A traveler’s guide to oysters across North America

The oyster has long been a delicacy in cultures across the globe — from the ancient Greeks and Romans, to modern Asian cultures and in restaurants across North America, oysters have been savored by all. Whether you enjoy your oysters shucked, grilled, fried, rockefeller, chowdered, or even raw, we know and love oysters for their delicious, briny flavor. National Oyster Day is coming up on August 5th, so what better way to celebrate this famous bivalve than by highlighting restaurants where fresh seafood is the star of the show? Check out the list below of the top 50 spots for oysters across the U.S. and Canada on Yelp. 

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the best oysters in North America according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the seafood restaurants and seafood market categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning “oysters,” then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning “oysters.” If a chain appeared on the list more than once, we only included the highest rated location. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of June 25, 2021. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of June 25, 2021.
167 Raw, photo via Yelp
Matunuck Oyster Bar via Yelp
Broad Street Oyster Company via Yelp
Coastal Fish Company via Yelp
Boat Drinks via Yelp