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Oyster House

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1516 Sansom St, Fl 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-2811
+1 215-567-7683
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“oysters” (367 reviews)
“lobster roll” (101 reviews)
“turtle soup” (19 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1516 Sansom St, Fl 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-2811
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Reviewed today

My wife and I went for her birthday lunch. We are both big fans of seafood asnd this place hit the spot in every way imaginable. The Oysters were the freshest I have eaten for a long time and simply delicious. We also tried the...More

Thank Rupert D
Reviewed today

We stopped here to grab a quick bite to eat. We chose a dozen oysters along with some calamari and a couple of beverages. The oysters were very tasty. The calamari was a tad overcooked. The beverages were tasty to say the least. We did...More

Thank Chillaxin71
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Having visited from the mountains of North Carolina, we were seafood deprived and showing severe seafood withdrawal symptoms. A huge selection of oysters calmed down our jitters and a perfectly steamed lobster satisfied our cravings. Although a little on the pricey side, the quality of...More

Thank flyingmike1
Reviewed 4 days ago

HAVE to Preface this review by saying when I travel, Trip Advisor has SELDOM steered me wrong. This little amazing spot is no exception. If you love oysters, being a part of a lively happy hour and getting to taste the freshest seafood in Philly,...More

Thank zorka3500
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love raw oysters, this is the place. More than half dozen varieties available individually. We went for lunch and had great service. The seared scallops with arugula salad with tzaziki sauce was great. The scallops were juicy and perfectly cooked and the tzaziki...More

Thank Andrew C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great variety of oysters. The service wasn't top notch but not bad. We order few plates with our oysters and it was OK. There wasn't enough flavor to our taste.

Thank Erika G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best strategy for this place is to use the app and book a seat. Arriving at happy hour was a lot of congestion and hard to get a seat. Give your name to the door people and it may take 40 minutes to get seated....More

Thank AussieSteveR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool atmosphere and we’re glad we went. We chose to go early to enjoy drinks and appetizers so we got to take it in. The staff was very nice. It was happy hour so the bar was super crowded. The oyster plates on the...More

Thank Stephanie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal which consisted of 6 oysters from different parts of the country, followed by lobster roll and fries, accompanied by a glass of cold wine. The ambience of the oyster bar is lovely, even if I was on my own. It...More

Thank Moses H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All seafood is fresh and tasty. I just wonder why they no longer serve oyster stew? So try the steamed clams ( my favorite) or mussels a philly thing. Good service. Good bar.

Thank jean m
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David G
July 6, 2018|
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Response from chuckees1 | Reviewed this property |
walk west on samson street 2 blocks
David G
July 6, 2018|
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Response from JohnnJack | Reviewed this property |
4 blocks
December 18, 2016|
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Response from Joey M | Reviewed this property |
20 - 30 minutes depending on traffic and time of day. It is in city limits so the ride by cab is $ 35 fixed price by the City Council.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1516 Sansom St, Fl 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-2811
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighborhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-567-7683
Formerly known as the Sansom Street Oyster House. Re-opened recently as The Oyster House. Would like to write a review.
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