Get Your Oyster On

BY: BARFLYSF | 4.14.2014 |

Get Your Oyster On

Oysters are ubiquitous at San Francisco restaurants.  The City's Pacific setting makes it one of the best places to imbibe on several different types of bi-valves, whether they are harvested locally from Drake’s or Tomales Bays or flown in from the East Coast or Canada.  Oysters typically cost about $3 each at fine dining establishments, but there are deals to be had where they can go for as little as $1 per shellfish.  Below are our favorite locales to shoot up a dozen or more.  Since we’re BarFlys, we’ve highlighted the places that also have a full bar to take in a cocktail or two while slurping on the briny snacks.

Waterbar | 399 The Embarcadero

Waterbar has an excellent oyster raw bar, offering over a dozen varieties.  We prefer to dine at Waterbar before 6 pm, while the daily oyster special is $1 (still just $2 after 5:30 pm). With their fresh, high quality seafood, it’s a great place for a weekend brunch, especially with the $1 oysters.  The spectacular views of the bay and the Bay Bridge add to the overall experience.


Farallon | 450 Post St #4

The big sister restaurant of Waterbar offers an excellent daily happy hour in their Jellyfish bar.  Farallon's Six Before Seven menu features several different bar bites and drinks, including a killer Manhattan, each for just $6 as long as it’s ordered before 7 pm.  Locally harvested Drake's Bay oysters need to be ordered by the half dozen for $6, but would you want any fewer?

Hog and Rocks | 3431 19th St

The City’s first and only ham and oyster bar is serious enough about bi-valves that it makes up half its namesake.  A rotating chef’s choice of $1.50 oysters are featured during their weekday daily happy hour from 5-6 pm and all day Sunday.  Start with the oysters, but be sure to make your way to their selection of fine hams, or any of the other great gastropub fare.  With a lively bar scene serving excellent whiskey and cocktails plus great food, this Mission spot is a local favorite.


Café des Amis | 2000 Union St.

Café des Amis is Bacchus Management Group’s bistro with an excellent raw bar, located in the heart of Cow Hollow.  Weekdays from 4-7 pm and during brunch on Sundays, a featured oyster can be had for $1.25 each.  Always delivering fresh and perfectly shucked shellfish, this is a great place to shoot a dozen or more oysters.  A decent Bloody Mary is the perfect brunch drink to accompany the salty bites.

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