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San Buenaventura State Park, Ventura, CA 93001
8057984944
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Hours:
Fri 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch
Description: the freshest clams and mussels I have ever tried. Basically farm fresh...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The best in a food truck!!

Not only was the food good but the staff was incredible. So friendly and helpful. Especially if you are not sure what to order and how to order Outside next to the beach is where they are so it is a great experience overall.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Dearborn, Missouri
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Dearborn, Missouri
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99 reviews 99 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Not only was the food good but the staff was incredible. So friendly and helpful. Especially if you are not sure what to order and how to order Outside next to the beach is where they are so it is a great experience overall.

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CALIFORNIA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Sunday, two "food trucks", one semi-permanent- the place has a perimeter lined by the shucked oysters, picnic tables and lots of people. Some are going to the "buy it raw" oyster, crab, and other shelled fish bar, you can buy shucking knives and are roasting them, or eating them raw. It looks like people have moved in for the day,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I found this place by groupon. I had no idea what to expect. drove to ventura state beach thought I was at wrong place. but it was the spot. a coveryed mobile trailer. my initial visit was great. the owner was very nice and explained the source of oysters. the only problem is you have to crack open the oysters... More 

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Ventura, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

What started as a small oyster truck has now turned into a delicious oyster & clam experience. They added a kitchen and now send out some of the most delicious seafood I've tasted! It's right next to the beach and they offer fun outdoor picnic seating . This is a must visit if you're in the area!

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Ventura, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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249 reviews 249 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: San Buenaventura State Park, Ventura, CA 93001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: 8057984944

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: 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!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm

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