LOCAL GUIDES

LA Is Your Oyster: A Guide to the Best in the West

Summer has officially started in LA, which means oysters on the half shell should be at the top of your “must-eat” list over the next few months. Whether you’re on the East or West side of the city, there is no shortage of delectable seafood on offer. Many would even argue that our oyster scene is thriving like never before. Need a happy hour to toss back a few beers and decompress from the day? Hit up one of these gems below and order yourself a chef’s dozen with your frothy booze. Close your eyes and take your pick. Here are some of the freshest spots in LA to slurp down some oysters guaranteed to awaken the palate.

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Comme Ça

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Most talked about for their burger these days, many may not know that Comme Ça is dishing up a stellar selection of oysters. And if you really want to elevate your seafood experience to the next level, order the Comme Ça platter, packed with oysters, shrimp, clams, and mussels. It tastes just as colorful as it looks. If it's an artisanal cocktail that you seek, try one of their fresh libations with your cold tray of happy hour mollusks. For $9, you can enjoy four oysters paired with red wine vinegar and shallot mignonette—but with oysters, it seems a handful are simply never enough. Photo via Comme Ça.
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EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

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At this point in the food game, we’re convinced you can find anything you want in Koreatown and it will be delicious. Start by testing out this theory with oysters, and you will quickly be directed to EMC, a raw bar and seafood restaurant on 6th Street. Every day you can enjoy $1 oysters from 4-7 pm with $5 draft beer or wine. On Sunday - Thursday, when those late night cravings strike, hit up this hot spot after 10 pm for $1.50 oysters and you can see why people say Koreatown is one part of LA that never sleeps.

Photo provided by EMC.

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Faith & Flower

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Faith & Flower is one of the most buzzed about restaurants in Downtown LA right now. Their tableside absinthe experience is all the rage, in addition to an incredibly thoughtful menu of delectable dishes. Not to be overshadowed are their selection of oysters, which are as fresh as they are delicious. Accompanied by the in-house mignonette, prepared with locally harvested wild pink peppercorns from both Griffith Park and from Executive Sous Chef Huy’s backyard garden, these are not to be missed. Come in during happy hour, Monday thru Thursday from 5-6:30p and enjoy the chef's oyster choice for only $1.

Photo by Natalie James.

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L & E Oyster Bar

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Silverlake's L & E reigns supreme on the Eastside with at least 10 - 12 different varieties of fresh oysters daily, hand-picked from farmers by Executive Chef Spencer Bezaire. L & E has a passion for oysters that is undeniable. Their relationship with oyster farmers up and down the East and West Coasts have brought the most coveted supply to this cozy joint. The ingredients here are fresh and local, thanks to visits to the Santa Monica Farmers Market every week. If it's freshly ground horseradish you seek atop your oyster, they have you covered. Stop by almost any day (except Saturday) from 5 - 7 pm and enjoy the "Chef's Choice" half dozen for $12.

Photo by Natalie James.

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Fishing with Dynamite

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Fishing with Dynamite is one of the best oyster bars in Los Angeles, just two doors down from Chef LeFevre's other acclaimed restaurant, M.B. Post. To partake in all that a raw bar has to offer, pull up a seat at this vibrant spot just steps from the Pacific Ocean. Oysters and chilled shellfish are the stars of the show at FWD, with at least seven options daily, all accompanied by a variety of sauces. Here, it's all about options, and they let you choose from housemade mignonette, cocktail sauce, ponzu or pico de gallo. If you are feeling extra adventurous, try your hand—or should I say mouth—at "The Mothershucker" platter, packed with 15 oysters, 6 clams, 16 shrimp, 20 mussels, 1 whole lobster, and 1 1/2 lbs of king crab legs.

Photo via Fishing with Dynamite.

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Portsmouth

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The hype about Whittier is well deserved, and if you didn't get the memo, this city's culinary landscape is on a real come up. For those who grew up in the area, you could always count on fresh pan dulce from the local panaderia or savory cuts of meat from the Mexican market, but it's Portsmouth that is enticing those from outside the community to hop on the 605 to try some oysters. Recently opened in November of last year, this restaurant seems to have already established a great vibe and a clientele who can’t get enough of their oyster and ceviche bar, inspired by both Mexico and France. Come for the oysters but stay for their smoked salmon ceviche, Puerto Nuevo lobster, and crab esquite. Enjoy their happy hour every day from 5 - 7 pm, where you can scoop up $1.50 oysters and $2 off draft beers.

Photo by Natalie James.

The Hungry Cat

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When it comes to seafood, The Hungry Cat is delivering some of the best there is to offer, in both Hollywood and Santa Monica. With a menu that changes daily, you'll appreciate the freshness of their oyster selection as soon as you take that first slurp. From Kumamatos to Fat Bastards, the oyster lineup never disappoints, and with so many options on their menu, it would be a shame to leave without indulging in some of their fresh sea urchin, clams and lobster. Drop in on Mondays to enjoy half-off oysters all day, at either location.

Photo by Natalie James.

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Messhall Kitchen

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Messhall is that cool restaurant you always dreamed would exist. Tucked away amongst the oversized trees of Los Feliz, this spot will make you feel like a kid again, with menu options like macaroni and cheese, burgers, and fried chicken, executed in such a way that will make you happy to be an adult. From the sea, they offer a variety of fresh oysters on the half shell, with an unrivaled smoked cocktail sauce and champagne mignonette nestled atop freshly scooped ice. If it's oysters and beer you want, pull up a stool at their immaculate bar for $1 oysters and $5 drafts every Tuesday night.

Photo by Natalie James.

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Connie & Ted's

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Recently named one of the top 101 Restaurants by Jonathan Gold for the LA Times, it comes as no surprise that Connie & Ted's would find a place in this oyster guide. There's a lot happening in West Hollywood, but when you want to pare down to the classics, this fine establishment is your best bet, having found its inspiration on the English Seaboard and the Western Coast. It's here where you will be reminded of timeless clam shacks, fish houses and oyster bars that only seem to exist in movies. They have been given new life at Connie and Ted's, where you can enjoy fresh raw oysters and clams on the daily, with a healthy dose of horseradish and mignonette on the side.

Photo by Bun Boy Eats LA.

Comme Ça
8479 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323-782-1104
EMC Seafood & Raw Bar
3500 W 6th St #101
Los Angeles, California 90010
(213) 351-9988
Faith & Flower
705 W 9th St Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 239-0642
L & E Oyster Bar
1637 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
1 323-660-2255
Fishing with Dynamite
1148 Manhattan Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 893-6299
Portsmouth
13103 Penn St
Whittier, CA 90602
(562) 789-9700
The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-2155
Messhall Kitchen
4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-6377
Connie & Ted's
8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, California 90046
(323) 848-2722