The 10 best places to eat oysters in Charlotte

The 10 best places to eat oysters in Charlotte
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This article was first published in September 2019. It was last updated on September 16, 2020.

Love oysters? Here are the 10 best restaurants to devour oysters in Charlotte.

Oysters can be enjoyed year-round, but the old-school rule of thumb is to eat them during the months that contain the letter “r” — September through April, the cooler months.

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


Honorable mention: Boardwalk Billy’s and Dogwood Southern Table. Due to coronavirus, not every restaurant has consistent availability to oysters and many restaurant have scaled down their menus. When oysters return, it’s worth a visit to both.

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Note: The availability of oysters varies from week to week. Be sure to call before you go.


RockSalt

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

Oysters: 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 4-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

oysters at rocksalt seafood restaurant in charlotte


N.C. Red

“New England-New South” restaurant in Plaza Midwood

Creator: This is the fourth restaurant from Bruce Moffett — the guy behind Good Food, Barrington’s, and Stagioni. N.C. Red is located in the former Penguin space in Plaza Midwood.

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

Deal: $1.50 North Carolina and Virginia Coast oysters on Tuesdays.


Sea Level

Seafood restaurant and oyster bar in the heart of Uptown

Deal: Sea Level offers oysters for $1 from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Sea Level typically has 8-10 different types of oysters.


STIR

New South End restaurant with an oyster bar

Oysters: STIR’s oyster bar has raw, char-broiled, fried oysters casino, and oysters Rockefeller. Speciality rotating oysters are $3 each.

Full story: Oyster and cocktail bar STIR is now open in South End’s RailYard

STIR south end restaurant


Fin & Fino

Spacious, well designed Uptown spot featuring seafood and American dishes

Oyster situation: Expect a rotating daily selection of oysters, including Rappahannock and Olde Salt. Most oysters are about $3 each.

Go big: Go on a tasting tour of F&F’s menu and order “The Treatment” for $59. $5 of that goes to charity; the current charity is Heal Charlotte.

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Growler’s Pourhouse

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

Oyster situation: Their limited menu during the pandemic includes roasted oysters ($15). In pre-corona times, Growler’s had 3-4 oyster selections with a focus on Atlantic varietals. It was also one of the only spots in town that you could order 50 oysters at a time (chef’s selection for $90).

Beverage: Order the 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.


The Crunkleton

Popular cocktail bar in Elizabeth

Oyster options: You can order them raw with charred lemon, mignonette, horseradish, and saltines — or charred with pecorino, blackening spice, and hearth bread. Each option comes with a half-dozen oysters for $18.


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 an 80-seat rooftop bar dubbed Topside

Oyster options: Usually about six types of oysters, including Sea Level oysters and Delaware Wilds.

Deal: $1 oysters from 2-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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