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Where to Slurp Oysters Outside Right Now

The time is right to enjoy fresh oysters on these restaurant patios

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Sidecar is one of New Orleans newest oyster destinations
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Ok, so oysters are always in season. But the old adage that oysters eaten during months with an “r” in them still resonates, with oysters harvested in cooler months tasting especially sweet. We’re looking at nothing but “r” months until May, which means right this minute is prime time for oyster slurping. While chargrilled are over the top delicious, this lineup is all about swallowing a briny, ice cold raw oyster (or 12) that transports a body to the sea. If the beach isn’t on the immediate horizon, order a dozen bivalves and savor a tasty staycation.

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1. Cooter Brown's Tavern

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509 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-9104
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This Black Pearl favorite is definitely built for comfort, not for speed. Cooter Brown’s is the kind of place where chilling is always the order of the day, and that includes ice cold beer and araw oysters on the half shell. Lots of burgers and other tasty morsels to munch on - make a reservation if you want a table on game day. Lots of outside seating.

2. Station 6

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105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 345-2936
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Chef Alison Vega-Knoll sets a high bar for pescatarians at Station 6, from her charbroiled oyster pasta to one of the best seafood gumbos in town. Enjoy her top of the catch fare on the breezy front covered patio lined with fans to keep the air moving. Gulf coast oysters are always on the menu, market priced.

3. Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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7400 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 304-4125
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Have oysters six ways at Felix’s, from cold and briny to chargrilled, to sauced Rockefeller, Buffalo and Bienville and du jour. Order a trio to sample three, all at market price. Seafood fried and blackened, homestyle faves like jambalaya and gumbo and fried seafood platters are more highlights of the voluminous menu.

4. Clesi's Seafood Restaurant & Catering

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4323 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 909-0108
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This friendly Mid-City spot is run with plenty of Clesi family pride, and it shows in the quality of seafood on the plate. Raw oysters are always on the menu at Clesi’s Seafood but come on a Wednesday and those bivalve beauties are a bargain at $.25 with the purchase of a beer bucket or a bottle of wine. All the seafood is fresh and prepared to order.

5. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

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4338 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 293-3474
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Take in St. Charles Avenue views from the sidewalk tables around Superior Seafood, renown for its $.75 oyster happy hour 4 to 6:30 p.m. daily. Full priced at $19 a dozen ($25 for a dozen chargrilled), these frigid bivalves are just one option on the vast menu. Make it a happening and take the street car to get there; just get off at stop 24.

6. Mosquito Supper Club

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3824 Dryades St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 494-9777
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Mosquito Supper Club has switched things up a bit, swapping out communal dining for reservation-only seats at the restaurant’s new wine bar and lovely garden. The garden is a new treat for guests — it was previously just used for events. Reservations for oysters in the garden go for $25 per person, which gets a half dozen oysters and house sparkling wine.

7. Boil Seafood House

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3340 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-4532
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Love this locally owned gem on Magazine Street, with its creative approach to flavored seafood boils. BOIL Seafood House excels at all things seafood, including offering a dozen oysters for $16. With its Viet-Cajun approach to flavor, diners can order a choice of seasonal seafood that includes local crustaceans and mussels, Dungeness crab and clams. Then pick a sauce, ranging from a fruity Caribbean blend to Cajun or garlic butter and select the spice level, from low to three alarm.

8. The Half Shell On The Bayou

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2517 Bayou Rd
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 558-4403
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This popular Bayou Road eatery, which includes a spacious outdoor patio, is once again open for business. Enjoy The Half Shell’s oyster happy hour, along with a daily seafood special like salmon with asparagus for $16. Shucked to order oysters are always available, along with chargrilled, BBQ shrimp, blackened redfish, and seafood po’boys — the menu dishes lots of choices.

The patio at Half Shell on the Bayou
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9. Seaworthy

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630 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 930-3071
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Open Wednesday through Sunday, Seaworthy is one of the only spots in town to find oysters from American waters other than the Gulf — varieties from the East Coast and West Coast are also on the menu. Outdoor sidewalk seating is available along with the classic Creole cottage setting.

10. Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

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1114 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 381-5079
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Fans will kill for a plate of Murder Points out of Alabama, and with good reason. The plump oysters offer high salinity, savory brine, and a buttery finish and they’re almost always on the menu at Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar on Constance Street. This newish gem delivers a lush patio setting, oysters by the piece or dozen and other bites like gulf fish ceviche, tuna tartare, hefty burgers and a lovely bibb wedge. Now shucking from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The patio at Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar
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11. MRBs

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515 St Philip St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 524-2558

This dog friendly spot on St. Philip Street in the Quarter has not one but two outdoor spaces in the back. There’s a large courtyard, which on a recent Friday was full, and then in the back-back, another space with outside seating. There’s freshly shucked oysters available all the time, along with rib-sticking bar food. Super nice servers too.

1. Cooter Brown's Tavern

509 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

This Black Pearl favorite is definitely built for comfort, not for speed. Cooter Brown’s is the kind of place where chilling is always the order of the day, and that includes ice cold beer and araw oysters on the half shell. Lots of burgers and other tasty morsels to munch on - make a reservation if you want a table on game day. Lots of outside seating.

509 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

2. Station 6

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005

Chef Alison Vega-Knoll sets a high bar for pescatarians at Station 6, from her charbroiled oyster pasta to one of the best seafood gumbos in town. Enjoy her top of the catch fare on the breezy front covered patio lined with fans to keep the air moving. Gulf coast oysters are always on the menu, market priced.

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

3. Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar

7400 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124

Have oysters six ways at Felix’s, from cold and briny to chargrilled, to sauced Rockefeller, Buffalo and Bienville and du jour. Order a trio to sample three, all at market price. Seafood fried and blackened, homestyle faves like jambalaya and gumbo and fried seafood platters are more highlights of the voluminous menu.

7400 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

4. Clesi's Seafood Restaurant & Catering

4323 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

This friendly Mid-City spot is run with plenty of Clesi family pride, and it shows in the quality of seafood on the plate. Raw oysters are always on the menu at Clesi’s Seafood but come on a Wednesday and those bivalve beauties are a bargain at $.25 with the purchase of a beer bucket or a bottle of wine. All the seafood is fresh and prepared to order.

4323 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

4338 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Take in St. Charles Avenue views from the sidewalk tables around Superior Seafood, renown for its $.75 oyster happy hour 4 to 6:30 p.m. daily. Full priced at $19 a dozen ($25 for a dozen chargrilled), these frigid bivalves are just one option on the vast menu. Make it a happening and take the street car to get there; just get off at stop 24.

4338 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Mosquito Supper Club

3824 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Mosquito Supper Club has switched things up a bit, swapping out communal dining for reservation-only seats at the restaurant’s new wine bar and lovely garden. The garden is a new treat for guests — it was previously just used for events. Reservations for oysters in the garden go for $25 per person, which gets a half dozen oysters and house sparkling wine.

3824 Dryades St
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. Boil Seafood House

3340 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Love this locally owned gem on Magazine Street, with its creative approach to flavored seafood boils. BOIL Seafood House excels at all things seafood, including offering a dozen oysters for $16. With its Viet-Cajun approach to flavor, diners can order a choice of seasonal seafood that includes local crustaceans and mussels, Dungeness crab and clams. Then pick a sauce, ranging from a fruity Caribbean blend to Cajun or garlic butter and select the spice level, from low to three alarm.

3340 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. The Half Shell On The Bayou

2517 Bayou Rd, New Orleans, LA 70119
The patio at Half Shell on the Bayou
The Half Shell on the Bayou/Facebook

This popular Bayou Road eatery, which includes a spacious outdoor patio, is once again open for business. Enjoy The Half Shell’s oyster happy hour, along with a daily seafood special like salmon with asparagus for $16. Shucked to order oysters are always available, along with chargrilled, BBQ shrimp, blackened redfish, and seafood po’boys — the menu dishes lots of choices.

2517 Bayou Rd
New Orleans, LA 70119

9. Seaworthy

630 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Open Wednesday through Sunday, Seaworthy is one of the only spots in town to find oysters from American waters other than the Gulf — varieties from the East Coast and West Coast are also on the menu. Outdoor sidewalk seating is available along with the classic Creole cottage setting.

630 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

1114 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The patio at Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar
Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar/Facebook

Fans will kill for a plate of Murder Points out of Alabama, and with good reason. The plump oysters offer high salinity, savory brine, and a buttery finish and they’re almost always on the menu at Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar on Constance Street. This newish gem delivers a lush patio setting, oysters by the piece or dozen and other bites like gulf fish ceviche, tuna tartare, hefty burgers and a lovely bibb wedge. Now shucking from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

1114 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. MRBs

515 St Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116

This dog friendly spot on St. Philip Street in the Quarter has not one but two outdoor spaces in the back. There’s a large courtyard, which on a recent Friday was full, and then in the back-back, another space with outside seating. There’s freshly shucked oysters available all the time, along with rib-sticking bar food. Super nice servers too.

515 St Philip St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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