Best Oyster Bars in America

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The Atlantic on Pacific
> Location: Virginia Beach, VA

A craft cocktail bar and raw bar, the Atlantic offers tapas-style hot and cold plates, decked-out baked oysters, and of course an extensive raw bar menu. Customers love the salmon pastrami deviled eggs, oysters Rockefeller, shrimp and kimchi dumplings, and shellfish pot pie.

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Rappahannock Oyster Bar
> Location: Washington, D.C.

This casual Union Market hangout serves a quality selection of raw Virginia oysters, small plates, and drinks. Grab a few dozen of Rappahannock Oyster Co.’s famous oysters and chat with a friend, or enjoy a bowl of red pepper and crab soup accompanied by the fried oyster tacos with celery root slaw.

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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
> Location: Washington, D.C.

A popular seafood destination, Pearl Dive offers a full bar, brunch, and a happy hour, plus a large dinner menu of chilled and hot oysters, gumbos and stews, and Southern style entrées like cornmeal crusted oysters, blackened catfish with oyster dirty rice, and shrimp and grits with bacon-braised greens.

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Elliott’s Oyster House
> Location: Seattle, WA

This Pier 56 mainstay has bay views and the largest local oyster selection around, with dozens of varieties from Washington and British Columbia. Crowd favorites include the roasted king salmon, spicy crab and corn chowder, and the seafood risotto. Be aware of the 20% surcharge on bills.

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The Walrus and the Carpenter
> Location: Seattle, WA

With a wide selection of local oysters and house cocktails, this new American fishing-pub restaurant is a popular spot in Ballard for post-work meet-ups. Customer favorites include fried oysters with cilantro aïoli and grilled sardines. The no-reservation policy means that it can be hard to get a table, so show up on the early side or be ready to wait.

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