Oyster Fest is on the horizon, but we don’t blame you if you can’t wait to get your oyster on. If you’re not comfortable shucking at home, fear not: There are plenty of joints in Halifax where you can get ready-to-eat oysters, and many come with a variety of fixings! This list is just a portion of the many places that serve oysters in Halifax.
The Little Fish Oyster Bar
Above The Five Fishermen restaurant sits Little Fish: The perfect place to wine and dine or snack. By the way, “oyster happy hour” is every day from 4-6:30pm, during which you can get six oysters with a 12oz beer or a 5oz glass of wine. Oysters are served with lemon, and horseradish, topped off with tequila lime, champagne cucumber or Asian sauce.
1740 Argyle Street
Little Oak has a great snack menu, and oysters—of course—are part of the selection. These oysters come with cocktail sauce made in-house.
1475 Lower Water Street
Stillwell Beer Bar
Oysters and beer: What could be better? Stillwell’s menu switches often changes, but there are local oysters on offer regularly, featuring tasty toppings like kimchi.
1672 Barrington Street
Shuck Seafood and Raw Bar
With a name like Shuck, it better have oysters—and it does. This place is the sister restaurant to CUT Steakhouse, concentrating here on surf rather than turf (though they do have both). The menu’s “shucker’s dozen” includes 13 oysters and mignonette.
5120 Salter Street
Here, you have your choice of raw or baked oysters. Lot Six’s oyster happy hour is from 4-6pm when you can get six oysters for 12 bucks or 12 oysters for 20.
1685 Argyle Street
Fresh or fried oysters are up for grabs as a starter at this popular north-end eatery. You can also get a couple oysters on your plate with the “raw bar” dish, including scallop ceviche and crostini, too.
2053 Gottingen Street
Bistro le Coq
Perfect for pairing with a side of duck frites (trust me), Bistro le Coq’s oysters are served with lemon and mignonette.
1584 Argyle Street
The Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar
Get ready for this: In addition to its other offerings, there’s a menu here specifically for oysters. Whether you prefer plump, small, salty or fatty, you’ll be able to find your ideal dish. These oysters are plucked from various parts of the Maritimes, including Yarmouth, Pictou County and Cumberland County.
1662 Barrington Street
The Press Gang
“Be part of our oyster cult,” The Press Gang beckons on its website. OK, we’ll bite. The featured oysters at the bar can be served raw or baked, and the bar selection changes on a daily basis.
5218 Prince Street
The Gahan House
Fanatics rejoice, because Gahan has its own oyster menu too. Will that be Lucky Limes or Irish Points? Take your pick.
1869 Upper Water Street
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