Finding Oysters For Valentine’s Day

Fishmonger’s Oysters (courtesy photo)

Shuck and slurp your way to love this Valentine’s Day! Often considered a powerful aphrodisiac, oysters are a perfect appetizer for romantic dinner for two. Also packed with health benefits like vitamins and iron, you’ll feel that lovin’ feeling after sharing a plate of oysters at any of these San Diego hot spots.

If a casual joint with fresh fish sounds like a great way to spend Valentine’s Day, drop in to Pacific Beach Fish Shop, Encinitas Fish Shop or the newestPoint Loma Fish Shop location. San Diego locals and visitors are hooked on The Fish Shop, a laid-back restaurant where you can build your own meal or pick from menu favorites. Grab a seat on the patio next to the fire pit and start the evening with Oysters, or opt for a Fish Shop Oyster Shooter, which can be served spicy or non-spicy, with a beer chaser and garnished with a poached shrimp. Sip on local craft beer or wine, or you can bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy during your meal.

Wow your significant other with a dinner date at Osetra Seafood & Steaks on February 14th. Located in the Gaslamp District, this sophisticated restaurant combines California modern flavors with high end seafood and steak. Each dish is crafted using the finest quality ingredients from local farmers. Before ordering dinner, set the mood with a plate of the Daily Oysters served with mignonette cocktail sauce. Next choose between pan-searedYellowtail or Bone-in Rib Eye, among many other delightful options. Osetra also boosts a dessert list worth saving room for! Split a slice of Melting Hot Chocolate Lava Cake to end your night on a sweet note.

Recently opened in Pacific Beach, Waterbar not only offers masterful, timeless and trend-setting dishes created from scratch, but also unobstructed views of the ocean. Watch waves crash while sharing an intimate table with your love this Valentine’s Day. Ignite the flame with a plate of Oysters on the Half Shell with ginger mignonette, lemon and hot sauce. Follow with the UK Fish & Chips made of beer-battered local sea bass and ancho remoulade, served with a side of salt ‘n vinegar fries. You’ll love everything about this newcomer to the San Diego food scene.

Enjoy a fun twist on a classic oyster dish at Pacific Beach’s neighborhood lounge and eatery, The Duck Dive. Try their Oysters Rockefellersharable appetizer consisting of broiled oysters topped with chopped shrimp, spinach, chipotle, pepper jack cheese and bread crumbs. If you plan to dine at Duck Dive on February 14th, plan to arrive before 6:00 p.m. when and enjoy these oysters for half price! Choose between tacos, salads, sandwiches or specialty plates for your dinner. Go big with the Surf ‘N’ Turf plate, a dish of grilled filet mignon, broiled lobster tail, roasted poblano and corn cilantro rice with house-made mole sauce…after all it is Valentine’s Day!

You won’t find an authentic, European-style fish market like Fishmonger’s anywhere else in San Diego. This one-of-a-kind dining destination offers an impressive seasonal seafood collection inside a chic and stylish restaurant. Dazzle your date with the Red Oysters, served in sambucca cream, parmesan cheese, pancetta and rapini. Who needs chocolate-covered strawberries when Strawberry Oysters are on the menu at Fishmonger’s! Mango, strawberry wheel, garlic oil, micro basil and lumpfish caviar create this appetizing starter. Make February 14th a Valentine’s Day to remember by trying the Chocolate Covered Tuna, a unique plate made with candied cherry, sea bean, chili sauce, watermelon radish, serrano-honey vinegar and smoked salt.