12 Places to Eat Raw Oysters in Hampton Roads



Hampton Roads is the center of the Oyster Universe, if you ask us. All around the region, from the Northern Neck to the Eastern Shore to the James, Lynnhaven and York Rivers, you can find those beautiful bivalves.

Here are some of our favorite places to get your slurp on:

1. A. W. Shucks, Norfolk

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This Ghent seafood restaurant displays a large chalkboard full of daily oyster selections, many of them Virginia, offering a wide-range of options.

2. Catch 31, Virginia Beach

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The Oceanfront gem offers a large selection of oysters, many of them Virginia, from a daily-changing chalkboard.

3. Lucky Oyster, Virginia Beach

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A Sensible Seafood partner, the Lucky Oysters freshly shucks oysters from the Chesapeake Bay.

4. Metropolitan Oyster Exchange, Virginia Beach

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Come to this swanky eatery for Hungar Creek Oysetrs, from Virginia’s Eastern Shore, shucked at a bar right in the center of the restaurant. They also have a to-die-for chocolate mousse with truffles, served on occasion.

5. Rockafeller’s Restaurant, Virginia Beach

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They have a daily-changing featured oyster list, many of them Virginia. Eat inside or on the deck for an incredible view.

6. Terrapin Restaurant, Virginia Beach

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Terrapin features Lynnhaven River gems from Chris Ludford’s Pleasure House Oysters with a seasonal mignonette; currently it is peach. What’s best for sipping with oysters? Check out Terrapin’s monthly WineDown event.

7. Off The Hook Seafood, Chesapeake

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Both a restaurant and market, Off the Hook offers an assortment of fresh Virginia oysters to take home or enjoy in the well-appointed dining room.

8. Wicker’s Crab Pot Seafood, Chesapeake

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An Old School seafood shack, Wicker’s offers up Eastern Shore Seaside Oysters.

9. River Stone Chophouse, Suffolk

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This Suffolk restaurant has an expansive oyster list, many from Virginia, available from a raw bar adjacent to the bar.

10. Fin Seafood, Newport News

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They feature flavorful MiFarm oysters from the Northern Neck, served with a Bloody Mary Granite.

11. Waypoint Seafood & Grill, Williamsburg

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Feast on Tommy Leggett’s York River Oysters with housemade mignonette.

12. The Shanty, Cape Charles

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They serve up Hungar Creek oysters, harvested right in their own backyard, with a housemade mignonette.

Here are five tips from Off the Hook’s chef, Stephen Gellas, on serving raw oysters at home.

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