Houston offers some excellent seafood choices. But when it comes to oysters in particular, who sells the best ones? Who stocks the freshest? Who sources locally or most humanely, and who charges more or less for their products?
We’re here to help make sure you pick the right place for eating oysters in Houston for your next dining experience.
We will be discussing which places are the best to visit and which locations provide the best overall experience.
Best Resturant to Have Oysters in Houston, Texas
This guide will talk through the top spots in Houston for eating Oysters. We’ve looked at where each business sources its ingredients and have researched the history behind the menus.
We’ve been on the lookout for a variety of menu options, such as dietary preferences, including gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, as well as looking at varied budgets.
1. Goode Company Seafood
|2621 Westpark Drive Houston, Texas 77098
|Seafood towers, soups, and salad, oysters, fried platters, PO boy.
|Red Fish on the Hard Shell
Inspired by mestique smoke and cajun spice, the Goode Company Seafood restaurant will blow you away; with its spectacular, innovative menu and exciting dishes, you will enjoy an incredible dining experience.
They have a modern oyster bar where you can indulge in specialty cocktails and Gulf shrimp.
The family’s love of supplying fresh seafood has been passed down in generations, so you know that you will be eating top-quality seafood when you dine here and can be confident that oysters will be fresh.
They have a mestique grilled oyster dish on the menu, which is served with garlic and herb butter, Romano cheese, and French bread. As well as this, you can buy the raw Gulf oysters either half a dozen or a dozen. All dishes are beautifully presented, fresh, and tasty.
Aside from the oysters, you could also try the Red Fish on Half the Shell, which was a gorgeous dish, and also perhaps try the seafood towers, especially if you’re sharing with a friend. These consist of Gulf oysters, jumbo Gulf shrimp, smoked tuna dip, and campechana. They serve between 2-3 or 4-6 people.
They are pretty expensive when it comes to price, but they offer a Happy Hour, Monday-Friday 3 pm until 6 pm, where you can get lighter bites for a lower price. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for information on special offers.
They also have an excellent dessert selection.
|2525 Airline Dr, Houston, TX, 77009
|Oysters, fried rice, seafood by the lbs, seafood cocktails, platters
|Vuelve A La Vida Cocktail
The Original Connies is established way back in 1979; they have since expanded and currently own Four restaurants in the Houston area. They are a humble establishment, offering simple, quality meals for a very reasonable price.
They are popular and come highly recommended by their regulars. The oysters, in particular, are always a big seller, along with the cocktail dishes available, which are also beautiful and made using fresh market seafood.
Connie’s is not a seasonal restaurant, so there are no holiday specials. The menu stays the same throughout the year. But who cares when all you’re looking for is amazing oysters, right?
The price is very reasonable, our recommended dish on the menu costs $12.99, and it consists of fish, oysters, shrimp, and octopus, which we thought was excellent value for money. Of course, some of their seafood, “By The Pound,” is slightly more expensive, but it is sold at market price.
All of the fish on this section of the menu is cooked by a method of your choice, making your experience unique.
They serve platters here, which are a good size for sharing if you’re eating with a larger party and want to try a bit of everything. They also have a wide range of specials on their “Catch Of The Day” menu.
They also have an excellent selection of drinks, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
3. Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette
|4224 San Felipe Street, Houston, TX 77027
|Sharing plates, seafood, sushi, sashimi, soups, salads
|Surf and Turf Roll
Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette boasts a classy menu and serves at two locations. Both often referred to as “hidden gems,” Liberty Kitchen is one not to miss when dining in Houston.
They offer two oyster dishes on their Raw Bar Selection. We recommend giving them both a try as we couldn’t pick the best. They have The Gulf of Mexico Oyster Selects, which are Texas and Louisiana. These cost $2.5 each. They have the Seasonal East Coast Oyster Varietal, which you need to ask your server on the day about and will cost you $3.75 each.
If, as well as your love for oysters, you are partial to a bit of sushi. Liberty is a great choice, as they have a gorgeous selection of sushi and sashimi, one of the dishes that we thought stood out was the Surf and Turf Roll, made using Wagyu steak, poached shrimp, avocado, and spicy mayonnaise, it was beautifully presented, and you could tell just how fresh everything was.
They have a large selection of main course dishes, including lobster, crabcakes, and burgers.
With the price of main courses ranging between $15 and $65, there is plenty of choices when it comes to budget. They also offer a children’s menu with a good variety, and all meals are served with a drink for only $10 a dish.
They are open for Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner and also offer some lovely drinks and desserts. Try the Bali-Kanai. It’s mouth-wateringly good.
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4. Tommy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
|2555 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX, 77058
|Oysters, black and blue tuna, escargot, calamari, gumbo
|Double Oysters Rockefeller
Tommy’s Oyster Bar is a family-owned restaurant that was established in 1996. They are involved in the sustainable seafood movement and oyster conservation.
Out of all the restaurants we’ve included here in our guide, this is the one with the most extensive selection of oyster dishes. As well as our recommended dish, which was fantastic, served fried with a creamy garlic sauce, there are many other options, such as Shrimp Au Gratin, these are served on the half shell, grilled, topped with an au gratin cheese sauce, and filled with shrimp and jalapeno.
The oysters served here are harvested from Galveston Bay using sustainable methods, making them plump, juicy, deliciously fresh, and flavorsome.
The prices here are just above average for fresh seafood. You can look at spending around $25-$40 for a standard two-course meal.
They have an excellent wine list that includes a helpful section of seafood-friendly wine, meaning you can select the perfect beverage to pair with your meal.
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5. Willie G’s Seafood
|1640 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77027
|Oysters, Gulf shrimp, seafood
|½ Dozen Fresh from The Gulf, Grilled with Thai Chilli
Willie G’s certainly sets a standard for fresh ingredients with their signature specialties and dedication to excellence. The seafood restaurant at the Post Oak Hotel offers a new take on fresh seafood creating a culinary experience like no other.
Their menus are inspired by a passion for fresh gulf coast seafood and focusing on local, seasonal offerings.
The fresh oysters here are served by the ½ dozen and come grilled, roasted, or cold, with a choice of toppings or dressings. Out of the four different ones we tried, although we found them all outstanding, the sweet, salt, and spice of the Thai chilli was the winner for everyone at our party.
There is a good choice of drinks and desserts here, and we found the whole dining experience very pleasant from start to finish.
They also offer a delivery service which is handy for those looking for oysters to enjoy at home.
6. The Capital Grille
|The Galleria, 5365 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056
|Seafood, steak, lamb, mac ‘n’ cheese, soup, salad
|Seared Tenderloin with Butter Poached Lobster Tails
The Capital Grille is a magnificent dining experience. With its mahogany interior, stately surroundings, and sophisticated architecture, it feels elegant when you walk through the door. So if you’re looking for a romantic restaurant, this would be the ideal spot.
Although the oysters are not what this restaurant is known for, we felt this place was worth a mention due to the freshness and quality of the oysters we ate, along with everything else. The seared tenderloin was on a whole new level when it came to the flavor.
The service we received from start to finish was outstanding, and we were made to feel welcome the entire time. The staff was attentive and pleasant, and the food was all presented to a high standard.
The Capital Grille is at the high end of the scale when it comes to prices. With some of the steak dishes reaching up to £57. But rest assured, you’re paying for outstanding quality. The oysters are, in fact, quite reasonably priced, at $19 for ½ dozen. They are served on ice with a mignonette sauce. They were amazingly fresh, and the whole party said they’d happily return for more.
They also offer an online butchery shop, where you can purchase high-quality meat cuts, such as dry-aged NY strips and bone-in ribeye to take home.
There are some menu items suitable for vegetarians and vegans as well.
They have a small but nice dessert menu, each costing around $11-$12; the coconut cream pie is a good choice, so save some room.
They serve cocktails, have an excellent wine list, and other beverages are also available.
7. State of Grace
|3258 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
|Oysters, foie gras, pasta, steak, octopus
This is a fabulous ornate dining room. Creating a great atmosphere throughout your dining experience,
The State of Grace has a special offer Mondays – Fridays, 4:30 pm to 6 pm, where they have an appealing offer for $1.50 oysters.
Their menu includes an impressive twelve different varieties of oysters, everything from St. Simon oysters from New Brunswick to pink lady oysters from Boston. The usual price for all of the oysters here is $3.50 out of the happy hour.
They offer brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert, and aside from the oysters, their main menu is also a bit of a show stopper. The foie gras was delicious, as was the wild boar bolognese. There are also a few vegetarian/vegan options.
They have a drinks menu including most alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
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So, where do you think you’re going to choose to visit to get the best oysters in Houston? Or will you gradually try them all?
We hope that this guide has given you a good idea of where to start, and we hope you enjoy any experience recommended by us.