Tomales Bay Oyster Farm

  Posted by - August 2, 2014 - San Francisco, Travel

Oysters, oysters, oysters… I love you.

Raw. With lemon juice. And a dash of hot sauce.

I’m in heaven.

If you’re an oyster lover & you’re looking for something to do in SF…then THIS is where you gotta go. Trust me.

Tomales Bay Oyster Farm is a simple, straight-forward BYOB picnic spot where you order, grill, and enjoy the day by the water (1.5 hrs away from SF// Point Reyes).

I mean… $1 oysters AND right out of the bay?

I’m in.


Here’s all the deets and what you need to bring: (b/c you GOTTA come prepared!)

How does it work?

The idea is pretty simple, stupid.

THEY provide the oysters, clams and mussels.

YOU bring everything else.

They have picnic tables… each with their own BBQ grill, a bucket for shells, and trash cans. Once you get situated…go buy your shellfish, start cookin & shuckin away.

(Meet Kathrina. Our personal hottie oyster shucker…who puts the boys to shame.)

What to bring?

Pretty much anything you want to cook with.

Grab a cooler and throw in some key essentials:

+ drinks: beer, water, soda, champagne, wine, etc (no hard alch)

+ sides: whatever your heart desires

+ oyster toppings: lemon, hot sauce, any home made sauces

+ grilling materials: lighter fluid & tongs

(If you don’t have a shucker, you can “borrow” one for $10 and they’ll give it back to you when you return it)

PS: We also brought our own pot to drown our clams in a broth of deliciousness. Cut up some white onions with white wine, warm it up on the grill, add the clams. #sogoodithurts

PS: We also brought our own dessert- SMORES!

It’s a serious game changer. Trust. All the other people were looking staring at us in envy.

All yah gotta do is bring chocolate, gram crackers and marshmallows (don’t forget the sticks)

Reserving picnic tables?

If you have less than 10 people in your party you may drop in and pay $5 per person to use a picnic table.

If you have more than 10, you should reserve a table ahead of time for $100 + a bag of 50 oysters. More details on their website HERE.

When’s the best time to arrive?

If it’s a weekend, come before 11am. We showed up a little after 10, and there were plenty of open unreserved picnic tables.

By 11, there was but one left.

FYI: the picnic area closes at 4:45 PM.


Depends on the sizes: extra-small, small, and medium (<– which I think should be called XXX large). The extra-smalls are the usual size you see at supermarkets, the smalls are large, and the mediums are ginormous.

Oysters are sold by the dozen ($12 – $20) or by 50-count bags ($40 – $60) with varying prices depending on their size.

The clams & mussels are each sold in 2-pound bags ($15).

More on their menu HERE.

Cellular service?

Say buh bye to your celly. You pretty much get ZERO cell signal out here. I mean, that might be a dealbreaker for those who are addicted to IG & FB.

But if you can get away from technology for a few hours, it’s worth spending quality time with your friends.

What to wear?

ANYTHING but this.

Because. When your Ferregamo heels start sinking in, thats a YOU problem #poorgirl #lolz #newb

I’d stick to closed toed shoes, shorts, jeans, and anything comfy.

I’m actually surprised I haven’t been to an oyster farm sooner.

Because who doesn’t love oysters?

I’d go back in a heartbeat…kinda.

If it weren’t for the motion sickness going up the curvy ass mtn.

Side: for those of you who were wondering…yes it is possible to get yourself car sick while driving.

So. Point is, bring some dramamine if you get car sick. And bring some Pepcid AC if you get the asian glow.

Happy shucking!



PS: lemme know if you guys have any other tips on what to bring!


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  • Mary September 16, 2014 - 8:17 pm Reply

    $5 for a table?! have things changed? The BF & I went last year on a Friday? I believe and just swung by on a whim after a long drive & crazy windy hike down to the Point Reyes lighthouse… Maybe because it was a weekday only a few hours before closing? Anyway, we just bought our goods and sat on down.
    Your tips are great for an all day bbq, but for the few that plan to do a shuck, slurp and run on a few dozen like we did, just use their ice dispenser and put a healthy layer of ice down in a plastic bag with your oysters and keep ’em in the shade. We did rent a shucking blade, paid an extra dollar for a lemon (the plastic bag wasn’t free either), but I luckily had some leftover packets of Tabasco sauce in my purse from an earlier eating adventure. Highway robbery for a little bottle of hot sauce they sell!!!
    OH… two more key essentials for both all-day’ers and hit n’ runners…. Paper towels/napkins and wet wipes (two more things I luckily already had with me)!

  • Ti August 6, 2014 - 4:39 pm Reply

    I would recommend bringing an easy up, the shade helps getting out if the sun

  • Marissa C August 5, 2014 - 6:48 pm Reply

    Bring a separate cooler for your oysters, since you have to keep them cool. Use one cooler for your drinks, wine, beer, and a second cooler for your oysters! You can buy a bag of ice for 3 bucks.

  • Kelly August 5, 2014 - 6:08 pm Reply

    My friends invited me there in 2 weeks!! Your post is so convenient since I’ve never been lol. And love the pot of clams! (totally stealing that <3)

  • Paulina SF August 5, 2014 - 5:51 pm Reply

    Sundays aren’t as crazy as Saturdays, so if you want to better your chances at getting a picnic table….go on a Sunday!

  • Jane August 5, 2014 - 5:39 pm Reply

    Great idea with the smores! I’ve only been to Hog Island’s oyster farm. And this is next on my list!

  • Stephanie August 5, 2014 - 12:04 pm Reply

    I need to come here!! My friends are visiting from out of town and I think this is the place to bring them! Especially since we’re all oyster lovers. Thanks for all the tips!

  • George F August 4, 2014 - 6:36 pm Reply

    Thanks for all the tips! Will definitely have to plan a trip out there this summer

  • Mike August 4, 2014 - 5:23 pm Reply

    Id bring some hot dogs and hamburgers to throw on the grill!

  • Nessa August 2, 2014 - 7:12 pm Reply

    WOW. Everything looks soo good! Especially those clams and smores. Great idea!

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