Atlanta's 11 Most Beautiful Oyster Bars

Atlanta may be many miles from the sea, but this city is certainly discerning when it comes to quality seafood. At these esteemed oyster bars, the wealth of varieties from quality sources is of utmost importance. When combined with beautiful ambience and curated cocktails, it won't take long to see why Atlanta adores a dozen on the half shell. 

C. Ellet's

Set just outside SunTrust Park in The Battery Atlanta, this modern steakhouse from esteemed Chef Linton Hopkins and wife Gina is named for Hopkin's great-grandfather. A walk-up oyster bar is open on weekends and for SunTrust Park events. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 

The Optimist

This chic restaurant embodies coastal living—from tangy cocktails to delicious starters (seafood gumbo, mussels in crabby-coconut broth, fried clam roll), roasted fish dishes and a wine list heavy in coastal selections. Also features a raw bar and outdoor patio with mini-golf. L (M-F), D (daily).

Kimball House

This train depot-turned-restaurant offers farm-to-table food, craft drinks and one of the city's best oyster bars in an industrial-chic setting. The bar serves up absinthe service, classic cocktails, wine and draft beers. D (daily).

W. H. Stiles Fish Camp

W. H. Stiles Fish Camp Atlanta may be miles from the sea, but we sure are discerning about seafood. Anchor down with some of the city’s best at chef Anne Quatrano’s raw bar inside Ponce City Market, also know as “Dub’s” for short.


Lure blends a weathered seaside fish house with a fine-dining coastal restaurant. Enjoy fresh oysters, perfectly cooked fish and a long list of hand-crafted cocktails. A patio, and private and group dining options are also available. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa&Su).


The city’s most prolific restaurateur, Ford Fry has gone and done it again with his playful new seafood restaurant. After gawking at the interiors, which embody two distinct ambiences in the upstairs and downstairs spaces, you’ll need a moment to appreciate the menu’s diversity.

Miller Union

Named “Best Chef: Southeast” by the 2017 James Beard Awards, Chef Steven Satterfield makes magic at this esteemed restaurant located in a refurbished warehouse once occupied by Miller Union Stockyards. The menu features simple, seasonal cuisine in addition to a boutique wine list and handcrafted cocktails.

Six Feet Under

Cornmeal Georgia catfish platter with “killer” coleslaw, oysters on the half shell, little neck clams and an icy draught beer are ideal companions for the rooftop at both locations of this casual restaurant.

Hugo's Oyster Bar

Created by local restaurateurs Jonathan Schwenk and Rich Clark, this hot spot near historic Roswell captures the flavors and flair of the American South.

Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar

Created by local beloved Chef Doug Turbush, this is East Cobb’s go-to spot for elevated yet approachable, chef-driven seafood. Inspired by coastal travels, this menu is bound by no borders and the kitchen employs both modern and age-old live wood-fire cooking techniques for fresh, bold flavors.

The Mercury

Inspired by midcentury American culture, this refined new eatery in Ponce City Market is all about the good life. Enjoy a bite from the raw bar, chops and steaks, and dishes like burrata ravioli and grilled Atlantic swordfish. The bar program offers classic cocktails featuring housemade ingredients and premium spirits.