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“Married an unrepentent oyster lover” 4 of 5 stars
Review of A W Shucks

A W Shucks
Ocean Ave AT San Carlos St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-6605
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Ranked #25 of 127 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Roseville, California
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79 reviews
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“Married an unrepentent oyster lover”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

My wife jumped when she discovered A.W. Shucks in Carmel. We arrived for a one night stay in Monterey and the discovery came right out of the hotel's menu book while I checked in.

The restaurant is on Carmel's main drag, surrounded by all those upscale stores and hidden alleyways in a place I have always enjoyed. The hostess took our cell #, then called a half hour later to let us know that our counter space was ready. That's right, everyone sits high at one of several bars. We got lucky. Our seats were right up close to the shucking action.

Not being an oyster person, I ordered the calimari with a side of clam chowder. My much more adventuresome spouse, however, just had to have a dozen raw, also with chowder on the side.

She declared the fresh oysters, attractively served about 60 seconds after shucking, as some of the best she's ever had. Four varieties were on the plate, all great.

My calimari, while not the best ever (that distinction goes to Tadish Grill in San Francisco), were just a point or two lower. The only slight disappointment was the chowder. It was a full step below the best, but still very good. Served with nice oyster crackers and a really nice crusty slices of sweet french bread, the bowl is quite filling.

Our seats afforded us front-row visibility as the chefs cooked and assembled large plates of the restaurant's wide choices. Non-oyster lovers will find plenty to like here. Servings are generous and presentations are attractive.

We also ordered the local wheat beer from Carmel Brewing. It was a genuine hefeweizen in flavor, very enjoyable and refreshing with no hint of bitterness that some American wheat beers seem unable to shuck (pun unintended).

We were too full to go for dessert but noted that the key lime pie was darn tempting.

A.W. Shucks in Carmel is small so expect a wait most nights. Highly recommended and I hope they open in my home town. We'd be regulars. The price is not exactly low -- our dinner exceeded $60. Worth every penny.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Carmichael, California
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Oysters and Bloody Marys”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Our first night in Carmel and this was a great place to start! Lively crowd, good service, and excellent food.

Visited June 2013
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Friendly and good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

A friendly atmosphere with a good choice and generous portions of food. Worth making reservations as it was very popular.

Visited June 2013
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best place in Carmel for sea food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

This place is pretty up-beat. We really enjoyed the food, service, and atmosphere. We enjoyed it so much we visited it twice during our stay in Carmel. During our visits we ordered the calamari and chips which was served on this huge platter, a mountain of food. This mountain was very delicious. The calamari was fried to a perfection and had lots of flavor. The fries were very good too! You say anybody can make fries...maybe so, but can anybody make great fries? Yes, A W Shucks can! We also ordered a dozen of raw oysters. I love raw oysters but, these ones were not my favorite, a bit small and a little gritty. However, on an upbeat note the service was fast. I loved my waitress which served us on both occasions, she had a very genuine warmth about her and made sure we had a full glass of water at all times and also checked to see how we were doing on our meal often. When you have great service it can make all the difference in the world, especially when receiving bad service at a local restaurant near by. A W Shuck guess what? We will definitely be back to see you soon!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, Canada
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Recommended by a shopkeeper down the road. Good quality ingredients. Good pink chowder. good service. Need reservations if you go at peek hours

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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