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Oysters are one of my favorite things to eat. This is a guide for great oyster places, from neighborhood restaurants to upscale ones. I hope to visit all of them for this delicious treat.
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96 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA
It's only a stone's throw from my apartment...but even if it wasn't, something tells me I still wouldn't miss very many of their happy hours. So many oysters, so many drinks, such a great patio. Go, go, go!
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20215 Shoreline Hwy, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
Stop at Scribe Winery and pick up a bottle of their newly released rosé to pair with oysters at Hog Island in Marshall, CA. Picnic tables overlook Tomales Bay and must be reserved in advance. Throw the oysters on the grill or eat them raw and don’...
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441 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Tried the trio:oysters Rockefeller, oysters royale and pepperino oysters. Delicioso! Drinks are not worthy though.
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Prijeko ul., 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
When wandering around Dubrovnik and you are in the need of eating lunch head over to Prijeko street it's parallel to crowded Placa. Choose one of the restaurants, seat along the street and enjoy some delectable oysters.
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Drakes Bay, California, USA
A lot of people are aware of Hog Island in Tomales Bay, but just a few minutes down the road is Drake's Bay which also offers fresh oysters on the cheap. It may not have as many tables and areas to eat, but it also doesn't have the crowds and you...
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19225 CA-1, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
Oysters with a spectacular view. They have clam chowder and usually another soup too. Oysters come raw, barbecued, or a few other ways. Just a little over an hour drive north of San Francisco. About 10 miles south lies Point Reyes Station were you...
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7010 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montréal, QC H2S 2V8, Canada
Some of the best oysters in Montreal at the Jean Talon Market
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U.S. 101, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
The Hog Island Oyster Farm website says it's open rain or shine, and they're not kidding. Lucky for us, we arrived at this funky roadside shack on the shores of Tomales Bay minutes before the skies opened up, giving us just enough time to devour...
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36330 Arthon, France
The Brittany region on France’s northwest coast is known for its oysters, cotriade (a fish and potato stew), hard ciders, crepes, and galettes. During private, customized trips with Paris-based Purple Truffle, local chefs welcome you into their...
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19225 CA-1, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
North of the little town of Point Reyes Station, the Marshall Store sits on the banks of Tomales Bay. I've been coming here for years after hiking or horseback riding or walking on the beach in Point Reyes National Seashore. The place is super...
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3431 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Can't beat a buck for an Oyster! Hogs and Rocks is a great happy hour haunt in the mission. Super lively and fun. I shouldn't be telling you all this!
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1 Rue Théophile Roussel, 75012 Paris, France
During oyster season from October through April (any month with an “r” in it), locals flock to Le Baron Rouge, a lowbrow wine bar in the 12th arrondissement. Customers use just about any available space (the tops of recycling bins, the roofs of...
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Tomales Bay, California, USA
Tomales is a town nestled into a narrow, less accessible stip of highway 1 north of Nick's Cove. I came upon this church bordering the edge of town and a wind swept peninsula.
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Blvd, Lázaro Cárdenas S/N, Centro, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
Having grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I love oysters. So, when I spotted this oyster place, Lorenzillo's Los Cabos, near the marina, I had to try it. We ordered dozen oysters and few bottles of Corona. The oysters were tasty and very...
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2 Elm St, Damariscotta, ME 04543, USA
Whether you enjoy your Pemaquid oysters practically at the very source of the oyster itself, at King Eider's at the oyster bar upstairs (a great pub and restaurant in small but vibrant Damariscotta, Maine) or one of the other fine eating...
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86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Local is the operative word in the Portland, Maine food scene. Ask a waiter what Atlantic Day-Boat halibut is exactly, and he'll spin a story about the local captain who pulls in with the day's catch. At the height of summer, it seems that every...
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Bradenton Beach, FL 34217, USA
Fresh oysters at the Bridge Street Bistro
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA
More than 1200 people attended the grand tasting at the Forks & Corks Festival this year. I was really impressed with how well-organized the event was. The wine and food vendors were nicely interspersed and it wasn't too crowded at all. Smart move...
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89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
The Grand Central Oyster Bar celebrates its 100th anniversary this year as a New York institution. Located in the lower concourse of Grand Central, it serves over 25 varieties of oysters daily. There is a huge menu of American...
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80 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
This is another place I immediately return to when I'm in the Bay Area. It's a cheese lover's temple! I loved this salad pictured that I had. It was also my first picture of San Francisco! I must say that the Mount Tam is one of my favourite...
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1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
There is nothing like chilling on a great patio with friends on a nice afternoon. When the weather is perfect I usually rally the troupes and head to Perla's to lounge under the huge oak trees, play shuffle board, snack on great appetizers, and...
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20215 Shoreline Hwy, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
What a great way to spend a spring day in the Bay Area. Hog Island in Tamales Bay has very tasty oysters, a fun staff and a very friendly, comfortable environ. It used to be solely shuck it yourself and bring your own beverages. Although that is...
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Banegårdspladsen 7, 1570 København, Denmark
Doesn't October look great on Copenhagen? The shoulder season has it's perks. My 28th country had a few firsts. The most important one for me was seeing the Baltic Sea. I love it's coldness and roughness. The vikings were really tough and...
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
At Peninsula Hotel having delicious oysters
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2000, 1 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Board a 65-foot Viking fishing yacht and sped the day throwing out a line in search of salmon, snapper and other exotic fish in the blue Atlantic. The Ritz-Carlton South Beach now offers the 'Catch of the Stay' program where guests will enjoy a...
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99 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113, USA
Have you ever wanted to learn how to shuck an oyster? Aside from offering a great fish selection alongside terrific sushi rolls, The North End Fish Market offers free oyster shucking lessons every Saturday. Between the hours of 1 and 3pm, the...
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143 Kings Hwy E, Haddonfield, NJ 08033, USA
An idea for your next dinner party (that is, one that you’re attending as a guest): instead of playing it safe and showing up with a bottle of rosé or a bouquet of tulips, why not live dangerously and bring a few dozen oysters? You’ll definitely...
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4325 Myrtle St, St Augustine, FL 32084, USA
Perfect outdoor dining on the intercoastal waterway just outside of downtown St. Augustine, FL. TONS of seating out the various outdoor decks, and most of it is under giant trees. Great for sunsets in the summer. Huge oysters, great fried gator...
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400 4th St, Annapolis, MD 21403, USA
Think of your typical fisherman's shack on steroids, and you've got the vivaciously family-friendly Boatyard Grill & Bar. You can mingle with local sailors and fishermen over the yard's seafood and raw bar which includes seafood dips, smoked fish,...
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80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, USA
While NYC is the city that never sleeps, you might have a little trouble trying to find a late night restaurant to end that special night after the opera or a broadway show. Search no more. Balthazar is the perfect place; and its menu is...
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579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Owned and operated by the same husband and wife team since 1977, Anchor Oyster Bar in the Castro has been serving up the same fresh seafood dishes for decades. Head here for classics like shrimp cocktails, clam chowder, seafood salads, and, of...
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115 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Ralph Brennan's Red Fish Grill pairs eclectic, of-the-sea décor with some of the best seafood in town. Don't miss the BBQ oysters with Crystal Hot Sauce and blue cheese dressing. Next door, Bourbon House is known for its towering plateaux de...
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736 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102, USA
The food, drinks, and environment at Broadway Oyster Bar are favorites among visitors and locals. Located by the ballpark, the grilled oysters, Crawfish Mona can't be beat. Look forward to great food and hearing the Blues every night.
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Port de St Goustan, 56400 Auray, France
For Both Americans and the French.. Under the orders from Cardinal Richelieu, Samuel de Champlain left this port to reconquer Port Royal in Acadia. on 1 dec 1776, Benjamin Franklin landed here to ask the French to assist the newly independent...
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1245 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442, USA
If you like raw oysters, or fresh seafood, then stop by Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant. Not only are you afforded a spectacular view of the giant rock, or morro, just off shore, but you may also see sea otters, jellyfish, seals and the...
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27 Dr Mellichamp Dr, Bluffton, SC 29910, USA
Where can you find the freshest seafood in Bluffton? Meet Daddy's Girls, the vessel that brings home all of your delectable seafood delights. Toomer's Bluffton Seafood House is no fancy establishment and to be frank, it hardly looks like a...
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3601, 210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Whether it's the first day of summer, your birthday or a Tuesday at 10pm -- any occasion or no occasion at all is the perfect time to drop in for a dozen oysters and a glass of champagne at Aquagrill, Soho's long standing blue and white seafood...
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St Paul, MN, USA
The atmosphere in Meritage brings to mind 19 th century French paintings of Parisian society With enormous windows overlooking the stately Lamdmark center and a gentle light glowing from the bar it's a perfect spot for both hot summer nights and...
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288 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, USA
At this favorite joint for locals, a dozen raw oysters is literally only $8. Right on the water, good music, great people, and incredibly low priced high quality sea food. The crab cakes, grilled Mahi, and bacon cheese fries are to die for.
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4 John St, Dingle, Co. Kerry, V92 K039, Ireland
Doyle's is a great place to go for local, fresh seafood in Dingle. The servers were very friendly and my warm goat cheese salad (pictured) and seafood risotto was absolutely delicious. At my table we also had oysters, seafood chowder and crab...
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Mali Ston, Croatia
As you drive north from Dubrovnik and up into the Peljesac Peninsula, it's impossible not to notice all the oyster farms dotting the water (also impossible not to notice, and stop at, all the winemakers who offer tastings). The towns of Ston and...
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930 Tchoupitoulas St suite a, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Cochon is the brainchild of chefs Donald Link (also of Herbsaint and Pêche Seafood Grill) and Stephen Stryjewski, who have taken Cajun-style cooking out of the comic books and given it an updated, serious sensibility. You’ll find...
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17 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
A Distillery District favorite, Pure Spirits Oyster House dishes some of the best seafood in the city, with tremendous daily specials on a variety of oysters from both Canadian coasts.
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1521 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Seattle has many fine spots for good oysters. Our go-to, every time, spot is Taylor Shellfish Farms' Melrose Market on Melrose in Seattle. A large "sink" with multiple bins of oysters, clams, and geoduck sits in the middle of the room. Cold clean...
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12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
In the tiny town of Inverness you'll find Saltwater Oyster and Wine Bar. Focusing on locally sourced and sustainably farmed food, Saltwater offers oysters in a variety of ways. I like the Oysters BLT; bacon and tomato crumbled on top enhances the...
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914 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA
This place has a very cool atmosphere from the moment you walk up to the restaurant. Tall ceilings, big pendant lights, wood fire ovens, oyster bar, putt putt golf outside, and a striking bar in the dining room. Cocktails were great, yummy rolls...
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411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Oyster lovers will be spoiled for choice at Shuckers, where the seasonal oyster menu can be prepared nine different ways: Olympic, casino, Northwest oyster bennies, smoked citrus BBQ, Rockefeller, parmesan, house-smoked, pan-fried, and Provencal....
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6510 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Start the evening the way every evening should, with oysters and a bottle of sauvignon blanc. Bistro Jeanty's happy hour (Monday through Thursday 4-6pm) includes dollar oysters from the West Coast and a good selection of local white wine. Sit at...
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736 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102, USA
There's a terrific tumble-down dive bar called the Broadway Oyster Bar that's a great place near Busch Stadium to meet friends for bluegrass and blues music and Cajun food. Try the oyster po' boy or the peel-and-eat shrimp, and eat indoors or out...
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760 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
For a slightly more upscale dinner option, head to Herndon's Ice House Cafe and Oyster Bar. They've been open since 1979, and their food balances innovation with classic tastes. Friday and Saturday nights are probably the best days to go, because...
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Vasagatan 1, 107 25 Stockholm, Sweden
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. A hip seafood joint with some of the freshest platters in town, Stockholm Fisk serves oysters and smoked shrimp in little tin buckets with fresh bread and aioli, and pan-seared fillets with roasted...
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2 Avenue de la Gare, 01220 Divonne-les-Bains, France
Visiting Geneva? Enjoy your stay in that beautiful city, but after your Saturday night fondue supper, when you wake up Sunday morning ready to enjoy a stroll and work off the cheese, remember that just a few miles away is a part of France rarely...
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23240 California 1, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
It always feels like a different world anywhere in the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore area, and an evening at the hidden Nick's Cove in Marshall, will have you in love with Tomales Bay. The property was recently overhauled by a group of...
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Zeedijk 111-113, 1012 AV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Few restaurants have been immortalized in both a popular book and a movie. Nam Kee, operated since 1981 by the Chan family in Amsterdam's Zeedijk is one. A Chinatown favorite long before Dutch novelist Kees van Beijnum alerted foodies to oysters'...
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Oneroa, Auckland, New Zealand
Only 35 minutes away from Auckland City by ferry, Mudbrick Restaurant is one of the gems of Waiheke Island. A short taxi ride from Matiatia Wharf and you're there - trying to decide whether you should be looking at the view or the menu. A...
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1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
Bowens Island Restaurant has existed in one form or another since 1946. The original building, covered in Sharpie messages scrawled by diners over the years, burned to the ground in 2006. Owner Robert Barber rebuilt it...
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1740 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B6, Canada
The Five Fishermen Restaurant and Grill has been voted the best Seafood Restaurant in Halifax for many, many years. While their oyster & wine bar is very popular, their formal dining room offers a surf-and-turf option, where you pick any kind of...
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1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703, USA
Clark's is a small, West Austin neighborhood restaurant for fresh oysters, simply prepared seafood, sustainable selections of caviar, house baked bread, hamburgers, brunch and a carefully curated beverage program. Opened in Fall of 2012 by chefs...
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1026 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
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1 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
My all time favorite thing to do in Northern California when the fog clears! Shucking without gloves is risky business though!
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1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
Located inside Union Market, D.C.'s new food hall venue, Rappahannock was an incredible pitstop between snacking on gourmet treats from every vendor. Snag a chair on a busy weekend day, and complete the experience with at least a dozen oysters and...
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5 Chome-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0051, Japan
Deep-fried oysters, available only in the cold winter months, at Inaba Wako at Shinjuku Takashimaya. Inaba Wako is on the 13th floor of Takashimaya.
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511 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Stock up on provisions, find yourself a picnic blanket, and take advantage of New Orleans' many stretches of green. Hit up Johnny's Po' Boys in the Quarter for fried oysters, meatballs, or even hamburger meat on Leidenheimer French bread and grab...
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Prinsengracht 381, 1016 HL Amsterdam, Netherlands
If artful cuisine served in sleek yet homey ambiance appeals, it would be sinful to miss Envy, a chic pearl on Prinsengracht, honored for the sixth consecutive year by Michelin. You're not likely to commit gluttony at this Italian deli-inspired...
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610 1st St #22, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Napa Valley has so much to offer that as a local, sometimes you find hidden gems within your own backyard. On our way out of the valley and into SF last night we decided to stop by the Oxbow Market in downtown Napa until traffic subsided. We were...
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Brussels, Belgium
This is a weekend dedicated to Belgian beers. Small and big breweries present their beer on the Grand-Place. The entrance is free, the tastings have to be paid. And if you are not a beer fan, go for the amazing, fresh oysters sold by different...
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Taranna TAS 7180, Australia
We kayaked halfway around Australia’s heart-shaped island state in four weeks and almost every night dined off what we caught or pried from the sea. When the tide was low, we would pull over and knife oysters and clams from the coral and bake them...
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504a Kent St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2B9, Canada
The Whalesbone is one of Ottawa's best places to eat sustainably farmed oysters and fish, but the sit-down location can get a little pricey. Three blocks away is their wholesale location, which serves takeout treats like oyster po'boys with aioli,...
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Via Pardo, 29, 95131 Catania CT, Italy
Make a meal of fresh sea urchin at Osteria Antica Marina among the bustle of the fishmongers in Catania. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image courtesy of Osteria Antica Marina