7 top spots to celebrate National Oyster Day in San Diego.
Edited by Lisa Kelley
It’s time to toast one of America’s favorite shellfish. We’ve rounded up some of the best places in San Diego to feast on fresh oysters on National Oyster Day, August 5. Aw shucks, no need to thank us, just join us in the celebrations.
Ironside Fish & Oyster
Aug. 2. Get the National Oyster Day celebration started early as Ironside Fish & Oyster hosts its third annual Shuck-A-Thon, with seven all-star chefs and culinary personalities competing to see how many oysters they can shuck in one hour. Shuckers include Abbey Gibb (Fox 5), Julie Hosler and Maribel Hernandez (Specialty Produce) and Candice Woo (Eater) among others. Diners can also enjoy $1 oysters all night. 3-10 p.m. 1654 India St., Little Italy, 619.269.3033. ironsidefishandoyster.com
Aug. 4. Pair grassy bar oysters from Morro Bay with craft cocktails and jazz music at the Westgate Hotel’s Sunset Poolside Series. This week, the Steph Johnson Trio takes the stage from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy the music from the Westgate’s third floor poolside patio with just a $20 food and drink minimum per person. 1055 Second Ave., downtown, 619.238.1818. westgatehotel.com
Solace and the Moonlight Lounge
Aug. 5. Slurp Baja Oysters for just $1 each at Chef Matt Gordon’s Encinitas eatery. The extended oyster happy hour (11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) will also feature house-made cocktail sauce and tarragon-lime mignonette. Don’t worry if you miss the holiday, you can still catch the oysters for “just a buck a shuck” from 3-6 p.m., seven days per week. 25 East E St., Encinitas, 760.753.2433. eatatsolace.com
Aug. 5. There’s nothing quite like enjoying oysters with oceanfront views of the Pacific, and JRDN aims to steal the show with its National Oyster Day specials. Starting at 4 p.m. and running as long as quantities last, JRDN is serving up $1 oysters alongside a glass of $6 rose. Make a reservation or get to Pacific Beach early to nab a table in time for the sunset. 723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, 858.270.2323. t23hotel.com
Stake Chophouse & Bar
Ongoing. Coronado keeps it sophisticated with Stake Chophouse’s cultivated selection of fresh oysters served in their posh dining room. Enjoy $1 oysters during happy hour Monday-Saturdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. If slurping from the shell isn’t your scene, enjoy the Oyster Shooter in one gulp with citrus vodka, Bloody Mary mix and horseradish. 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077. stakechophouse.com
The Fish Shop Encinitas
Ongoing. For a North County stop, head to The Fish Shop Encinitas and enjoy the oyster shooter served spicy or non-spicy and served with a beer chaser garnished with a poached shrimp. Diners can also enjoy oysters by the fish shop dozen (14) for $20. 1010 South Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.436.4665. thefishshopencinitas.com
Ongoing. There’s something to be said about keeping things old school and Sea180’s take on the classic Oysters Rockefeller dish certainly gives us a new appreciation. Enjoy oysters topped with garlic parmesan, spinach and applewood smoked bacon as a delicious starter that’s totally shareable. 800 Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach, 619.631.4949. cohnrestaurants.com/sea180