Living in Hudson County means plenty of opportunities to sit by the water, soak in the sun, and sip on chilled rosé. And there’s no better way to complement a summer day than with a plate full of delicious oysters. An acquired taste for some but loved by many, these salty, brine-y mollusks are wonderfully bite-sized (so feel free to indulge) and perfect to share with a crowd. If you’re looking for prime oyster slurping all day long, we’ve got all of the places to get your seafood on in Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond — but first, a little oyster education:
Most restaurants will usually feature a combination of both West Coast and East Coast oysters, or just feature what’s in season. Others will get more specific, providing the name of the oyster, which can help to define the taste palate and region that it is from. West Coast oysters tend to be meatier and sweeter and have more of a fluted edge with a deeper shell; while East Coast oysters are defined as chewier, smaller, and have more of a salty taste. Read on for a list of the best places to order fresh oysters in Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond.
Court Street | 61 6th Street
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Delectable surf + turf here include oysters Rockefeller or ½ dozen oysters on the half shell. While here, we recommend pairing your brine-y delicacies with an oaky Pinot Grigio for a full-on savory meal.
Dino’s + Harry’s | 163 14th Street
This Hoboken staple is not just a go-to do steak but for seafood as well. From lobster to mussels to calamari to oysters, you can’t go wrong with this gem. Don’t miss the Oysters Maxwell; oysters baked with creamed spinach and bacon.
Grand Vin | 500 Grand Street
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Grand Vin is one of Hoboken’s top wine bars, and the menu also offers oysters. On Thursdays, the locale boasts a $12 blind tasting paired with $1 oysters all evening long.
Halifax | 225 River Street
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Halifax’s menu offers East and West Coast oysters. Pictured here is the oyster display called the “Dressed Oyster,” and is made up of local oysters, seaweed salad, citrus broth, and smoked trout caviar.
Sirenetta | 1039 Washington Street
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Sirenetta, the sister restaurant of Sorrelina, specializes in seafood and cocktails. The eatery offers an Oyster Happy Hour on Tuesdays – Thursdays from 4PM – 6PM, and on Fridays at the bar only from 4PM – 6PM. Both drinks and oysters are discounted. Did we mention that everything is IG-worthy? From the restaurant itself to the dishes, this spot is a must-try.
Stingray Lounge | 1210 Washington Street
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Hand-crafted cocktails and sparkling fresh seafood, what’s not to like? The raw bar at Stingray is the envy of any mollusk lover, with selections changing weekly and up to 12 different types of oysters on the menu, ranging from East Coast to West Coast. Catch happy hour from Sunday though Wednesday with 50% off oysters and sparkling wine, from restaurant open till 6 pm. Stingray also offers select oysters to go at wholesale prices, so the next time you want to make a splash at a dinner party or BBQ, you know who to call.
The Madison Bar and Grill | 1316 Washington Street
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The Madison has a seafood menu that is available on weekends only and the oysters are second to none. Make your weekend outdoor dining res and make sure the oysters are on your radar.
Battello | 502 Washington Boulevard
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It’s only right to indulge in fresh-caught seafood when dining on the water. This expansive restaurant nestled on the Hudson River in downtown Jersey City serves up great oysters with a twist: these are broiled, with nduja butter, and Calabrian chili.
Fire and Oak | 479 Washington Boulevard
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The raw bar at Fire and Oak offers oysters as well as lobster, shrimp, littleneck clams, and more. Of the oyster selection, fans of the brine-y delicacies can enjoy Beusoleil, Blue Point, or the featured oyster is at the time of dining. The raw bar is available during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Hamilton Inn | 708 Jersey Avenue
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The raw bar at Hamilton Inn features Blue Point oysters, as well as Kumamoto oysters from Washington State. Pair them all with a Sauvignon Blanc and you’re good to go.
Honshu | 95 Green Street
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At Honshu, diners will find traditionally served oysters and oysters with a twist. Order the classically served mollusks off of the a la carte menu, or opt the kaki-fry from the appetizer menu, which consists of deep-fried oysters served with a tonkatsu sauce.
Hooked JC | 467 Communipaw Avenue
This casual dining spot on Communipaw has no shortage of fresh seafood options including freshly caught fried oysters in a po’boy sandwich, served on a platter or made as a salad, with a variety of tasty dipping sauces. Might as well get some honey-jalapeño hushpuppies on the side!
Just BeClaws | 280 1st Street
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This place doesn’t take reservations ,but trust us, it’s well worth the wait for either raw or fried oysters as well as oyster po’boys. Pick up a bottle of your favorite bubbly – BYO is always a plus. Slap on a bib, and dig in.
Light Horse Tavern | 199 Washington Street
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Check out the impressive raw bar here with a choice of four different types of oysters including Blue Point; Island Creek, a Massachusetts oyster with a butter and brine flavor; Wellfleet, Cape Cod oysters with a mild, sweet flavor; or Glidden Point, meaty oysters from Maine with a crisp, complex flavor. If you’re feeling aggressive, get the raw bar platter with oysters, clams, poached mussels, and shrimp cocktail.
The Kitchen Step | 502 Washington Boulevard
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This spot serves up killer cocktails and food. Next time you’re there, opt for the oysters – they’re fresh and go well with white wine.
Molos | 1 Pershing Road
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Beautiful waterfront dining and wonderfully dry rosé pairs well with the raw bar, featuring both Blue Point and Moonstone oysters, a Rhode Island-based variety with a mineral, umami taste. Don’t miss the Seafood Plateau, featuring lobsters, crab meat, shrimp, oysters, and clams.
Haven Riverfront Restaurant and Bar | 2 Main Street
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This tucked-away restaurant always offers lots of fresh and tempting meal options for a nice night out. Some of these include Atlantic oysters, Pacific oysters, Kumamoto oysters, or an “Around the World” tasting with the option to try all three (the perfect mix of briny, sweet, and fresh, if you ask us).
The Yacht Club | 541 River Road, Edgewater
The Yacht Club is new to the scene with a huge indoor and outdoor space nestled along the Hudson River. The decor is modern and chic, and perfect for any celebration. The restaurant serves up fresh seafood dishes like lobster rolls, crab cakes, and of course, oysters. Patrons can order half a dozen oysters in the option of Blue Point, Beausoleil, Wellfleet, Raspberry Point, Malpeque, and Fannie Bay.