Best Oyster Bars in New Orleans
To those who won’t even try raw oysters we say, “More for us!” Oysters from the Gulf of Mexico are the best in the world. Cold and salty. Fresh, fresh, fresh. We’re talking heaven on the half shell. And you’ll find the best of the best oyster bars in New Orleans right here.
They say that, back in the 1940s, Felix’s put the New Orleans’ oyster bar on the map. All we know is if you love you some fresh oysters and a talkative shucker, this French Quarter establishment is the place to go. You get a free story with every dozen.
This fun and funky French Quarter restaurant has a fabulous oyster bar with a TDF happy hour. At Red Fish Grill on Mondays through Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m., raw oysters are just 75¢ each and you can local draft beers for just $3 and hand-shaken daiquiris for $5. We love it here. You will, too.
Since 1910, folks have been heading to Acme for rawsome oysters. They also offer a mean Oyster Rockefeller soup, fried oyster platters, po-boys, and some of the best chargrilled oysters around. If you leave New Orleans without eating oysters at Acme, the angels will weep for you.
Everyone talks about their BBQ Shrimp but have you ever bellied up to the oyster bar at Pascal’s Manale? On Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. raw oysters, select premium cocktails, beer and wines by the glass are half off. That’s what we call happy hour on the half shell.
Know what goes great with beer? Oysters! Crescent City Brewhouse on Decatur Street offers them ice cold and shucked to order. If someone in your group just can’t do raw, we suggest Baked Oysters Three Ways – crab & saffron, spinach and andouille gratin. Plus, this oyster bar gets our vote for the coolest sign.
Looking for oysters on Bourbon Street? Olde NOLA Cookery is the place to be. They are always super fresh and they have a great selection of beers to make them go down even easier. Duck in and get you some!
For 50-some years, locals and people from all around the world have satisfied their oyster cravings at Deanie’s. Split a dozen raw, charbroiled or barbecue on the half-shell, then split an oyster po-boy. So good!
The menu at the French Market Restaurant and Bar reads, “Eat Oysters, Love Longer.” While oysters may or may not have anything to do with virility, they are delicious and that’s good enough for us. This 80-ish year-old restaurant offers Oysters on the Half Shell, Garlic and Herb Char-Grilled Oysters and Creole Char-Grilled Oysters. They only purchase from people they know and trust.
If you enjoy comfortable booths and long, wide marble counters to eat your oysters on, you’ll love Grand Isle Restaurant on Convention Center Boulevard. On Mondays through Fridays they offer 75¢ oysters on the half shell, boiled shrimp with corn, potatoes, mushrooms, garlic for sausage at just $7 for a half pound. On select days, they also offer Redfish on the Half Shell.
Yes, Rizzuto’s in Lakeview serves raw oyster and they’re delicious but don’t leave without ordering the Oysters Rizzuto as well. These babies are baked with lemon, bread crumps, pecorino Romano and oregano and served on the half shell. Magnifico!
There’s nothing like slurping a dozen raw while watching Old Man River roll by the French Quarter. Landry’s has the best view and some of the best oysters you’ll find anywhere. Choose from Fresh Gulf Oysters, Oysters Rockefeller, and N’Awlins BBQ Oysters broiled on a sizzlin’ platter with parmesan panko, nola bbq butter and grilled bread. They also offer a Baked Oyster Sampler with a mix of their signature toppings.
Along with freshy shucked Louisiana oysters on the half shell, Oceana’s menu features Oysters Rockefeller (done their way) and Oceana’s Famous Oysters on the half-shell, chargrilled over and open flame, smothered with a zesty garlic and cream herb Cajun sauce, and finished with a fresh blend of parmesan and Romano cheeses. We can’t lie: You’re going to waddling on out of there.