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Oyster Bars in LA?

beopenguin Nov 16, 2007 03:55 PM

Anybody have any recommendations for one? Commie Ca was the only one that the search function was giving me. We are not fans of shucking at home, would rather get a tasty assortment someplace fun.

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  1. hrhboo RE: beopenguin Nov 16, 2007 03:59 PM

    Hungry Cat always has a nice selection. I like Mirabelle too.

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      beopenguin RE: hrhboo Nov 16, 2007 04:49 PM

      Didn't even think of The Cat...

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        SauceSupreme RE: beopenguin Nov 19, 2007 01:57 PM

        As a warning, Hungry Cat is closing for renovations in about a week. But yeah, I always enjoy having oysters there -- they go so well with their cocktails. My favorite oyster-cocktail combo: Malpeques with the pimlico.

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        WildSwede RE: hrhboo Nov 19, 2007 06:39 AM

        Second Mirabelle. During happy hour 4-7, 7-days a week they have them at half price. Kamamoto is my fave. Also, don't miss the Ahi Tuna Tartare.

      3. wilafur RE: beopenguin Nov 16, 2007 04:06 PM

        ocean avenue seafood - sm
        quality seafood - rb

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          Jerome RE: wilafur Nov 17, 2007 09:44 PM

          hearty agreement.

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          rickym13 RE: beopenguin Nov 16, 2007 04:27 PM

          water grill in downtown has nice oyster bar

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            beopenguin RE: rickym13 Nov 16, 2007 04:50 PM


          2. HPLsauce RE: beopenguin Nov 16, 2007 07:06 PM

            Another option is Enterprise Fish Co just off Santa Monica's Main Street. Both Enterprise and Ocean Ave Seafood offer discounted oysters during happy hour.

            When I used to frequent both more ... frequently ... the food was a little better at Ocean Ave and the ambience was also a little quieter.

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              ellaystingray RE: HPLsauce Nov 17, 2007 04:28 PM

              I desperately want Enterprise Fish Co. to be better than it is. Like a moth to a flame, I return, only to be disappointed (burned?) on most occasions. The oysters I got a few weeks ago during the Happy Hour deal were Malaspina's. Fine, but not a great oyster.

              Ocean Ave, on the other hand, has a regular selection of Hama Hama, Kumomoto etc. They are more expensive but the product is of higher quality. You just have to deal with parking and so forth. If you don't mind valet, you are fine. Go early and sit at the raw bar.

              McCormick and Schmick's in Beverly Hills does a nice job with a regular selection of good oysters--though they are not on their Happy Hour menu last I checked. Again, as long as valet isn't a problem for you, it is a fun place and has the goods. Sit outside in the courtyard.

              Agree with Water Grill rec. It is Ocean Ave.'s sister restaurant downtown and probably two or three notches above.

              Right now, in this moment, to fit the bill of fun and good...Fraiche in Culver City. Don't stop at the oysters and go for the full fruits de mer.

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                Jase RE: ellaystingray Nov 19, 2007 02:26 PM

                Ocean Ave's website touts $1.50 oyster specials at the bar during happy hour and during the daytime on weekends. Just the bar only though. Any idea if the selection is the same during those times? Thanks.

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              Emily227 RE: beopenguin Nov 17, 2007 05:41 PM

              I'm not an oyster fan, but I've heard really good things about The Oyster House in Studio City. It's definitely a more casual atmosphere and way cheaper than places like Ocean Ave. (which I also enjoy)

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                Jerome RE: Emily227 Nov 17, 2007 09:46 PM

                cheap and oyster go together perilously. Has anyone here tried the oysters at the studio city (on moorpark) establishment? Are they really good?

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                  ebethsdad RE: Jerome Nov 17, 2007 11:32 PM

                  Not really.

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                    search_for_the_holy_gruel RE: ebethsdad Nov 19, 2007 08:27 AM

                    I live walking distance to The Oyster House and dine there at least once a week. I've never had a less than delicious order of oysters. And it's 1/2 the cost of other places. I also recommend their crab cakes (probably their signature dish - SO good), the linguini de la casa, and their garlicky chicken. Their service is so friendly and they have live music almost every night of the week (ranging from jazz to rock). One night they had ex members of Steely Dan performing.

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                      rameniac RE: search_for_the_holy_gruel Nov 19, 2007 11:32 AM

                      mssrs. fagen and/or becker?! or their sidemen?

                      also, what sort of oysters were they serving?

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                skoop323 RE: beopenguin Nov 19, 2007 03:05 AM

                no no no you should really try the crab pot in long beach they have great fresh quality taste

                1. Rodeline RE: beopenguin Nov 19, 2007 09:51 AM

                  If you're in the Brea area, Taps has very good quality oysters.

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                    jlrobe RE: beopenguin Nov 19, 2007 06:20 PM

                    Hungry Cat and Water Grill.

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