Eat & Drink June 30, 2016

The Oyster Bars You HAVE to Check Out in Halifax

Visiting Halifax and not trying any seafood is like visiting Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower.

Our proximity to the ocean means direct access to the freshest seafood around! Our cold Atlantic waters produce particularly perfect mollusks and shellfish, including oysters.

There are many great places to sample this salty treat in Halifax, but here are five great choices:

1 – The Press Gang

The Press Gang offers a rotating selection of oysters from 10 different purveyors in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (the widest selection in the city, so they claim).

At $3.25 each, the PG is a slightly higher price point than most Halifax restaurants, but their consistently high quality food and service is worth the splurge!

2 – The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

The Barrington offers some of the best and freshest oysters in Atlantic Canada. In fact, all of the ingredients used at The Barrington are of the highest quality, so you can rest assured that you won’t be disappointed in your oyster experience at this downtown eatery.

See the full oyster bar menu.

3 – EDNA

Consistently voted one of the best restaurants in Halifax, EDNA regularly has various kinds of local oysters on their menu (during my last visit, they were from Sober Island on the Eastern Shore). The oysters are sold at market price, so costs can vary.

Come for the refreshing oysters, stay for a creative and expertly prepared entrée, such as lobster escabeche with house made potato chips or halibut with roasted sunchokes.

LOCAL TIP: Time your arrival carefully because they don’t take reservations and often have a line (particularly for brunch!).

4 – Shuck Seafood and Raw Bar

Shuck is a relatively new restaurant to the downtown scene, but is helmed by celebrated local chef, Luis Clavel (whose pedigree includes stints at McKelvie’s, Salty’s, Seasons by Atlantica and Iron Chef Canada) and shares a kitchen with Cut Steakhouse, another prestigious Halifax eatery.

They specialize in raw and lightly cooked seafood and offer many delicious “enhancements” to their oysters, including shuck liquid nitrogen mignonette, sea asparagus chimichurri and chipotle fennel hot sauce! A chef’s dozen is $32.

5 – Lot Six Bar & Restaurant

Located on famous Argyle Street’s row of restaurants and bars, they offer a great variety of small, medium, large and sharing plates, including many types of delicious local seafood.

Lot Six offers a daily Oyster Happy Hour from 4-6pm, where you can suck back 6 oysters for $12 or 12 oysters for $20.

LOCAL TIP: The sun-filled back atrium offers the best ambiance.

Make the most of your Halifax vacation and add “eat lots of oysters” to your list of “must-do’s”. Pair with a cold beer on a sunny seaside patio, and watch your cares float away on the waves.

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