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May 26, 2009 12:18 PM

Restos specializing in oysters

Can anyone recommend a restaurants specializing in oysters in Montreal. I only know of Maestro SVP and Oyster Shack but haven't been to either one. So any feedback on these two restos or any others would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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  1. i know at L'orignal in Old Montreal they specialize in Oysters. They have a guy working the Oyster bar that seems to really know his stuff.

    I think Lucilles on Monkland is also going to specialize on Oysters.

    I have been to the Oyster Shack and its OK.... The menu is quite large there is a lot to chose from. nothing to brag about... but worth a try. The Oysters were very fresh. Last time I went I had Oysters and Lobster.It was quite expensive!!

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    1. re: Alyson777

      Oyster Shack is expensive - really? I've never been, but I glance at the menu when I'm next door at Jimbo's or Grumpy's (almost every week), and it seems very reasonable. Oysters are 99c. The specials on the board are never more than $20 (usually more like $15).

      I've heard good things about the food, too - not great, but consistently good.

      1. re: Shattered

        No the oyster shack I'm refering to was on bishop st near Concordia. Definately atleast $$$ unless it changed? I haven't been since august 08. The food was ok... Not amazing!!!

        1. re: Alyson777

          Oyster Shack
          1242 rue Bishop
          Montréal, QC H3G 2E3
          (514) 395-1888

          As Shattered said, they are quite reasonable. I've been a few times. The food is solid, if not earth shattering (pun). They do a good job at what they are, a lower mid range fish house/oyster bar.

          1. re: bigfellow

            I am going back tonight to give it another try.

    2. I wouldn't say they (or L'Orignal for that matter) specialize in oysters, but Joe Beef's very serious about them.

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      1. re: carswell

        Well I have Osyters all the time at L'orignal and they are fresh and really good. Maybe the restaurant itself doesn't specialize in Oysters but they have a guy named Daniel working there as an oyster shucker and he's good !! He knows everything there is to know about Oysters and he prepares them perfectly..You can't get more serious then him about this

        1. re: Alyson777

          My point is that neither L'Orignal nor Joe Beef (which also has had a champion shucker on staff) can remotely be considered as specializing in oysters in the sense that a true oyster bar does. Compare the menu at NYC's famous Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station with L'Orignal's:

          In the one case, you have a full menu nearly dominated by bivalves. In the other, you have oysters on the half shell available as an appetizer. Oyster Bar specializes in oysters; L'Orignal and Joe Beef do not.

          As far as I know, Maestro SVP is as close as our fair city comes to an oyster bar in the Oyster Bar sense. And that's not very close.

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