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Island Creek Oyster Bar

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Kenmore, Boston
267 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • lobster
  • sliders
  • good for dates
  • lively
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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..."
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jose J.
    Jose JassoAugust 6
    Best Oyster Bar in Boston. Get a dozen of any oysters you like and a lobster roll.
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • 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.
  • Suzanne X.
    Suzanne XuApril 16
    Island Creek oysters are amazing and will make you want more!
    Upvoted Sep 24
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Grace L.
    Grace Lee2 weeks ago
    Good cocktails and a large variety of fresh oysters. Try at least 5 different kinds because they are distinct from each other!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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! *;-)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Francisca T.
    Francisca TanJuly 19, 2013
    The oyster sliders and of course the oysters are top notch freshhh! The only 2 things worth getting!
  • 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!!
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReganJune 12, 2014
    Homemade Ginger beer is awesome. Try the other home made mixers too. Warning: spicy
  • Olga K.
    Olga K.February 19
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing place! Highly recommend. I keep going there over and over again.
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10
    Oysters, shrimp, lobster and Fluke crudo. Otherwise known as a platter of delight. Read more
  • Manuel Ernesto A.
    Very good restaurant, oysters are pretty good. I got the seafood casserol, it is a small plate with very good flavor.
  • 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.
  • schneidermike s.
    Fabulous oyster selection and great cocktails. Reservations recommended on weekends and during Sox games.
  • Kath
    KathNovember 26, 2015
    Oysters!!! And don't be afraid to ask your waiter for their fav!!
  • Roberto G.
    Roberto GarcesAugust 19, 2012
    Really good lobster roll and brunch but the fried clams are boss and the fresh oysters so good.
  • 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!
  • 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!
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