National Oyster Day is August 5th and what a better place to celebrate than in Providence, Rhode Island?! With a renowned culinary scene, seafood lovers can enjoy the best of the best at multiple bars and restaurants serving up the freshest oysters. Here are some of the top places to get affordable oysters in Providence, Rhode Island – Cheers!
Mill’s Tavern (101 North Main St.)
Take a seat at the bar for Half Price Happy Hour everyday from 5:00PM-6:30PM and enjoy oysters on the half shell paired with a crisp beer. Both upscale and family friendly, Mill’s Tavern is a Rhode Island favorite that has provided guests with an exceptional dining experience by way of Chef Edward Bolus.
Hemenway’s (121 South Main St.)
A Providence Seafood Classic, The Raw Bar at Hemingway’s is go-to destination for fresh, top-of-catch seafood that has been serving both locals and visitors to the capital city for decades. Chef Max Peterson delights in creating dishes that utilize the freshest selections from New England’s fishmongers and purveyors. Guests can order local oysters a la carte, or opt for the famous Shellfish Platter including oysters, littleneck clams and more while enjoying views of the Providence skyline. Extensive beer options are sue to please all taste buds with a draught beer list, bottled beer list, and a craft beer list including Belgian-Style Ales, IPA’s and Ciders.
Providence Oyster Bar (283 Atwells Ave.)
Located in the heart of historic Federal Hill, Providence Oyster Bar offers residents and visitors the freshest selection of oysters and clams, bold and creative seafood dishes, first class service, and a vibrant, upscale atmosphere. Their “Buck-a-Shuck Appy-Hour Special”, a must-have Rhode Island original, offers $1.50 Oysters served daily from 3:00PM-6:00PM. For dinner, try their “Fresh on Ice Raw Bar” offering unique Oyster Shooters like the Bloody Mary Oyster Shooter with bloody mary mix, vodka and horseradish, and the Mexican Oyster Shooter with tequila, agave nectar, jalapeno and lime zest.
Pizzico Oyster Bar (762 Hope St.)
The rustic yet eclectic decor makes you feel like you’re in New York City and Tuscany at the same time. Pizzico Oyster Bar’s award-winning Italian and Fusion cuisine offers classic Italian fare and a fresh raw bar serving up happy hour daily from 4:00PM-6:00PM on weekdays and 9:00PM-10:00PM on weekends. Dine at the bar or lounge for half price Raw Bar Oysters served with cocktail sauce, classic mignonette, and lemon. Pair with any beer from their rotating beer selection including Dry-Hopped Pilsners, Dry Irish Stout, Amber Ales and more.
And for those who love a crisp rose, Nick’s on Broadway (500 Broadway) offers a special Rose + Oysters pairing menu featuring a half dozen or full dozen oysters chilled with apple-shallot-black pepper mignonette or roasted with pesto, lemon + garlic butter.
Don’t want to eat oysters, no problem – guests can drink oysters with the unique twist of The Industrious Spirit Company’s Ostreida, the first US vodka distilled with fresh oysters! To create Ostreida, the ISCO team performed a distillation using 100% organic corn neutral spirit and just-hauled-from-the-sea local oysters. Ostreida Oyster Vodka captures the spirit of the ocean—notes of salty seacoast and savory minerality with a subtle hint of bivalve bouquet on the nose mix sublimely with their spirits’ signature buttery texture. Pair with fresh oysters, Castlevetrano olives, a little bit of ice, and enjoy! ISCO also donates a portion of sales from each bottle of Ostreida to GreenWave.org, an organization that trains and supports ocean farmers in the era of climate change, working with coastal communities to create a blue economy.
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