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Tomales Bay Oyster Co.

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15479 Highway One, Marshall, CA 94940
415.663.1243
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 41
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  • 16
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Shuck and Enjoy!

What great time we had, the helpful staff got us going with the shucking procedure, set us up with a BBQ that was already hot, introduced us to the folks next to us. This is a must do when you're near Tomales Bay.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2014
Dave_in_Clio
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Clio, California
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English first
San Francisco, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Firstly, I’m still disgusted that Drake’s Bay actually closed! So with Drake’s closed I had to search for another place for oysters. I found Tomales Bay from Yelp and through word of mouth. So this past weekend I had that oyster craving so I went up with the family. With eagerness we hopped into the cars and decided it was... More 

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Clio, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

What great time we had, the helpful staff got us going with the shucking procedure, set us up with a BBQ that was already hot, introduced us to the folks next to us. This is a must do when you're near Tomales Bay.

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Union City, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The place charges $100 to reserve a table + $ 50 to reserve oysters. If you come in early when they open at 9 am, you only pay $5/person with free table. If you come late, you take the chance of not getting a table and a reservation may be worth the price.Each table has a barbeque grill. Although their... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

This was a favourite place of ours for many years but sadly in the last few years it has been "discovered" and the crowds you encounter during the weekends have made the place a Coney Island. Used to be quiet and unassuming. Now piped in music, too many people, too many tables and I heard (can't say it is true)... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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80 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

I would definitely reserve a table, best in the front row by the beach on the right of the oyster bar. Bring everything you need to supplement as many oysters as you can shuck and swallow. We had a party of about twelve and ate for four hours: raw and lightly barbecued (there is one at each table). An experience... More 

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Visited before 12 am, no guests, but quite a lot after 1 pm, mostly family gatherings, robust gears, excellent oysters, you have to open them yourself if you like them raw, if grilled they open themselves;) Staff is basic, but friendly - no fancy proposals - just tell us what you want - cash only - price is not the... More 

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Mountain View, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Unfortunately this place has turned into a tourist trap. The price for a dozen oysters has gone up to $20, from $10 several years ago. I can get freah oysters at tge local farmers market for less. Also you have to pay $5 a person to eat the oyster at the picnic area. This rwally adds up if you have... More 

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El Dorado Hills, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I was just here for a wedding rehearsal lunch and didn't know what to expect. I learned that it was established in 1909. Rustic picnic benches and tables. Some with umbrellas. There are BBQ's for you if you don't care for the raw oysters, or for more taste varieties. All sizes of oysters. Just tell them how you like them... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Cool place, great experience for us as first time shuckers. My girls, 9 and 7, ate more oysters than me. Lime, tapatio and you are in heaven. Would be even more fun with a large group. Would return in a moment.

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RRV
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36 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

They have fab oysters, We stop here each year to get a week's worth. Much better than (former) Drake's Bay. Many picnic tables and large groups. Nothing but the freshest shuck-yourself raw oysters, but have great view, many picnic tables, grills and sauces. Be sure to bring a cooler. They provide free cubed ice.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15479 Highway One, Marshall, CA 94940
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Marshall
  • Phone Number: 415.663.1243

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Pub
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?