Which restaurant serves the best oysters on the Oregon Coast?
Any part of the coast you visit will offer great options for enjoying fresh, local oysters served in many preparations, from raw to pan-fried or in stews.
Here are some of my personal favorites and popular spots all along the coast. On the North Oregon Coast, Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria prides themselves on featuring the freshest Willapa Bay oysters and often features innovative accompaniments like the extra small Pacific oysters with an absolut pepper cocktail sauce or perfectly pan fried oysters with a creole mayo. Pacific Oyster Company located on a jetty in Tillamook Bay at Bay City is a commercial oyster packing plant with a casual restaurant. It will be harder to get fresher oysters than that. You’ll also find oyster stew and oyster burgers there.
On the Central Oregon Coast, Blackfish Cafe in Lincoln City never disappoints with their oyster choices, such as half-shell oysters with a shallot-infused sherry vinegar or crispy cornmeal fried Yaquina Bay oysters. Local Ocean Seafoods in Newport, a fish market and restaurant offering fresh oyster shooters, pan fried oysters and even an oyster salad with pan-fried oysters served with greens dressed with a warm bacon vinaigrette. Tidal Raves in Depoe Bay offers great pan fried oysters and I enjoyed their creamy-buttery oyster stew.
On the South Oregon Coast, the Hilltop House in North Bend is a longtime favorite that offers fresh local oysters including Cajun oysters. In nearby Charleston, you’ll find several restaurants in this fishing community that offer fresh oysters such as Fisherman’s Grotto. In Bandon, the Bandon Fish Market offers retail seafood and a casual restaurant with fresh local oysters.
I could keep going, but I hope this gives you a few can’t miss options for each region of the coast. I’ll be anxious to hear what you enjoy and the favorites of other readers. Most importantly, enjoy your search for the Oregon Coast’s best oyster and I’ll expect a full report.
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Lance Cross says…
Seaview Diner in South Bend. Not fancy— sillyies from Portland wouldn’t fit in. Right X from the oyster beds. The best.
Daniel Wedin says…
Last time I had raw oysters at Bridgewater Bistro they were out of a tub and had a sharp flavor. Familiar with that as once a jar or tub is opened the shelf life diminishes rapidly. One is better sticking to restaurants that actually shuck the oysters on demand. Love everything else about the Bistro, though, fine establishment but on that night when I disputed the quality the server dismissed it out of hand. I’ve lived in the Northwest my entire life and eaten oysters coast to coast and shucked more than I can count. I know a turning bivalve when I taste it and my wife is twice as sensitive. But the Bistro’s A-Okay in all other respects and few establishments on the coast can compete with their ambience.
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About Ask Oregon Expert Gary Hayes
Gary Hayes is publisher of Coast Explorer Magazine and founder of Pelican Productions, Inc, a travel media and marketing company based in Seaside. Gary is a native Oregonian whose earliest memories include working on his grandfather’s fishing boat on the Oregon Coast. An extensively published photographer, Gary now lives in Cannon Beach and loves exploring the Northwest’s dramatic landscapes and capturing its natural wonders. He does clean up nicely though and he may also be found sampling Northwest wines and fine regional cuisine at every opportunity. He is a food and wine writer and is the Executive Director of the SavorNW Wine Awards.