Food & Drink

The Best Places to Get Oysters in Atlanta

Published On 05/05/2016 Published On 05/05/2016
Henri Hollis

One Eared Stag

Inman Park

Hidden in the beautiful Inman Park neighborhood, One Eared Stag is the perfect place for people looking for a chill yet sophisticated atmosphere. The selection of oysters is fairly small, but they pack a ton of flavor. They're served with crackers and mignonette. Happy hour at this spot is Monday through Friday from 5-7pm, and it's worth stopping by as $1 oysters come paired with a $1 hand-sized Miller High Life.

Lure Atlanta

Lure

Midtown

At Lure, you'll get your choice of a raw selection or a shared plate of broiled oysters topped with mornay, andouille, and breadcrumbs. For raw oysters, the selection varies daily, and are all served with lemon, fresh horseradish, cocktail sauce, and shochu mignonette.

Kimball House

Decatur

If you’re craving oysters, but can’t settle on one kind, Kimball House is the spot for you. With one of the most extensive lists in Atlanta, Kimball House’s raw oyster menu is filled with oysters from Washington State, Virginia, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and more. They all differ from heavy, salty notes, to citrus finishes. If you’re up for it, stop by their happy hour Monday through Friday from 5-7pm and pick up oysters for $1 to $1.50 a piece. Wash it all down with one of their famed absinthe cocktails.

The Optimist

The Optimist

Westside

The Optimist’s oyster bar features a revolving selection of more than 10 breeds. And you can get ‘em raw or roasted in their wood fire oven. Stop by Monday through Friday from 5-6pm or Saturday and Sunday from 3-4pm for $1 oysters, or grab them for around $2.50 to $3 each on the off-hours. Pair your dozen with their daily punch for just $5 and finish up your night with a quick game of putt-putt outside.

The Luminary

Old Fourth Ward

The Luminary’s oyster selection is as top-notch as the restaurant’s atmosphere. It has an extensive raw bar with rotating daily selections, all at market price. Make it a feast and add a side of Luminary's sapelo island clams for a full meal.

Goin' Coastal

Goin’ Coastal

Virginia Highlands

While Goin’ Coastal isn’t on a lot of people’s radars (unfortunately), their baked oysters are some of the best in the city. Located in Virginia Highlands, the bivalves are inventive and flavorful. They come six per order, and you'd be wise to pick up the Rockefeller topped with spinach, bacon, and parmesan, or the crab stuffed oyster with blue crab and a mix of cheeses.

BeetleCat

Inman Park

The new kid on the block has already made an impression in most of Atlanta by adding to the local seafood scene. Sit on the patio or downstairs in the moody first come-first serve bar and pick a dozen of their well-priced oysters -- ranging from $2-$4 each. Their selection usually hovers at around 14 oyster variations, and be sure to sample their mignonette, it’s one of the best parts of their trays.

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1. One Eared Stag 1029 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Inman Park)

Housed in an open, quirky space in Inman Park with stag taxidermy adorning the walls, One Eared Stag offers a refined, elegant dining experience in a neighborhood space. Helmed by Chef Robert Phalen, the kitchen serves his innovative American fare seven days a week. Expect dishes like milk curd toast with fried capers and smoked roe, chicken schnitzel, and shishito peppers with benne seed. Weekday happy hours boast $1 oysters and $1 beers, and every month the cocktail menu changes in accordance with a new theme. Though the menus change often, there’s something off-menu worth mentioning, and worth the visit alone: The Meatstick. The two-patty burger is smothered with American cheese and topped with pickled onions, but the most important thing to know about the heart-stopping sandwich is that its patties are comprised of both beef… and bacon.

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2. Lure 1106 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

This Midtown spot's plating super-fresh coastal cuisine in a spacious, modern farmhouse-style locale. Dishes range from New England style clam chowder, to fresh Mid-Atlantic oysters on the half shell with a spicy shochu mignonette, to a Southern inspired saffron seafood cassoulet with smoked swordfish. A supremely extensive cocktail list, featuring everything from sake, to punch bowl cocktails, to new and old world wines, will satisfy everyone in your party.

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3. Kimball House 303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Located on the former site of an old train depot on the south side of Decatur, Kimball House is a nationally lauded French restaurant and cocktail bar. Libations at this decidedly plush spot include modern, made to order reinventions of the classics, and a full service absinthe bar. High end fare like caviar, filet mignon and a raw bar are menu standouts -- but if you want the luxe experience without getting too spendy, stop in Monday through Friday from 5-7pm for $1 to $1.50 oysters.

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4. The Optimist 914 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

The Optimist proudly brings premier sustainable seafood to Midtown Atlanta. The airy, modern, minimalist spot specializes in oysters, with over ten varieties from the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, and Canada available on the half shell. Coastal, regional dishes (gumbo, clam chowder, fish& chips) make up the rest of the menu. For an after dinner treat, knock out a round of putt-putt on the restaurant's on-site course.

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5. The Luminary 99 Krog St NE Suite Y, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

At this polished, subway tile-bedecked brasserie near Inman Park, French technique and traditional Southern ingredients create a cuisine of its own that's both sleek and indulgent. The Luminary features dishes like duck breast with crispy fried okra, short ribs with grits, and saffron-laced corn risotto on its dinner menu, and spicy chicken sandwiches and kale omelets at brunch. The drink menu is geared towards wine aficionados with an extensive selection of bottles from France, Spain, and California.

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6. Goin' Coastal 1021 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

Virginia Highland's Goin' Coastal is a neighborhood seafood joint, offering traditional Southern fare for dinner and brunch in a rustic setting. Shareable, family-friendly plates like cornbread, baked oysters, and lobster mac and cheese are what's on the menu, but almost unheard of weekday happy hour scores ($5 for a dozen oysters!) and cheap cocktails also make Goin' Coastal a worthy nightlife locale.

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7. BeetleCat 299 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

Named after the popular brand of New England sailboats, Inman Park's BeetleCat is a retro-themed seafood spot and cocktail bar. Helmed by famed ATL restauranteur Ford Fry, BeetleCat succeeds with its East Coast meets Gulf Coast meets Asian fusion menu of small plates and sides. While some of the dishes veer towards the more eclectic end of the spectrum (conch fritters, kimchi cream mussels), eats like the Massachusetts Lobster roll are simple and satisfying.

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