The 7 Best Places to Get Fresh Oysters in Sacramento
Situated just two hours from the Pacific Ocean, Sacramento has no shortage of seafood, from fresh fish to oysters, and every shellfish in between. In fact, in a region so focused on sustainability and farm-to-fork dining, you know the oysters here come from the best sources.
Whether you’re a fan of the small and sweet Crassostrea gigas, the popular Kumamotos, or the West Coast-native Olympias, you’ll find fresh and flavorful oysters at these Sacramento eateries — no cocktail sauce required.
Photo Courtesy of Station 16
Station 16 has already made waves in the industry (no pun intended) in the few short years they’ve been open. This Midtown hotspot has a fresh raw oyster bar, a private dining room, a full bar and an outside patio area. The modern industrial interior is the perfect environment to enjoy their fresh and sustainable seafood, including the Baked Fella Oysters — oysters on the half shell baked with mozzarella, Cajun seasoning and garlic butter.
Photo Courtesy of TKI Media via Scott’s Seafood on the River
Situated along the river near Land Park, this upscale restaurant in the Westin serves some of the best seafood in town. Relax on the heated patio with fire pits and take in stunning river views while you sip on a glass of wine paired with your dish of choice. The selection at Scott’s Seafood is overwhelming — from their salmon sliders you can share as an appetizer, to the blackened tilapia with sharp cheddar-pasilla fritters, a black bean puree, pico di gallo and fresh avocado. Stop by for happy hour every weekday from 3–7 p.m. for oysters raw on the half shell. Order three for $6, six for $12 or a dozen for $24. Or, try something new with the smoked oysters and BBQ oysters, available for $2 each!
Photo Courtesy of Selland Family Restaurants
This renowned eatery has received a number of accolades for food, service and design from local, national and international publications. The elegant interior and airy patio provide the ideal settings for enjoying farm-to-table food, sourced from local and sustainable growers, farmers, ranchers and artisans. Ella Dining Room & Bar has a diverse menu with a variety of seafood options, including Hog Island oysters on the half shell served with cocktail sauce and mignonette. Or, try the oysters and pearls with white sturgeon caviar, yuzu espuma and chive.
Photo Courtesy of The Boiling Crab
This small chain eatery specializes in boiled-in-bag Cajun-spiced crawfish, oysters, shrimp and other shellfish. The casual, nautical interior provides the perfect atmosphere for a laid-back meal, whether you’re there for lunch, dinner or a snack. Oysters are available by the half dozen or the dozen, and can even be ordered fried. You have plenty of opportunities to try the seafood goodness at The Boiling Crab, which has several locations throughout Northern and Southern California, plus Las Vegas, Dallas, Honolulu and South Miami.
Photo Courtesy of The Firehouse
It seems as though The Firehouse Restaurant has everything mastered — from happy hour to date night. And their selection of fresh fish does not disappoint either! This fancy, romantic and historic restaurant serves up incredible seafood dishes such as crispy salmon tostadas with mango slaw, in addition to various small seafood plates, including a half dozen seasonal oysters served with lemon and a pink peppercorn mignonette.
Photo Courtesy of The Waterboy
For tasty French and Italian-inspired cuisine crafted with high-quality ingredients, look no further than The Waterboy. Chef and owner Rick Mahan has been cooking since he was 16 years old, and his experience shows in his flavorful cuisine. As is the trend in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, the menu changes to reflect seasonal ingredients, but you can expect to find items like beef tartare, cioppino, oysters on the half shell, charcuterie boards and more!
Photo Courtesy of Esquire Grill
As with any establishment under the care of the Paragary Restaurant Group, Esquire Grill is a magnificent local eatery presenting masterful kitchen creations in an approachable manner. This sophisticated steakhouse puts a modern twist on American classics, and maintains a constant busy atmosphere due to the restaurant’s popularity — especially when there’s a play at the nearby Community Center Theater or an event at the Convention Center. Choose from a variety of options on their seasonal menu, including a half dozen oysters on the half shell served with a delicious pear-cucumber mignonette.
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