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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.
  • 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
  • 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 ;)
  • Juanita
    JuanitaJune 24, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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!
  • Isabel W.
    Isabel Williams1 week ago
    bouillabaisse & ambience were both amazing - the bouillabaisse was seriously one of the best meals i have ever had. 10/10, so good, especially the amazing saffron broth!!! plus a super cool vibe
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Adam K.
    Adam K.April 5
    Excellent experience in every respect. Phenomenal staff, phenomenal seafood. Striped bass was to die for. Definitely save room for dessert.
  • 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.
  • 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..."
  • Jenna F.
    Awesome seafood. Oyster selection is top notch. Lobster roll hold the bread for gluten free option was perfect. Waiter even suggested mashed potatoes instead of chips that share a fryer.
  • 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 KayNovember 26, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • المهره الصعبه ماهي لأي خيال
    Great lively atmosphere, nice crowd, amazing oysters collection, and excellent chowder. Ask for the Perennial cocktail 👌🏻🍸
  • 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!
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mark C.
    Mark CoffeyJanuary 29, 2013
    The One and only Crispy IC Oyster Slider appetizer never disappoints. One of the best appetizers in Boston
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Carrie C.
    Carrie CollinsApril 10, 2016
    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.
  • 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! *;-)
  • 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, 2016
    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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Suzanne X.
    Suzanne XuApril 16, 2016
    Island Creek oysters are amazing and will make you want more!
  • 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, 2016
    this is one of my favorite restaurants ever. island creek oysters, clam chowder and roe noodles are mind blowing 😱
  • Kimberly G.
    Kimberly GlasgowOctober 5, 2013
    Water of life cocktail is delightful, as was everything else our bartender Brendan recommended. And you just can't beat island creek oysters..
  • Roberto G.
    Roberto GarcesAugust 19, 2012
    Really good lobster roll and brunch but the fried clams are boss and the fresh oysters so good.
  • Grace L.
    Grace LeeOctober 7, 2016
    Good cocktails and a large variety of fresh oysters. Try at least 5 different kinds because they are distinct from each other!
  • 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.
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReganJune 12, 2014
    Homemade Ginger beer is awesome. Try the other home made mixers too. Warning: spicy
  • Emily
    EmilyDecember 20, 2016
    If you love oysters, obviously this is the place to go. Other favs: oyster sliders, lobster roe and short rib pasta
  • 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
  • Rose C.
    Rose CherusseryMarch 25, 2013
    Everything here is out of this world. Try as much as you can. You can't go wrong!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mark C.
    Mark CoffeyApril 25, 2012
    If you come here you have to try the oyster sliders. Best sliders anywhere
  • Joan M.
    Joan MatelliMay 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Wonderful oyster selection; try the Hama Hamas. If you need further guidance, ask Vik behind the bar. He'll never steer you wrong.
  • Susan J.
    Susan Jung GrantMarch 9, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Flawless execution on oysters, lobster and fresh-caught fish in an urban-chic space. Creative cocktail list is a knock out!
  • Manuel Ernesto A.
    Very good restaurant, oysters are pretty good. I got the seafood casserol, it is a small plate with very good flavor.
  • Chris C.
    Chris C.July 13, 2012
    Best scallops I've ever had. No joke. Tough not to want to veer to the panoply of other seafood choices, but the scallops are unmissable.
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GyllenstiernaJuly 16, 2013
    Probably the best oysters and lobster dish (omelette) I have ever had. They also serve great Chemex coffee.
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    Oysters, shrimp, lobster and Fluke crudo. Otherwise known as a platter of delight. Read more
  • Olga K.
    Olga K.February 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing place! Highly recommend. I keep going there over and over again.
  • Error404 H.
    Error404 Hack2learnJanuary 19, 2015
    Island Creek Oysters, Shrimps and 1/2 Lobster from the Raw Bar are amazing!
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 16, 2014
    Get down on the Clam Chowder. And the Lobster Roe Noodles. And all of the Oysters. Wash it down with a cold Rose.
  • A&B American Style
    A&B American StyleJanuary 27, 2014
    Get your oysters two ways. Raw on the half shell. Crispy on a slider. Use Pepper Sauce to kick both up a level.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The Sriracha fries often find themselves on the Late Nite Menu…don't pass them up!
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle ChangOctober 11, 2014
    great beer selections and nice lobster roll :) omelet was not great though.. But I love their fresh prawn shrimp !!
  • Kath
    KathNovember 26, 2015
    Oysters!!! And don't be afraid to ask your waiter for their fav!!
  • schneidermike s.
    Fabulous oyster selection and great cocktails. Reservations recommended on weekends and during Sox games.
  • Jason S.
    Jason S.October 17, 2011
    Wines and bubbles ordered by the glass will be poured to sample first. Don't be alarmed that you accidentally ordered the whole bottle!
  • Verna
    VernaMay 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    amazing food and great service....and an adorable man come to your table giving you a crash course on oysters. def a new boston fave.
  • Zuza K.
    Zuza KrzyzstofskaApril 19, 2014
    Not bad, but service is really slow. You can wait for more then 15 min just to get a desert menu, not sure that you will still want to try to get some desert after that (will it take another 30 min?)
  • Lily H.
    Lily HsuFebruary 23, 2015
    Came in at 11 pm on a Saturday night, the kitchen was about to close and after we ordered oysters servers said they were on the house! In shock from that and how fresh they were.
  • GrandTen D.
    Feel free to try your cocktails with our very own, Boston-distilled gin, Wire Works. They carry it there and we guarantee that you'll love it!
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SchoebenSeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    the water here is amazing. it's so fresh and served chilled at the perfect temperature. best part, it's free.
  • Apple
    AppleJanuary 16, 2013
    Try the sliders! Has the best oyster selection in town by far. Service is fantastic. Open late :).
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJanuary 15, 2016
    Get the clam chowder. Just do it. So fresh, and the little baby biscuits on top are perfect!
  • Boston Magazine
    Boston MagazineNovember 11, 2011
    Duxbury’s Island Creek Oysters are so ubiquitous locally, we’ve come to consider them the gold standard. (Sorry, Wellfleets.) Read on for ordering tips. Read more
  • Senator John B.
    Senator John BlutarskiNovember 17, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The clam chowder with house-cured bacon combines wonderfully with the Schlenkerla smokebeer for a delicious warming snack or first course on a cold day.
  • Joel Y.
    Joel YeatonMay 10, 2015
    Don't miss the G+T. Simple cocktail but with surprising depth from the addition of a grilled lime foam
  • Michell C.
    Michell CheeSeptember 12, 2014
    The slider is really good. Actually expecting the lobster pasta but they don't have it on that day.. service is extremely good
  • Clara M.
    Clara Muñoz PalmaNovember 26, 2016
    Oyster sliders, lobster roll and lobster noodels, everything amazing!
  • Emilia A.
    Emilia AllonsoMay 27, 2015
    Wasn't so impressed by the oyster selection (4 types that night) but the ceviche was awesome. Nice trendy ambiance also.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenJune 4, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The smoked Idaho trout is a fantastic late night special!
  • Kiki.kik
    Kiki.kikFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The wallpaper at the back is upside down. I still like the place though :)
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina MonteOctober 25, 2010
    Garrett can do no wrong. must order: salmon entree. tuna tar tare. bbq shrimp app w grits. cider doughnuts. cookie frozen milk frappe-like yumminess
  • Silene L.
    Silene LimMay 19, 2016
    Get the lobster roe pasta! The oysters are divine!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenAugust 4, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    With a group? Get the cool round table in the back left of the dining area!
  • Sean D.
    Sean DonovanFebruary 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can order the entire cocktail list available at Eastern Standard! Aviation, Old Cuban and the infamous Whiskey Smash are musts!
  • Andy C.
    Andy ChapmanAugust 14, 2015
    Cohasset oysters are great. So are the scallops. And try one of the IPAs on draught.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew ShieldsMay 24, 2014
    lobster roe noodles with short ribs- best thing ever
  • Rich T.
    Rich TongAugust 28, 2013
    Try the Assorted Raw Oysters - Doesn't begin to describe how great these were. Awesome bar!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SigelJuly 28, 2013
    Best ratatouille I've ever had. Get it for the table. And some oyster sliders.
  • Dominic F.
    Dominic FosterDecember 29, 2015
    Oysters are amazing and the wine selection is the tits.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LDecember 19, 2016
    Get: oyster sliders, raw bar (oysters, clams). Pass on lobster roll, fluke crudo.
  • Dannie L.
    Dannie LiMay 7, 2012
    Get the island creek oysters and the lobster noodle! Best meal of my life so far!
  • Svetlana P.
    Оочень вкусно! Большой выбор устриц. Ресторан работает с 4х часов(raw bar), но полное меню работает с 5!
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