National Oyster Day is coming up on Sunday, August 5th and San Diego is the ideal location to be to indulge. With our close proximity to the ocean and plethora of fresh seafood spots, you could slurp oysters all day long. And why wouldn’t you? They may be an acquired taste for some, but the briny, ocean flavors are like nothing else. Downtown’s Water Grill has one of the largest selections of oysters available in the city, serving over 15 varieties daily, including local Carlsbad oysters!
Part of the King’s Seafood family of restaurants, a family-owned and operated restaurant company that’s been around for over 70 years, the expansive restaurant specializes in exquisite plates of the freshest catch. On any given day, San Diegans can cozy up to the Oyster Bar or a prime spot in the dining room and choose from an abundance of oysters sourced from both the east and west coasts in the U.S., plus further away locales like New Zealand and Canada. Here are some of the top picks when ordering:
- Locally grown Carlsbad Oysters feature a large, deep cup and have a briny taste with a lite melon finish. If you’re ever in the neighborhood up in Carlsbad you can drive by and spot the floating farm.
- Summerstone Oysters are cold water ocean oysters that are only available during the summer months. Growing and feeding off the cold waters deep in the Pacific Ocean gives them an amazing taste profile – extremely briny at first and with a sweet finish.
- Discovery Bay Oysters are another summertime favorite. They are the very popular Hama Hama Oyster but are grown in Discovery Bay, Washington instead of the Hama River. The bay, located just off the Strait of Juan de Fuca, features cooler waters which allow oysters to be harvested all summer long.
With the restaurant’s Oyster Sampler you can try six different varieties for $17.10 or get a dozen for $32.20. You can also step it up a notch and order an Iced Shellfish Platter, available in three sizes, The Grand (serves 1-2), The Deluxe (serves 3-4) and The King (serves 5-7). In addition to oysters you’ll feast on wild littleneck clams, wild jumbo brown shrimp, California Dungeness crab, farmed Peruvian Bay scallops, Carlsbad Mediterranean mussels, North American Hard Shell Lobster and Large Channel Islands Sea Urchin.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room – 400 J St, San Diego, CA
With a commitment to serving only freshest and finest seafood, The Oceanaire Seafood Room is the perfect setting to enjoy seafood flown in daily from around the world. For National Oyster Day, they’ll be celebrating with $1 chef-selected oysters available from open to close all weekend on August 4 and 5.
Hello Betty Fish House – 211 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA
Oceanside’s quintessential oceanfront fish house, Hello Betty offers a few key oyster options perfect for celebrating National Oyster Day. Stick with the classic Baja Oysters on the Half Shell served with cocktail sauce & jalapeno mignonette or indulge with two boozy variations of oyster shooters – the Cuervo Oyster Shooter with bloody mary pico, scallions, and tequila or the classic Oyster Shooter accompanied with spicy bloody mary mix and cocktail sauce. On August 5, guests can enjoy happy hour pricing on all oyster shooters – $3 for the classic and $4.25 for the Cuervo.
Juniper & Ivy – 2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA
The refined but whimsical menu at Juniper & Ivy offers unique iterations of classic dishes including the Oysters & Pearl which takes fresh oysters and pairs them with tomato water mignonette and Cholula pearls – the perfect plate to share or start.
Charles & Dinorah – 1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA
Point Loma’s newly concepted Charles + Dinorah at The Pearl Hotel will be offering $1 oysters all day long on National Oyster Day… until they run out. For $10, guests can indulge in the restaurant’s signature Bloody Mare complete with gin mare, Cutwater bloody mary mix, an oyster on the half shell finished with a bacon rim.
Whisknladle – 1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA
La Jolla’s go-to neighborhood bistro for farm-fresh, served-from-scratch fare will be offering $1 oysters and $5 glasses of Cava all day on National Oyster Day.