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Where to Eat Oysters on the Half Shell Right Now

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Love it or loathe it, tomorrow is Valentine's Day, giving us the perfect excuse to map the Cape & Islands most well-known aphrodisiac, the raw Oyster. While many half shell lovers feel winter is the perfect time to eat oysters, if you're going for the Casanova-effect, scientists say spring is the time of year the shellfish have their greatest aphrodisiac quality. Either way, here's a round-up of some of the best raw, juicy slurps of the ocean on the Cape & Islands.


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· Good Taste: An oyster primer, wild, farm raised, all good [Martha's Vineyard Times]
· Raw oysters really are aphrodisiacs, say scientists [The Telegraph]

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1. The Glass Onion

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37 North Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

Chilled Barnstable Oysters served with Red Wine Mignonette, Lemon and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

2. Oysters Too

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876 East Falmouth Highway
East Falmouth, MA 02536

Serving Barnstable and Wellfleet Oysters on the half shell.

3. Bleu

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10 Market Street
Mashpee, MA 02649

Cotuit Oysters on the Half Shell served with Mignonette Sauce.

4. The Naked Oyster Bistro & Raw Bar

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410 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

The Naked Oyster is featuring oysters from their own Barnstable Harbor Oyster farm (you can read all about it on their website), little necks from Barnstable Seafarm and deep water hard shell lobsters.

5. The Roadhouse Cafe

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488 South Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

Barnstable Seafarm Oysters served on the half shell with cocktail sauce and horseradish mignonette.

6. The Red Pheasant

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905 Route 6A
Dennis, MA 02638

Barnstable Oysters on the half shell served with a cucumber mignonette.

7. The Oyster Company Raw Bar & Grille

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202 Depot Street
Dennis Port, MA 02639

Oysters every which way including Quivet Neck Oysters on the Half Shell and The Raw Deal - .99 cent oysters until 6:30pm.

8. The Port

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541 Route 28
Harwich Port, MA 02646

The Port's raw bar features Chatham Oysters, Orleans Oysters, Littlenecks, & shrimp cocktail served with homemade Cocktail Sauce, Raspberry Mignonette and Lemon & Lime Wedges.

9. Chatham Bars Inn

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297 Shore Road
Chatham, MA 02633

Both Stars and The Sacred Cod Tavern at the Chatham Bars Inn serve local oysters with a lime ginger relish.

10. Joe's Bar & Grille

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5 Beach Road
Orleans, MA 02653

Wellfleet Native Oysters with cocktail sauce, sex on the half shell. (No doubt, but just to be clear, those are their words, not ours.)

11. The Wicked Oyster

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50 Main Street
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Wellfleet Oysters served with cocktail sauce or spicy mignonette.

12. Ross' Grill

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237 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

The raw bar at Ross' features Wellfleet Oysters, local little necks and jumbo shrimp. Hurry! They close on 2/16 and re-open in mid-April.

13. The Squealing Pig Pub & Oyster Bar

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335 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

Wellfleet Oysters served with cocktail sauce or pickled ginger, wasabi & soy sauce.

14. Offshore Ale Company

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30 Kennebec Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Serves Sweet Neck Farm, Katama Bay and West Tisbury wilds.

15. Martha's Vineyard Chowder Co.

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9 Oak Bluffs Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Local Katama Bay Oysters served with Classic Cocktail Sauce & Champagne Mignonette.

16. Eleven North

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11 North Water Street
Edgartown, MA 02539

Eleven North offers local Sweet Neck Farm and Katama Bay oysters, plus Penn Cove oysters from Washington State.

17. Dune

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20 Broad Street
Nantucket, MA 02554

Chatham Oysters on the Half Shell served with candied orange, granny smiths & champangne mignonette

18. Met on Main

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38 Main Street
Nantucket, MA 02554

Serving east or west coast oysters. Like the east coast vs west coast hip hop rivalry, it's best to keep them separate.

1. The Glass Onion

37 North Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540

Chilled Barnstable Oysters served with Red Wine Mignonette, Lemon and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

37 North Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

2. Oysters Too

876 East Falmouth Highway, East Falmouth, MA 02536

Serving Barnstable and Wellfleet Oysters on the half shell.

876 East Falmouth Highway
East Falmouth, MA 02536

3. Bleu

10 Market Street, Mashpee, MA 02649

Cotuit Oysters on the Half Shell served with Mignonette Sauce.

10 Market Street
Mashpee, MA 02649

4. The Naked Oyster Bistro & Raw Bar

410 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

The Naked Oyster is featuring oysters from their own Barnstable Harbor Oyster farm (you can read all about it on their website), little necks from Barnstable Seafarm and deep water hard shell lobsters.

410 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

5. The Roadhouse Cafe

488 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

Barnstable Seafarm Oysters served on the half shell with cocktail sauce and horseradish mignonette.

488 South Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

6. The Red Pheasant

905 Route 6A, Dennis, MA 02638

Barnstable Oysters on the half shell served with a cucumber mignonette.

905 Route 6A
Dennis, MA 02638

7. The Oyster Company Raw Bar & Grille

202 Depot Street, Dennis Port, MA 02639

Oysters every which way including Quivet Neck Oysters on the Half Shell and The Raw Deal - .99 cent oysters until 6:30pm.

202 Depot Street
Dennis Port, MA 02639

8. The Port

541 Route 28, Harwich Port, MA 02646

The Port's raw bar features Chatham Oysters, Orleans Oysters, Littlenecks, & shrimp cocktail served with homemade Cocktail Sauce, Raspberry Mignonette and Lemon & Lime Wedges.

541 Route 28
Harwich Port, MA 02646

9. Chatham Bars Inn

297 Shore Road, Chatham, MA 02633

Both Stars and The Sacred Cod Tavern at the Chatham Bars Inn serve local oysters with a lime ginger relish.

297 Shore Road
Chatham, MA 02633

10. Joe's Bar & Grille

5 Beach Road, Orleans, MA 02653

Wellfleet Native Oysters with cocktail sauce, sex on the half shell. (No doubt, but just to be clear, those are their words, not ours.)

5 Beach Road
Orleans, MA 02653

11. The Wicked Oyster

50 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA 02667

Wellfleet Oysters served with cocktail sauce or spicy mignonette.

50 Main Street
Wellfleet, MA 02667

12. Ross' Grill

237 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657

The raw bar at Ross' features Wellfleet Oysters, local little necks and jumbo shrimp. Hurry! They close on 2/16 and re-open in mid-April.

237 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

13. The Squealing Pig Pub & Oyster Bar

335 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657

Wellfleet Oysters served with cocktail sauce or pickled ginger, wasabi & soy sauce.

335 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

14. Offshore Ale Company

30 Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Serves Sweet Neck Farm, Katama Bay and West Tisbury wilds.

30 Kennebec Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

15. Martha's Vineyard Chowder Co.

9 Oak Bluffs Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Local Katama Bay Oysters served with Classic Cocktail Sauce & Champagne Mignonette.

9 Oak Bluffs Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

16. Eleven North

11 North Water Street, Edgartown, MA 02539

Eleven North offers local Sweet Neck Farm and Katama Bay oysters, plus Penn Cove oysters from Washington State.

11 North Water Street
Edgartown, MA 02539

17. Dune

20 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554

Chatham Oysters on the Half Shell served with candied orange, granny smiths & champangne mignonette

20 Broad Street
Nantucket, MA 02554

18. Met on Main

38 Main Street, Nantucket, MA 02554

Serving east or west coast oysters. Like the east coast vs west coast hip hop rivalry, it's best to keep them separate.

38 Main Street
Nantucket, MA 02554