raw oysters at yellowbelly photo courtesy of andrew trinh

7 places in St. Louis to get raw oysters right now

Raw oysters are one of nature’s great delicacies. Briny and slippery, they are great on their own, dressed only in their naturally occurring brine (known as liquor) and a little lemon juice, though it can be fun to mix it up with a splash of hot sauce or mignonette (a vinegar-based condiment). Here are a few places around town where you can reliably treat yourself to our favorite bivalve.

raw oysters at bistro la floraison // photo courtesy of bistro la floraison

Broadway Oyster Bar
Choose from two different varieties: Connecticut farm-raised Blue Point oysters (half-dozen: $14; dozen: $27) or Louisiana oysters (half-dozen: $13; dozen: $25). Both are served with horseradish and housemade, spicy gin cocktail sauce. Special pricing on Louisiana oysters is also available on weekdays: $1.50 a piece from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.
736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314.621.8811, broadwayoysterbar.com

Oceano Bistro
A half-dozen Blue Point oysters are served with horseradish cocktail sauce and cucumber mignonette. Check out their special pricing at happy hour: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, when the price drops to $10. Half-dozen: $18.
44 N. Brentwood Blvd., Clayton, 314.721.9400, oceanobistro.com

Fresh oysters are served with your choice of kimchi water and pickled daikon or pineapple tepache, chile flake and lime. $4 each.
4659 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314.499.1509, yellowbellystl.com

Annie Gunn’s
Northeast oysters are served with Champagne mignonette; available at lunch and dinner service. $3.50 each.
16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.532.7684, anniegunns.com

Bistro La Floraison
Maine oysters are served with seaweed mignonette and fermented chile hot sauce. Half-dozen: $26.
7637 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, 314.725.8880, bistrolafloraison.com

Olive + Oak
Your choice of East or West Coast oysters are served with cocktail sauce, mignonette and lemon. $3.50 each.
216 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.736.1370, oliveandoak.oohosp.com

Surf & Sirloin
Blue Point oysters are available at both lunch and dinner service, but don’t miss the lunch special, when they’re four for $16. Half-dozen: $24 (dinner service pricing).
13090 Manchester Road, Des Peres, 314.822.3637, surfandsirloin.com