Vancouver’s best oyster joints

Every oyster lover has their own reason for shelling out for these savoury treats: for some they’re a delicacy, a little bit of a self-indulgent treat, for others, they’re an aphrodisiac. My love of oysters comes from a little stand selling them by the shuck (Kumi’s are the best if you didn’t know) and has grown to an ongoing search for the best spots in Vancouver to enjoy these little and addictive ocean pearls.

Oyster Express

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296 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X5

Let’s get one thing straight – oysters are the main focus here. They love oysters but don’t let the name fool you, as there is nothing rushed or express about them. Oyster Express hosts buck-a-shuck specials on certain days of the week, as well as a number of other daily specials. That being said, I have never left without trying at least one of every type that they serve. It’s a small joint that packs a big punch, and definitely the best spot in Vancouver to check out for oysters.

Bao Down Snack Bar

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221 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2

Cork and Fin serves their oysters in high-to-the-sky dishes that look as good as they taste. The impressive multi-layered towers are helpful if you want to turn a typical date-night into a success. The atmosphere here is the main attraction and staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the varieties of oysters served. Oysters are not the main focus at this Gastown spot, but they definitely get a 10 for the vibe.

Blackbird Public House The

3
595 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8

Judging a downtown oyster bar that’s part of the Donnelly Group can be a challenge. Although Blackbird does have some of the usual suspects as part of their drink specials, they pair well with the seasonal selection of oysters, and the rest of the menu seems to have a step up on its brethren. This is probably one of the most casual places you can sit down for oysters on this list, so if you don’t feel like wearing a collared shirt you’re more than welcome not to.

Chewie's Steam & Oyster Bar

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2201 1st Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1E9

Okay, so not only does this place serve some good schucks, they also serve Southern food – a cuisine that is criminally underserved in Vancouver. Expect top-cuts of meat and fall-off-the-bone-BBQ along with other New Orleans favorites such as jambalaya, gumbo and bouillabaisse. You can’t go wrong when pairing this amazing food and with fresh oysters (oh, and buck a shuck goes down daily from 3:00 to 6:00 pm!).

Bistro Pastis

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2153 4th Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7

Bistro Pastis is a favourite for a casual afternoon on 4th Ave. The vibe is everything that you want it to be for that authentic French feeling: laid-back, expensive and a just a touch condescending, in the best way possible. Popping in for a couple of oysters with a mid-day café au lait is exactly what you need after a lengthy shopping spree at Gravity Pope across the street. Another place where oysters are not the main focus, but are a delicious and a solid contributor to their menu.

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