Now that you’re an expert at identifying oysters and know exactly what to eat with them, it’s time to put your new education to the test. These eight restaurants all serve up impeccably fresh oysters with nuanced accoutrements, making them perfect stops for newbies to experiment with their newly-discovered world of oysters.Read More
Where to Eat Oysters in Dallas
Where to slurp the city's finest oysters.
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This Bishop Arts fave has been serving up fresh oysters on the half-shell to eager slurpers for years, and they’ve maintained their status as one of the city’s best spots to order a dozen and a few beers. The restaurant offers a rotating selection of seasonal oysters and Gulf standbys, which you can get for $1.95 and $0.50 each respectively on Friday nights during happy hour.
20 Feet Seafood Joint
Serving up oysters in a more casual spot, 20 Feet Seafood Joint is equally dedicated to quality as its swankier counterparts. A half-dozen of Blue Point oysters is an excellent entry point to the world of oysters, and reasonably priced at just $11.
The best time to score oysters at Gemma is when most other restaurants are getting ready to close up shop. This Henderson Avenue restaurant is open until 1 am, and serves up a market selection of oysters for only $2 each. Chef Stephen Rogers is obsessed with ethically sourced food, so you know he’ll handle your bivalves with care.
Palapas Seafood Bar
At Palapas Seafood Bar on Lower Greenville, you’ll find freshly-shucked Blue Point oysters sourced from New York at extremely reasonable prices (about $16 for a dozen) even when it isn’t happy hour. Here they're served with lime wedges for squeezing instead of the typical lemons; that addition of acidity along with a dab of hot sauce makes for a seriously good oyster-eating experience.
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You don’t have to pay a lot of money for good quality, well-handled oysters, and Bishop Arts’ Pier 247 is proof. Gulf oysters on the half-shell here are served simply with standard accompaniments, and a whole dozen will cost you less than $15.
Proof + Pantry
Also cheffed by Kyle McClelland, Proof + Pantry has one of the best oyster deals in town on Thursday nights. On “Champagne Thursdays,” you can get oysters for a quarter each with the purchase of a $10 half-flute of Ruinart champagne. You can also splurge for the full glass of Ruinart, at the cheapest price in the country, for even more cheap oysters that you know are going to be impeccably good.
TJ's Seafood Market
Of course, Jon Alexis knows exactly how to serve oysters to hungry diners. The fish cases at both TJ’s Seafood locations are always full of an array of oysters from across the country. Dine in and try a few varieties with their oyster sampler, or ask the knowledgeable fishmonger behind the counter to shuck a few dozen to take home for your next party.
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