Where to get Oysters in Miami & Fort Lauderdale
National Oyster Day was Saturday, August 5th... a day eagerly awaited by mollusk lovers all over Miami and beyond. OK. so you missed it. BUT, here are the spots that offer some delicious and fresh oysters Every Day of the Year. Iced cold oysters are the perfect summer food...high in protein, low in calories, full of zinc and other beneficial minerals, good fat and certainly a better choice for salt cravings than a bag of chips.
There are over 150 varieties of true oysters but actually only 5 species and traditionally they are named after the body of water or bay in which they are grown and are known by a myriad of names such as Wellfleets, Blue Points, Kumamoto and Kuushi.
The flavor varies depending on the type of conditions or Terroir they are grown in; rocky soil, tidal or brackish water, etc. with the Northeast areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine providing some of the most delicious and accessible oysters.
Miami is no stranger to these briny bivalve mollusks, and in celebration of National Oyster Day, here are some local options to slurp up a half shell:
Celebrate National Oyster Day with a bit of bubbly at The Dutch at W South Beach Hotel & Residences. The restaurant is offering their “Oysters & Bubbles” all day long! Normally available only in the evening, diners can slurp and sip all day with a variety of west and east coast oysters at half-price (regular price $3.50-$1.50) from the Oyster Room along with half-price Champagne by the glass. The Dutch is located inside W South Beach Hotel & Residences, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach, Florida (305) 938-3111.
With breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the resort’s iconic pool scene, La Cote at Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the perfect escape to celebrate National Oyster Day. The two-level beach club will be offering a table-side oyster cart showcasing the freshest East and West Coast Oysters for $3 each. Guests are invited to cool down with rosé and champagne glass and bottle specials ($13.25 – $150) featuring Bertaud Belieu St. Tropez rosé, Veuve Clicquot Brut, and Veuve Clicquot Rosé. Additionally, Resident DJ Jax will provide the perfect backdrop for the perfect Saturday afternoon in the sun. La Côte is open for daily from 11AM to 7PM. The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL (305) 674-4710.
This National Oyster Day, delight in freshly-caught seafood overlooking the ocean and pool-scape at Lightkeepers at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. For one day only, enjoy $1 East or West Coast Oysters on the half shell or bring your friends and share the Lighthouse Tower with East and West coast oysters, Key West shrimp, Alaskan King Crab, Florida ceviche and Yellowfin tuna for an all-you-can-eat seafood experience. Lightkeepers at The Ritz-Carlton 455 Grand Bay Drive in Key Biscayne. (305) 365-4156.
Miami Beach seafood and sushi hotspot, Lure Fishbar, will be celebrating National Oyster Day with unlimited oysters for $25 per person from 6PM to 8PM. Lure Fishbar in the historic St. Moritz building at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel - 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL. (305) 695-4550
Get ready to celebrate National Oyster Day the right way at seafood haven Mignonette – at both the Uptown and Downtown locations – where “we celebrate every day by offering high quality oysters "perfectly shucked,” boasts Chef Daniel Serfer. Indulge on $25 oyster flight specials including: three of each type East Coast, West Coast, Uptown and Rockefeller oysters at Mignonette Uptown; and three of each type East Coast, West Coast, Frank and Rockefeller oysters at Mignonette Downtown. Mignonette Uptown 13951 Biscayne Boulevard. (305) 705-2159. Mignonette Downtown 210 NE 18th Street. (305) 374-4635.
The Rusty Pelican, known for its dazzling waterfront views, is inviting diners to join them for National Oyster Day specials all day along with oyster inspired dishes. During brunch, diners can enjoy an oyster bar featuring a wide selection of the briny mollusks from both East and West coasts at 50% off (prices ranging from $1-$2). For brunch and dinner they will be featuring fun oyster shooters, along with a Bloody Mary Bar and Champagne. Half-price oyster specials continue for dinner. If raw oysters aren’t your thing, you can enjoy a new favorite on the menu by Executive Chef Jim Pastor — the King Caesar Oyster Duo with passionfruit and Fresno peppers/ crispy buttermilk batter and coriander ($16). The Rusty Pelican 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. (305) 361-3818.
Or Shell-a-brate in Fort Lauderdale at:
Fort Lauderdale’s favorite seafood spot Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grill is joining forces with Venice Magazine on National Oyster Day for an evening filled with fun, food and booze. Bigger and better than ever, this year’s celebration will be from 7PM-10PM. Tickets are $45 per person for all the raw oysters you can eat along with two libations; choose from either Blue Point Toasted Lager or Taittinger Champagne. The celebration will kick off with live DJ entertainment. Guests up for a challenge can participate in an oyster eating contest. The friendly competition will take place at 9 PM. The winners will receive gift cards to Wild Sea: $50 (3rd place), $100 (2nd place) and a coveted grand prize of $150. Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille is located at 620 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, inside the Riverside Hotel. (954) 467-2555.
Seaside eatery Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is known for its rum-centric bar and fresh locally-sourced seafood, making it the perfect spot to celebrate National Oyster Day. Enjoy $1 East or West Coast Oysters with citrus champagne mignonette sauce, paired with a cool glass of bubbly or indulge in the BC Seafood Tower featuring East and West Coast oysters and a daily selection of fresh seafood – perfect for sharing. Burlock Coast is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. (954) 302-6460.
AND, if you find yourself on the West Coast in Fort Myers, make sure you stop by Chef Jamie DeRosa's new Izzy's Fish & Oyster at 2282 First St. Buck-a-Shuck, Oyster sliders and $4- Rosé. And tell them MIAbites sent you!
(Information provided by various sources and subject to change. Some of the specials may no longer be available. Please call ahead to confirm details)