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Nov 8, 2012 01:31 PM

Clark’s Oyster Bar

Has anyone been? While quite expensive, the menu looks amazing.

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  1. Went to a meet-up there for lunch yesterday, and it was pretty great. No, it's not cheap; raw oysters are $3 each (not sold by the dozen or half-dozen), but they were excellent oysters, and they had a nice variety to choose from, from PEI, British Columbia, Washington, and Rhode Island. The tuna sandwich I sampled was large and tasty, and came with fantastic quick pickles & a large helping of super-thin shoestring fries with rosemary sprinkled on them. The shells and cheese with crab (pasta, smoked gouda, and lump crab meat, $10) side was a decent-sized portion that was very rich. My crab Louie ($18) was huge, with lots of crab and a really tasty, tangy house-made Thousand Island dressing. They give you bread and butter for the table, which was also very good, so there was a ton of food and I felt it was money well spent. I would definitely go back for some more oysters and crab. Pictures here:

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    1. re: hlk

      Thanks for the great pictures! Now I have to go soon.

      1. re: hlk

        Not a gulf oyster in sight...a shame

        1. re: hlk

          Yep, I thought it was pretty delicious too! I've had the crab louie and the crab cakes. No skimping on the crab at all. The Louie was huge! The bread is delicious, don't know if they source it or bake it. I reminded me of the Easy Tiger Levain.

        2. The crab cake is worthwhile. I can find no other way to say it, an explosion of crab, like eight ounces worth. Also, skip the fries, get the slaw (or something else). And, per Perla's, etc., the high-end wines are not marked up as much as the low.

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          1. re: bubbleboy79

            Agreed x 10. I'm really liking Clark's, love the crab cake, and think the fries are totally skippable.

          2. Had dinner there awhile back. Had oysters (really fabulous) and the arctic char which had a smoked paprika vinaigrette sauce & came with an endive & watercress salad.

            It was crazy good. perfectly cooked, super crispy skin, tender & moist, and the salad complimented the flavors of the fish so you could do bites that contained both ;-> I'll be back. Nice wine list too.

            1. Went to Clark's for the first time last week. I loved it. It's a good place to go for party of 2. We tried 2 each of all oysters from Pacific Coast. They were very good and we could indeed pick out the more briney from the more subtle just like our waitress told us.

              Both entrees were great, the tuscan kale side was very good and the dessert we took home for our daughter was very, very good.

              Definitely keep this on the rotation.

              1. Finally had my chance! On Saturday evening, I went to Clark's Oyster Bar with sis and our husbands to celebrate my belated birthday. I had a wonderful food evening (the company was good, too)!
                Three of us started with a sampling of 3 different varieties of oysters. Loved the mid-sized one, which I think was the Blonde something or another. It was the perfect size and perfectly briny. Two others were too small for me. The mignonette was very good and the fresh grated horseradish was a treat.
                We decided to share entrees, which was an excellent decision. We sampled the Crab Cakes (delish with much more crab than cake and seasoned perfectly), Baked Oysters (sort of Rockefeller style and very tasty), Cioppino (my first time and I loved it... rich broth and fresh seafood, just as I'd hoped it would taste) and, finally, the Lobster Roll, which I'll have to try again. Cutting it into four pieces didn't make for much of an impression but, I can say, there was a lot of lobster and I'll be back for it. Unlike many others, I loved the shoestring fries.
                If you get an opportunity, go here!!! I'd stick with 2 to 4 people because it is an intimate space.
                Oh, BTW, the BEST extra dirty martini I've had... went great with the seafood flavors!
                Sorry to be so long winded… I’m excited about this place and can’t wait to return!