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Island Creek Oyster Bar

#15 of 2,365 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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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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NJ
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119 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful dinner here while staying at the hotel - starting with drinks at the bar, my dinner companion having a couple of oysters there. When our table was ready, we each chose the special of the evening, three pound lobsters roasted in tarragon butter, fingerling potatoes and greens. Utterly fabulous - and a sufficient amount of lobster, for... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located within the Commonwealth hotel this is a great place for atmosphere and food. Prices are reasonable - if you love seafood this is the place to eat.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the ambience and the food but the service was a bit off. That great hospitality and welcoming feeling u'd expect from such an expensive place was simply not there.

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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything is good but the food is the best. Oysters were fresh and delicious. Fried clams and baked beans were perfect side dishes. Lobster roe noodle was special and lobster roll was excellent. Overall, this place has to be one of the best seafood restaurants in Boston. We had a wonderful New Year's Day family dinner and we all ended... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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79 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the restaurant with a number of friends for dinner. The restaurant has a modernistic look with very high ceilings and gives the upscale feel. The server was attentive and answered all of the questions that we had. The restaurant is focused on the clam bar. If you are not a fan or are impartial to clams/oysters than I... More 

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East Lyme, Connecticut
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162 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The seafood is so fresh and flavorful at Island Creek. The environment is busy and upscale casual. Our server was very skilled and keep the food paced nicely and was very informative.

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Thank ACappon
Manchester, New Hampshire
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the oysters and the shrimp cocktail and the roe noodles. The staff was very attentive and we love the location

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was a regular at lineage, owner's place in Brookline. Food, service and hospitality was first rate there. Been to island creek twice. Both times with reservation on a weeknight waited 25 minutes for table for 4. Nobody seemed to think that was an issue. Serious attitude problem Guess it's an honor to be seated there. Too bad---food is tasty and... More 

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

excellent room with great sound dampening ceiling tiles/arrangements . food is good , oysters are excellent , desserts d dampening ceiling tiles/arrangements . food is good , oysters are excellent , dessert less good we felt . Good wait staff and an all around enjoyable evening .

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Brookline, MA
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were seated at the bar. The ambience, the setting, decor, and vibe were all soft and lovely. The coziness was a surprising and appreciated contrast to such a large, open dining space. Lighting was absolute perfection. And then we met the service. Bartender was semi-attentive, unhelpful if not condescending. A discussion over narrowing down a wine was met with... More 

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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
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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