Tis the season for West Coast Oysters


West Coast oysters are at their best during the winter months, so tis the season to head to Vancouver’s dedicated oyster bars. With fabulous Happy Hour oyster deals including buck a shuck, there’s no better time to be celebrating BC’s local oysters.

Photo courtesy Rodney’s Oyster House

Famed for not only their oysters but their good-looking male oyster shuckers, Rodney’s Oyster Bar in Yaletown, was Vancouver’s first dedicated oyster bar and restaurant. Slurp’em back au natural or try them with Rodney’s selection of six house-made sauces which run from a simple Shallot Vinaigrette to Back From Hell Sauce that packs on the heat. Rodney’s offers the biggest and best selection of raw oysters and with a second location in Gastown, are the city’s go to destinations for premium freshly shucked oysters.

Rodney’s Oyster House Yaletown
1228 Hamilton St. (604) 609-0080
$1.50 Oysters daily from 3pm-6pm

Rodney’s Oyster House Gastown
52 Powell St. (604) 685-2005
$1.50 Oysters daily from 3pm-6pm

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Photo courtesy Joe Fortes

The city’s oldest and longest running oyster bar, Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House on fashionable Robson Street, has been a Vancouver institution since 1985. A favourite watering hole for the stock broker crowd, the bar is always packed and perfect for enjoying a plate of freshly shucked oysters. While bubble may be the drink most associated with oysters, try them at Joe Fortes with scotch, a classic pairing. Head here for Happy Hour, one of the busiest in the city from 4pm-6pm daily.

Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House
777 Thurlow Street at Robson. (604) 669-1940
Buck a shuck oysters daily from 4pm-6pm at the bar only.

Photo courtesy Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar

Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar first opened in Kitsilano on First Avenue and Yew Street, just blocks from the ocean. After a hard day on the beach, Chewies became the it spot for slurping back oysters. In 2013, they opened their second sleek location in Coal Harbour, wooing the downtown business crowd. Enjoy a plate of freshly shucked oysters and get a taste of New Orleans with their signature dishes including deep fried gator, corn hush puppies and fried green tomatoes.

Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar Kitsilano
2201 West 1st Avenue  (604) 558-448
Buck a shuck weekdays from 5pm-6pm. Weekends from 3pm-6pm

Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar Coal Harbour
110-1055 West Hastings St. (604) 620-7634
Buck a shuck oysters daily from 3pm-6pm

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Photo courtesy Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar

Vancouver’s fine dining destination for oysters, Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar is also perfect for after work drinks and freshly shucked premium oysters at the bar or in the lounge. Adjoined to the Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver’s preferred residence for visiting Hollywood celebrities, you never know who may wander in the door.

Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar
845 Burrard Street (604) 642-2900
Buck a shuck oysters from 3pm-6pm daily

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Photo courtesy Oyster Express

Owned by champion oyster shucker, Sean Chesney, this tiny oyster bar located in Chinatown serves up fresh oysters, brought in daily, along with reasonably priced wines and beer.  While there are some other menu items including fried oysters and an oyster sandwich, Oyster Express shines as a place to drop in and slurp back some oysters before heading out elsewhere.

Oyster Express
296 Keefer Avenue. (604) 684-3300
Buck a shuck oysters, Tues-Sun from 4:30pm-6:30pm.

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Photo courtesy Merchant’s Oyster Bar

Every neighbourhood needs a good oyster bar and Merchant’s Oyster Bar which opened in 2012 was a welcomed addition to Vancouver’s Commercial Drive. This cozy restaurant and oyster bar, serves up West Coast small plates along with their daily selection of oysters. In the summer, their patio is one of the busiest on the the Drive. Merchant’s offers an excellent selection of local beers in addition to their solid wine list and popular cocktails. Make a reservation or hope to snag one of the few seats at the bar.

Merchant’s Oyster Bar
1590 Commercial Drive. (604) 258-005
Tuesdays and Sundays-all day buck a shuck oysters.