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