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A W Shucks

Certificate of Excellence
American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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Ocean Ave AT San Carlos St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-6605
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Food Best Restaurant in Carmel

We had oysters and shared an Albacore Melt, it was the best tuna melt I've ever had. They have craft beers on tap and bloody marys too! Very laid back atmosphere.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
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English first
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We had oysters and shared an Albacore Melt, it was the best tuna melt I've ever had. They have craft beers on tap and bloody marys too! Very laid back atmosphere.

Thank JeanneMGam
Los Gatos
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Fun little place I never miss when visiting. They have the best Bloody Mary's!! There food is great, chowder, chili, sandwiches etc. This is the place for Oyster's even though I don't like raw fish. My husband does and can't get enough. We showed up mid afternoon and a line was formed for table service. We wanted to sit at... More 

Thank Barbie S
Beirut, Lebanon
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

A party of 9. Difficult to accomodate espacially in such a small place but they did it. Service was fast and excellent Open kitchen so u can see everything My fish burger was so so but the rest of the party spoke higjly of the dri ks and oysters And burgers

Thank YorgoT
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Bar food with oysters in a fabulously relaxed atmosphere. Food request was complicated as I eat gluten free. Waitress wasn't phased and food arrived modified as requested . Very good value for money.

Thank Rob C
Weston, Florida
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457 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had an excellent lunch at a very reasonable price especially for the location. The restaurant is not very big but very well designed. I loved the high table with a hook for your purse! We had excellent otters (3 different types), very good chowders and tasty tacos with homemade tortillas. The service was professional and efficient. A good choice!

Thank Pomerols
Milan, Italy
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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This spot has the best oysters, and Bloody Mary's I have ever had. The crab cakes are delicious! Very casual and not many tables, but a fabulous place to have lunch or dinner. Friendly staff and fun to sit at the counter bar and watch them shuck the oysters.. You never know who you will see here. Locals love this... More 

Thank Ella J
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Typical Oyster/Seafood bar. Buzzing atmosphere, attentive staff, reasonable prices for food and drink. Recommended.

Thank patbean
Santa Rosa
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We visit Carmel often and always start with lunch at Aw Shucks for lunch. It's a lively place with excellent, fresh seafood at reasonable price for Carmel restaurants. The owners are hands-on, and the service is excellent with a lot of smiling faces. The menu offers other things than seafood. The salads are super and the fish (as in fish... More 

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New England
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220 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Stopped here for a dozen oysters and drinks after visiting nearby Point Lobos. We were greeted cheerfully by the hostess and waitress and our drinks, one wine and one Bloody Mary. With the word oyster in the name, we were expecting fresh oysters but we're disappointed in the dozen we ordered. There was no one shucking oysters in a visible... More 

Thank bluewaterdiva
Carmel, California
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The Oysters were excellent, but I was not blown away by the shrimp. I had a hard time finding something on the menu that wasn't fried. I was told it was a seafood place, but almost every option was deep fried.

Thank Camilla_Barretto

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ocean Ave AT San Carlos St, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: (831) 624-6605

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene


Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?