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The Jolly Oyster

San Buenaventura State Park, Ventura, CA 93001
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Ranked #27 of 384 Restaurants in Ventura
Cuisines: Seafood
Description: the freshest clams and mussels I have ever tried. Basically farm fresh, sold from a concession in the beach side state park. BBQ yourself - superb!
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Description: the freshest clams and mussels I have ever tried. Basically farm fresh, sold from a concession in the beach side state park. BBQ yourself - superb!
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Ventura, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The Jolly Oyster is a real treasure at the State Beach park in Ventura. A wee shack & picnic tables 100 yards from beach dunes. There are BBQ pits so you can barbeque oysters (and/or other items you may choose to bring) and the oysters & clams are amazing. Buy in the shell (they will also shuck for you) to... More

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Laguna Beach, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Discovered these food trucks on the bike path as I was heading to the pier. WOW the Kumamoto oysters were the best we had ever had. Fresh and didn't need cocktail sauce, just a little lemon and it was perfect. They have a shuck shack where you can buy in bulk and crack them open yourself. Great place that I... More

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Santa Rosa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful fresh oysters by the sea. What more do you need? They offer many items, among them oyster tacos in a handmade GMO-free corn tortilla. I love they offer GMO-free but this wasn't my favorite. The flavors didn't quite mesh for me. I'll stick with the oysters raw on the half shell. They were simply perfect. My daughter ordered the... More

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Ventura, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I am not necessarily a connoisseur of oysters but I have had oysters up and down the coast with different preparations and this place hands down beats them all (some should just stop serving them). I love to shuck them there they will show you how (they showed me) the Jolly sauce is delicious. The food truck does oyster tacos... More

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California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

BYOB and make sure the "hot truck" is there if you want prepared food. It is inside the Ventura St Beach, but the Park Rangers let you in for 20mins free and The Jolly Oyster validates another hour (or more...) They have right next to each other : 1) Shuck Shack- where by health regulations they can only sell you... More

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Ventura, CA
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107 reviews 107 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is a fun place for friends, couples, or family. The location and layout is great. The staff was so helpful and kind. The seafood was fresh and amenities were perfect. You can enjoy cooking for yourself or purchase prepped food. We cooked and used the BBQ for the pacific oysters (we tried both kinds and preferred the pacific for... More

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Hong Kong
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83 reviews 83 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

The oysters were smaller than expected, and we were a bit disappointed that the clam chowder they had on the menu wasn't available (they said they hadn't had time to update the menu yet). However, the clam steamers that were recommended did not disappoint, and you should definitely bring some extra bread to soak up the amazing butter, garlic, white... More

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Los Angeles, California
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132 reviews 132 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

At the end of the drive way at a state beach park. Tell the parking attendant you're going to Jolly Oyster and they'll give you a sticker so you won't be charged for parking. Fresh shucked oysters at $24 for one dozen, less if you want to shuck your own, if you do not mind sitting outdoors on at a... More

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Moscow, Russia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We loved pasific oysters from the Jolly Oysters farm. Just 10 dollars for delicious oysters in wine!

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Ventura, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

I am not sure why the below review was so negative. If they would have inquired a bit more then they would have found out that a cheap shuck knife ($5) was available for purchase. They missed out on the best thing going for oysters and clams in the area! I HIGHLY recommend their sauces as well. Their latest fusion... More

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