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Island Creek Oyster Bar

Restaurants, Seafood Fenway/Kenmore
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
 (Photograph: Courtesy Island Creek Oyster Bar/Michael Harlan Turkell)
Photograph: Courtesy Island Creek Oyster Bar/Michael Harlan Turkell
Island Creek Oyster Co. (Photograph: Courtesy Island Creek Oyster Co.)
Photograph: Courtesy Island Creek Oyster Co.Island Creek Oyster Co.

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

Located in the heart of Kenmore Square, the original Island Creek Oyster Bar is an ideal spot for sampling the namesake bivalves. Sustainably farmed year-round in Duxbury Bay, the oysters are sweet, briny, and always fresh. The noisy, continually-packed space blends the rustic aesthetic of an oyster farm with the polish of next-door neighbor (and sister establishment) Eastern Standard. A long, convivial bar anchors the front, while tables filled with locals, suits, trendsetters, and students stretch toward the rear of the restaurant, where the back wall is lined with cages filled with oyster shells. Jeremy Sewall's lengthy, seafood-focused menu includes "Cousin Mark's" lobster (from York Harbor, Maine), Rhode Island striped bass, Montauk bluefish, grilled Maine salmon, Cape Cod scallops, and more. Landlubbers are well-served thanks to roasted chicken, grilled steak, and an angus burger topped with house-cured maple bacon.

By: Time Out editors



Address: 500 Commonwealth Ave (Hotel Commonwealth)
Cross street: Kenmore St
Transport: Green line to Kenmore Square
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 4–11pm; Fri 4–11:30pm; Sat 11:30am–11:30pm; Sun 10:30am–11pm

Users say (1)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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This review is for appetizers, oysters, and beer, only!!! If you are looking for an ample, well-stocked Raw Bar, ICO should end your quest. Stellar service and knowledgeable staff who know their oysters and beer. Arrived with three friends, at 4 PM and just before things were going to get crazy busy (Yanks vs. Sox @ Fenway) and we were in and out within an hour. My dozen oysters (Island Creek, Row 34, Aunt Dotty's, and Rocky Nook: all from MA) were chilled to perfection, clean and fresh. ICO doesn't mess with the standard oyster formula: mignonette, cocktail sauce, and lemons. I backed them up with a Bavik pilsner and a Narragansett lager. Barkeep (Ethan) was right there, keeping us in rhythm. Advised that their tap system is chilled thru-out, with the lines chilling the beer just before it hits the glass. We destroyed everything they served us: salmon crudo, halibut ceviche, shrimp cocktail, and some Littleneck clams. Highly recommended but be wary that it'll be extremely busy when the Sox are playing right up the block at Fenway. Also, if you happen to dig used vinyl (and CDs) Nuggets is less than 5 minutes away.