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Cheap oysters in NOVA or DC?

Ziv Apr 14, 2006 01:43 PM

I am searching for a decent oyster bar happy hour in the Arlington/DC area. I hear Fin's used to be great, 50 cents an oyster but they are closed now. Does anyone know of a good oyster bar with decent prices?
Thanks for any tips!

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    Lowbar Apr 14, 2006 02:18 PM

    Old Ebbitt. Just under a buck per oyster, and just about everything at the excellent Raw Bar is half off. Monday through Thursday 3-6 PM for happy hr.

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      Oyster Happy Hour Apr 14, 2006 04:42 PM

      Clydes in gallery place as an oyster happy hours at 3pm i belive. Maybe its on thrusdays you will have to check


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        Ziv Apr 15, 2006 03:54 PM

        Thanks! I will give them a try!

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          Lowbar Apr 16, 2006 09:13 PM

          I had forgotten one...Sea Catch. I didn't mention Clydes because going to Old Ebbitt over clyde's is a no-brainer unless they offer extended happy hours.

          Sea Catch in Georgetown has an Oyster HH that runs later if 3-6 at Ebbitt doesn't work for you. Oysters are discounted every night, all night, at the raw bar: $1 ea from 5-7, $1.75 ea til close. Buck per is the same you would pay at ebbitt.

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            jkdc Apr 17, 2006 11:07 AM

            Going to Old Ebbitt over Clyde's may be a no-brainer, but since Clyde's owns Old Ebbitt, it would likely be much the same stuff...

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              Lowbar Apr 17, 2006 05:18 PM

              This is true...I called it a no-brainer precisely for that reason. If you consider that both restaurants would likely get the same oyster stock, I would take the one that has significantly more oyster turnover and more attention paid to its oyster program/staff. I can assure you that's Old Ebbitt, and they'd probably tell you the same thing at Clyde's. That being said, if there is a better deal price-wise running at Clyde's, no harm in checking that out as I'm sure they'll be good quality.

              You can always wait 7 months til oyster riot, not that I'm counting down or anything...there the deal you get on the oysters is only bounded by how many you can eat, which usually bodes well for me. But 5 dozen or so oysters and a bottle or so of wine can lead to one nasty dehydration headache...

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                Bonz Apr 21, 2006 06:56 AM

                I agree about the major Oyster Riot headache . . . but mine comes from the loud music echoing through the Atrium in which they hold it!

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          dcandohio Jul 13, 2007 11:28 AM

          It's not a bar and there's no happy hour, but if you just want good, fresh, inexpensive oysters, take yourself to the Maine Avenue fish Market (metro: L'Enfant or the Circulator Bus). I think a dozen is $10.

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            Elyssa Jul 13, 2007 11:56 AM

            Old Ebbitt is the one I always hear about although I've never been.

            Does anyone know if Hank's Oyster Bar has some sort of Happy Hour deal? They might also have one at Legals. (I know they use to have one at the Legals in Boston near my house.)

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            1. re: Elyssa
              jpschust Jul 13, 2007 12:04 PM

              I don't think the happy hour exists anymore at Hank's, but that said, it's July- you shouldn't be eating oysters anyways.

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