Today is National Oyster Day and despite being over 150 miles away from coastal waters, Austin has over a dozen spots with fresh, mouth watering oysters sourced from coast to coast perfect for shucking and slurping. Whether you like your oysters raw, grilled or smoked, area restaurants have a delicious selection ready for the most cultivated seafood lover. Here are my top 12 spots.
Photo by Nick Simonte
Guests can enjoy $1 off oysters and select appetizers, as well as half off cocktails, beer, and wine by the glass.
With a great raw bar and fine selection of oysters, the restaurant draws in crowds for its $1 Well Fleet Oyster Happy Hour. The Happy Hour takes places every Tuesday-Friday from 3-6 and features $1 Well Fleet Oysters, $2 oyster shooters and $3 gumbo with fried oysters.
Clark’s Oyster Bar
It’s that cute little upscale-casual spot on West 6th with an open kitchen, marble-topped bar, plus indoor & outdoor seating. Clark’s offers a fantastic selection of fresh oysters on an a la carte menu. Go crazy and mix it up with your favorites.
1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
Sit on the patio and slurp up some East Coast and West Coast oysters by the half dozen.
1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX
Head up to North Austin for some of the best oysters in one of the most underrated spots in town. Choose from a super fresh fusion of Gulf oysters both raw and broiled.
Add a little Latin spice to your oysters with Alcomar’s tasty selection of condiments from orange habanero mignonette, and Cholula cocktail sauce. I love raw oysters but my favorite is the Wood Grilled Gulf Oysters & Mojo Butter Oysters with bacon and manchego cheeese.
Head to Garbo’s for their $26 Oyster & Wine Study, which comes with four of the same oysters paired with four 2 oz. glasses of different wines. Their selection of oysters rotate depending on the season and time of year but they’re always delivered and served fresh.
Monger’s offers daily tasty oysters and seafood every day served up by Chef Shane Stark, and is among some of the freshest in town.
Tim Love keeps the Gulf Coast of Texas grilled with The Grilled Gulf Coast oysters topped with Manchego & Serrano.
Tuesdays at Foreign and Domestic means $1 Oysters. Do you need any other reason?
Get them grilled or get them raw, Quality seafood is a classic spot Austinites have loved for years. I dare you to find a fresher batch of oysters anywhere else in town.
Skip the fried chicken and go for Lucy’s 4 different selections of their half-dozen Texan wood-fired grilled oysters.