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Nov 16, 2007 03:55 PM

Oyster Bars in LA?

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

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      1. re: beopenguin

        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.

      2. re: hrhboo

        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. ocean avenue seafood - sm
        quality seafood - rb

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        1. water grill in downtown has nice oyster bar

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          1. 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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            1. re: HPLsauce

              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.

              1. re: ellaystingray

                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.

            2. 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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              1. re: Emily227

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

                  1. re: ebethsdad

                    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.

                    1. re: search_for_the_holy_gruel

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

                      also, what sort of oysters were they serving?