Australia, get ready to shuck and slurp your way through these oyster bars!
Finding the best places for oysters can be rock hard. Up until now that is.
Whether you like them drizzled with a squeeze of lemon, accompanied with a mignonette sauce or paired with a glass of champagne, there’s no better feeling that slurping your way through a dozen of freshly shucked and sourced Australian oysters.
However you like them dressed, do it your way with our help! Lover or first time trier, be sure to check out these best oyster bars around Australia in 2023!
The Best Oyster Bars in Sydney:
The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room
Located in heritage listed Johnson’s Building in the heart of Sydney, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room which feels like a timeless New York French brasserie, should be every Sydneysiders go-to for freshly shucked oysters. Freshly shucked, guests can opt to have their dozen served with just lemon, kilpatrick style or beer battered with a spicy habanero mayonnaise. Taking pride in supporting their local suppliers and farmers, The Morrison also knows how to attract the crowds with their indulgent food and drink menu.
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Usually when we think of Rockpool Bar & Grill, we think of mouth-melting beef that has been cooked to perfection. But, for those who have not visited this fine establishment as of yet, it’s also one of the best places for oysters in Sydney. Here, guests will be able to indulge in Rockpool’s freshly shucked oysters that’s paired with a mignonette. Match your booking with another dish from the cold bar before you sip your way through the Pendennis Highball that’s made with gin, apricot, bitters and bubbles.
The Best Oyster Bars in Hobart:
The Drunken Admiral
Operating out of Hobart’s Old Wharf since 1979, The Drunken Admiral offers some of the freshest Tasmanian seafood this side of the Bass Strait. Feast on some of their menu highlights including Tasmanian Salmon, Chipotle Squid and Aussie Tiger Prawns to name just a few. However, the real star of the show is the interior: walking inside feels like being transported to a time of pirates and plundering, with wooden interiors, life jackets, and oil lanterns that capture the swash buckling era like few others have. This iconic seafood restaurant in Hobart has become popular locals and tourists alike, so make sure to reserve a ticket to set to sail the high seas with The Drunken Admiral!
Pearl + Co
A glistening beacon of Tasmania’s booming restaurant scene, Pearl + Co has spent years honing their craft to become one of the best oyster bars in Hobart. Operating right on the Victoria Dock waterfront means you have a stunning view of River Derwent as you slurp into some of the freshest oysters Australia has to offer. Also making our list as one of the Best Seafood Restaurants in Hobart, here you’ll also find plenty of boutique cocktails, delicious wines, local beer on tap and Tasmanian ciders.
The Best Oyster Bars in Melbourne:
Tucked along Flinders Lane in Melbourne’s CBD is Cumulus Inc. Encompassing the feel of its surroundings, Cumulus is best described as the perfect combination of fine food meets art. Opening their doors back in 2008, for the past 15 years Cumulus Inc. has been famed for its fresh seafood selection. With everything from raw and cured, their menu includes the likes of Abrolhos Island Scallop, Tuna Tartare, Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder and Berkshire Pork Cutlet with baby leek. Of course, being one of the best oyster bars in Melbourne, you’ll also find freshly shucked shellfish from Merimbula and Boomer Bay. A must visit in 2023!
Welcome to Pinchy’s – one of the best places for oysters in Melbourne. Famed for their lobster rolls, this seafood restaurant and champagne bar in Melbourne’s heart promises to put a punch into eat bite and sip. With an outdoor terrace, neon signs and plush-pink interiors, after one visit you’ll soon realise that Pinchy’s is not like any other oyster bar on the market. Shucked to order, we recommend pairing your oysters with their Hand Cut Truffle Fries, the Prawn Katsu and the Pinchy’s Lobster Roll topped with chilled Canadian lobster, lettuce, mayonnaise, seasoning and chives.
The Best Oyster Bars in Adelaide:
Located in SkyCity Adelaide, Sean’s Kitchen is one of South Australia’s leading seafood restaurants. Named after head chef Sean Connolly, after one visit you’ll soon understand why Sean’s background in the hospitality industry is so renowned. One of the best oyster bars in Adelaide, Sean’s Kitchen offers various dining experiences for you to pick and choose from – whether that be on their private mezzanine level or by the bar. Sourcing and shucking South Australian oysters from Coffin Bay and Smoky Bay, here you can also eat your way through a range of other seafood options including crab, caviar, fish, scallops and more. Be sure to also sip your way through their cocktail menu too.
2KW Bar and Restaurant
Stretched out on King William Street in the heart of Adelaide is 2KW Bar and Restaurant. Awarded with 2018’s Certificate of Excellence, the venue is the perfect getaway for an after-work cocktail or a heavenly meal with friends. Fit with a bar, a terrace area and a garden perched over King William Street, 2KW is bound to draw you in. Only serving fresh, locally sourced oysters, at 2KW Bar and Restaurant their dozen is served with a side of seaweed vinegar mignonette to let the star of the show shine. And, be sure to pair your visit with the Adelaide Hills NV Deviation Road Lofita sparkling wine – you won’t regret it.
The Best Oyster Bars in Perth:
The Boatshed Restaurant
Sitting on the bank of the Swan River, The Boatshed Restaurant offers guests tantalizing 180-degree views of nearby Perth City and Kings Park. With the city playing as the perfect backdrop, regardless of the reason for the visit, the panoramic views will surely have you bewitched. Serving freshly shucked oysters either naturally, with a yuzu and wakame broth or, for the traditionalists, kilpatrick style. We recommend pairing your visit with a glass of bubbles and good company!
Rambla on Swan
Also making our list as one of the Best Waterfront Restaurants and Bars in Perth, Rambla on Swan features a recently remodeled waterfront deck bar that allows guests to admire the Swan River. With a restaurant, alfresco area and deck bar, what more could you want? Pick between natural or kilpatrick oysters before digging into the Garlic Roast Prawns, the Ceviche and Salt and Pepper Calamari. Relax on the deck with a beer from the tap, a perfectly crafted cocktail, a glass of wine or a bottle of champagne and soak up the sunshine and sweeping views of the Swan and the city skyline.
The Best Oyster Bars in Darwin:
Darwin Trailer Boat Club
Darwin Trailer Boat Club has the power of history on its side, because since it opened in 1954, it’s had a lot of time to get things just right. With beautiful beach views of Fannie Bay and a selection of seafood dishes to die for, as well as plenty of kid-friendly play areas, this is the perfect place to catch one of Darwin’s iconic sunsets as it hits the sea. Making headlines at Hospitality NT Awards, Darwin Trailer Boat Club is also famed for their range of freshly shucked South Australian oysters. A must visit in 2023!
The Oyster Bar
Out of this entire list, The Oyster Bar’s menu is the most diverse when it comes to shucked shellfish. Serving by the six or dozen, visitors to The Oyster Bar in Darwin will find six variations of oysters including Natural, Kilpatrick, Crab & Bearnaise, Chili & Cheese, Thai, Panko, Oliver, Atlantic and Kimchi. Chilled or grilled, The Oyster Bar also allows you to mix and match your toppings. As for the rest of their menu, you’ll also find a fresh selection of seafood including Coconut Crumbed Prawns, Grilled Hakkaido Scallops Seafood Towers and more. It’s no wonder why they are one of the best oyster bars in Darwin!
The Best Oyster Bars in Brisbane:
If there are two things Shucks Bar knows how to do: it’s serving up the freshest seafood and shucking only the best oysters available. Sitting on Manly’s Esplanade and overlooking Manly Boat Harbour, Shucks Bar takes pride in only serving the freshest, daily delivered produce to its guests. Whether you like it raw and straight from the ocean or topped with the best flavours – Shucks Bar has it all. One of the best oyster bars in Brisbane; after one visit we guarantee you’ll be hooked!
SK Steak & Oyster
Inside of The Calile Hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley is SK Steak & Oyster. With their business name giving away exactly what they specialise in, here at SK you’ll find an abode where dining out should be desirable. Shaked martinis, shucked oysters, seafood platters and sizzling steaks – here you’ll find the land and the sea graciously meet. One of the best oyster bars in Brisbane, SK’s team sources their famed shellfish produce daily from New South Wales and South Australian farmers. Served as is or with a champagne mignonette, don’t be afraid to ask one of their inhouse sommeliers for assistance on choosing a bottle for the table.
Ready to meet your match? Taste your way through our Sophisticated Guide to the Best Seafood and Wine Pairings. Or for a warm and hearty meal, try Reynold Poernomo’s One-Pot Seafood Soondubu Jjigae Noodles Recipe.