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The Best Places to Celebrate National Oyster Day in San Diego

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Aw, shucks. It’s National Oyster Day. Ready to get your slurp on? From North County to Downtown, here are the best places to celebrate National Oyster Day in San Diego.

Oysters, the salt-water bivalve mollusks that are a vital part of the ecosystem, are eaten raw or cooked. Once a staple of the working class, oysters are now considered a delicacy and aphrodisiac. Oysters are featured on many romance menus at restaurants.

Rich in protein, packed with nutrients, these tasty mollusks are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. Oysters are low in calories and gluten-free. Low in fat, but high in net carbs, you might want to skip them if you’re on a keto diet.

Carlsbad Aquafarm

Fresh from the water

Carlsbad Aquafarm, a local institution since the 1960s, is Southern California’s only oyster farm. King Tide and Carlsbad Blond oysters, sold by the dozen, are available from farm to table in 2 hours or less. Daily pickup is from 9 am to 5 pm. Curious how oyster farming works? Take Farm Tour which includes a Farm Discovery Walk, oyster shucking class, and oyster tasting.

Top Choice Fish

Top Choice Fish Market, the casual eatery and sister restaurant of Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad, offers oysters for purchase.

Paon Restaurant & Bar

Don’t want to have to shuck oysters? Carlsbad’s Paon Restaurant & Bar serves Carlsbad Aquafarm oysters on their wine bar & bistro menu.

King’s Fish House

Choose one of two King’s Fish House San Diego locations to celebrate National Oyster Day: Carlsbad and San Diego. King’s Fish House serves a variety of raw oysters on their raw bar menu including King Tide Oysters from Carlsbad Aquafarm. If you prefer your oysters cooked, they offer a roasted Oysters Casino appetizer.


Campfire Restaurant in Carlsbad serves grilled oysters.

Bluewater Grill

Bluewater Grill serves Carlsbad Oysterfarm oysters on the half shell at their locations in Carlsbad, Coronado, and Temecula.

Dini’s Bistro

The oceanfront Dini’s Bistro in Carlsbad serves oysters on their Happy Hour, lunch, and dinner menus. During Happy Hour you’ll save $3 on Oysters Rockefeller. Oysters on the half shell are offered during lunch and dinner.

Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar

Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar offers oysters at both their San Diego locations: Carlsbad and La Jolla. You can order grilled oysters in Carlsbad. Japanese oysters are available at the La Jolla restaurant.

Fish Shop

With three locations in San Diego: Encinitas, Pacific Beach, and Point Loma you can get your slurp on during National Oyster Day at the Fish Shop. Every Thursday night is Oyster Night. You can enjoy $1.25 oysters from 4 pm until they run out.

Herringbone La Jolla

Herringbone La Jolla offers oysters by the half dozen and full dozen on their raw bar menu. Indulge in $1 oysters during Happy Hour Wednesday through Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm. Wednesday night is $1 oysters all night!


The beachfront Waterbar in Pacific Beach serves Carlsbad Aquafarm oysters on the half shell by the half dozen and full dozen during lunch and dinner.

Greystone Steakhouse

You can enjoy $1.50 oysters during Happy Hour from 4 pm to 6:30 pm daily at Greystone Steakhouse. If you can’t make it during Happy Hour, East Coast oysters are available on their dinner menu.


Lionfish in the Pendry Hotel in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District offers $1 oysters during Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

Ironside Fish & Oyster in Little Italy San Diego serves oysters on the half shell individually, by the half dozen, and by the dozen on the raw bar menu. The appetizer small plate menu offers grilled oysters and Oysters Rockefeller.


Barbusa in Little Italy is offering a National Oyster Day special. You can enjoy half a dozen oysters and a glass of prosecco for $20 through August 13, 2021.


You can get your slurp on at these best places in San Diego to celebrate National Oyster Day.

Enjoy farm to table fresh oysters from Carlsbad Aquafarm. You can also find their oysters at Paon, King’s Fish House, Bluewater Grill, and the Waterbar.

Where are you celebrating National Oyster Day?

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Sunday 15th of August 2021

I had no idea there was a National Oyster Day - how fun! And what a neat way to celebrate.


Sunday 15th of August 2021

Wow, these places are awesome! We don't celebrate National Oyster Day here yet as of now, but there are also places here that serve a lot of oyster dishes.


Sunday 15th of August 2021

We are seafood lovers and fresh oysters are so good. Thank you for the list!


Saturday 14th of August 2021

Oh wow, I didn't know there was a national oyster day. I've only tried them once.

Ivan M. Jose

Saturday 14th of August 2021

I'd try those places when I do visit San Diego someday. I love oysters!

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