Warm sun, palm trees, and cold oysters. What more could a person ask for from Miami in March? These are some of the best places to get oysters on the half shell in southern Florida.
The River Oyster Bar
The River Oyster Bar is a great spot in Miami for oysters served by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. The oysters are flown in from all over the country and frequently come directly from the farms where they're raised in pristine waters. The menu includes both east and west coast varieties. There are Blue Points and Tomahawks from the east or Hood Canals and Cranberries from the west, among others. A chef's selection of oysters gets more affordable from 4:30-7 p.m. and are available for $1.50 a pop at the bar only. Also on special during that time are the house martinis which pair exceptionally well with ice-cold oysters on the half shell.
Monty’s Raw Bar
Monty's Raw Bar opened in1969 and has been serving Miami locals fresh seafood and great cocktails in a tropical environment ever since. The Coconut Grove icon has been the backdrop for a number of popular television shows shot in Miami including Miami Vice, and Burn Notice. The waterfront tiki hut is the best spot for guests to slurp oysters by the bay and the indoor space is air-conditioned giving relief from the Florida heat. If you start craving oysters while out on the water, simply pull up to the dock, park, and head to the bar. Gulf oysters are served on the half shell by the half and full dozen accompanied by the cocktail sauce and the house mignonette. On weekdays from 4-7 p.m., the house happy hour includes oysters and they're only a buck!
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Oyster lovers from Las Vegas will find a familiar raw bar in Miami. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill is currently partnering with Sushisamba for a fun pop up but don't worry, the regular menu with oysters is still available. A selection of seasonal oysters is available by the half dozen for $18 and it's even cheaper by the dozen at $30. Like all good raw bars worth their salt, Sugarcane has a happy hour with oyster specials. East and west coast oysters are available in quantities of six or 12 at $12 and $22, respectively. The happy hour prosecco and pinot grigio are perfect to pair with your oysters. Or, the signature lychee cocktail combines pisco, elderflower, and lychee in a sweet and refreshing libation that just begs for an oyster accompaniment.
Amara at Paraiso
Oysters just taste better by the water and James Beard award-winning Chef/Owner Michael Schwartz's Amara at Paraiso offers prime waterfront dining on Biscayne Bay. Amara celebrates south Florida's diverse food culture by combining Latin American flavors with fresh, coastal ingredients. The views are even better on the rooftop space where there's a fantastic happy hour weekdays from 5-7 p.m. Freshly shucked oysters are only $1 and come with ginger mignonette and lemon, aji panca cocktail sauce. Guests that don't make it for happy hour can still order the Island Creek oysters off of the dinner menu in quantities of six or 12 with the same accompaniments. The Biscayne breeze cocktail with vodka, basil, and cucumber is a refreshing way to wash down your shellfish while enjoying the views.
Fresh from renovations, Mignonette serves some of the freshest oysters on the half shell in Miami. The airy interior with high ceilings creates a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy the ocean's tastiest bivalves. Cozy up to the bar and get ice-cold oysters served with lemon and the house mignonette. Guests that prefer their oysters cooked should go for the oysters Rockefeller baked with herbs, butter, and just a dash of Pernod. Oysters "Frank" is a house specialty that bakes the little shellfish with Manchego cheese, smoked bacon, sherry, and butter. It's salty, decadent and will surely hit the spot.
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink is celebrating its 14th anniversary this year! This design district eatery (with a sister restaurant in Cleveland) serves oysters on the all-day menu. The rotating "tide to table" Island Creek oyster selections are served with a classic mignonette and come in quantities of six or 12. Come by Michael's on Wednesdays and oysters are only $1 all day long. To go along with this oyster deal, Veuve Clicquot is half off all day on Wednesdays too! If champagne is too luxurious a pairing, try the Wynwood "la rubia" blonde ale as an alternative pairing. It's crisp, rich, and local!