Best of the Day: The Best Places for $1 Oysters in Boston
Celebrate National Oyster Day with 25 places to find $1 oysters. Don’t be shellfish—bring a friend.
Welcome to Best of the Day, our daily recommendation for what to check out around town. If you do one thing in Boston today, consider this.
“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?”
But answer came there none—
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.
— “The Walrus and The Carpenter,” Lewis Carroll
Here we are, in the golden age of the oyster: According to Island Creek Oysters founder and owner Skip Bennett, we have entered “America’s oyster renaissance,” a time when bivalves are bountiful and demand is high.
August 5 marks National Oyster Day—which might be a curious thing to celebrate in the month of August, considering that it’s not a month with “R” in its name. Traditionally, that was considered a time for oyster seekers to steer clear. But you can rest easy: That old chestnut only applies to wild-caught oysters, not the farmed (and rigorously tested) oysters that appear in restaurants.
So let’s celebrate with some $1 oysters. Where can you find yours? Here are some of the best dollar-oyster deals in town (and beyond), from 25 of our favorite restaurants.
Sundays, 3-5 p.m.
Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Mondays, 5-7 p.m.
Sunday-Thursday, 5-7 p.m.
Towne Stove and Spirits
Mondays, 4-8 p.m.
Wednesdays-Fridays, 4-6 p.m.
Daily, 5-7 p.m. (4-7 p.m. on Sundays).
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Daily, 4-6 p.m.
Daily, After 11 p.m.
Puritan & Co.
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. until oysters run out.
Mondays, 5:30 p.m. until oysters run out.
Russell House Tavern
Daily, 11 p.m.-12 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday.
Ten Tables, Cambridge
Monday-Friday, 5:30-7 p.m.
Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Ten Tables, J.P.
Sundays, 3-5 p.m.
Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-11 p.m.
Daily (closed Tuesdays), 5-6 p.m.
Brine Oyster Bar
Thursdays, 9-11:45 p.m.
5 Corners Kitchen
Daily, 5-6 p.m.
Scarlet Oak Tavern
Monday-Wednesday, 5-9 p.m.
Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar
Mondays, 4:30 p.m.-close.
To find more oysters, consult Pearl, an app that helps you find oysters at local restaurants.