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Apr 13, 2009 11:31 AM

$1 oysters

The old topic's pretty out of date so let's start over.

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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

    21 Replies
      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)

                        11 Replies
                          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.