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Looking to eat oysters in SF *tonight*

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plambert Dec 10, 2007 11:24 AM

OK, this is short notice, but I figured I'd try here for a suggestion. I just found out that a friend is flying in from the East coast, arriving around 7pm this evening. He's in the mood for oysters, which sounds great to me as well. The obvious choice - Hogg Island - is out, because we won't be eating until at least 8 pm.

Can anyone suggest another great place for oysters in the city? We're more interested in a place where fresh oysters, or at least fresh seafood in general, is the focus; as opposed to a "nice" restaurant, that happens to have oysters as an appetizer.

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  1. lexdevil RE: plambert Dec 10, 2007 11:38 AM

    http://www.barcrudo.com/

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      urbnmns RE: lexdevil Dec 10, 2007 11:41 AM

      Second that. Cozy ambiance too, as a bonus! I'd kick in the lobster salad, and (naturally) some crudo too.

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        plambert RE: urbnmns Dec 10, 2007 12:09 PM

        Wow, this place looks amazing -- exactly what I am looking for. Reservation has been made -- thank you both for the suggestion.

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          urbnmns RE: plambert Dec 11, 2007 01:59 PM

          Did you end up going? If so, what did you think?

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            plambert RE: urbnmns Dec 11, 2007 05:30 PM

            Yes we did, and had a great time. I love the space, service was very warm and friendly and the food was quite good. We actually only had a dozen oysters, assorted (favorite were the St. Simone), since we wanted to try other things as well.

            Had the crudo sampler (which they will make for 3 on request) and the special (seared scallops with some kind of nuts, on celery root puree, etc).

            We loved the Belgian beer variety (just my imagination, or Belgian beers are becoming more popular?) and had several of those.

            The oysters were great -- in retrospect, should have ordered more of those. The crudo sampler was very tasty, especially the scallops and the char. I would have liked to have tried the lobster salad (actually I would have liked to have had one of everything) but we were trying to stay within budget. The seared scallops were a pretty typical dish, but extremely flavorful and well done (mostly due to the excellent and very fresh scallops used, I'm guessing).

            Location next to the Tunnel-top bar is very convenient -- they were running behind, which was fine as we had a good time chatting in the bar, and someone came to get us when our table was ready.

            Anyway, thanks again for the suggestion.

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              urbnmns RE: plambert Dec 12, 2007 10:15 AM

              Thanks Plambert - I don't live in SF (occasional travel only), but BC is one of my favorite spots; haven't been in a few months & just wanted to check in to see how it all was! (As I plan my next dining venues...) Glad you had a nice evening.

    2. steve h. RE: plambert Dec 11, 2007 05:15 PM

      for future reference. the oysters at zuni are cold, plump and well shucked. one of my goto plates when in town.

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        SteveG RE: steve h. Dec 12, 2007 01:32 PM

        Agree with the above and should also add that they have a wide variety and high turnover, so there's always something new for me and I have yet to get a clunker at Zuni.

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