Shuck your way through National Oyster Day

Whether you slurp, chew, take them straight or douse the slippery molluscs in lemon and cocktail sauce, the gender-bending oyster is the stuff of foodie addiction. With over 100 species and historically revered as an aphrodisiac, the sea-salty bivalve has been featured in art, literature and music for centuries.

Aug. 5 marks National Oyster Day and restaurants around San Diego are primed to celebrate. Here are some of the hot spots to hit this weekend.

Whisknladle

Keep it dry, salty and bubbly with an unbeatable combo of $1 oysters and $5 glasses of Cava all day on National Oyster Day at this neighborhood classic in La Jolla.

1044 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.551.7575, whisknladle.com

Pacifica Del Mar

Why wouldn’t you enjoy the fruits of the ocean while gazing out over the Pacific? Head to this veteran seafood restaurant with a spectacular view for $2 local Carlsbad oysters on the half shell and all-day happy hour.

1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.0476pacificadelmar.com

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

Try something different and head down to the Gaslamp for a special oyster and wine pairing. For $30 enjoy six pairings of the restaurant’s oyster dishes and wines from 1-3 p.m., or start slurping $1 oysters from 5 p.m. till close. Or both, really.

565 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619-233-6623, cohnrestaurants.com/bluepoint

Verandina

What’s better than oysters and bubbles? Oysters, bubbles, and the ocean. Head to the beachside Italian eatery for $1 oysters all day. Don’t forget your glass of Prosecco or bottle of bubbly.

710 Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach, 619.271.6795verandinarestaurant.com

Stake Chophouse + Bar

Speaking of bubbles, head over the bridge and slurp in high style. Offering $1.25 oysters all night long and Veuve Clicquot by the glass for $12, it’s a deal not to be missed. Keep the oyster love going with other bivalve options from the menu including Oyster Shooters and Woodfired Oysters Rockefeller.

1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-522-0077, stakechophouse.com

Café La Rue

Located at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, this cafe will offer $1 oysters from 3-6 p.m. for prime outdoor seating and people watching. 

1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 855.818.6857lavalencia.com/dining/cafe-la-rue.aspx

Curadero

Take your bivalves Mexican-style for the holiday, with Buttermilk Fried Oyster Tacos. Available at lunch and dinner, the tacos are served with lemon aioli, Mexican slaw and smoked tomatillo salsa.

5101 1047 Fifth Ave. #100, downtown, 619.515.3003curadero.com

Water Grill

Shucking up over 15 varieties daily, this downtown locale offers a choice of local Carlsbad, deep Pacific Summerstone, and Discovery Bay oysters, to name a few. Sample six different varieties for $17.10 or get a dozen for $32.20.

615 J St., downtown, 619.717.6992watergrill.com/wgsd/home.html

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Keeping the celebration going throughout the holiday weekend, the downtown classic will be offering $1 chef-selected oysters from open to close all weekend on August 4 and 5.

400 J St., downtown, 619.858.2277, theoceanaire.com

Hello Betty Fish House

Head to Oceanside for two variations of oyster shooters, the Cuervo Oyster Shooter with bloody Mary pico, scallions and tequila, or the classic with spicy bloody Mary mix and cocktail sauce. For National Oyster Day, the restaurant offers happy hour pricing on all oyster shooters, $3 for classic and $4.25 for Cuervo.

211 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 760.722.1008, hellobettyoceanside.com

Charles & Dinorah

Get there quick, this new concept at The Pearl Hotel will be shucking out $1 oysters on National Oyster Day until they run out. For $10, try the Bloody Mare complete with gin mare, Cutwater bloody Mary mix, an oyster on the half shell and a bacon rim. 

1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619.226.6100, thepearlsd.com/dining

Osetra Seafood & Steaks

Known for its raw bar, seafood, handmade pastas and aged meats, Osetra is featuring $1 oysters on Sunday. If single oysters just aren’t enough, nab the summer-long deal of 10 oysters and a bottle of select wine from its 3-story wine tower, from 4 p.m. to close (price varies).

904 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.239.1800osetraseafoodandsteaks.com

Fishbone Kitchen

Grab a spot at the 12-seat raw bar in Liberty Public Market for $1.50 oysters alongside a mouthwatering array of sustainable seafood including ceviche, poke and fresh sea urchin.

2820 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, 619-643-2261, fishbonekitchen.com

Greystone Prime Steakhouse & Seafood

A veteran of the Gaslamp scene for almost 20 years, the downtown restaurant will be serving up its famous Oysters Rockefeller, with sautéed spinach, applewood bacon, pecorino cheese and dill sauce, and $1.50 oysters during happy hour, 4-6:30 p.m.

658 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.232.0225greystonesteakhouse.com

Waterbar

If a laid back beach scene is your jam, head down to this ocean-front spot for floor-to-ceiling window ocean views and slurps. With $1 Oysters and $5 Oyster Shooters all day long, new records for oyster consumption might be set.

4325 Ocean Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.888.4343waterbarsd.com

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

Enjoy $1 freshly shucked oysters from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday at this restaurant inside the Pendry Hotel.

435 Fifth Ave., downtown, lionfishsd.com 

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