$1 Happy Hour Oysters. Every day from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm.

  Posted by - June 4, 2014 - $ (0-20), Daytime, Restaurants, San Francisco


Nothing beats a fresh platter of oysters with a view like this — > overlooking the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

…which can sometimes get a little pricey.

Oh wait. Unless those oysters come at a dollar a pop!

I’m SOO there.

Waterbar San Francisco

Forget the food. I’ve had much better food elsewhere for much cheaper.

Let’s talk oysters at Waterbar in San Francisco:

Their happy hour runs everyday from 11:30pm to 5:30pm. Be sure to get there early to snag a seat at the bar (first come first serve basis) OR you can wait for a table in the line outside.


Some oyster tips:

First off, what’s the difference between East Coast versus West Coast?

I personally prefer west coast because they tend to be on the sweeter side and not as briny.

East coast oysters are more crisp, buttery, and “oceany-tasting”.

How do you eat it?

Here are a few oyster eating guidelines if it’s your first time.

  1. Add a touch of lemon. A little bit of lemon enhances the flavor, just don’t drown it!
  2. Don’t dump the liquor. The juice inside the oyster shell adds to the flavor and gives you a true taste of where the oysters are from. Without it, you lose out on its whole essence.
  3. Don’t over do it with the hot sauce. (<– I’m soooo guilty) Yes I know, hot sauce is a culinary no-no, but it’s sooo good. Try your oysters without any sauces to get a true first taste & be mindful of how much you put on.
  4. Savor, not swallow. Don’t shoot them back down the back of your throat. All you’ll taste is the salt from the juices (water in shell). Plus, you can’t really taste the flavors if you don’t chew it.
  5. Try different ones. Be a little adventurous and try different ones to get a feel for what you like and don’t like. The good thing about ordering oysters is that you can order any amount — > so you can start with 2 of each kind to see which ones you like!

Tip: ask your waitress/waiter for the freshest ones of the day.

  1. Flip it over. Flip the shell over on the platter when you’re done!
  2. Order more.

My Favs?

Chelsea Gems, Sweetwater, Kumamoto, Kushi

(These are all on the richer, sweeter, firmer side)


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  • Ian June 15, 2014 - 4:53 am Reply

    Awesome spot. I also didn’t know that you’re suppose to drink the water…whoops.

  • MIla June 6, 2014 - 7:52 am Reply

    This THE best place to get happy hour oysters in the city. Nothing beats $1 oysters!

  • Sherri June 6, 2014 - 7:41 am Reply

    I love waterbar! Best views of the bridge at night.

    • CynEats June 6, 2014 - 8:03 am Reply

      Sooooo pretty at night! Especially when the bridge lights up : )

  • Jared June 5, 2014 - 8:45 am Reply

    You take really good pics…the views almost look fake!

    • CynEats June 6, 2014 - 8:03 am Reply

      haha thank you!

  • William June 5, 2014 - 8:00 am Reply

    Great views and great oysters, but the lines can get long and hectic. Especially during after work hours. I would go early to beat the crowd.

  • Gina June 5, 2014 - 4:33 am Reply

    Whaatttt $1 oysters??? That’s even better than Hog Island’s happy hour (which doesn’t last that long).

    • CynEats June 6, 2014 - 8:02 am Reply

      I agree! Plus Hog Island’s lines are crazy long… and they both pretty much have the same oysters.

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