As demand for fresh food grows, so then — and thankfully so — does access to fresh, never frozen options. We no longer have to travel to Prince Edward Island for Malpeques, to Massachusetts for Wellfleets, to Long Island for Blue Points, to Florida for Apalachicola, to British Columbia for Kusshis or to the Pacific Northwest for Kumamotos. Today, we can hit as many as 15 local restaurants to satisfy an oyster hankering. Save the fried, roasted and baked oysters for another time, because today we’re focusing on the best raw oysters on the half shell in Nashville. Here’s where to go for your “gotta have ’em” oyster fix (with an insider tip at the end!).
The Southern Steak & Oyster
Whatever the region of your favorite oysters, The Southern Steak & Oyster is sure to satisfy. Snag a seat at the shuck-to-order oyster bar to enjoy the bustling environment of this downtown restaurant and to indulge in some of the freshest oysters around.
As sister restaurant to The Southern Steak & Oyster, it is no surprise that Saffire’s oyster menu is up to par. From Kumamotos to Blue Points, the oysters are as fresh as they are delicious. All oysters are available raw on the half shell, grilled or cornmeal-fried, but we suggest you order them raw and enjoy them in their natural state.
Strategic Hospitality’s newest venture, Le Sel has an entire menu dedicated to their raw bar, featuring Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab, Gulf shrimp and, of course, East and West Coast oysters. The oysters are served with lemon and sea salt crackers, as well as the choice of champagne mignonette or cocktail sauce — simple, fresh and delicious. You can even join in the French fun of Le Sel and proclaim, “J’adore les huîtres!” because you will love these oysters.
Moto recently launched a new menu, with a few additions including chicken pizza, bucatini with confit octopus, mussels, shrimp, beurre blanc, Fegato di Pollo and a selection of raw bar items. A few variations you can find on the raw menu are Black Point and Gigamoto oysters. Stop in to test out the new menu items, including the oysters, and let us know what you think!
Urban Grub, a 12South eatery, has been serving up oysters for about four years now and never skimps on quality. With five varieties of oysters, this meat and seafood joint keeps the customers coming back. Try this spot for lunch and dinner, or stop by on weekends to build your own seafood and charcuterie plate during brunch.
South Street’s fried seafood baskets serve as a staple for late-night eating, and we have been caught sampling the fried, roasted and stuffed oysters. But the restaurant’s oysters on the half shell do not disappoint. The shucked-to-order oysters are also on the late-night menu, so fulfill your oyster needs anytime before midnight on Friday and Saturday, Sunday by 9 p.m. and Monday through Thursday by 10 p.m.
Table 3 Restaurant & Market
In true brasserie style, Table 3 Restaurant & Market serves raw oysters alongside French-inspired hors d’oeuvres, salads and entrées. Stop by after a long day of shopping in Green Hills or take advantage of the bar or intimate dining setting for a date night before heading to the movies.
Union Common is an ideal spot to share small plates with a few friends. In addition to the beer-battered crab cakes and seared pork belly, order a round of oysters, which come with horseradish and a whiskey mignonette.
As a true celebration of fresh, clean, vibrant ingredients, Little Octopus’ menu features raw, cool and warm fare that can easily be shared. An order of oysters includes two oysters on the half shell, rhubarb, shallot, lime and hot sauce.
Batter’d & Fried Boston Seafood House
Despite what the restaurant’s name suggests, not everything on Batter’d & Fried Boston Seafood House’s menu is breaded and fried. The oysters on the half shell are sold by the dozen and half dozen — be sure to top them with Chef Norm’s gourmet (delicious) cocktail sauce.
Rudie’s Seafood and Sausage
The Chunu, Beausoleil and Blue Point Oysters at Rudie’s Seafood and Sausage are all equally mouthwatering. Try one of each, or order a dozen of your favorite. Either way, you’ll surely appreciate the freshness.
Although you will be hard pressed to order anything other than Kanye Prime’s premier selections of filet mignon, Wagyu, tenderloin, NY strip, flat iron and rib-eye, we have a feeling you might be tempted by the cold water oysters, served raw with ponzu mignonette. Order the oysters a la carte or splurge for the Fêtes de la Mer, which includes shrimp, lobster, oysters, crab and clams.
SB Insider Tip: With rotating menus, we cannot guarantee you will find oysters every day at Husk, Margot and Miel, but they are often featured, and when they are, we can promise they are always fresh and delicious.
In closing, we leave you with this … enjoy!
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