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Island Creek Oyster Bar

#13 of 2,437 Restaurants in Boston}
££ - £££American, , Seafood
500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606
+1 617-532-5300
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (61 reviews)
“island creek” (157 reviews)
“oysters” (883 reviews)
Open Now
16:00 - 23:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

Met friends for dinner and had heard great things about place, but was kind of underwhelmed. Oysters were great (of course), but the lobster roll was unimpressive and entree options were limited. Service was good, and great craft beer selection. Valet parking was $18, but...More

Thank Tom K
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

I came back after a good experience about a year back. Food is okay, oysters are fresh and atmosphere is quite fun. I suggest to avoid the bar area. I am a fan of sitting at a longer bar counter but usually am greeted by...More

Thank 668frankh
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is simply brilliant , the decor , the staff the food / drink choice and the ambience it has it all . We had some local oysters , a traditional and tasty New England clam chowder followed by the best main meal we...More

Thank Bigsensiblejack
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

I use to visit this restaurant years ago with my classmates and a love it. Location, Food and Service is always good. Particularly the Oysters are the best you can get. Try the Island Creek Oysters ... you will love them. Location is nice, right...More

Thank Chichapork
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Only been once but every dish was excellent. As the name clearly shows, they have a great selection of oysters.

Thank Detsaw
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We had lunch here on Columbus Day Weekend. The lobster rolls are fabulous! Mine was the traditional roll, cold and served on a bun, accompanied by cole slaw and chips. My husband had a "hot" lobster roll, served on a toasted bun, with slaw and...More

Thank Joann S
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We had a fantastic dinner here at the start of our trip, and enjoyed it so much we came back for lunch at the end of the trip. Over those visits, we ate nearly every variety of oyster available--all wer perfectly fresh and artfully shucked...More

Thank Adam W
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

This place is vibrant! The menu is exceptional, Nicki Hobson the executive chef was able to leave a nice touch of innovation in a predominantly sea food menu ! Tastes and presentations were incomparable! I would definitely go back , Even on a very busy...More

Thank philadelphiaboyzz
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Lots of focused staff bustling to get craft drinks great beers and tasty fresh food to the Masses!!! Yikes crowded on a recent game but— getting it done Alll kinds of people dressed up brunchers Fav sweatshirt fans tourists and lots of Babies in strollers...More

Thank mystery1reader
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

This was easily the best oyster house we’ve dined. Gorgeous ambience, fantastic variety of oysters. Everything was fresh, fast, and promptly served. Great mixed drinks.

Thank Keith W
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
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22 January 2017|
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Response from scout1954 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry just seeing this now. I would say medium price range. Should be able to get menu on website.
4 November 2016|
Response from 922saundrar | Reviewed this property |
I know that they have a Sunday brunch menu and they open at 10:30 AM on Sundays. I don't know what time their brunch runs until. Sorry.
4 November 2015|
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Response from travellerNewton | Reviewed this property |
I echo the VICKING comment above- just say you're going to the hotel, joining guests for dinner, whatever. Commonwealth Hotel is attached to Island Creek Oyster Bar.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:30 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215-2606
  • Public Transportation: Kenmore
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Fenway / Kenmore
  • Neighbourhood: Fenway / Kenmore
  • Phone Number: +1 617-532-5300
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at Hotel Commonwealth
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