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Looking for Oysters in LA area

parker394 Dec 15, 2009 09:29 AM

Just returned from New Orleans and I'm still craving Parmesan broiled (or fresh) oysters. Kings Fish House has good oysters, but I can't find them anywhere else and I know there must be some good places.

  1. OCAnn Dec 15, 2009 09:31 AM

    Taps (Brea) has a nice oyster bar. (www.TapsBrea.com)

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      parker394 Dec 15, 2009 01:26 PM

      That looks promising for the Charbroiled oysters. I've been to Taps for the Sunday brunch and the oysters were OK. I don't care for oysters that have been previously shucked, but I'm definitely headed there to try the Charbroiled -(Broiled with garlic herb butter & grated Romano cheese)

      Oh so hungry...

      1. re: parker394
        OCSteve Dec 15, 2009 03:38 PM

        I agree with you on the pre-shucked oysters. I'm pretty sure they generally shuck them to order when you order them from the menu.

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      TomSwift Dec 15, 2009 12:02 PM

      You want to go to Quality Seafood on the Redondo Beach Pier. At least 25 varieties of live oysters in the saltwater tanks. Pretty good prices, too. Pretty sure that they don't do Parmesan broiled oysters, but they do broil fish, and I bet if you brought your own cheese they'd fix you up a batch of oysters.

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        parker394 Dec 15, 2009 01:44 PM

        I have been to Quality seafood many times over the years, but lately find their name to be a bit deceiving. Maybe I'm spoiled but last time I was there I tried 3 different varieties and they were all very poor "quality". The oysters did not taste fresh....maybe I just hit them on an off day.

        1. re: parker394
          TomSwift Dec 15, 2009 02:12 PM

          I hope that it was an off day. I've had no complaints, except that their prices tend to be on the high side for lobster and crab.

          1. re: parker394
            OCAnn Dec 15, 2009 04:08 PM

            We go for lobster & crab, and while pricey as Tom says, the quality on those have been solid.

        2. wienermobile Dec 15, 2009 12:07 PM

          Ocean Ave Seafood in Santa Monica has a nice oyster bar and they are owned by Kings Seafood.

          Ocean Avenue Seafood
          1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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          1. re: wienermobile
            johnnyshungry Dec 15, 2009 01:12 PM

            if you can make the happy hour at ocean ave. they have a great deal and wine pairing special.

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            mc michael Dec 15, 2009 12:54 PM

            Hungry Cat in Hollywood. Orris in West LA.

            1. ellaystingray Dec 15, 2009 02:37 PM

              You can also throw BP Oysterette and Santa Monica Seafood onto the list. Both on the Westside. Just know that the SMSF oyster bar is in the middle of their retail establishment on Wilshire so some people have ambience issues. Not me however. BP has a Rockefeller and Grilled prep as well as an interesing "raw" prep of oyster ceviche.

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              1. re: ellaystingray
                lizziee Dec 15, 2009 08:06 PM

                Bouchon - Beverly Hills

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                  Ernie Dec 16, 2009 09:21 AM

                  I am by no means an oyster aficionado, but I have to agree Bouchon's are pristine and delicious with their mignonette

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                otisdog Dec 16, 2009 08:44 AM

                Recently had some of the freshest oysters ever (and i eat a lot of oysters) at Dal Rae.

                1. fgrade Dec 16, 2009 09:36 AM

                  ocean ave. did not disappoint, and they have a small yet nice selection of micro-brews to compliment what ever kind of shell fish your order....beer and oysters, heaven on earth

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