Holiday Guide: Where to Celebrate National Oyster Day in San Diego

Enjoy $1 chef-selected oysters all weekend long at The Oceanaire Seafood Room.

Celebrate National Oyster Day in San Diego with specials, samplers, wine pairings and more.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Aug. 4-5. With a commitment to serving only the freshest and finest seafood, The Oceanaire Seafood Room is the perfect setting to enjoy seafood flown in daily from around the world. For National Oyster Day, they’ll be celebrating with $1 chef-selected oysters available from open to close all weekend long. Sa 5-11 p.m., Su 5-10 p.m. 400 J St., Gaslamp, 619.858.2277.


Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
Aug. 5. Celebrate this foodie holiday with six pairings of Blue Point’s best oyster dishes with a variety of wines. Pairings include East and West Coast oysters with a prosecco mignonette paired with Voveti Prosecco and an Oysters & Pearls dish with horseradish creme fraiche and salmon roe paired with Gloria Ferrer Chardonnay. Call to RSVP. 1-3 p.m. $30. 565 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.6623.


Charles + Dinorah
Aug. 5Point Loma’s newly concepted Charles + Dinorah at The Pearl Hotel will be offering $1 oysters all day long … until they run out. For $10, guests can also indulge in the restaurant’s signature Bloody Mare complete with gin mare, Cutwater bloody mary mix, an oyster on the half shell finished with a bacon rim. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619.226.6100.


Hello Betty Fish House
Aug. 5Oceanside’s quintessential waterfront fish house, Hello Betty, offers a few key oyster options perfect for celebrating National Oyster Day. Stick with the classic Baja Oysters on the Half Shell served with cocktail sauce and jalapeño mignonette or indulge with two boozy variations of oyster shooters—the Cuervo Oyster Shooter with bloody mary pico, scallions and tequila or the classic Oyster Shooter accompanied by spicy bloody mary mix and cocktail sauce. Guests can enjoy happy hour pricing on all oyster shooters—$3 for the classic and $4.25 for the Cuervo. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 211 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760.722.1008.


Have your oysters with a glass of rosé at Herringbone La Jolla.

Herringbone La Jolla
Aug. 5Summer is the time for seafood and this heat definitely calls for some oysters. Get to shucking at Herringbone La Jolla which will be shelling out $1 oysters all day long in honor of the holiday. From California local to Prince Edward Island, Herringbone serves up oysters of all kinds, and even offers a sampler for those diners looking to try a variety. Experience all the fresh catches al fresco, underneath the gorgeous 100-year old olive trees, with a glass of rosé in hand. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.0221.


Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine
Aug. 5. Stop by the modern, cutting edge restaurant at the Pendry San Diego hotel for $1 oysters on this holiday. While you’re there, enjoy Happy Hour specials on hot and cold plates, as well as beer, wine and craft cocktails. 5-7 p.m. 435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.738.7200.


Stake Chophouse + Bar
Aug. 5. This swanky modern steak and seafood hot spot introduces a cultivated selection of fresh East and West Coast oysters to its Coronado rooftop dining space. Slurp $1.25 oysters all night long and enjoy Veuve Clicquot by the glass for $12. Additional oyster spotlights from the menu also include Oyster Shooters and Woodfired Oysters Rockefeller. 4-10 p.m. 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077.


Sample oysters from around the world at Water Grill.

Water Grill
Aug. 5. Downtown’s Water Grill has one of the largest selections of oysters available in the city, serving more than 15 varieties daily. San Diegans can cozy up to the Oyster Bar or a prime spot in the dining room and choose from an abundance of oysters sourced from both the East and West Coasts of the U.S., plus further away locales like New Zealand and Canada. With the restaurant’s Oyster Sampler, try six different varieties for $17.10 or get a dozen for $32.20. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. 615 J St., Gaslamp, 619.717.6992.

Oceanaire photo courtesy of Bay Bird. Herringbone photo by Marie Buck Photography. Water Grill photo courtesy of Bread & Butter.  


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