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“Best oyster outing trip” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tomales Bay Oyster Company

Tomales Bay Oyster Company
15479 Hwy. One, Marshall, CA
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Ranked #3 of 6 restaurants in Marshall
Cuisines: Seafood
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San Francisco, California
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“Best oyster outing trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Whatta oyster outing weekend trip with friends...We were a group of 5 couples decided to take an adventure trip to visit Tomales Bay Oyster Company at Marshall (Point Reyes) of Northern California where is about 35 - 45 mins from North Hwy 1 San Francisco.

....Better get there early to get the picnic table with the fire pit and grill or else...Well, to be safe BYOP bring your own portable grill with charcoal, then you'll be fine. Also, BYOA-B bring your own alcohol-beers with lots of ice in the cooler, otherwise, you'll be in the middle of no-man land! And you'll pay an arm and a leg to get them about 3 miles heading north away from the place.

The Tomales Bay Oyster Company is a seafood farm raised in the hidden tranquility cove along the northern coastal of California. The oyster company has offered fresh perfectly bite size medium oyster shell and drooling chewy Manila clams unlike any unfresh oyster shell with large and milky that you get from the supermarket. We spent about $250 - $300 for a ton of oyster and Manila clams...ate til' we dropped! A dozen of oyster from any sushi or seafood restaurants will cost you as twice as 2 dozens from the Tomales Bay Company. If you call and reserve the table for a group of 10 people will cost you $75 per table with fire pit but my recommendation to you is to save the $75 for liquors & ice cooler, then find the "secret" spot toward the left on hill behind 30 feet the stand alone ladies restroom, you have your own private party instead of the crowd noise at the picnic area. With all that oyster shell and clamps we ate that day, we still want to come back for more. Definite another come back trip before the summer end. By the way, they open all year round!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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“The experience is as good as you make it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

We have been coming to this place for about 5 years or so and it is a default spot to take out of towners along with wine country. You can come and eat fresh oysters at the picnic tables or take then to go. Or, you can bring supplies to grill and spend the day eating and drinking in a gorgeous spot which typical gets sun. To be clear, this is not a restaurant (although it's so popular now that you should do a reservation), so talking a out the service is not applicable. Think of it of a picnic area that happens to have a stall next door selling fresh oysters. That's why it's only as good as your prep.

Tips:
1. Bring a table cloth and real silverware and plates; it elevates it the experience tenfold, trust me.
2. Reserve a table or get there before 10a
3. Stop at Point Reyes Station for any last minute supplies (Palace Market); support the local economy
4. Stop at Point Reyes Station for coffee/pastries across from the market and ice cream (Whale of a Deli) on the way back.
5. Pick a table with some shade or bring some form of shade.
6. Don't forget a chimney starter and lighter; avoid the charcoal that comes packed with lighter fluid.
7. Water!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Get the oysters to go & enjoy the coast!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This was such an amazing experience for me! On a holiday to SF, we were driven to Tomales Bay. As usual (I've been told you have to book a picnic table early) the place was heaving with groups of people bbq-ing and grilling out. We parked up and picked up a bag of fresh oysters and some ice, and packed our oysters into the car and drove around the coast to Reyes Point. I would highly recommend doing this if you can;t get a table.

The oysters were by FAR the best I have EVER tasted. So delicious, I want to go back already!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great! Visit if you're in Northern California”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We were a party of 4 and arrive early at 9:30 am with no reservations. We were fortunate enough to grab a nice table (though with no shade) on the second tier of the picnic area. Most tables are reserved and mostly are large groups.

We loved the oysters, clams & mussels (in that order). We ate them raw and baked. We brought most of our own stuff, except we borrowed some shucking knives and bought gloves. It's fun. They play their own music (eclectic world), the eating areas are clean and they come around and inform you of where to throw your shells vs. garbage and remind you to put your shellfish on ice. It was a scorching hot day and it did get a little uncomfortable around 1 pm, when we left. Hats just didnt cut it.

The website asks you not to grill meat on their grills, but people bring all kinds of meats anyway. Kind of annoyed that we followed the rules and didnt break anything, but the shellfish was great. It was fun!

It can get expensive if you're not keeping track of how many oysters you're buying! But worth it. We'll be back!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Disappointing service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We have visited here in the past and it is a delightful day trip. The web site suggests reservations for summer weekends at a $75 fee including one bag of oysters and the shucking tool and a table for 10 persons. The reservation system did not work although we accessed it several weeks in advance. We called three times, left messages for a return call and left email messages to answer our request. None of these were answered. Decided we could enjoy another activity where our money and effort would be better appreciated. They need to improve their service. Maybe they are so busy they do not need to answer requests. We found a place in Half Moon Bay that sells oysters for the same price for a picnic. It is closer to San Francisco and does not involve a reservation fee.

Visited June 2013
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