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Where to Eat the Freshest Oysters in Houston

Whether you prefer buttery Gulf oysters or briny bivalves from the East Coast, here’s where to find the city’s best

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Houston is a true oyster lover’s paradise. Not only can we easily get fresh, fat, raw oysters from our own backyard, the Gulf of Mexico, usually at a reasonable price, we also have a bounty of restaurants serving some of the best East Coast bivalves available.

Add to that a truly impressive number of preparation styles — fried, chargrilled, topped with chiles and sriracha, blue crab, or marinated in garlicky butter, and there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, or an oyster happy hour with a dive bar vibe, you’ll find it at one of these 14 restaurants.

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1. Captain Tom's Seafood & Oyster Bar

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10501 FM 1960
Houston, TX 77070
(281) 890-8334

This kitschy boat-shaped restaurant has one of the beat deals on oysters in the Bayou City, with prices at around $8 a dozxen year round. Pair them with a spicy michelada or a bowl of gumbo for a low-key, fuss free meal.

2. Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

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4224 San Felipe St
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 622-1010
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Liberty Kitchen offers both Gulf and East Coast oysters for $2.50 and $3.50 a pop, respectively, with the East Coast varieties changing regularly. At happy hour, you can score 5 Gulf oysters on the half shell for $5, or half a dozen chargrilled oysters with bacon jam, butter and garlic bread for $18.

3. State of Grace

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3258 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 942-5080
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This gorgeous deco dining room offers $1.50 oysters at happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The regular menu includes a whopping 12 varietals of oysters, everything from Louisiana Bayou Pearls to St. Simon oysters from New Burnswick, Canada. Most raw oysters are $3.50 each during regular hours.

4. 1751 Sea and Bar

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191 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 831-9820
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The selection of fresh oysters at 1751 changes daily, with prices starting at $2 each (or $1 during happy hour). For an extra special treat, try a premium raw oyster topped with baerii caviar.

Caviar-topped oyster with black pepper and a strawberry on ice
Caviar-topped oyster with black pepper and a strawberry from 1751 Sea and Bar
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5. Acadian Coast

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2929 Navigation Blvd Suite 200
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 432-9651
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This East Side newcomer offers some of the best prices on grilled oysters, with three styles, all priced at $12 a dozen. Their spin on the classic Rockefeller includes kale, lardons and havarti cheese sauce. The Oysters Bienville are topped with shrimp, cream of mushroom and havarti, and Orleans style are simply, with butter and herbs. Acadian Coast also offers Gulf and East Coast oysters on the halfshell for market price.

a dozen raw oysters on ice and a bright red sazerac cocktail
Savage Blonde oysters and a Sazerac at Acadian Coast
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6. Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House

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113 6th St
San Leon, TX 77539
(281) 339-1515
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This brand new restaurant in San Leon, owned by the family behind one of the largest oyster distributors in the Gulf, serves raw oysters about as fresh as you can get, and with almost no markup. Try a flight of four bivalves served with champagne, mignonette, vodka and michelada mix, or try a dish of grilled oysters, including blue crab-stuffed shells and spicy Hot Blooded Oysters served with garlic, sriracha and habenero butter.

7. Captain Benny's

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10896 Northwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 680-1828
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This chain, open since 1967, offers a Half Shell Combo, with six Gulf oysters and six boiled shrimp, at market price. For something different, try the Oysters Nacho, serves with cheddar jack cheese and fresh jalepenos.

8. Field & Tides

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705 E 11th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-6143
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Find both deep-fried and raw oysters on the menu at this Heights favorite. Here, Gulf oysters are dusted with cornmeal and fried with brussels sprouts, then tossed in chili-honey glaze. They’re also served chilled by the dozen alongside traditional accoutrements like horseradish and vinegar mignonette.

9. Christie's Seafood & Steaks

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6029 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 978-6563
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You’ve heard of lobster thermidor, but why not try the oysters thermidor at Christie’s — six half shells baked with wine and cheese sauce, crab, and melted cheddar. Or go for the oyster stew made with heavy cream and fresh oysters, supposedly a favorite of regular customer and former president George H.W. Bush.

10. Caracol Restaurant

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2200 Post Oak Blvd #160
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-9996
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Caracol’s delightful raw menu, which includes red snapper ceviche, Mexico City-style campechana and raw tuna tostadas, also boasts oysters on the halfshell with Chef Hugo Ortega’s salsa bruja and fresh lime. Meanwhile, ostiones asados are grilled over a wood-fires stove and topped with cheese, chipotle butter and toasted breadcrumbs.

11. Brennan's of Houston

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3300 Smith St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-9711
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Premium Gulf oysters are $16.50 for six at Brennan’s, or for a few dollars more you can get the smaller, usually sweeter East Coast varieties. If cooked oysters are your thing, try Jimmy’s Grilled, with jalapeño cornbread crumbs and seaweed flakes, for $14.

12. Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine

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1985 Welch St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 807-8883
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There are so many solid oyster preparations at Eugene’s that it’s almost impossible to pick just one. Go for the oysters Jonny, which pairs a half-dozen oysters with jumbo crab, basil-spinach sauce, and parmesan, or consider classic oysters Rockefeller, doused in Pernod liqueur, cheese, lemon, garlic, and breadcrumbs. Don’t forget the oyster shooters like the Buffalo Bayou, a freshly shucked oyster served with cocktail sauce, lemon juice, and super-chilled Tito’s vodka.

13. Orleans Seafood Kitchen

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20940 Katy Fwy G
Katy, TX 77449
(281) 646-0700
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This Katy kitchen serves up smartly-priced Texas raw oysters ($12.50 for a dozen) alongside Cajun classics like chargrilled oysters with romano parmesan and lemon-garlic butter, plus friend dishes like a loaded oyster po’boy.

14. Ragin' Cajun

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4302 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 623-6321
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It’s hard to miss this bright red building just inside the 610 Loop — famous for the giant crawfish perched on the eave. Indoors, at the oyster bar, the scene is decidedly more laid back — dark wood, a weathered floor and neon lights give the place a decidedly divey vibe. Houstonians have been coming here for decades for crawfish boils, po’boys, and of course, raw Gulf oysters. If you prefer them cooked, try the chargrilled dozen, topped with herbs, Italian cheeses and lemon-garlic butter, or a fried oysters po’boy for $16.

1. Captain Tom's Seafood & Oyster Bar

10501 FM 1960, Houston, TX 77070

This kitschy boat-shaped restaurant has one of the beat deals on oysters in the Bayou City, with prices at around $8 a dozxen year round. Pair them with a spicy michelada or a bowl of gumbo for a low-key, fuss free meal.

10501 FM 1960
Houston, TX 77070

2. Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

4224 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77027

Liberty Kitchen offers both Gulf and East Coast oysters for $2.50 and $3.50 a pop, respectively, with the East Coast varieties changing regularly. At happy hour, you can score 5 Gulf oysters on the half shell for $5, or half a dozen chargrilled oysters with bacon jam, butter and garlic bread for $18.

4224 San Felipe St
Houston, TX 77027

3. State of Grace

3258 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

This gorgeous deco dining room offers $1.50 oysters at happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The regular menu includes a whopping 12 varietals of oysters, everything from Louisiana Bayou Pearls to St. Simon oysters from New Burnswick, Canada. Most raw oysters are $3.50 each during regular hours.

3258 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

4. 1751 Sea and Bar

191 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
Caviar-topped oyster with black pepper and a strawberry on ice
Caviar-topped oyster with black pepper and a strawberry from 1751 Sea and Bar
1751 Sea and Bar/Facebook

The selection of fresh oysters at 1751 changes daily, with prices starting at $2 each (or $1 during happy hour). For an extra special treat, try a premium raw oyster topped with baerii caviar.

191 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007

5. Acadian Coast

2929 Navigation Blvd Suite 200, Houston, TX 77003
a dozen raw oysters on ice and a bright red sazerac cocktail
Savage Blonde oysters and a Sazerac at Acadian Coast
Acadian Coast/Facebook

This East Side newcomer offers some of the best prices on grilled oysters, with three styles, all priced at $12 a dozen. Their spin on the classic Rockefeller includes kale, lardons and havarti cheese sauce. The Oysters Bienville are topped with shrimp, cream of mushroom and havarti, and Orleans style are simply, with butter and herbs. Acadian Coast also offers Gulf and East Coast oysters on the halfshell for market price.

2929 Navigation Blvd Suite 200
Houston, TX 77003

6. Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House

113 6th St, San Leon, TX 77539

This brand new restaurant in San Leon, owned by the family behind one of the largest oyster distributors in the Gulf, serves raw oysters about as fresh as you can get, and with almost no markup. Try a flight of four bivalves served with champagne, mignonette, vodka and michelada mix, or try a dish of grilled oysters, including blue crab-stuffed shells and spicy Hot Blooded Oysters served with garlic, sriracha and habenero butter.

113 6th St
San Leon, TX 77539

7. Captain Benny's

10896 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77092

This chain, open since 1967, offers a Half Shell Combo, with six Gulf oysters and six boiled shrimp, at market price. For something different, try the Oysters Nacho, serves with cheddar jack cheese and fresh jalepenos.

10896 Northwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77092

8. Field & Tides

705 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77008

Find both deep-fried and raw oysters on the menu at this Heights favorite. Here, Gulf oysters are dusted with cornmeal and fried with brussels sprouts, then tossed in chili-honey glaze. They’re also served chilled by the dozen alongside traditional accoutrements like horseradish and vinegar mignonette.

705 E 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

9. Christie's Seafood & Steaks

6029 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057

You’ve heard of lobster thermidor, but why not try the oysters thermidor at Christie’s — six half shells baked with wine and cheese sauce, crab, and melted cheddar. Or go for the oyster stew made with heavy cream and fresh oysters, supposedly a favorite of regular customer and former president George H.W. Bush.

6029 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057

10. Caracol Restaurant

2200 Post Oak Blvd #160, Houston, TX 77056

Caracol’s delightful raw menu, which includes red snapper ceviche, Mexico City-style campechana and raw tuna tostadas, also boasts oysters on the halfshell with Chef Hugo Ortega’s salsa bruja and fresh lime. Meanwhile, ostiones asados are grilled over a wood-fires stove and topped with cheese, chipotle butter and toasted breadcrumbs.

2200 Post Oak Blvd #160
Houston, TX 77056

11. Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006

Premium Gulf oysters are $16.50 for six at Brennan’s, or for a few dollars more you can get the smaller, usually sweeter East Coast varieties. If cooked oysters are your thing, try Jimmy’s Grilled, with jalapeño cornbread crumbs and seaweed flakes, for $14.

3300 Smith St
Houston, TX 77006

12. Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine

1985 Welch St, Houston, TX 77019

There are so many solid oyster preparations at Eugene’s that it’s almost impossible to pick just one. Go for the oysters Jonny, which pairs a half-dozen oysters with jumbo crab, basil-spinach sauce, and parmesan, or consider classic oysters Rockefeller, doused in Pernod liqueur, cheese, lemon, garlic, and breadcrumbs. Don’t forget the oyster shooters like the Buffalo Bayou, a freshly shucked oyster served with cocktail sauce, lemon juice, and super-chilled Tito’s vodka.

1985 Welch St
Houston, TX 77019

13. Orleans Seafood Kitchen

20940 Katy Fwy G, Katy, TX 77449

This Katy kitchen serves up smartly-priced Texas raw oysters ($12.50 for a dozen) alongside Cajun classics like chargrilled oysters with romano parmesan and lemon-garlic butter, plus friend dishes like a loaded oyster po’boy.

20940 Katy Fwy G
Katy, TX 77449

14. Ragin' Cajun

4302 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77027

It’s hard to miss this bright red building just inside the 610 Loop — famous for the giant crawfish perched on the eave. Indoors, at the oyster bar, the scene is decidedly more laid back — dark wood, a weathered floor and neon lights give the place a decidedly divey vibe. Houstonians have been coming here for decades for crawfish boils, po’boys, and of course, raw Gulf oysters. If you prefer them cooked, try the chargrilled dozen, topped with herbs, Italian cheeses and lemon-garlic butter, or a fried oysters po’boy for $16.

4302 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027

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