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Island Creek Oyster Bar--best place in the whole world!

Hallelujah! Boston needed this so badly!

Had a great dinner there last night. Ambiance is beautiful with lovely muted gray-blue tones, oysters were fantastic, lobster roll was generous and tasty with great coleslaw and homemade chips, mussels in almond cream was subtle and delicate with plump, fresh Snug Harbor mussels, lovely fried halibut cheeks were the mini fish and chips I desired that left room for the lobster roe pasta with short ribs--a rich and delicious finish to a great meal. Service was friendly, informed and on-point.

Garret and crew have really hit the nail on the head here, ICOB is approachable enough to send any tourist visiting Boston to while satisfying to the palate of the most discerning foodie. It is great value in comparison to other seafood restaurants, not cheap by any means, but you get what you pay for. Finally, I can recommend a seafood restaurant in Boston, go figure.

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Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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  1. Such a glowing review -- "ICOB is approachable enough to send any tourist visiting Boston to while satisfying to the palate of the most discerning foodie .... Finally, I can recommend a seafood restaurant in Boston, go figure" -- makes me nervous! I mean, it's not like we didn't already have Neptune and B&G!

    Here's the menu: http://boston.menupages.com/restauran...

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    1. re: Blumie

      Those are both great places, but Neptune doesn't take reservations and both are small. ICOB is what Legal's should be, but isn't.

      1. re: suzysue2

        I so hope you're right; that is a niche we badly need filled in this city!

        1. re: suzysue2

          Both ICOB and Legals overcook their fish, in my experience... but i guess neither claims to be fine dining...or do they?

      2. Is their lobster roll the cold/lobster-salad type, or the warm buttered stuff like at Neptune?

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        1. re: Prav

          Skip could have opened a dry cleaners and the South Shore groupies would say it was the best dry cleaning service on the planet.

          1. re: typhoonfish

            South Shore Groupies? Where does that come from?

          2. re: Prav

            Cold lobster-salad type, with minimal celery and mayo, lots of lobster.

          3. So what you're saying is you liked it. :-b

            1. Really enjoyed my visit and looking forward to trying more of the menu.

              I particularly enjoyed the grilled razor clams and fried halibut cheeks. Oyster selection very good, including a delicious wild oyster. Cape Cod scallop ceviche just okay.

              Cocktails were great. Ambiance, service, and space are all very good.

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              1. re: rlove

                I am wondering if they have any $1 specials as several restaurants in the area seem to offer Island Creek Oysters for us bargain hunters. Their website has no info yet...

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                Island Creek Oysters
                296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332

              2. Though I loved my experience at ICOB, the drinks left something to be desired. I ordered the Snug Harbor Smash, and for $11 it was basically a rum snow cone. Ice should not exceed the rim of the glass. I then ordered what I though to be a glass of wine, and it was a syrupy wine cocktail that I had to send back. Drinks were my only issue with ICOB, otherwise I found the service, food, and atmosphere outstanding.