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The Jolly Oyster

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San Buenaventura State Park, Ventura, CA 93001
+1 805-798-4944
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Phoenix, Arizona
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2015

What a fun experience and opportunity for teamwork. None of of had shucked an oyster before. We quickly learned how with a lesson from staff (altho we did not get really good at it!) The oysters and stone crab were so fresh! It was an entirely worthwhile experience and satisfied my seafood craving (we live in Arizona)! A true taste... More 

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Dearborn, Missouri
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103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2015

Not only was the food good but the staff was incredible. So friendly and helpful. Especially if you are not sure what to order and how to order Outside next to the beach is where they are so it is a great experience overall.

Thank DSArchitect
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2015

Sunday, two "food trucks", one semi-permanent- the place has a perimeter lined by the shucked oysters, picnic tables and lots of people. Some are going to the "buy it raw" oyster, crab, and other shelled fish bar, you can buy shucking knives and are roasting them, or eating them raw. It looks like people have moved in for the day,... More 

Ventura, California
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

I found this place by groupon. I had no idea what to expect. drove to ventura state beach thought I was at wrong place. but it was the spot. a coveryed mobile trailer. my initial visit was great. the owner was very nice and explained the source of oysters. the only problem is you have to crack open the oysters... More 

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Ventura, California
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2014

What started as a small oyster truck has now turned into a delicious oyster & clam experience. They added a kitchen and now send out some of the most delicious seafood I've tasted! It's right next to the beach and they offer fun outdoor picnic seating . This is a must visit if you're in the area!

1 Thank lindsaylauren2014
Ventura, California
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59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2014

The Jolly Oyster is a real treasure at the State Beach park in Ventura. A wee shack & picnic tables 100 yards from beach dunes. There are BBQ pits so you can barbeque oysters (and/or other items you may choose to bring) and the oysters & clams are amazing. Buy in the shell (they will also shuck for you) to... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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638 reviews
410 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2014

Discovered these food trucks on the bike path as I was heading to the pier. WOW the Kumamoto oysters were the best we had ever had. Fresh and didn't need cocktail sauce, just a little lemon and it was perfect. They have a shuck shack where you can buy in bulk and crack them open yourself. Great place that I... More 

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Santa Rosa
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74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful fresh oysters by the sea. What more do you need? They offer many items, among them oyster tacos in a handmade GMO-free corn tortilla. I love they offer GMO-free but this wasn't my favorite. The flavors didn't quite mesh for me. I'll stick with the oysters raw on the half shell. They were simply perfect. My daughter ordered the... More 

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Ventura, California
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

I am not necessarily a connoisseur of oysters but I have had oysters up and down the coast with different preparations and this place hands down beats them all (some should just stop serving them). I love to shuck them there they will show you how (they showed me) the Jolly sauce is delicious. The food truck does oyster tacos... More 

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Lafayette, California
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97 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

BYOB and make sure the "hot truck" is there if you want prepared food. It is inside the Ventura St Beach, but the Park Rangers let you in for 20mins free and The Jolly Oyster validates another hour (or more...) They have right next to each other : 1) Shuck Shack- where by health regulations they can only sell you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: San Buenaventura State Park, Ventura, CA 93001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: +1 805-798-4944
the freshest clams and mussels I have ever tried. Basically farm fresh, sold from a concession in the beach side state park. BBQ yourself - superb!

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