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“Lobster dinner special”
Review of Oyster House

Oyster House
Ranked #17 of 4,370 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: City Center West
Description: Formerly known as the Sansom Street Oyster House. Re-opened recently as The Oyster House. Would like to write a review.
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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“Lobster dinner special”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

We're in the Oyster House occasionally, but the thing that brings us back over and over again is the summertime lobster dinner special - 2 one-pounders for $26.00 on Wednesday nights in the summer. Can't beat the food or the value. Pair it with a few oysters from the raw bar and some happy hour drinks and you have the start of a good night. We're planning on going back in September for Restaurant Week and trying something else on the menu. I'd heartily recommend this place for locals and out-of-towners. Their lobster roll is something worth writing home about.

  • Visited August 2013
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Quakertown, Pa
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“Awesome Seafood/Service”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Being from New England I'm very picky about seafood. I've got to tell you, it was as good as it gets. The steamers were so good we ordered 3 buckets(fresh, no sand). Our party also ordered the Lobster rolls and the Lobster clam bake which was also outstanding. Yes, it is a bit expensive with drinks and all but it was well worth it. Good meal before seeing the Avett Brothers in concert at the Mann. Will return!

  • Visited September 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The One and Only”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Every city needs a restaurant with a great raw bar. In Philly, The Oyster House is it. I go here for the 5 - 7 happy hour before Phillies games and before other evening events in the city througout the year. Buck a shuck oysters and $3 beers with a creative and varied beer selection (that constantly changes). You also have a choice of about 10 other varieties of oysters plus clams and other chilled seafood. Best gin selection of any bar in the city. Why drink vodka when you can have gin? Great vodka has no taste. Someone has to explain that to me some day.

We followed with snapper soup for which they are justifiably famous. And some Manhattan claim chowder that had a nice kick to it. Dinner was red drum served with a red bell pepper sauce that was a perfect complement to the fish. And some red potatoes and fresh green beans. Simply delicious.

In and out in 75 minutes and in time for the first pitch at CB Park.

If you're visiting Philly and want to get a cocktail or a few nice brews and some great seafood in an unpretentious, but nicely laid out and cool place to hang, this is your spot.

  • Visited September 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Ultra-Fresh Food”
Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

The Oyster House is our regular lunch place whenever we're in Philadelphia and it never disappoints. Today they were really on their game...wonderful littlenecks and scrumptious shrimp followed by the fried oyster platter for me and the tuna salad for my wife. Everything tastes like it just left the sea, which is probably true. Also, great beers and a selection of wines that perfectly compliment the seafood.

Visited August 2013
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“A great place for lunch”
Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

We popped in for a quick lunch and were deeply impressed. The choice of different types of oysters is very satisfying. The servers are very helpful in assisting you in your choice. After the oysters, we both went for the shrimp salad, which was awesome, with blue cheese, salad, tomatoes, bacon, avocado and egg. We also loved the interior design : no-nonsense, clear and airy, not cramped at all and the raw bar deservedly taking center piece. A real pleasure. A perfect score then ? Not quite. The white housewine was a bit of a let down, rather poor quality and served too warm. That is a pity : a smart high-end restaurateur should always make sure to pick a good quality house wine. Apart from that : an address to cherish.

Visited August 2013
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