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Bluffton Family Seafood House

kengk Oct 20, 2012 08:19 AM

We are going to be in Savannah Thanksgiving week and I want to take a day trip to get some of the May River oysters.

Any recent reviews or other suggestions?


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  1. wekick Oct 23, 2012 10:01 AM

    We made a trip in that direction and I thought they were the best oysters we had on the trip. They are seasonal so had been frozen but should be in season then I think.

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    1. re: wekick
      mikeh Oct 23, 2012 04:08 PM

      Did you happen to try the other seafood offerings on the restaurant menu? I'll be passing by that general area tomorrow...

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        wekick Oct 23, 2012 04:19 PM

        No we didn't.

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      9lives Oct 23, 2012 04:14 PM

      I haven't tried the restaurant but have bought oysters and other seafood from Bluffton Oyster Co. and have always been very happy.

      I don't know if it's shrimp season but their shrimp are also very good.

      If you go to the restaurant you should check out the Calhoun St area and the market. There are some nice galleries and shops and the market is in a beautiful spot on the May River.

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      1. re: 9lives
        wekick Oct 23, 2012 04:24 PM

        We loved the town.

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        kengk Nov 20, 2012 01:08 PM

        We went over there for lunch today and the raw oysters and oyster po boy were both very good. Not really worth the two hour round trip from Savannah, unless you just want to go for a drive.
        Pic from the oyster factory.

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          RWCFoodie Jan 12, 2013 07:19 PM

          Thanks kengk, wekick, 9lives and mikeh - as we'll be in Hilton Head, it doesn't look like Bluffton is too far away. We are so looking forward to some good oysters!

          1. re: RWCFoodie
            erica Dec 8, 2013 05:23 AM

            Any recent reports on thisi restaurant? We will be in Bluffton in a couple of weeks.

            1. re: erica
              erica 1 day ago

              Too answer my own question: We liked the Bluffton Family Seafood House very much. Stopped there both en route to Florida, last December, and on the way back to NYC (while staying at Palmetto Bluff, about a 10-minute drive away) last week.

              On the most recent trip, I began with local May River oysters ($6. half dozen), and followed with truly exellent fried soft-shell crab ($20 for 2 large carbs, with two sides) caught off Port Royal. Partner had one of several choices offered in the fresh fish basket (fish local or from Florida); he thought the corvina was excellent. (Total with glass of South African Chenin Blanc and one slice of home-made Key Lime pie, $57.24 before tip.)

              Back in December, I was more than pleased with the fresh local steamed shrimp and the fried oyster po' boy.

              This is a no-frills, but comfortable restaurant with nautical decor and very friendly service. The other diners appeared to be mostly local.


              I'd also recommend a visit to the Bluffton Farmer's Market for those who find themselves in the area on Thursday from 2pm to 7pm. Wish I had purchased more of the excellent preserves and fruit butters from the Great Food Coop stand!


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