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Sep 10, 2009 03:51 PM

Oysters in San Diego?

Where should I get some? Looking for fresh oysters, good selection, oyster bar.

Is Oceanaire the only game in town? I liked that a lot last time I was here.

Not sure how I feel about the Ocean Room. Anyone been?

Anything else I'm missing?

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  1. Oceanaire is my go-to joint.

    King's Fish House is my Plan B.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Ewilensky

      strongly second Ewilensky!

      Don't get oysters at Blanca. Mine had been pre-shucked and were dry, a little shrivled and (gasp!), didn't have liquor.

      1. re: daantaat

        Oooo oooo, please do say more about King's Fish House. Is that the one near the outlet mall in Carlsbad? How does their oyster selection compare to Oceanaire? I remember when I first researched oyster bars in San Diego (via a thread on these boards) it was King's that seemed to have the second best selection after Oceanaire. However after stepping into Oceanaire I never did make it out to King's.

        And how does King's raw bar compare price-wise to Oceanaire?

        1. re: cgfan

          the last time I was at King's in CB, I had a few problems with the oyster bar. They took a super long time for the oysters to come out, and they were not very busy. The oysters were not well shucked, lots of shell chips and not all the oysters had their liquor. I will gues they had a new counterman. The bigger problem is that some of them did not taste all that fresh, it was early on Saturday, so that should not have been a problem. I am really never disappointed with the selection of Oysters at the Fish Market in Del Mar and their countermen seem more experienced. In another thread some people are talking about the Carlsbad oysters. I have never been a huge fan, they don't seem to have that briney crispness of the ones from Washington state or British Columbia.

          1. re: cgfan

            cgfan, I've only been to the one in Mission Valley. Oysters take some time come out but the ones I've ordered are shucked expertly. Usually about 5-6 selections. Price is on par for oysters with Oceanaire. So for me, it is a matter of convenience.

            As far as I can recall King's does not have a raw bar beyond oysters...

            1. re: cgfan

              I haven't been to King's in Carlsbad or MV for a long time. The last time I was at a King's was in Henderson, NV last year. There's a branch at the Green Valley Resort. It fixed the "oyster craving" that I had at the time and they have a wide selection. Something like 6-7+ varieties. However, I think Oceanaire was better in quality.

              If you make it up to SF, Hog Island Oyster Company in the Ferry Building kicks both places!

              1. re: daantaat

                Well I'm a big fan of Hog Island Oysters and would make a trip out to their Marshall farm whenever I can, but honestly since Kaito started carrying the Washington State Kumamotos I'm now convinced that they're even better than the Hog Island Kumamotos.

                (Still do go to the Hog Island though whenever I can at the Ferry Building, their Marshall farm, or at the Oxbow Market in Napa, but someday I need to make it up to Washington and try some up there!)

        2. Oceanaire. Of course there are others but for sheer selection Oceanaire's the best/only game in town.

            1. re: pickypicky

              I like the Fishery for take out, and shuck yourself. At around $1 per oyster, the shucking knife pays for itself quickly.

              1. re: Sampaguita

                What was that place called before Lou & Mickey's? It was French. They had an AWESOME raw platter -- one of the best I've ever had...

                1. re: Sampaguita

                  Lou & Mickey's is part of the King's Seafood chain. I've had good luck at King's in MV also. IIRC, their "Sunset Beach" oysters from Puget Sound were some of the best oysters I've ever had.

                  I've also gotten great Oysters to go from The Fish Market downtown.

                  1. re: mikec

                    I think that the oyters at both Fish Markets(downtown and del mar), have always been fresh and consistently good. Usually have anywhere from 3-4 varietys from what I remember.