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The Best Oyster Happy Hours in Los Angeles

August 1, 2022 by Christina Champlin
A platter of oysters from Rappahannock. Photo courtesy of Rappahannock.

Do your eyes light up every time you see oysters on a menu. Mine do. And it’s even better when they are featured on happy hour.

This guide was created to navigate all the deals currently going on at some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. There are just two simple but important requirements to make it on the rundown: 1) oysters need to be under $3 a piece and 2) the quality absolutely has to be on point. Nothing sloppy. Nothing suspicious. Just the best value in town. And that’s what I’ve compiled below.

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Rappahannock Oyster Bar (DTLA)

ROW DTLA’s Rappahannock Oyster Bar hosts happy hour Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. Oysters are $2 a piece and include two types from the Chesapeake Bay, Rappahannock and Olde Salts. Order a mix of both, they taste completely different. Ask for the restaurant’s signature awesome sauce and kimchi mignonette. They make the perfect accompaniment to a plate of ice cold oysters. 

Michael’s (Santa Monica)

Michael’s in Santa Monica offers $3 oysters during happy hour Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 6 p.m. Oysters are served with champagne mignonette, horseradish, ponzu and lemons.

Mama Shelter ( Hollywood)

Every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m., Mama Shelter’s downstairs lobby bar is offering $1 oysters and $5 Martinis in addition to their daily drink happy hour where sips range from $3-$4. 

Good Clean Fun (DTLA)

DTLA natural wine bar Good Clean Fun runs a daily Toasty Time Tuesday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. where $2 raw oysters are served with a tangelo poblano mignonette and pickled mustard seeds. The oysters pair perfectly with their $10 wine specials or a $5 spritz.

Bone Kettle (Pasadena)

Bone Kettle in Pasadena hosts happy hour Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. During this time oysters cost $1.50 a piece and a minimum of six oysters need to be ordered to unlock the deal.

Soulmate (West Hollywood)

West Hollywood’s Spanish Mediterranean restaurant Soulmate offers West Coast and Baja oysters during happy hour for $2 a piece. Oysters are topped with a Pineapple Caviar and Tamarind foam. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the bar area of Soulmate.

LOAM (DTLA)

LOAM at Ace Hotel DTLA hosts a “Golden Hour” Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. where diners can feast on $1.50 oysters. A minimum of six oysters must be ordered to unlock the special price. 

The Greyhound (Glendale)

The Glendale location of The Greyhound has a happy hour that includes $1 oysters plus discounts on beer and wine every Thursday through Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Roe (Long Beach)

Coastal casual restaurant Roe in Long Beach hosts a happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. where you can score seasonal oysters for $3 a piece. 

Tallula’s (Santa Monica)

Coastal Mexican restaurant Tallula’s has a happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. During this time guests can enjoy oysters on a half shell for $2.50.

ETA (Highland Park)

Highland Park’s neighborhood cocktail spot ETA offers $1 happy hour oysters daily from 5 to 8 p.m. or until they run out. Types of oysters change daily. 

La Boheme (West Hollywood)

La Boheme in West Hollywood has an oyster special where diners can order half a dozen oysters for $12 or a dozen for $24. That breaks down to $2 per oyster. The oysters are served with shio ponzu, serrano chili, grapefruit and cilantro. Happy hour runs everyday starting at 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The bar area also hosts happy hour Fridays and Saturdays after 7 p.m.

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar (Koreatown)

The deal at EMC Seafood & Raw Bar in Koreatown is the best in the neighborhood. Happy hour oysters are just $1.50 Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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