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“Solid, fresh seafood house,casual” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Oyster House

Oyster House
1516 Sansom St, Fl 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (City Center West)
(215) 567-7683
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Ranked #28 of 3,843 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: City Center West
Description: Formerly known as the Sansom Street Oyster House. Re-opened recently as The Oyster House. Would like to write a review.
Redwood City, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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“Solid, fresh seafood house,casual”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This is a very nice place for good, fresh, simply prepared seafood. The only non seafood item I can remember was a hamburger. There is a busy bar where it seems the locals come and a large seafood bar for fresh oysters and other crustaceons. The place will remind you of 'Cheers'. Noise level is substantial. The wife had a large crabcake, very good, and I had a perfectly cooked piece of flounder. Prices are what you would expect for a big city restaurant-$100-120 with a bottle of wine. Wine was pricey-most over $40 and if you are going to have a real wine list then you should have real wine glasses which they don't. Service was very friendly if not overly helpful. I'm not overly fond of the 'everything is wonderful' response from the waitstaff when you ask for their recommendations.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Spring City, Pennsylvania
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73 reviews 73 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“OK seafood place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This place could be better, I am not into raw oysters, but love fried oysters, oyster stews, The fried oysters can be ordered as fried or southern fried, I prefer the southern, crab cakes were good, shrimp cocktails (it takes a real smuck to ruin shrimp cocktails) were ok, drinks were ok, atmosphere was nice, the owner/manager was rude and nose in the air type. Lobster rolls may cut 8 hours of driving to Maine except the lobster is mixed with celery and mayo, (a Maine no no) all in all, I would go back.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“The name says it all. And they're gpod!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

My favorite, so far, Oyster place in the tri-state area. Their Happy Hour, 5-7 M-F, and 9-11 Sat nights is worth the trip- buck a shuck on their choice. Beer and drink specials round out the Happy Hour. Watching the shuckers is half the fun.

They have other seafood, too. From chowder to lobster. Oh, and a burger for the seafood challenged. Have tried some of the others. Good, the grilled octopus is a standput appetizer and the lobster roll is good. But it is the Oyster House...

Usually busy and a bit noisy but the service is good.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, Georgia
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Fresh oysters, bustling”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Good selection of raw seafood. The oysters were fresh. The restaurant has a nice ambiance. Service was good.

Visited October 2012
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Great find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

Family was looking for a lunch spot. Great atmosphere and service. Oysters were superb and everyone enjoyed their lunch. Clam roll was best I've had. Try the bloodthirsty Caesar

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