National Oyster Day is celebrated Monday, Aug. 5 and Los Angeles is ready to serve up all kinds from sea to shining sea. Not only are oysters refreshing and rich in nutrients, but they pair well with wine, rosé, beer and just about any kind of cocktail. These sexy, slippery, summer snacks also boost dopamine, a hormone that increases libido in both men and women. So if you are feeling frisky, head over to one of these spots to celebrate, some spots for as low as $1 each.
The Shelby is one of the newest on Third St., and has quickly garnered a stellar reputation as one of the best spots in the neighborhood. The handsome space, which occupies the long-closed Sushi Roku building, features marble tabletops, stuffed leather seats, rounded booths,
old Hollywood photos on the walls and effortlessly cool brick backdrop. Every Monday here feels like National Oyster Day offering $1 oysters till they run out and $8 prosecco all night long. Feeling adventurous? Order some oyster shooters to suck back with your buds. Guest can also take advantage of the 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour with $10 well drinks, $8 wine and $4 Peronis.
8445 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, theshelbyla.com, @theshelbyla
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Exposed wood and concrete interiors of ROW DTLA’s historic produce terminal is the ideal setting for Rappahannock Oyster Bar’s first West Coast location. Nestled in L.A.’s Warehouse District, just blocks from the Arts District and Little Tokyo. With an emphasis on sustainability, locally sourced, ethically fished, and responsibly farmed ingredients, the menu draws inspiration from the people of L.A. and the bounty of fresh produce, fish, and meat sourced in Southern California. Happy hour goes from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily offering $1.50 oysters and $6 red wine, white wine and rose. And with National Oyster Day falling on a Monday, guests can enjoy these perks all night long.
777 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, rowdtla.com, @rappbardtla
Head to West Hollywood to celebrate National Oyster Day and enjoy WeHo Bistro’s Fried Oysters that are served as an order of four with a spicy harissa mayo and homemade ranch. This delectable dish will be offered all throughout the week through Aug. 11 and it can be ordered at any time throughout the day and evening. WeHo Bistro also offers Magic Hour every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and again from 10 p.m. to close, so wine lovers can sip a house red, white, rosé and champagne with their fried oysters for $6 each, and beer drinkers can drink a Palma Louca Lager and Weihenstephaner Pilsner for $5 or a Feelin’ Cute IPA for $6.
1040 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, WeHoBistro.com, @wehobistro
Faith & Flower
Faith & Flower is a contemporary restaurant located in the WaterMarke Tower in DTLA’s South Park district. The restaurant’s name pays homage to the two major renaissance periods—the 1920s and modern day—that have fundamentally shaped the Downtown Los Angeles community, with “Flower” referring to the street on which the restaurant lies today, and “Faith” for the street’s alleged name during the early 1920s. The hotspot offers $1 oysters during happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m… Be sure to order a vintage-inspired cocktail like a Vodka Gimlet, Old Fashioned or Penicillin to compliment, all under $10 during that time.
705 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, faithandflowerla.com, @FaithandFlower
Mason is the newest restaurant opening by The h.wood Group. Next to SHOREBar, off the PCH , this posh steakhouse with a California vibe boasts a raw bar featuring oysters served with mignonette, horseradish and cocktail sauce. Want to spoil yourself? Or indulge in the Raw Platter which comes with a half dozen oysters, prawns, lobster and crab salad. Behind the bar, guests will find a number of innovative and elevated cocktails from beverage director Justin Campbell. The Bank Exchange with is an ode to Pisco Punch with origins in the mid-1800’s at The Bank Exchange Saloon in San Francisco. It is said to “taste like lemonade but comes back with the kick of a roped steer.” It’s made with pisco, cassia bark cinnamon, pineapple, lemon, angostura bitters. Another standout is the JoJo, h.wood Group’s first signature cocktail made with Absolut Elyx Vodka, strawberry, rose water, St. Germain, lemon and prosecco.
108 West Channel Rd., Santa Monica, masonrestaurant.com, @masonsantamonica
Vinoteca, the Italian-inspired bar adjacent to Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is the poshest place to enjoy fresh oysters during Happy Hour on National Oyster Day! Come celebrate in style by enjoying $1 oysters and $10 rosé.
300 South Doheny Dr., Los Angeles CulinaRestaurant.com, @culinala, @vinotecafsla
L&E Oyster Bar
Some of the best oysters on the Eastside are found at L & E Oyster Bar. This neighborhood restaurant offers a seafood focused menu including oysters at the raw bar. They’re are known to be massive and fresh and during happy hour every day, 5 from p.m. to 7 p.m., they are half-off. Enjoy them with a classic cocktail like a Aperol Spirtz, Margarita or French 75, each $9 on the happy hour menu.
1637 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, leoysterbar.com, @leoysterbarALICE
Alice Kitchen is the new marketplace restaurant concept by The h.wood Group. Located at the 1 Hotel West Hollywood, Alice features a casual walk in front area with seating at the cafe bar, marketplace and outside. Available during dinner on National Oyster Day, take advantage of their half or full dozen oyster plate paired with a Market Bloody Mary made with tomato, chipotle pepper, celery, shiroo dashi and lemon.
8490 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, alicewesthollywood.com, @aliceonsunset
Hatch Yakatori + Bar
HATCH Yakitori + Bar in Downtown Los Angeles is a great spot to soak up the summer sun while enjoying National Oyster Day! Executive Chef Daniel Shemtob is bringing the oyster fun with his chilled, grilled or fried fresh oysters served with an ume mignotte for just $2 each during happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., which can also be pleasantly paired with a glass of HATCH Blend Red or HATCH Chenin Blanc wine for $8 each. Additionally, guests can enjoy a half dozen oysters chilled, grilled or fried all evening after happy hour for $20 per order, while washing them down the Samurai way with sake served by the carafe featuring the Bushido: Way of the Warrior as a Draft option or HATCH Yakitori + Bar’s own HATCH Organic and HATCH Nigori Sake.
700 W. 7th St., Suite G600, Los Angeles, HATCHYakitori.com, @hatchyakitori
A pre-theater favorite, Terracotta is a restaurant that draws inspiration on a global scale, incorporating Korean, Japanese and Latin American elements as well as other regional influences, a direction representative of the melting pot that is Los Angeles. Order their $2 ($1 during happy hour) oysters on the half shell served with a unique Korean pear migionette and kimchi cocktail. To wash them down, the Koreatown spot serves up from scratch house made cocktails, as well as 24 craft draught beers and a broad selection of wine program. Hint, go late and take advantage of its second happy hour from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m..Monday-Sunday
3760 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, terracottala.com, @terracotta.la
The Raymond 1886
Escape the city and head to The Raymond 1886 in Pasadena and start your evening off with some palate-pleasing oysters. Choose between the buttery Grilled Massachusetts oysters prepared with salted and herbed French butter on The Raymond 1886 Dinner Menu, or spice things up and enjoy the Micro-Farmed Massachusetts freshly shucked oysters served with yuzu and fermented jalapeño hot sauce on the 1886 Bar Bites Menu. The cocktails here are also killer. Compliment your oysters with the Kusanagi made with Haku Vodka, lemon juice, hibiscus syrup, orgeat and habanero bitters or the Full Moon Lantern made with Real McCoy 3 yr, Thai tea syrup, Licor 43 and coconut water.
1250 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, TheRaymond.com, @raymondrestaurant
Get creative this National Oyster Day and head to Bottlefish in Brentwood. Try their Fried Oyster Sliders at the bar made with cornmeal dusted seasonal oyster, cole slaw and tartar sauce. If you are more into the more traditional raw style, choose between their West Coast oysters which have a sharp and distinct, meaty with a crisp nish taste or East Coast Oysters which are smooth and slightly briny and clean brine nish. All are $2. On Mondays, happy hour goes all night long so take advantage of one of their signature cocktails such as the Basil Greyhound made with Grays Peak Organic Vodka, fresh grapefruit juice, the Bottle 75 made with Cimarron Blanco Tequila, brut, fresh lime juice and agave or the Wellness Cocktail made with your choice of organic spirit with fresh squeezed seasonal juice.
11677 San Vincente Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angeles, bottlefish.com, @bottlefishrestaurant
Serving original Southeast Asian cuisine in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, Bone Kettle, is the perfect place to take your taste buds on a culinary adventure while relaxing on a sunny Summer afternoon and indulging on Bone Kettle’s unique take on oysters. Sip your way through happy hour and pair a refreshing drink with partner and Executive Chef Erwin Tjahyadi’s mouthwatering and refreshing chilled oysters served with a seasonal mignonette and granite specially priced at a $1.25 each for National Oyster Day.Pair with one of the bar’s signature refreshing drinks like the Guava Prosecco made simply with guava nectar, prosecco and lime or the Lavender Spritz made with lavender CBD, elderflower cordial, lemon and dry rosé.
67 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, BoneKettle.com, @bonekettle
Preux & Proper
Preux & Proper is celebrating National Oyster Day with a Southern kick that is sure to charm oyster lovers everywhere! Start the week off just right and enjoy $1 Oyster Mondays served “all night long” in the Preux & Proper Barroom, accompanied with fresh lemon and an array of house-made Southern hot sauces. Keep the Southern spirit up and sip on the Jazz Men with serrano infused tequila, house jasmine liqueur, agave, cilantro and lime or Green Gullah made with St. George Gin, pineapple, lime, green chartreuse, ginger beer and chipotle, created by Beverage Director Kassady Wiggins.
840 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, PreuxandProper.com, @preuxandproper
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