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Oct 20, 2006 06:44 PM

SD Hounds - Who has the best oyster bar in town?

To all SD Hounds...

I'm looking for the best oyster bar in town, by which I mean freshness/quality of product and selection variety. I've had my eyes on Oceanaire as a good possibility, though I never seem to be in the Gaslamp when both, 1) they happen to be open, and 2), I feel an oyster craving coming on. (They're a dinner only place...)

Any rec's? I'm game for anywhere in the SD metro area...

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  1. I enjoyed the oysters at the Fishery when we were in town last month. It's on Cass Street in Ocean Beach. Report back on your finds. I am always on the lookout for good oysters!

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    1. re: dimsumgirl

      Thanks for the rec, dimsumgirl. If you don't mind, do you recall what their selection was like? About how many different varieties they had, and from what waters were they sourced? Since I'm up in North County I'd like to establish a few things first before I make any runs to check out a new place...

      1. re: cgfan

        cgfan: I don't remember exactly how many different kinds there were. My best guess is maybe six? The Fishery is both a fish market and a restaurant so if you are so inclined, you could buy them and take them home to enjoy. They had kumamotos but since I buy those every weekend at the farmers' market, I passed on those. I was really excited that they have malpeques, one of my favorites, so I ordered a half dozen of those and they were beautifully presented and really cold like I like them.

        I have also had oysters at the Fish House on Harbor and remember them being fresh. They also had a few varieties and it seemed to me, you could get them to go from there as well. While the oysters were good there, I found the fish of much better quality at the Fishery.

        Please report back on your finds. I don't get to San Diego very often but oysters are among my favorite foods so I would like to know if you discover someplace that I must go when I get to that wonderful place!

        1. re: Captain Jack

          Thanks CJ for correcting me. Here in NorCal any beach is a find. I hope the OP finds good oysters. Me, I would be so happy to get back to San Diego ever. But it might happen in January for me when I have a business trip to LA and might be able to swing a visit to daughter at UCSD!!

        2. re: dimsumgirl

          All well and good,however Cass St. is in Pacific Beach not OB.

        3. The branch of the chain, king's fish house in carlsbad has a pretty large selection and bar. Those that I had one time were top notch. There other food is sub-par inho.

          1. We tried King's Fish House in Mission Valley (same chain as Carlsbad) for oysters and thought they were pretty good. The waiter was pretty knowledgeable about them as well. They had about 6-7 different types when we went. Can't remember them all, but I remember Kumamotos being on the list.

            We've also had outstanding oysters at Arterra, although that was before Carl Schroeder left. Haven't had a chance to go back after he left.

            Jack's La Jolla also serves oysters, although the one time we had them, they were NOT cold and whoever shucked them didn't leave all the liquor in the shell.

            If you're ever in SF and at the Ferry Building, do NOT miss Hog Island Oyster Company! Easily the best oysters (and vinagrette) we've ever had1

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            1. re: daantaat

              I've had their oysters (Hog Island), but not at their site, which I imagine is as fresh as you can get... Love those Kumamotos too!

              So far it looks like there are two votes for King's.

              As to Arterra, do they do the oysters where they also do the "sushi"? I can't think of any other place there that might host such a bar. Though location is not too important, Arterra would be nice given that it's generally in my neck of the woods and they have pretty late hours.

            2. the oysters were available on the sit-down menu. I might add that it was one variety of oyster, not oyster(s). If you're wanting a variety, it might not do the trick. If you just want some good, plump, big oysters, they will do the trick. I could make a meal out of a dozen of them!

              Another place that is supposed to have any oyster bar is The Brigantine in Del Mar, near the race track. I haven't been but it might be worth a shot.

              1. "Captain Jack" has an amazing appetite for oysters and has reviewed a few oyster bars around town, including Blue Point, Oceanaire, The Fishery, The Fish Market: http://www.sandiegorestaurants.typepa...

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                1. re: Joseph

                  Very impressive reviews! I enjoyed reading them; thanks for the link!

                  Hopefully I'll be able to indulge in some of these suggestions soon. So far from the standpoint of selection, it sounds like The Fish Market and Oceanaire will be the ones to go to...