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“Bring Your Friends and Reserve a Table”

Hog Island Oyster Company
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Marshall
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Kids, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Hog Island Oyster Co. Marshall offers three dining options on the shore of Tomales Bay, the bay where we raise our own oysters and shellfish. 1. Reserve a seat(s) at The Boat Oyster Bar and outdoor oyster bar with communal seating where we shuck and grill oysters for you and offer a small menu of locally sourced, house made bites, beer and wine. The Boat oyster bar is open Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 11:30-4:30 PM. Reservations required. No outside food allowed. 2. Reserve a picnic table and shuck-your-own oysters. Reserve a table and grill, BYO picnic and shuck-your own oysters. Picnic reservations 10:30-1:30 and 2:00-5:00 PM daily. Reservations required. 3. Purchase live, unshucked oysters, shellfish and picnic fare to-go. Open 9-5 PM daily. Retail sales, 9:00am-5:00pm Picnic Area,10:00am-5:00pm (reservation required) The Boat Oyster Bar,11:00am - 4:30pm Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon (reservation required) Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Days.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Bring Your Friends and Reserve a Table”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

This review is for those who want to reserve a table to shuck your own oysters.
A true highlight of 2014 for me. If you love oysters and don’t mind shucking them, this is the place for you. Go with a group and try to do the morning booking (I believe there's one at 10:30 am - 2:00 pm) because it gets super packed there. You must reserve a table in advance. The cost for a table reservation is around $5 per person. Once you get there, it’s valet parking only (it’s free so all you have to do is tip them). Once you arrive, walk toward the bathrooms and on your left hand side you’ll see an area with lots of tables. That’s where you check in for your table. At the check in, they stamp your hand so that you can order your oysters. After this, you set up your assigned table, then walk to the oyster ordering area (which is where you left your car), you show them your stamp and that lets them know you have a reserved table. They show you how to shuck the oyster and provide you with a glove, knife, tray and ice. The prices are pretty affordable – you buy oysters by the dozen and the small ones are around $11 a dozen. Some good things to know: you can bring your own alcohol (beer, wine, bubbly), you can bring your own food (they have BBQs so bring charcoal, fire fluid and matches and you can make burgers if you want), it’s nice to bring a throwaway table cloth, but not necessary. I would recommend bringing a disposable try to clean the oysters in (like one of those aluminum turkey trays you use during thanksgiving. Though the oysters are clean, you might want to rinse them off. This tray is great to put the ice and the oysters in because they have to stay cold, especially in warm weather otherwise you can get sick). Bring your own lemons, plates, knives, cups, etc…and condiments (hot sauce like Tabasco is provided on the table).

  • Visited January 2014
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Sacramento, California
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“Beautiful Morning”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

The best service and oysters! We had reservations for 10:30am and wondered if we would be ready to BBQ and eat oysters at that time - OMG - the oysters there can be eaten at any time! We shucked and grilled 2 doz and enjoyed each bite! Will return!! Service was so friendly! A fun place!

Visited January 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“WAY to crowded now. Impossible to enjoy”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

We have been visiting HIOC in Marshall for over a decade and during the past few years, it has gotten increasingly difficult to enjoy ourselves there. Now it is so crowded on weekends that reservations have become essential if you want to guarantee a table. The problem is, tables are reserved months and months out -- 6 months or more is not uncommon and generally the rule. If you decide to take your chances, there are about 5 first-come-first-serve tables available but then you MUST buy the pre-shucked oysters. I'm sorry, but the whole fun of HIOC is to shuck yourself. Never mind that we bought an entire bag (50 oysters) and paid $60, we could not sit at one of the tables and shuck what we bought from them on-premise. It is simply not allowed. HOIC is a victim of its own success and, as locals, we will no longer visit them. Too bad for us, but HOIC is making money hand-over-fist, so they really don't care.

  • Visited January 2014
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Campbell, California
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“Dubious at first...”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Open-air, rustic accommodations. Not much to look at as you skirt the industrial-strength water tubs to get to the holy grail of oyster consumption. But once you are there, ordering your oysters and your cheese plate and your bread, and you're looking over the calm waters of the bay, all is right with the world.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Melinda P
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Get Oysters from the Source”
Reviewed December 3, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Hog Island has a location in the Ferry Building in San Francisco, but nothing beats visiting them on Tomales Bay. Great drive up from the city (either over or around Mt. Tam) - also can be done in conjunction with Point Reyes - the town and/or the lighthouse. Hog Island offers a couple options; you can reserve a picnic table and grill, bring your own food along with buying some oysters to grill, or you can order raw or bbq'd oysters à la carte from their bar, along with bread, cheese, beer and wine. As all the seating is outdoor picnic benches (the view is amazing), keep the weather in mind.

Visited December 2013
Thank Jeff W
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