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splittle Dec 20, 2007 07:31 AM

Where are the best oyster houses or bars in Los Angeles? I am have been to the Redondo Pier and while the price was nice I didnt find the quality all that impressive, and on the flip side Watergrill was amazing but the price limits you in the amount you can get in one sitting. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. SauceSupreme RE: splittle Dec 20, 2007 07:35 AM

    The Hungry Cat!

    (Especially now that they have a raw bar. I believe they serve food until 1am.)

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      Jaybay RE: SauceSupreme Dec 20, 2007 12:24 PM

      i loooove the oysters at Hungry Cat- ice cold & delicious. Also another place that surprised me with their oysters was Ocean Ave. Seafood in Santa Monica. Definitely worth checking out on the westside...

    2. Servorg RE: splittle Dec 20, 2007 08:04 AM

      The Water Grill has a sister restaurant in Santa Monica, Ocean Ave. Seafood that has a nice raw seafood bar that features oysters and has a good happy hour with reduced prices.

      Another option is Gulfstream which is owned and operated by the same group that has Houston's and Bandera. They also have a raw bar and oysters make up a big part of what they serve there.

      10250 Santa Monica Blvd
      Los Angeles, CA 90067
      Phone: (310) 553-3636

      1. wilafur RE: splittle Dec 20, 2007 08:21 AM

        another option is happy hour at ocean ave seafood.

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          ozhead RE: splittle Dec 20, 2007 08:28 AM

          King's in Calabasas has a terrific oyster selection (usually 7 or 8 varieties) at prices that are reasonable -- for oysters. King's is also part of the same conglomerate as Water Grill, and I would assume that they use the same purveyor.

          1. mstinawu RE: splittle Dec 20, 2007 11:42 AM

            The best oysters are at Watergrill and they're expensive but worth it! Quality, not quantity. ;-) Though I guess w/ oysters you want the best of both.

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              rickym13 RE: mstinawu Dec 20, 2007 12:00 PM

              when you say expensive....what is the average price per oyster at watergrill?

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                DanaB RE: rickym13 Dec 20, 2007 12:34 PM

                Google is your friend . . . the Water Grill's menu, with prices, is online.


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                  ozhead RE: DanaB Dec 20, 2007 01:11 PM

                  It's interesting ... the Water Grill menu to which Dana links lists 4 types of oysters ranging frm $14.50 to $16.50 per half-dozen. King's Fish House, which is under the same corporate umbrella as the Water Grill, generally has about double that number of types (types vary from day to day), and prices generally range from about $11 to about $13 per half-dozen. I have to assume that both restaurants are getting their oysters from the same places, so the differences in price have to be due to the restaurants' different ambiances.

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                    rancherostyl RE: ozhead Dec 20, 2007 04:49 PM

                    Well, if you call assembly line tourist trap hell ambience, then king's has got it.

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                      creamfinger RE: rancherostyl Dec 20, 2007 06:59 PM

                      So this is where all the tourists in Calabasas are going...

                      I've always found the oysters at King's to be super. The selection is usually varied and the bartender opens each order right there at the bar when it's ordered. If you want snob appeal, Rancherostyl is right, King's isn't for you, but if it's the oysters that are important to you, King's will fill the bill quite nicely.

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                        rancherostyl RE: creamfinger Dec 20, 2007 08:45 PM

                        On second thought, sorry for sounding snarky. Once had a lousy experience at King's, probably isolated. I stick by my opinion of the place, but, taken on their own, you're right, the oysters are perfectly fine.

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                          trojans RE: rancherostyl Dec 26, 2007 10:16 AM

                          I went to King's on Monday because I was craving oysters. I ordered the doz. sampler It was around $25.00. I was sitting at the oyster bar talking to the guy about his favorites and what varieties he gets. He gave me a copy of his 'oyster bible' which lists all the different varities and their descriptions. On the left of the folder was an internal memo from King's procurement dept. talking about a great oyster they were bringing in. It was funny to read because it said "do not serve with the sampler" as these oysters are above our normal .80 per purchase price their purchase price was $1.05 per oyster.
                          As for the oysters They where great. I did notice a lot of people complaining to mgmt about the service but as the oyster guy said they were not expecting such a large crowd on x-mas eve. I'm thinking about going again today.

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                            ozhead RE: trojans Dec 26, 2007 01:15 PM

                            What ARE the oyster guy's favorites??

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                              trojans RE: ozhead Dec 26, 2007 05:05 PM

                              totten virginica

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              Food622 RE: splittle Dec 20, 2007 07:01 PM

              I went to the new Pasadena Whole Foods this past weekend, and noticed they have a bar next to the seafood where they serve fish and chips. Do they serve raw oysters and clams as well?

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                NYCnowLA RE: splittle Dec 20, 2007 09:51 PM

                the oysters at Craft are exceptionally good.

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                  splittle RE: NYCnowLA Dec 21, 2007 07:49 AM

                  Where is craft?

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                    SauceSupreme RE: splittle Dec 21, 2007 08:32 AM

                    Tom Colicchio's Craft is located in Century City

                    10100 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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                  BBQ101 RE: splittle Dec 21, 2007 04:57 AM

                  Oyster House in Studio City has great Oysters and at bargan prices. When I first pulled up to this place I wanted to turn around, thank god my wife made me go inside. It's a hole-in-the-wall kinda place but the quality and freshness of the Oysters were great!

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                    rancherostyl RE: BBQ101 Dec 21, 2007 09:53 PM

                    Do you have an address for Oyster House?

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                      BBQ101 RE: rancherostyl Dec 22, 2007 03:31 AM

                      12446 Moorpark St
                      Studio City, CA 91604-1260
                      Phone: (818) 761-8686

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                        Debbie W RE: BBQ101 Dec 22, 2007 03:42 PM

                        We are regulars at Oyster House (and there are many, many regulars) but anybody contemplating eating raw oysters there should know that it is a dive bar that has had a "B" rating for a long time. While I've ventured the oyster shooters from time to time, I've never done oysters on the half shell there and I don't think I would. The vibe is lots of fun for an, ahem, older crowd. The food is big servings of Italian-ish dishes. The drinks are strong. The owner will stand and bs with you all night. Water Grill it ain't.

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                          rancherostyl RE: BBQ101 Dec 23, 2007 02:05 PM

                          thanks BBQ

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                      blacksab67 RE: splittle Dec 21, 2007 08:04 AM

                      I'm gonna get slammed on this board for saying this... but I love the down and dirty oysters at the Gumbo Pot in the Farmer's Market. About a buck each, and you can drown 'em with hot sauce. With a pitcher of beer from EB's or the 326 bar... that's a great happy hour.

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                        rameniac RE: blacksab67 Dec 21, 2007 10:38 PM

                        slammed? not by me. i would totally do that! are they gulf oysters? if so, i'm guessing it's best to eat them during these winter months...

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                        imho RE: splittle Dec 21, 2007 09:23 AM

                        I had oysters at Comme Ca the other day and they were delicious! You can sit at the bar and order them if you just want a drink and some raw bar fare.

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                          gsw RE: splittle Dec 23, 2007 03:18 PM

                          I like going to Ocean Avenue Seafood, myself.

                          But another good and surprisingly reasonable place for oysters is the Boiling Crab down in Westminster (and I imagine their sister restaurant Alhambra, too). They serve strictly gulf oysters, no West Coast varieties offered. I just went to their menu and the prices aren't posted, but as I recall it's pretty reasonable. Not worth a separate trip, but if you live in the neighborhood or if you're going there anyway, it's worth a try.

                          1. wilafur RE: splittle Dec 26, 2007 08:21 AM

                            the best bang for the buck can be found at vino's oyster bar in san gabriel. they typically have fanny bay's and/or bluepoint oysters. a dozen for @ $16.

                            1. tatertotsrock RE: splittle Dec 26, 2007 02:08 PM

                              HUNGRY CAT
                              This palce is relxed and wonderful...not only do they have a great selection of oysters, they serve up the BEST cocktails I have had in LA. They also have other great items on the menu and their Bloody Marys are the best garnigh for your oysters...yum!

                              WATER GRILL
                              Since they have changed chefs, I only now go to the bar for oysters before catching a show...sadly, after 3 tries at dinner since the chef change, I've not been thrilled enough to go back for cooked fish...I now go to BASHAN for that. It's a nice place, very gorwn-up, almost on the serious stuffy side, but the oysters make great company when you find yourself at the bar alone.

                              OCEAN AVE SEAFOOD
                              Great Oyster selection, great happy hour, and they are KCRW Merchants so you'll get a great discount if you're a member. Very nice wines by the glass selections for the oysters.


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