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“Horrible Oysters - Nice Room” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Oyster Seafood & Rawbar

Oyster Seafood & Rawbar
502-475 Howe Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2B3, Canada
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Ranked #668 of 2,804 restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Pender Street
Transit: Waterfront Station for both Canada Line and Skytrain Station.
Description: Vancouver’s financial district raw bar and seafood restaurant. We are all about sustainable seafood with local ingredients and the freshest oyster's in town.
Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Horrible Oysters - Nice Room”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I stumbled across this place last week while with a friend of mine. We walked into a tiny room with cool decor; dimly lit yet not at all feeling congested despite its smallness. At first blush, we both turned to each other and said, "Wow! We've finally found our new place where we can come to just get away."

Unfortunately, the experience thereafter was all downhill.

We ordered oysters -- naturally, being an "oyster seafood" place we assumed that the one proficiency they would have is oysters. We assumed wrongly.

You should know that menu choices are very limited when it comes to oysters. They only had 2 varieties when we arrived. Really? At an oyster place?

With little selection, we received our first order - they had a slight odor that seemed 'off'. The second order was even worse, with a creamy texture that didn't belong.

The condiments with the oysters are creative, although perhaps --- again --- being an oyster bar, one would expect more to choose from by way of accouterments.

The service is good. And, the room is a great escape from the outside world. The lack of windows can be claustrophobic, but the high ceilings make things open enough to feel relaxed.

Needless to say, we decided to exit --- quickly.

Lastly, I know they offer the 'buck-a-shuck' deal and low-priced highballs from 3-7PM; ignore the 'value' of the cheap oysters and focus on whether or not they taste right.

Of course, it's entirely possible that we went on a day when the place was having issues, but my suggestion? If you need a place to go where it's quiet, out of the way, and absent the typical crowd, then slip inside, order a drink and avoid the oysters.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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141 reviews 141 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“If you love fresh oysters, go there!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We loved this place! It is small so we were lucky to get a nice table through Open Table. Oysters galore, raw and cooked! From 3pm to 7pm it is "buck a shuck"! Needless to say we indulged. They also have nice refined small dishes of other yummy things........crab cakes, sablefish, clam chowder, creative cooked oysters, salads, etc. The dishes are small but when your focus is on the oysters the other dishes for us were a side attraction and the prices were reasonable so you can order several things and share. The chef is Japanese. Also, we choose a fabulous bottle of a British Columbia Sauvignon Blanc from Fairview Cellars (we are not affiliated with this winery in anyway and had never heard of it before). The waiter told us the vintner just happened to be in the restaurant that evening and he came over to thank us for choosing his wine! If we lived in Vancouver we would be regulars here.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Munich, Germany
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69 reviews 69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great oysters.... but”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We had a snack at the Oyster Bar one evening because we read online that the meals are really expensive and very small in size. Thus we decided to only have a variety of oysters and then went to have real dinner elsewhere ;-)
The oyster selection was good (raw) and very creative (grilled/cooked/baked) with new varieties that were simply delicious.
But the service was really bad, although there were not many guests in there, and the atmosphere was rather cold and unfriendly.
Wouldn't recommend the bar for dinner!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great spot for oysters and a drink”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

We loved this spot!! Great selection of oysters. Very tiny but great ambiance.

Food was good but very small portions. My husband is a bodybuilder and definitely only a snack for him. Great for a little bite.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vegas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Best Oysters Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Like a good oyster itself, the best things often come in small packages. This can certainly be applied to "Oyster", a great little, little restaurant specializing in freshly shucked oysters and other mostly raw seafood. I cannot comment on anything but the oysters, but as the title indicates, the oysters we had last night at this hidden gem were by far and away the best I've eaten in the 30 plus years I've been enjoying them around the country. Originally, my wife and I intended only to have a half dozen, she is no fan, but was feeling adventurous, and thought she might have one or two. Before we left, we had ordered and eaten two dozen. They are offered with a variety of sauces, that I did not care for, though my wife did, along with the traditional cocktail sauce, and extra (absolutely amazing) fresh ground horseradish. We washed ours down with some chilled Grey Goose, and ordered a basket of bread, which included bread sticks, crackers, baguette, and a scone, all warmed to perfection. The place is itty-bitty, but very clean, relaxed, and a no fail option. Enjoy!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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