Where can you find the absolute best oysters in San Antonio? There are so many places that offer delicious seafood in the Alamo City, how can you choose? We are here to help you choose your oysters.
All about Oysters
Oysters are considered to be a delicacy around the world. There is an old rule that native oysters should only be eaten when there is an ‘r’ in the month.
This rule still holds true and so you should eat oysters from September to April. In the summer, they are spawning and their flesh is unpleasant, soft and milky. However, rock oysters are available all year.
When eating oysters, in the search of flavor, live and just-shucked oysters have the best flavors.
Once they are shucked they should be eaten as soon as possible, this is why if you buy them from a market stall, you should either learn to shuck yourself, or you should eat them as soon as possible. In restaurants, however, this is not so much of a problem.
San Antonio is a city of tourism, in inland Texas, only hours away from the closest coastal city of Corpus Christi. San Antonio is probably best known for the Alamo, and the historical nature that surrounds it.
But it is also a place where cuisine thrives, just take a stroll down River walk, and see all the amazing restaurants and bars that will give your taste-bud a run for their money. San Antonio has a truly eclectic food scene, and Oysters have made it onto their eclectic menu.
The oyster craze of the Alamo City
There has been countrywide availability of seafood since the modern air freight came into being. However, the Alamo city has just joined the oyster craze, and they are hitting it hard. They have been reaping the benefits for a while.
With so many options for oysters and other seafood in this city, it is hard to choose which to go to.
There are options that offer chicken-fried oysters in a typical Texas style, you can get freshly shucked oysters at many locations, oyster bars you can find on rooftops, oysters served with a whole manner of sauces, platters that pair them with fried options, sashimi, prawns, or delicate wines.
There is plenty of choice in the Alamo city, and the craze has only recently hit. There are markets now, previously closed to anyone by restaurants, now open to home cooks who want to shuck themselves at home, and learn new fishy catering styles.
It is safe to say that if you want an oyster served up on a platter with some delicious flavors you will remember it like the sweetest, saltiest dream, the Alamo City has everything to offer you, no matter where in the city you are, it has oysters in plentiful amounts.
The Cookhouse is a New Orleans-style restaurant, and they have a wondrous oyster bar, one of the absolute best! They served charbroiled oysters, which are perfectly crisp and buttery.
Not only that but they also serve traditional raw Gulf oysters, and oysters som tam, which is a Thai-inspired dish in which the oyster is topped with green mango, Thai chilies, and lemon.
You can also try out their ‘peacemaker po-boy’ which is filled with fried oysters and bacon. Is your stomach rumbling yet?
Groomer seafood only used to sell to restaurants that bought seafood wholesale, but now they also sell to home cooks that buy in smaller quantities.
If you fancy giving shucking and cooking your own oysters a try, go for it, and go here, this market has the absolute freshest oysters available in the city!
This is a seafood chain that originated from Houston, Texas. They serve oysters in their half shell, topped with three unique flavor options; Thai green chilies, Japanese ponzu, and Korean kimchi.
They also offer traditional raw oysters, fried oyster baskets, and oyster po-boys too. You can get any oyster in any way here, you can’t go wrong with that!
Mariscos Del Puerto
Mariscos Del Puerto is a family-owned restaurant that serves Mexican seafood and has done since 2012. Their oyster cocktail is something from a dream, much like their ostiones empanizados, or fried oysters.
Their raw oysters are a fantastic way to start off any meal, and if you have a hankering for some fresh oysters in a casual and relaxing setting, this is the place to be.
The Sandbar Fish House and Market
Here you will find a huge oyster bar, with a wide variety of fresh oysters that have been sourced from the North Atlantic, and the Gulf Coast.
Their oysters are a little more on the pricey side but their quality compensates for that. You can get a delicious Sandbar Platter that includes a dozen oysters, with shrimp, crab, and sashimi. Who could resist?
Shuck Shack Oysters and such
Find this little dime in the Pearl district. This is a location that has everything you want. They have a playground and outdoor seating area so that you can send off the kids to play while you slurp down some well-deserved oysters.
Customers here love their Texas barbecue oysters topped off with a Shiner sauce and some barbecue fat. You can also get Rockefeller or Casino oysters as well, nicely baked.
If you sit at the bar here you can get a front row seat to the shucking, and feel free to talk to the staff about the oyster varieties on offer.
If you are new to the scene, Chef John Besh’s restaurant has been famed for its outstanding oysters for a very long time. It offers a wide variety of raw oysters as well as a colossal oyster po’boy.
Don’t forget their cleansing oyster salad with creamy avocado mousse and bacon. If you like happy hour, this is the happiest. From 3pm to 6pm (or 8pm on Tuesdays) they offer raw oysters for only 75 vets, and charbroiled oysters for a dollar. A truly delicious bargain!
Silo Terrace Oyster Bar
Half the menu here is oysters. If you like an oyster specialty caterer, where better to be. Their ‘oysterology’ section has a list of the various types of fresh oysters they have flown in.
You can also get an outstanding chicken-fried oyster serviced with sautéed spinach and braised pork belly. Or the Rockefeller grilled oysters.
It is a wonderful terrace bar with happy hours from 4pm to 7pm. It doesn’t get much better than sitting on the terrace, with a drink in hand, getting your oyster fix as the sun goes down, does it?
Stone Werks Big Rock Grille
If you are desperate for some oysters, Stone Werks has three locations around San Antonio, there is one outside the Quarry in Lincoln Heights, one at the Rim, and another at the Vineyard.
Every location has a ‘Big Rock Oyster Bar’, now offering Gulf Coast oysters, in addition to mixed oysters and shrimp. Having a starter of Oysters Rockefeller is a fantastic choice, and what's better, you can have them on a budget too.
Wildfish Seafood Grille and Steaks
Wildfish oyster bar offers market oysters for only a dollar, they also sell plenty of other raw seafood taste-bud tingling dishes. Their seafood comes with a traditional cocktail sauce, lemon, or even a champagne sauce.
If you are fancying some steak, but also want some oysters, do not fret, all of their hand-cut steaks can have their batter-fried oysters added. These batter-fried oysters can also come as a dreamy appetizer.
Southerleigh Oyster Bar
The Southerleigh Oyster Bar is something of a dream. You can enjoy some drinks, some oysters, and excellent service outside on their patio, and if you have a dog, you can even sit down and enjoy your oysters with your dog, as their outdoor patio is dog friendly.
They do many types of oysters, ranging from the large Gulf Coast oysters, to their salty clean and sweet ‘Cupid's choice’ oysters, and more, all for a reasonable price. Dine on your oysters, no matter your dinner time budget.
If you are feeling extra peckish, why not go for one of their seafood towers, try a double with 12 oysters, 6 gulf shrimp, 7oz crab, and the chef’s daily crudo.
Little Em’s Oyster Bar
If you are feeling a little shellfish, Little Em’s is a great option. They have an oyster bar and serve solely seafood; oysters, fish, clams, shrimp, crab cakes and more. They also offer burgers, lobster rolls, and a selection of drinks.
Furthermore, they also have a dog friendly outdoor seating area. Not only that, but they are viewed as being a classy dining option, so not only can you get your shellfish fix, but you can do it in style.
Little em’s also gets top reviews at every turn, so you know you are getting something good.
So, take a trip down to the Alamo City and find the oyster dish of your dreams.