When out of town family or friends visit me in Boston, they (naturally) ask for seafood, so I end up at Island Creek Oyster Bar quite a few times. Really, the trio of restaurants/bars at Hotel Commonwealth is a trifecta of amazing spots dangerously easy for a food/drink crawl. Starting with dinner (and drinks) at Island Creek Oyster, you can move next door for cocktails at The Hawthorne, and then keep going for late night eats and more cocktails at Eastern Standard.
But back to Island Creek Oyster Bar first, a mecca of fine seafood in the Fenway Kenmore area. It's started by the people behind the Island Creek Oyster farm down in Duxbury, MA, so you know they're getting their Duxbury oysters super fresh directly from the farm.
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Their most popular appetizer is perhaps the oyster slider ($4 each)
I'm a huge fan of razor clams so I had to order them when I see them on the menu. At Island Creek, they were grilled and served with chunks of bacon.
You can expect to find the New England classics such as clam chowder and lobster roll. The clam chowder here is one of the best I've had in Boston.
Lobster Bisque ($11) with brown butter and lobster knucles.
A majority of their menu changes regularly, but one of the mainstay entrees is the Lobster Roe Noodles. The pasta is served with braised short rib, grilled mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, and pecorino cheese ($38)
Check out their rotating specials as well for the freshest catch.
Island Creek Oyster Bar is not cheap, but it's a great place to take visitors to try some New England seafood. They use the freshest ingredients and prepare them very well. You'll find classic New England dishes as well as their own unique items.
Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215