourth time here and it gets better every time. One of the best restaurants vibes anywhere. The lobster roe fetuchini is outstanding and I can't resist that biscuits with honey.
  • Abi P.
    Abi PanickerJanuary 12, 2015
    Oysters and drinks were really good, my party all enjoyed their food, I made a point to try everything, I really found mediocrity, service was great, atmosphere is excellent
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MackintoshApril 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The stars align at the bar. Don't be afraid to ask for advice on a new favorite based on your old ones. Some of the best cocktails and seafood in the city are served here.
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsFebruary 11, 2013
    ICOB’s lobster roll – fresh Maine lobster mixed with crème fraîche instead of mayo and pickles on delicious rosemary bread – is a game-changer. For more, follow us on 4sq or at www.renhotels.com.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 4, 2014
    Renowned for its oyster raw bar and knowledgeable waiters who can talk you through any variety (and suggest an excellent wine pairing).
  • Elaine K.
    Elaine Kay1 week ago
    I'm typically not Annie fan of oysters, by this place is a little different. Oysters are fresh, presentations on point and they have alternative main dishes like salmon sooo delicious
  • Anna T.
    Anna TyzikAugust 7, 2014
    Great oysters (obviously) and great cocktails! The lobster roll was a little too mayo-y for my liking but packed full of meat and the side of homemade chips are great!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistOctober 18, 2010
    Aside from a range of Island Creek's finest, the changing daily menu @ ICOB includes other fruits de mer like a Tarragon butter'd baked stuffed lobster w/ brussels sprouts, carrot, & parsnips. Try it. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2012
    Island Creek Oyster bar looks more slick than the restaurant you would expect an oyster farm to operate, but it's no less legit. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 4, 2012
    The oysters aren't the only draw here--try the lobster roll fashioned from a family recipe that has been passed down through generations. A delicious contender in our 2012 Lobster Roll Rumble: Read more
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 5, 2012
    Known for a knowledgeable staff and innovative cocktail list, the raw bar is the undeniable main attraction. Not cheap by any means, but a great place for a celebratory dinner. Read more
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Occasionally they'll have fish tacos as a special…if you're lucky enough to see them on the menu, definitely get them!
  • Carrie S.
    Carrie SuApril 10
    Get a dozen oysters from the raw bar, but FYI "just fuck my shit up" is not an acceptable order. Lobster bisque and oyster sliders are a must.
  • Natalie S.
    Natalie S.November 11, 2011
    The biscuit is to die for. Have with dinner or even dessert. Also recommend doing a sampling of oysters so you can taste the subtle flavors. They prepare them beautifully.
  • Sugair A.
    Sugair AlSugairJanuary 11, 2015
    The helpful and great staff make you chose the best Oysters in house. Don't miss the lobster roll. Bar, one of the best bars I've ever been to.
  • William Z.
    William ZachmannJuly 20, 2012
    Superb spot! One of the best in Boston. Be sure to try a "Death in the Afternoon" cocktail with your dozen Island Creek Oysters! It's to die for! *;-)
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HAugust 13, 2013
    Worth the wait. Get the lobster roe noodles, rock harbor oysters, the biscuit, and the oyster sliders. Truly new Bostonian gourmet fish creations
  • Sara S.
    Sara SigelJuly 28, 2013
    Splitting the haddock and getting two sides was the perfect portion. Gotta try the old bay fries and ratatouille! Great service at the bar, too.
  • Jose J.
    Jose JassoAugust 6
    Best Oyster Bar in Boston. Get a dozen of any oysters you like and a lobster roll.
  • Kristin D.
    Kristin DambrauskasJuly 29, 2012
    Ask for Nate as a server! He's super knowledgable and gives awesome recommendations! By far the best server ever. Try the oyster sliders too- so delish!!
  • Suzanne X.
    Suzanne XuApril 16
    Island Creek oysters are amazing and will make you want more!
    Upvoted Sep 24
  • CNN
    CNNDecember 3, 2014
    Are oysters aphrodisiacs? This is the place to find out, as Island Creek happens to be one of America's most romantic restaurants. Read more
  • Martin E.
    Martin ErikssonNovember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The oysters are of course amazing, but try the shrimp cocktail too and both the lobster roe noodles and the biscuit will blow your mind.
  • Ha D.
    Ha DiemAugust 30, 2014
    The fried oyster sliders were amazing! Raw oysters were super fresh. Seafood casserole had huge chunks of seafood. Definite must for oyster fans.
  • Renee M.
    Renee MailhiotFebruary 10, 2014
    Maybe the best brunch ever. The biscuits and gravy are unlike any I've ever had, and they include an egg.
  • Francisca T.
    Francisca TanJuly 19, 2013
    The oyster sliders and of course the oysters are top notch freshhh! The only 2 things worth getting!
  • Evelyn L.
    Evelyn LingNovember 5
    this is one of my favorite restaurants ever. island creek oysters, clam chowder and roe noodles are mind blowing 😱
  • Roberto G.
    Roberto GarcesAugust 19, 2012
    Really good lobster roll and brunch but the fried clams are boss and the fresh oysters so good.
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 29, 2010
    ICOB imported talent from that operation to set up another stellar cocktail and bar program here with rotating specials based on today's fresh ingredients. Read more
  • Heather H.
    Heather HarrisJuly 13, 2013
    Went after a game. There had switched to the late night menu but I was more than pleased with my choice of fish and chips. Server was very nice and accommodating.
  • Grace L.
    Grace LeeOctober 7
    Good cocktails and a large variety of fresh oysters. Try at least 5 different kinds because they are distinct from each other!
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReganJune 12, 2014
    Homemade Ginger beer is awesome. Try the other home made mixers too. Warning: spicy
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The Cape Spear oysters from New Brunswick, Canada often sell out…get them when available!
  • Joan M.
    Joan MatelliMay 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Sure, the oysters are great, but don't miss out on other raw bar choices. Fluke crudo with orange and sesame is particularly tasty.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    Order a dozen oysters and a couple of fried oyster sliders at the bar, and bigger plates like lobster roe noodles with short ribs in the dining room. Read more
  • Kim O.
    Kim OwensAugust 30, 2012
    Place is popular so you'll have to wait, even for a spot at the bar. Paloma drink is refreshing and tasty. Scallop ceviche was excellent but the lobster was bland. Classy place. Classy staff.
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