> Location: San Francisco, CA
With a $2 oyster happy hour and a great beer list, this trendy raw bar is an ideal after-work or date night spot. The West Coast oysters, arctic char crudo, and assortment of tacos will please the palate; and if you’re up for a hot dish, the seafood chowder or whole branzino won’t disappoint.
> Location: Mystic, CT
Local is the keyword at this “boat to table” bar and restaurant. New England oysters and other shellfish, line-caught fish, and local veggies and steaks fill out the inventive dinner menu, which features items like smoked fish kielbasa, spicy squid salad, and ginger fried monkfish.
Clark’s Oyster Bar
> Location: Aspen, CO
Enjoy a daily selection of East and West Coast oysters at this rustic-chic restaurant with a full bar, exquisite cocktails, and caviar service. Customers love the grilled Spanish octopus, the cioppino, and the clam linguine.
The River Oyster Bar
> Location: Miami, FL
This stylish restaurant features local and organic fare, with a full raw bar menu plus grilled fish, seafood pastas, and flatbreads. Perhaps start with some oyster shooters and the snapper tartare, then move on to the gnocchi with jumbo lump crab and black truffle or the sea scallop a la plancha with lentil ragout.
> Location: New Orleans, LA
Closed for the summer but open starting in September – just in time for oyster season – this compact, cash-only restaurant has been serving oysters since 1919. The menu features oyster stew, charbroiled oysters, and of course oysters on the half shell, along with gumbo and a huge selection of fried seafood sandwiches and dinners.
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