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“Worth the wait - always a treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of A W Shucks

A W Shucks
Ranked #11 of 156 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Stockton, CA
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48 reviews
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“Worth the wait - always a treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

We LOVE this place. Because it is not dog friendly, we can only stop in when we come to Carmel without the pupper dog. On our recent trip, we were alone and so stopped in twice :)

The place is very small and you may need to wait outside until a table is available. The smaller the group, the better. We sat at the bar both times this trip. I prefer the higher bar chairs in front of the oyster bar, rather than the bar stools. The bar does have the much needed purse hooks for your bag which is very handy. This place is so good, I say take whatever table they can give you!

I ordered half dozen oysters, 2 of each of the available selection for that day and enjoyed all of them. We also ordered the oysters 'shuckefeller.' I did not care for them too much, very garlicy. My fiancee did like them; she does not prefer oysters raw. The crabcake is another great option. You can order it a la carte which is good for a late lunch or snack to share (its a good portion, not small). I ordered the chowder (white) and half seafood sandwich. I thought it was great!

You have to order the bloody mary here. Even if you don't normally like them. They are killer here!

This place is always very lively and noisy. I would say it's best for couples or small groups without children.

  • Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Nothing Bad to Say - a jewel!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

We discovered this lovely place during a 3 week road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway (plus Napa). After some fine dining experiences elsewhere we turned up in "fancy" Carmel after a sweaty morning hike looking like a total mess. AW Shucks welcomed us in with open arms, rustled up a place at the bar and fed us one of the best lunches we had during our entire trip. Great friendly service with very professional knowledge of food and wine. We had fish tacos and the seafood platter: fresh, fresh, fresh. Good wines by the glass. A lovely local place where we got more than we paid for in what could have been a tourist trap. A great experience, thank you!!

  • Visited July 2012
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San Francisco CA
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

We had a simple snack---fish & chips for him, grilled cheese sandwich for me---but both were fresh, crisp, & delicious. Very good service, and decent wine. Unpretentious sports bar with lots of locals as well as tourists, which is a good sign.

Visited December 2012
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Salinas, California
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Love the oysters!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Great clam chowder soup and fabulous oysters! The server was very friendly. Small place, but worth the wait!

Visited December 2012
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Carmel, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

Great atmosphere, very attentive wait staff and fresh seafood, done very well. This is a fun place for oysters on the half shell and a good Bloody Mary!

Visited November 2012
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