Visiting Halifax and not sampling the fresh, local seafood is like visiting Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. Our proximity to the ocean means direct access to the freshest seafood around, and our cold Atlantic waters produce particularly perfect mollusks and shellfish, including oysters.
Discover some of the best oyster bars and restaurants in Halifax.
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 selection changes daily.
At $3.25 each, the PG is a slightly higher price point than most Halifax restaurants, but their consistently high-quality food and service are completely 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.
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Consistently referred to as one of the best restaurants in Halifax, EDNA regularly has various kinds of local oysters on their menu.
Come for the refreshing oysters, stay for a creative and expertly prepared entrée such as seared scallop risotto with pancetta and saffron, or halibut over tomato puttanesca.
4. Shuck Seafood and Raw Bar
This downtown Halifax restaurant definitely isn’t shucking around!
Shuck specializes in raw and lightly cooked seafood and offers many delicious “enhancements” to their oysters, including shuck liquid nitrogen mignonette, sea asparagus chimichurri, and chipotle fennel hot sauce!
5. Lot Six Bar & Restaurant
Located on Argyle Street’s row of restaurants and bars, Lot Six offers a great variety of small, medium, large and sharing-size plates, featuring a variety of local seafood.
Lot Six offers a daily Oyster Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm, where visitors can slurp 6 oysters for $12, or 12 oysters for $20.
LOCAL TIP: The light-filled back atrium offers the best ambiance.
More fresh, delicious oysters in Halifax:
Make the most of your Halifax vacation and add eat a shell of a lot of oysters to your list of things to do in Halifax! Pair your oysters with a cold beer on a sunny seaside patio, and watch your cares float away on the Atlantic waves.
Originially published: August 2019
Updated: December 2021
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