Located in the heart of Center City just a few blocks off of Rittenhouse Square, the Oyster House has a nice "feel" to it. Pleasant ambiance, friendly staff. Behind the busy bar, you can watch expert shuckers at work, popping open tasty oysters and clams. In addition to shellfish -- raw and cooked -- there is a varied seafood menu, and a few meat choices, though this isn't a place meat-eaters would likely be drawn to. This restaurant has been in Philadelphia a long time -- it was originally the Sansom Oyster House after the street it's on, but for some reason they dropped the "Sansom." But the quality is as good as ever. I had wonderful clam chowder, just the right consistency, not the thick, gummy stuff. I followed that with one of my favorite seafood-house dishes, fried oysters and chicken salad. Although this is on the "small plate" menu, it was more than adequate to my appetite. Others in my party had shrimp and fish preparations and pronounced them excellent. This is one of the city's best-known restaurants and it draws its share of tourists, but it's a favorite with the locals as well.
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