If you’re one of those people with an at-home shucking kit and an oyster delivery plug, respect. But many of us aren’t so lucky, and need to journey outside to enjoy the wonders of the oyster. These 9 places certainly aren’t the only restaurants in Miami serving oysters, but they do all have outdoor seating and plenty of beer and cocktail options. And that is, personally, our favorite way to eat oysters.
At the new Downtown spot Over Under, you can sit on the sidewalk, drink excellent frozen palomas and piña coladas, and eat a variety of fresh Gulf oysters. Doesn’t that sound nice? Maybe one thing leads to another and you get a cheeseburger (very good) and some fish dip (also very good) too. This is the kind of place where you might just hang out for a couple of hours and have four drinks without really realizing it.
Spillover in Coconut Grove has rebranded as Kush Coconut Grove, but don’t get too confused with semantics. All you need to know is that they’ve still got oysters. West coast and east coast varieties are available for about $3 each. There are also alligator bites, plenty of beer, cocktails, and the burgers you know and love from Kush, just in case those oysters don’t fill you up. There’s a decent number of outdoor tables here and you can have a beer while you wait just in case the place is full.
Phuc Yea has patio seating and some really pretty tables set up on their back patio. There, you can have some great cocktails while enjoying $1 east coast and $2 west coast oysters on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-7pm. On Sundays, they’re available all day long, from noon-9pm. Reservations are available online.
River Oyster is a classic Brickell spot that recently moved into a new location. The best part about this new location? There’s some outdoor seating, where one can order up a wide variety of oysters, perhaps even some champagne, and pretend to celebrate something. Also, get the scallop crudo. It’s fantastic and no fake celebration would be complete without it.
Garcia’s is a classic Miami spot for anything involving seafood. If it swam or lived in water at some point, they serve it here. And they probably make it taste really good too. Outdoor seating is available (the restaurant also has a view of the Miami River) and you can get your oysters fresh, fried, or in an oyster cocktail. Reservations are suggested. Call (305) 375-0765 to make one.
Montey’s is a big, outdoor, waterfront restaurant in Coconut Grove that looks like a tiki hut that ate some magical beans and became huge. If they didn’t serve oysters here, we’d be a little offended. Luckily, they do. Gulf oysters are available all day long, and so are some strong frozen drinks, which are slightly cheaper during Happy Hour every Mon-Fri from 4-7pm.
The upscale waterfront restaurant has a good amount of outdoor seating (all with a pretty nice view) and they serve oysters on the half shell at both dinner and brunch. You’ll want to make a reservation here, which you can do online. And if you’re still hungry after your oysters, they’ve got a great grilled snapper and other very good seafood dishes.
We couldn’t imagine Michael’s Genuine without oysters. Thankfully, we don’t have to. The Design District restaurant is still serving a daily selection by the dozen and half-dozen along with a very good menu of pizza, roasted fish, and a stracciatella that’ll go real nice with your oysters. Come here if you want to feel a little fancy and possibly have a martini or two. You should probably make a reservation online.