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Where to Find the Best Oyster Specials in New Orleans Right Now

13 of the best restaurant and bar oyster deals in the city, from happy hours to all-day specials

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With a majority of the nation’s oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico, oysters are more than just a food in south Louisiana — they’re a way of life and a matter of civic pride. Even so, indulging in a dozen local beauties can quickly add up. Never fear: here’s a selection of picks for happy hour oyster specials that won’t break the bank.

Since great deals on oysters are so rare, this map includes a number of options that offer once-weekly, all-day specials — Clesi’s, Sidecar, and Cooter Brown’s, for instance — in addition to those spots that offer daily oyster happy hours. Here’s where to find the best deals on briny, ice cold raw oysters in New Orleans right now, because if you haven’t heard, oysters are always in season.

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Cooter Brown's Tavern

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Known mostly for its extensive draft beer selection, this longtime Riverbend college decompression zone and sports hangout also serves up well-sized sweet Louisiana oysters. On Tuesdays, Cooter Brown’s has half price oysters from 3 p.m until closing. Plus, there are plenty of TV screens to catch whatever game is on.

Seafood Sally's

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The new seafood-oriented restaurant from the chef/owners of Marjie’s Grill doesn’t disappoint when it comes to oyster happy hour — the Buck a Shuck happy hour, as the name would imply, serves up $1 oysters, along with $5 bar snacks, $6 cocktails, and $5 glasses of wine. Running daily from 4 to 6 p.m., it’s best enjoyed on the funky patio or courtyard out front.

Seafood Sally’s
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Parlay's Bar

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Parlay’s is back in Lakeview, and so are the neighborhood pub’s raw oyster specials — slurp P&J oysters for $8 a dozen, Monday through Saturday, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Keep an eye out on Trep’s Instagram page for random oyster specials, or set a date for Fridays, when the Sidney Torres-back spot offers half off a dozen oysters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The outdoor-centric spot, outfitted with heaters and fans dependent on weather, is good for the whole family, kids and dogs included.

Clesi's Seafood Restaurant & Catering

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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.

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

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Popular among tourists for its prime corner location on St. Charles Avenue, the locals know that this sprawling spot is anchored by its marble oyster bar. They also know that the heart of that oyster bar is the stellar daily happy hour, which brings $1 oysters to the table from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., daily. Along with that comes deals on house wine, draft beer, and large frozen drinks for the price of a small, including the favorite frozen French 75.

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Basin Seafood and Spirits

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Basin somewhat flies under the radar on bustling Magazine Street, but locals in the know count on it for consistently fresh seafood products, expertly prepared — royal red shrimp, puppy drum, and soft shell crab, to name a few. This includes raw oysters, of course, and on Monday, the restaurant offers them for a ridiculously good price — they’re 75 cents a piece, 3 p.m. until close. A separate happy hour runs weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m., fyi.

Seaworthy

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Unlike most spots on this list, and in New Orleans broadly, Seaworthy sources oysters from beyond the Gulf, including denser, brinier varieties from the East and West coasts. The famed oyster happy hour runs daily, from 4 to 6 p.m. Slurp select oysters for half off, and choose from wine, cocktails, and beer and shot combos.

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Le Chat Noir

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Along with expert, delicious preparations of vegetables and seafood, downtown’s new Le Chat Noir also boasts a strong drinks and wine program — and an oyster happy hour to go along with it. From 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, the upscale-casual restaurant from the owner of Bearcat is offering a special shucker’s selection of oysters on the half shell along with deals on a daily punch, beer, and glasses of wine. This is without a doubt the best new spot for oysters in town.

Luke, the lovely brasserie located in the downtown Hilton hotel, has long been known for its fresh raw seafood — including being one of few spots in town to splurge on a seafood tower. No need to splurge at happy hour, however — the restaurant’s beloved special offers $1 oysters on the half shell from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, as well as half-priced cocktails, wine by the glass, and draft beer.

Trenasse

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Oysters on the half shell are a steal during the InterContinental Hotel restaurant’s happy hour — $7 for a half dozen. Visit the fun Trenasse any day of the week between 3 and 6 p.m. to catch that and other $7 small plate and cocktail specials.

Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

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At Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar on Constance Street, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the vast oyster selection, which includes varieties from the Gulf, West Coast, and East Coast. The choice is easier on Wednesdays, when select oysters (for instance Murder Points, Grand Battures, or a mix of the shucker’s selection) are half off from open to close, 5 to 10 p.m.

Chemin à la Mer

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Buck a shuck at the Four Seasons? Yes indeed, during Oyster Hour at Chemin à la Mer, Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. Enjoy river views on the terrace or belly up to the bar for $1 select oysters paired with a $10 glass of wine selected by Chemin’s sommelier, Emily Kitzmiller.

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Cooter Brown's Tavern

Known mostly for its extensive draft beer selection, this longtime Riverbend college decompression zone and sports hangout also serves up well-sized sweet Louisiana oysters. On Tuesdays, Cooter Brown’s has half price oysters from 3 p.m until closing. Plus, there are plenty of TV screens to catch whatever game is on.

Seafood Sally's

Seafood Sally’s
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

The new seafood-oriented restaurant from the chef/owners of Marjie’s Grill doesn’t disappoint when it comes to oyster happy hour — the Buck a Shuck happy hour, as the name would imply, serves up $1 oysters, along with $5 bar snacks, $6 cocktails, and $5 glasses of wine. Running daily from 4 to 6 p.m., it’s best enjoyed on the funky patio or courtyard out front.

Seafood Sally’s
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Parlay's Bar

Parlay’s is back in Lakeview, and so are the neighborhood pub’s raw oyster specials — slurp P&J oysters for $8 a dozen, Monday through Saturday, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Trep's

Keep an eye out on Trep’s Instagram page for random oyster specials, or set a date for Fridays, when the Sidney Torres-back spot offers half off a dozen oysters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The outdoor-centric spot, outfitted with heaters and fans dependent on weather, is good for the whole family, kids and dogs included.

Clesi's Seafood Restaurant & Catering

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.

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

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Popular among tourists for its prime corner location on St. Charles Avenue, the locals know that this sprawling spot is anchored by its marble oyster bar. They also know that the heart of that oyster bar is the stellar daily happy hour, which brings $1 oysters to the table from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., daily. Along with that comes deals on house wine, draft beer, and large frozen drinks for the price of a small, including the favorite frozen French 75.

Superior Seafood/Facebook

Basin Seafood and Spirits

Basin somewhat flies under the radar on bustling Magazine Street, but locals in the know count on it for consistently fresh seafood products, expertly prepared — royal red shrimp, puppy drum, and soft shell crab, to name a few. This includes raw oysters, of course, and on Monday, the restaurant offers them for a ridiculously good price — they’re 75 cents a piece, 3 p.m. until close. A separate happy hour runs weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m., fyi.

Seaworthy

Seaworthy
Rush Jagoe/Seaworthy

Unlike most spots on this list, and in New Orleans broadly, Seaworthy sources oysters from beyond the Gulf, including denser, brinier varieties from the East and West coasts. The famed oyster happy hour runs daily, from 4 to 6 p.m. Slurp select oysters for half off, and choose from wine, cocktails, and beer and shot combos.

Seaworthy
Rush Jagoe/Seaworthy

Le Chat Noir

Along with expert, delicious preparations of vegetables and seafood, downtown’s new Le Chat Noir also boasts a strong drinks and wine program — and an oyster happy hour to go along with it. From 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, the upscale-casual restaurant from the owner of Bearcat is offering a special shucker’s selection of oysters on the half shell along with deals on a daily punch, beer, and glasses of wine. This is without a doubt the best new spot for oysters in town.

Luke

Luke, the lovely brasserie located in the downtown Hilton hotel, has long been known for its fresh raw seafood — including being one of few spots in town to splurge on a seafood tower. No need to splurge at happy hour, however — the restaurant’s beloved special offers $1 oysters on the half shell from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, as well as half-priced cocktails, wine by the glass, and draft beer.

Trenasse

Oysters on the half shell are a steal during the InterContinental Hotel restaurant’s happy hour — $7 for a half dozen. Visit the fun Trenasse any day of the week between 3 and 6 p.m. to catch that and other $7 small plate and cocktail specials.

Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

At Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar on Constance Street, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the vast oyster selection, which includes varieties from the Gulf, West Coast, and East Coast. The choice is easier on Wednesdays, when select oysters (for instance Murder Points, Grand Battures, or a mix of the shucker’s selection) are half off from open to close, 5 to 10 p.m.

Chemin à la Mer

Chemin à la Mer/Official

Buck a shuck at the Four Seasons? Yes indeed, during Oyster Hour at Chemin à la Mer, Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. Enjoy river views on the terrace or belly up to the bar for $1 select oysters paired with a $10 glass of wine selected by Chemin’s sommelier, Emily Kitzmiller.

Chemin à la Mer/Official

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