Rhode Island Oyster Guide

Raw bar deals, must-try meals and oyster farm tours: This comprehensive guide dishes on Rhode Island's favorite bivalve.

Raw Deal

Where to get the best buck-a-shuck deals and other specials.
By Samantha Labrecque

Restaurant: Benjamin’s Restaurant and Raw Bar
254 Thames St., Newport, 846-8768, benjaminsrawbar.com
What’s the deal? Raw Bar Happy Hour includes $1 oysters and 75-cent clams.
Availability: Daily, noon–2 p.m.; all day on Tuesdays.
Harvest Location: Rhode Island, if available, Blue Points from Connecticut, and Canadian oysters.

Restaurant: Bristol Oyster Bar
448 Hope St., Bristol, 396-5820, bristoloysterbar.com
What’s the deal? $1 oysters.
Availability: Tues.–Sun. 4–6 p.m.
Harvest Location: Rhode Island oyster farms, including the restaurant owner’s own farm, Aquidneck Oyster Farm.

Restaurant: Chair 5
1208 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 363-9820, dinechair5.com
What’s the deal? Buck-a-shuck on the Rooftop.
Availability: Daily, 4–6 p.m.
Harvest Location: Daily selection of Rhode Island oysters.

Restaurant: Coast Guard House
40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 789-0700, thecoastguardhouse.com
What’s the deal? Buck-a-shuck oysters and clams.
Availability: Mon.–Fri. 3–6 p.m.
Harvest Location: Rhode Island; Walrus and Carpenter and Salt Pond.

Restaurant: Ella’s Fine Food and Drink
2 Tower St., Westerly, 315-0606, ellasfinefoodanddrink.com
What’s the deal? Buck-a-shuck oysters in the lounge.
Availability: Nightly.
Harvest Location: Rhode Island oysters.

Restaurant: Greenwich Bay Oyster Bar
240 Main St., East Greenwich, 398-2462, greenwichbayoysterbar.com
What’s the deal? Buck-a-shuck oysters. Plus, buy a dozen oysters and get a bottle of wine.
Availability: Mon.–Fri. 4–6 p.m.; Sat.–Sun. noon–4 p.m.
Harvest Location: Rotating oysters from Beavertail in Jamestown, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and Blue Point in Connecticut.

Restaurant: Matunuck Oyster Bar
629 Succotash Rd., South Kingstown, 783-4202, rhodyoysters.com
What’s the deal? Buck-a-shuck oysters.
Availability: Mon.–Thurs. 4–6 p.m.
Harvest Location: Matunuck Oysters grown at Matunuck Oyster Farm in Potter Pond.

Restaurant: Midtown Oyster Bar
345 Thames St., Newport, 619-4100, midtownoyster.com
What’s the deal? Champagne and Shells: Get three complimentary oysters with the purchase of a glass of Champagne, sparkling wine or a specialty beer. Or get a dozen free when buying a full bottle.
Availability: Tues. 5–10 p.m.
Harvest Location: Local oysters from rotating Rhode Island farms, as well as other New England areas.

Restaurant: Mill’s Tavern
101 North Main St., Providence, 272-3331, millstavernrestaurant.com
What’s the deal? $1 oysters, $1 shrimp cocktail and Point Judith littlenecks on the half-shell.
Availability: Mon.–Sat. 5–8 p.m.; Sun. 4–7 p.m. at the bar.
Harvest Location: Local oysters depending on availability; varies daily.

Restaurant: New Rivers
7 Steeple St., Providence, 751-0350, newriversrestaurant.com
What’s the deal? $1 oysters.
Availability: Tues. 5 p.m. until close.
Harvest Location: Walrus and Carpenter Oysters from Ninigret Pond and Dutch Harbor.

Restaurant: Providence Oyster Bar
283 Atwells Ave., Providence, 272-8866, provoysterbar.com
What’s the deal? Appy Hour Menu: $1 oysters, littlenecks and cherrystones; $1.50 shrimp.
Availability: Mon. 4–6:30 p.m.; Tues. –Sun. 3–6:30 p.m. at the bar.
Harvest Location: Rhode Island oysters are served here, but buck-a-shucks are typically Malpeques from Prince Edward Island.

Restaurant: TwoTen Oyster Bar and Grill
210 Salt Pond Rd., South Kingstown, 782-0100, twotenobg.com
What’s the deal? Buck-a-shuck oysters.
Availability: Mon.–Fri. 4–6 p.m.; Sat. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Harvest Location: Varies; Narragansett Bay, Quonset Point, Watch Hill, Beavertail and Cape Cod and Maine varieties.