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Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

Where can I find fresh, delicious, and relatively inexpensive raw oysters in the Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley area?

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  1. The Wednesday Santa Monica farmer's market has them from Oceanside. Lula's and blondes IIRC, $2 per. Superb!

    1. FYI - Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa Monica
      Happy Hour - $1.00 apiece - Any Good ? Don't Know, I don't eat Oysters anymore.

      http://santamonica.enterprisefishco.c...

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      Enterprise Fish Co
      174 Kinney St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

      1. At Ocean Ave Seafood in Santa Monica they have Oyster Hour from 4 pm-6 pm. Monday through Friday, featuring very good oysters at $1.50 each and an "Oyster Wine Sampler" that includes six oysters with three 2-oz glasses of the restaurant's wines.

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

        1. Hungry Cat in Hollywood is great. And the oyster bar at Water Grill downtown is superb. Great old wooden bar too. And I just found last week that the Hollywood Farmer's market on Sunday has them - I didn't try them but they looked fresh. Now I want some.

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          Water Grill
          544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          The Hungry Cat
          100 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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          1. re: Louisiana Mouth

            In my experience both Hungry Cat and Water Grill are pricier than 'relatively inexpensive.'

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            Water Grill
            544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

            The Hungry Cat
            100 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

            1. re: cls

              very true cls - missed that part of the initial post. I honestly haven't had a good & cheap oyster in LA. They have nickle oyster nights where I'm from and I always regale my hometown friends & family with stories of how much an oyster costs in LA. They just think it's nuts. But when you want one, you want one.

              1. re: Louisiana Mouth

                Ocean Ave Seafood happy hour sounds like a good option. They are owned by Water Grill.
                I used to go to happy hour at Mirabelle in West Hollywood where the oysters were fine to good, but cheap.
                Sadly, there's no Acme here.

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                Water Grill
                544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              2. re: cls

                Your right, but on Mondays The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica Canyon has oysters for 1/2 price. At that price they're almost reasonable.

                1. re: foodiemahoodie

                  Is the Hungry Cat deal available in the dining room or only at the oyster bar (I haven't been but assume there's an oyster bar)?

                1. re: Thor123

                  For the raw sea food. Don't care for their cooked dishes.

                  1. re: Thor123

                    For delicious seafood, tanas is the place.

                    Though at happy hours, little fork is forking out $1 oysters at the bar only.

                    1. re: kevin

                      Kevin: you are the Tana's man. Though I am a huge fan too. For seafood the whitefish is excellent. What else do you get seafood at Tana's?

                      PS: I am pretty sure they don't have oysters.

                      1. re: Thor123

                        My bad.

                        I should have mentioned for delicious parmigiana influenced seafood. My fucking bad.

                        And the bar scene at Tanas is beyond great.

                        1. re: kevin

                          My bro likes the lobster fra diavolo. I think ok but better stuff there. Clams casino also just ok.

              3. last thursday, when dining at the Mariscos Chente Inglewood location, the person at the next table was eating a HUGE platter of terrific-looking oysters.
                i didn't ask the price, and i'd call before going to make sure that they are available when you go, but i'd bet the price there is very reasonable.

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                Mariscos Chente
                10020 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

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                1. re: westsidegal

                  I've only had the oysters at MC in their ceviche mixto once, and wasn't impressed with them. But again, that was only one try in a form slightly different but critical when it comes to consuming oysters in a relatively pristine form. Considering how fresh their seafood is in general, I'd agree that it's worth a go...

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    at which location did you have them?
                    who was cooking at the time?

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      This was long ago (in Chow time) at the Centinela location when Maestro Sergio was at the helm. I don't know the variety of oyster, but it was pretty big. I am more used to the colder water specimens from up in NorCal, so I should have qualified my above statement with this info...

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                      Centinela Cafe
                      4800 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        thank you for the alert.
                        if i ever should decide to order them i will be sure to ask before i order.
                        btw, at the inglewood location, he served us the marlin tacos last thursday. . . . .

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          You know them well enough that I'm sure they'd let you sample before getting a platter.

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            the thing is that, as much as i love oysters, i can get them at a number of restaurants in town, so they don't seem as rare or as special to me.
                            on the other hand, there are about ten other menu items at MC that simply aren't available (at that quality) anywhere else, so oysters are relatively low on the list when i'm dininig at MC.

                    2. re: westsidegal

                      If you garner the price, please holler at me Westside.

                      Also, what did you personally experience in your own taste buds in that particular occasion ?

                      1. re: kevin

                        those posts were made in 2011.
                        i've had so much food at Coni'Seafood since then that i can't recall what i had on any particular night.

                        normally i try to come with enough people to justify ordering:
                        pescada zarandeado
                        camarones ala diabla
                        mojarra frita
                        ceviche (the type made with brown sauce that is topped with mango)

                        if i have a large group with me i'll add a couple more shrimp dishes with red sauces.