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$1 oysters

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  1. SF:

    B (720 Howard - upper terrace at Yerba Buena Gardens), Tuesday-Friday 4:30-7:30

    Bacar (448 Brannan), Friday 4:30-6

    Circolo (500 Florida), Tuesday-Friday 5-7

    District (216 Townsend), weekdays 4-6, Fridays 5-7

    El Rio (3158 Mission), Fridays 5:30 until they run out (free)

    Eos (901 Cole), Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-7

    Hyde Street Seafood House (1509 Hyde), daily 5-7

    Hog Island Oyster Bar (Ferry Bldg.), Mondays & Thursdays 5-7

    Jeanty at Jack's (615 Sacramento), weekdays 4-10

    Sotto Mare (552 Green), Monday-Saturday 3-6

    Waterbar (600 Embarcadero), daily 11:30-6

    Woodhouse Fish Co. (2073 Market), Tuesdays 4-9:30

    Yabbies Coastal Kitchen (2237 Polk), Monday-Thursday 5-7

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        In general, these $1 specials are all on oysters like Blue Points that have wholesale costs under $1, yes? Does Hog Island offer all its oysters for $1?

        1. re: SteveG

          I believe only the sweetwaters are $1 at the Hog Island happy hour. The other varieties are priced normally.

          1. re: bex109

            Right! Just the sweetwaters--and teeny tiny ones at that. Four of us each downed 2 1/2 dozen before dinner without feeling full in the least. So we went over to Blue Bottle and had fantastic affogatos made with Humphry Slocumbe's Secret Breakfast. Then I went home and had a proper dinner.

            1. re: pilinut

              2-1/2 dozen each? 100 oysters for four people?

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Why do you sound surprised? They were tiny. The size of a hazelnut. We could have had a dozen more and still had dinner.

                  1. re: pilinut

                    Robert, thank you for this great list. I can't afford to repeat my feat at $1 a pop, but that's pretty darn good for SF.

                    pilinut, you are not alone; my record is four dozen good sized ones at a 50 cent happy hour in Seattle. I don't recommend it! I felt deliriously satisfied yet overly saturated with sodium for days.

                    1. re: Pei

                      I wasn't alone. Three other hounds who shall remain nameless were slurping those babies, and we matched each other one for one. In fact, I finished last.

                      Maybe you guys should be coming with us: the same hounds and I,plus two friends, are heading up to Point Reyes later this morning--to eat more oysters. Will repost back on quality and quantity consumed.

                      1. re: pilinut

                        Report on the quality. The area quantity records belong to the late Bozo Miller.

                      2. re: Pei

                        Was that at Elliotts? I don't blame you at that price!

                        1. re: DezzerSF

                          Yes, it was, and yes it was worth it! Great martinis too; I'm probably going to get deleted for being off topic...

                          1. re: Pei

                            Martinis are never off topic in a discussion of oysters ...

                  2. re: pilinut

                    Lightweights..... years back there was a 10 cent each deal locally (Fresno of all places) that ran for a several months, one hound tried to do 100 in a sitting, came up @ 4 short, those of us less worthy managed to down about 4 dozen each. God I miss those times. Also had the peel and eat prawns @ 25 cents apiece.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Thanks Robert...I have printed your list...very thoughtful of you....

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I posted a list sometime last year ... here's the link ...


                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Can anyone clarify the situation at Waterbar. Are the oysters $1/1 or $12/12? Meaning, can I order 6 and expect to pay $6 or do they come in units of a dozen? Carefully reading their announcement, it looks like the latter, and it also looks like the $5 "happy hour" drink pricing applies to only one specific mixed drink and all the others are regular priced.

                    1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                      You can order however many. The 3-6 $5 drink is a tequila-lime-cucumber thing.

                    2. re: Robert Lauriston

                      El Tapatio (910 2rd St, Richmond0 24/7 ... if you need a 3 am oyster fix. Donuts down the street for dessert.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        Waterfront Restaurant 99 cent oysters at happy hour from 3-7 every day.

                        Waterfront Restaurant
                        7 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94111

                      2. East Bay:

                        Cafe Rouge (1782 4th, Berkeley), Tues.-Thurs. 5:30-9:30

                        Luka's (2221 Broadway, Oakland), Mondays 11:30 a.m.-midnight

                        Sea Salt (2512 San Pablo, Berkeley), daily 4-6

                        T-Rex (1300 10th, Berkeley), weekdays 3-6 ($1.25)

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                          1. re: Civil Bear

                            Haven't seen grilled oysters on the menu. Fried and raw.

                          2. re: Robert Lauriston

                            $1oysters at Sea Salt are now available on weekdays from 3-6pm

                            Sea Salt
                            2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

                            1. re: berkeleyite

                              I think Sea Salt only has a single variety of oyster at the $1 price, but it changes daily (at least that's how it was anytime I was lucky enough to hit osyter happy hour!).

                            2. re: Robert Lauriston

                              Somebody emailed me about this one:

                              The Powder Keg Pub and Seafood Cafe
                              2132 Railroad Ave., Hercules
                              Monday nights - 4 - 8 p.m.

                              The Powder Keg Pub and Seafood Cafe
                              2132 Railroad Ave, Hercules, CA 94547

                              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                Didn't try the oysters, but thanks for the head's up that this place exists

                                Hercules - The Powder Keg - wow, a nice place, $4 bloody Mary bar, $1 oysters, crab Benedict, Joe's special

                              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                                Angela's Bistro in Alameda now has $1 oysters on Tuesdays from 6 - 8. We went tonight and enjoyed the fresh, tasty oysters.

                                We tried Luka's a few months ago on oyster night. We ordered a lot of oysters and little else. We got the world's tiniest oysters - perhaps to discourage the practice. Not recommended.

                                Angela's Bistro
                                2301 Central Ave, Alameda, CA

                                1. re: Martin Strell

                                  For raw oysters, I really prefer the small ones. But certainly there is a limit if they cost $1 each.

                                  1. re: Martin Strell

                                    as much as i enjoy luka's, as as much as i prefer raw oysters on the small side, i also thought the oysters at luka's were too "skinny". coulda just been an off nite.

                                    1. re: escargot3

                                      Yes, skinny is more apt a term. The oysters we had a Luka's very not only tiny, they had only a smidgen of oyster inside. Some of the oyster meat was maybe the size (and width) of a dime.

                                  2. re: Robert Lauriston

                                    District Oakland, 4-6 weekdays, 5-7 Saturdays

                                    Origen, today, 4pm until they run out. Not sure if that will be a weekly deal.

                                  3. What are the prospects on the Peninsula, RL? I'm guessing not so good.

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                                    1. re: Sushi Monster

                                      Yuzu on 37th Ave in San Mateo - $1 Oysters from 5 PM to 7 PM - on Tue, Wed and Thursdays.

                                      1. re: osho

                                        $1 shrimp tempura at Yuzu during those times as well. Good quality shrimp - - were fresh, not frozen.

                                      2. re: Sushi Monster

                                        75 cents at the fish market in Palo Alto - happy hour 3:30 to 5:30 M-F and Sat 11am to 3pm and Sun noon to 4pm - have to set in the bar area but there are tables available

                                        also several appetizers are 1/2 off at that time too.

                                      3. Cafe Maritime on Lombard St. - Monday all night- last night it was Hood Canal and Skookum as I recall... Also I want to give a shout out for their excellent crab cake- the best, crabbiest cake in the city.

                                        1. Jeanty at Jack's is featuring Hog Island Sweetwaters. They're being brought in daily directly from the farm in Marshall. Ever so fresh! Also, the deal lasts from 4-10PM. What a deal!

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                                          1. re: luc charles chamberland

                                            I was there last night and the bartender says the $1 oysters are now 4-7pm like the rest of the happy hour specials. Also said the owner lives near Hog Island and brings them in himself daily.

                                          2. another to add to the list is District 216 Townsend
                                            $1 oysters from 4:00 - 6:00 Monday - Friday

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                                            1. Over on this thread:
                                              a poster points out the $1 oyster specials at
                                              Grand Cafe, 3-7 M-F
                                              Elite Cafe 4-6 every day

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                                              1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                                                This is still in effect at Grand Cafe, on the short Happy Hour menu.

                                              2. Anyone have a 2010 update for this?

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                                                1. re: saticoy

                                                  yankee pier (lafayette) has a standing signboard at their front door that advertises $1 oysters, m-f 3:30-5:30 at the front door. no notice on website. haven't try yet.

                                                  1. re: saticoy

                                                    Anchor and Hope has $1 happy hour oysters. Not sure what the hours are, but $5 beer, wine or champagne is available as well.

                                                    1. re: saticoy

                                                      Bar Crudo happy hour $1 oysters:
                                                      HAPPY HOUR
                                                      5pm to 6:30pm
                                                      Select $1 Oysters
                                                      Chowder $5
                                                      Fish Tacos $5
                                                      Beer and Wine Specials

                                                      On our way to the Divisadero Art Walk, I had the excellent Chowder and 5 Pt. Reyes oysters on Thursday with wonderful mignonette and even-more-wonderful cocktail sauce that I finished by the spoonful after the oysters were long gone. - like the Lewis Carroll walrus & the carpenter - the Pt. Reyes were delightfully briny to slurp with a simple squeeze of lemon.
                                                      DH had the ever-spectacular Uni Toast from the menu - and shared it!

                                                      Bar Crudo
                                                      655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

                                                      1. re: Cynsa

                                                        we were there last week and had a dozen oysters from Oregon, I believe, the $5 chowder, which was fabulous, and some arctic char. I wasn't hungry enough to order the tacos, though I was sorely tempted. On top of that, I had a couple of $3 Moonlight Brewing Reality Czech pilsners to wash down my oysters (my friend had an Allagash White wit, which is a perfect complement to the seafood). All the seafood is very fresh and the service is top notch. One of the highest quality and best happy hours in the city, in my opinion.

                                                    2. I noticed the other day that Market Bar at the Ferry Building has $1 "Drakes Bay" oysters 3-7 Monday through Friday.

                                                      Market Bar
                                                      1 Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA

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                                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                        Down the road a bit, I tried Waterbar today and it was excellent! It wasn't too crowded and they have outdoor patio seating. I typically go to Hog Island for happy hour but it's a hassle with the crowds and the long waits for a table.

                                                        At Waterbar, today's selected $1 oyster was the Preston Point and they were fresh & sweet.

                                                        The $3 Session beer was average, but the $5 Oyster Bay sauvignon blanc went well with the shellfish. I'll definitely be back.

                                                        1. re: baron45

                                                          Based on numerous Hog Island and Waterbar experiences: I really like the oysters at Hog Island but I think Waterbar is a very worthy alternative. The place feels more civilized than the Food Disneyland (a.k.a. the Ferry Building) where the less-than-comfortable furniture is meant to turn over tables sooner rather than later, just like at McDonalds. Other than the happy-hour specials, Waterbar is pricey, but Hog Island is not exactly cheap either and the oyster selection at Waterbar is usually quite good.

                                                          On a somewhat non-oyster topic, in the same neighborhood, the all-night, happy-hour deals at Palomino and Chaya seem to be doing a good job of packing in a young crowd. (IMO, there are some some good deals there if you know what to order.) It will be interesting to see if this aggressive happy-hour pricing will have any affect on pricey establishments like Waterbar.

                                                          1. re: nocharge

                                                            What are the good deals at Waterbar?

                                                            1. re: rworange

                                                              The happy hour offerings that baron45 described. The also do a DAT lunch/brunch and a $40 three course prix fixe dinner. (I guess the DAT dinner price point was a little too low.) However, I haven't tried either of the latter yet, so no opinion on whether they are good deals.

                                                        2. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                          Met some friends for a drink and to catch up at Market Bar's happy hour on a Friday night recently. I've been there for lunch and didn't particularly like it, but I give the happy hour a thumbs up. Terrific service from both the hostess and our server, who went out of his way to be sure we all really were happy, including one of my friend's seven year old.

                                                          The oysters were kumamotos, and they were excellent. Drinks and several beers and wines by the glass are also on special during happy hour. From the happy hour snack menu we also tried some shishito peppers, which were delicious; a nice pate; some guacamole which was very good but a bit pricey for the portion size; good olives; and meatballs, which I thought were ok but which the others disliked because they tasted of smoked paprika. I'd go back.

                                                        3. On Monday I joined a couple friends at Hog Island Oyster Bar for happy hour for the first time in a long time. The price for oysters is now $1.50, up from a buck apiece.

                                                          The other happy hour special, a dish of steamed mussels with gypsy peppers featured overcooked skinny mussels in a bitter broth. Not recommended.

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                                                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                            Hog Island sells $1 oysters during the last hour of the Thursday Berkeley Farmers' Market at Shattuck and Rose (6-7PM).

                                                            1. re: neu

                                                              Are these oysters large or small? I think the small oysters taste the best, myself.

                                                              1. re: Tripeler

                                                                I believe their $1 oysters are always their small Sweetwaters. BTW, the special is only avail at the Thurs market, not the Sat one.

                                                          2. OK well is Hyde Street Seafood House our best bet for Saturday $1 oysters? We'll be near Union Square on a Saturday and heading to Bucco de Beppo for an early birthday dinner around 6 for a group of teenagers. Last year we went to Bacar for our annual city outing but alas that is no more and we were also in the city on a Friday.

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                                                            1. re: Cheesy Oysters

                                                              I just had lunch at Waterbar yesterday, and part of my meal was a dozen of their $1 oyster of the day. According to their website, the $1 oyster of the day is offered every day from 11:30AM to 6:00PM. Might want to call to confirm this is indeed available on weekends:


                                                              Based on your itinerary being downtown, getting from Union Square to the Embarcadero to Moscone Convention Center area should be easier than detouring out to HSSH. If the day is relatively sunny and dry, might be a worthwhile urban hike.

                                                              1. re: Eugene Park

                                                                Thanks that is just what I was looking for and Waterbar will likely be our destination.

                                                            2. Not sure if it's been mentioned but, Prime Rib Shabu in the inner Richmond has $1 oysters all hours.

                                                              Prime Rib Shabu
                                                              308 5th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

                                                              1. Limon Restaurant in the Mission has $1 oyster during happy hour on Monday-Thursday 4-6PM.

                                                                Oysters are from Canada, medium sized. Served with a minuet and limes. Got them twice last week they are pretty decent, but not as fresh as they could be. My friend went to Waterbar the day after and said that Waterbar's are way better and very fresh.

                                                                Limon Restaurant
                                                                524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                                                                399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

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                                                                1. re: harrochuck

                                                                  I concur that Waterbar's oysters are indeed tasty and fresh. Our small group had 5 dozen and we really needed the $ special.

                                                                2. Looking at the Farallon website the other day, they may hae $1 oysters daily from 4:30 - 7 pm. They have a happy hour with a menu of dishes and drinks for $6. The samle menu (pdf format) list 6 Drakes Bay Oysters for $6.

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                                                                  1. re: rworange

                                                                    Someone just remarked in the "happy hour at high end restaurants" thread that he'd had a "wonderful" happy hour at Farallon.

                                                                    450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                                                                  2. i feel like it's also important to mention that sotto mare's daily west coast oysters are $1.50 at all hours.i believe they said the oysters i had on friday night were from san diego. very fresh and plump.

                                                                    1. Cesar Latino (on Piedmont) has happy hour $1 oysters. Friday night they were Skookums from Washington, very good. Also on happy hour menu: $5 patatas bravas (excellent), $5 for 2 fish tacos (disappointing), & I think maybe a slider of some kind, which we didn't try.

                                                                      Bar C├ęsar
                                                                      4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

                                                                      1. Martin's West in RWC has $1 oysters during their happy hour (4-7 M-F). They are really good too.

                                                                        1. Adding the word dollar so that searching for dollar oysters will find this topic.

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                                                                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                                            hog and rocks has $1 oysters for happy hour (5-6 M-F) and during weekend brunch.

                                                                            their ham selection i think is better than their oysters but they both seemed good when i was there. cocktails are good too.

                                                                            1. re: calumin

                                                                              I think H&R does a really good job shucking. They were my favorite $1 oysters but the price has gone up to $1.5 now.

                                                                              I always seem to get shell or grit in the $1 oysters at Skool. Waterbar has been hit or miss for shucking, but the patio on a nice day is worth the gamble sometimes.

                                                                          2. Mission Street Oyster Bar, which just opened near 19th & Mission, has $1 oysters every day from 3pm-6pm. I just happened to walk by it tonight. Apparently the chef came from Anchor Oyster Bar in the Castro, and it shows. I thought I was walking into a new branch. Everything appears similar, though they state that they are not associated.

                                                                            I can't comment on the oysters or food as I didn't try it. I may head there for happy hour tomorrow. Oh, all draft beer is $2.50 as well. Enjoy!

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                                                                            1. re: khelvan

                                                                              I checked out Mission Street Oyster Bar today for the happy hour.
                                                                              Arrived at 5 to an almost full restaurant. It's a big cold space with less tables than one could fit in the space and a bar with a two TV screens. The only lights were over the bar.

                                                                              We had two dozen oyster all 1/each. The server didn't tell us what they were but there looked to be three kinds with one being Kumamotos and two larger varieties. All were fresh and well shucked. They also have 2.50 beers, wine and shoju shots.

                                                                              We also got the mixed steam shellfish (18 dollars) which had some overcooked shrimp on it. The mussels were good but the clams were tiny and the broth could have had more flavour. Most of the apps are 8-10 and the larger dishes are 16-28.
                                                                              The fish and chips are 15 dollars.

                                                                              1. Mission Rock Resort has dollar oysters during their happy hour from 3 - 7 pm.

                                                                                1. Adding Boxing Room to this thread. $1 oysters daily until 4:30pm.

                                                                                  1. Any $1 oyster places in the San Mateo area?

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                                                                                    1. re: baron45

                                                                                      the fish market SM has them at the downstairs happy hour, but I think they were 1.25 or 1.5 when I went last week - maybe price increase due to their refurb. of the upstairs or????

                                                                                      1. re: baron45

                                                                                        At Mokutanya in Burlingame 6pm-2am on Mondays and Tuesdays. Excellent $1 Fanny Bay and Skookum. Not to mention the stunningly beautiful decor. The huge variety of skewers are also really great, though some lose the hot sizzle during the long transfer from the kitchen. Expensive.

                                                                                      2. Didn't look through all the replies, sorry if this is a repeat. Oyster Rockerfella's in Valley Ford has dollar oysters on Thursday, $1.50 BBQ oysters and $2.50 oyster rockerfeller. All on Thursday Happy Hour.

                                                                                          1. Saw a sign for $1 oysters for happy hour at Zen fusion tapas in Alameda. I think it was 5 to 6:30.

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                                                                                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                              Not to mention the great prices for the yummy tapas at Zen's happy hour.

                                                                                              1. re: vincentlo

                                                                                                I'm going to have to get over there sometime!

                                                                                            2. Looking for a Saturday spot for oysters again. We did go to Waterbar last year but it wasn't such a great spot for those that didn't like oysters. This year we'd like something in the afternoon. Lunch in Berkeley or Oakland is also a possibility.

                                                                                              We could also start at Waterbar for just oysters to get our city adventure started.

                                                                                              1. Dollar Oyster Happy Hours in the Bay Area: Where and when to find them


                                                                                                Eureka Restaurant
                                                                                                4063 - 18th Street
                                                                                                5:30 pm - 10 pm
                                                                                                Happy Hour $1 oysters upstairs until 7 pm