The 11 best places to eat oysters in Charlotte

The 11 best places to eat oysters in Charlotte
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Love oysters? Here’s the 11 best restaurants to devour oysters in Charlotte.

Below is a list (in no specific order) of the top oysters spots in Charlotte.

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Farm-to-table spot in the Back Lot of Park Road Shopping Center featuring oysters and clams from their sister Rappahannock Oyster Company

Oyster situation: Owner Travis Croxton, also owns an oyster farm in Virginia. Expect a variety of oysters, including grilled with herb butter, preserved lemon or tomato jam. RockSalt does a “$1 Oyster Happy Hour” from 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

oysters at rocksalt seafood restaurant in charlotte

N.C. Red

“New England-New South” restaurant in Plaza Midwood

Creator: Bruce Moffett — the guy behind Good Food, Barrington’s and Stagioni — recently opened his fourth restaurant named N.C. Red in Plaza Midwood.

Oysters: They’re Sourced from both the East and West Coasts and served up as grilled, Rockefeller, casino and broiled.

Sea Level

Seafood restaurant and oyster bar in the heart of Uptown

Deal: Sea Level offers hours oysters for $1 from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sea Level typically has 8-10 different types of oysters.

Go big: Start your group off with a Heart Seafood Tower – whole Maine lobster, 24 oysters (3 varieties), 12 chilled mussels, 8 chilled clams, 10 shrimp cocktail, salmon tartare and black sturgeon caviar ($125).

Fin & Fino

Spacious, well designed Uptown spot featuring seafood and American dishes

Oyster situation: Expect a rotating daily selection of oysters with at least 12 different kinds, including the Katama Bay, which has a sweet-like-candy finish, or the Miyagi, which has a tangy cucumber finish according to the restaurant.


Upscale southern food in SouthPark

Oyster options:  North Carolina oysters and Virginia coast oysters. You can also order their fried oysters with lemon aioli and beet slaw or their signature “Oysters ‘Dogwood’ that are roasted on the half shell.

Growler’s Pourhouse

Cozy bar in the heart of NoDa know for their good bar food

Oyster situation: They’ll typically have a 3-4 oyster selections with a focus on Atlantic varietals. It’s also one of the only spots in town that you can order 50 oysters at a time (chef’s selection for $90).

Beverage: Order their oyster shooter with a Pourhouse Point oyster, cocktail sauce, lemon juice, cracked black pepper and Absolut Peppar Vodka.

oysters at growlers pourhouse noda charlotte

Eddie V’s

Seafood and steakhouse in Uptown

Oyster situation: Eddie V’s offers a handful of east and west coast oyster options served on ice with cocktail and mignonette sauces.


Upscale seafood and sushi spot in SouthPark with a focus on Pacific Rim dishes

Deal: $1 east coast oysters on the half shell all day on Monday and 1/2 off oysters from 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Crunkleton

Popular cocktail bar in Elizabeth

Deal: $1 raw oysters on Mondays.

Oyster options: You can order them raw with charred lemon, migonette, horseradish and saltines – or charred with pecorino, blackening spice and hearth bread.

Hello, Sailor

Award-winning restaurant overlooking Lake Norman

Creators: Owners are Joe and Katy Kindred, the couple behind the hit restaurant Kindred in Davidson (side note: when you go to Kindred, obviously get their famous Crispy Oysters).

Dish: East vs west coast oysters with fernet mignonette.

The Waterman

Casual fish bar in South End with 80-seat rooftop bar dubbed Topside

Oyster options: Crispy oysters with spicy glaze, Texas toast, ranch, house-made pickles; Chargrilled oysters with charred onion butter or creamed spinach and bacon; and oysters on the half sell with house-made cocktail sauce, horseradish and lemon.

Deal: $1 oysters from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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