It’s no secret — the Pacific Northwest is one of the best places to get oysters in the country. Many varieties of shellfish thrive in our chilly, nutrient-dense waters, and the oysters found here are typically more plump and more flavorful than anywhere else in the world. Luckily, Portland eateries are in the know, and many have added locally harvested bivalves to their menus every day of the week. But of course, we have a few favorites!
For fans of Rock Points, Deer Creeks and the ever-popular Kumamotos, these Portland oyster bars are serving up the best of the best — no cocktail sauce required.
Photo courtesy of Christine Dong via Jacqueline
Jacqueline is not only one of the most romantic date-night restaurants in Portland, it’s also one of the best destinations in town for quality oysters at an affordable price. The happy hour menu (Monday-Saturday, 5-7 pm) boasts $1 oysters alongside $2 Rainier tall boys — a match made in heaven if you ask us.
Located in a gorgeous, historic building on the waterfront, Lechon PDX doesn’t need to try too hard to be a popular spot. Nonetheless, the restaurant has gone above and beyond to source fresh oysters for its guests, which are served on the half shell with a spicy mignonette, lime pepper granite and cocktail sauce during happy hour for $2 a piece. Other menu standouts include grilled octopus with chorizo, a charred 28-day dry-aged ribeye, piquillo pepper and pork empanadas, and smoked bone marrow.
Ringside Fish House
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Ringside offers only the freshest selection of oysters, so the menu changes daily based on availability. But whether you’re ordering Blue Pools, Eld Inlets or Barron Points, we’re sure you’ll be satisfied! You can order them a la carte or in the Grand Ringsider seafood platter — an impressive feast of crab legs, scallops, prawns, mussels, manila clams, house smoked salmon and oysters.
Pepe Le Moko
If you’re looking for classic cocktails, tapas-style bites and oysters in a swanky, underground spot, look no further — Pepe Le Mojo is the real deal. Order your drink of choice and take in the festive atmosphere before ordering a half dozen on the half shell.
EaT Cajun Kitchen and Oyster Bar
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We believe our foodie dreams have finally come true with EaT Cajun Kitchen and Oyster Bar, which features mouthwatering fried chicken, collard greens, champagne and fresh oysters on the half shell. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, which is all served with a side of southern charm.
Dan & Louis Oyster Bar
Dan & Louis Oyster Bar has been serving fresh, delicious oysters to the Portland community for more than 100 years. In fact, the local favorite (and now neighborhood landmark) has been owned and operated by the Wachsmuth family for five generations! Here, you’ll find oysters on the half shell, oysters rockefeller, grilled parmesan and garlic oysters, oyster chowder and even oyster po boys! Come see for yourself why the restaurant has been, and remains, so successful.
The Waiting Room PDX
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The Waiting Room is known for its impressive selection of small plates, New American shareables, and its oysters (of course). The restaurant serves up the famed bivalves five ways — with lemon and hot sauce; with cucumber, apple, serrano and pine nut oil; with heirloom melon juice, white soy and caviar; charcoal grilled with parmesan and pickled crawfish; or cornmeal crusted with faux grax, brioche and sauce colbert. You’ll have to sample them all to pick a favorite!
This classy seafood spot is very well known for its mussels, which come in four different, delicious styles. Of course, the restaurant also specializes in savory entrées, innovative small bites and oysters (one dozen for $32). Come for happy hour and you’ll be able to snag oysters at just $1 a piece!
Photo courtesy of John Valls via Southpark Seafood
For sustainable, fresh and locally sourced seafood in chic, modern digs, head to Southpark Seafood! All of the dishes are sourced and prepared with as little impact to the environment as possible, and the restaurant boasts the largest selection of oysters in town. Order a dozen at the bar accompanied by one of the flavorful and innovative mignonettes.
Flying Fish Oyster Bar at Providore Fine Foods
Pull up a seat at Flying Fish Oyster Bar’s cozy counter within the Providore Fine Foods Market. Here, you can enjoy a rotating solution of oysters on the half shell, a house-made smoked salmon platter, dungeness crab cakes and an impressive wine list! Afterward, take some time to shop around the market, which features local produce, meats and more.
Olympia Oyster Bar
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This celebrated oyster bar serves seven to ten varieties of bivalves, including the infamous Olympia Oyster, namesake of the bar and the only native oyster to the West Coast. The oysters are all proudly sourced from sustainable, family-owned farms, which makes them all the more flavorful! Choose your favorite variety (or sample them all), and accompany them with a selection from the extensive wine and cocktail list — each beverage is either curated or designed to be a perfect pairing for oysters.
Every meal at St. Jack feels like a treat — and why wouldn’t it? The menu boasts elegant selections like dungeness crab gratin, seared foie gras, and oxtail bourguignon. Of course, oysters are right there at the top where you can easily see them. Snag a dozen of the latest catch for $33.
Shuck, slurp, repeat!
Where are your favorite places to get oysters in Portland? Let us know in the comments!