by Eloise Porter
We San Franciscans know our oysters. From Tomales Bay to Point Reyes, we can shuck
and slurp with the best of them. As an oyster fanatic and starving freelance writer, I
spent my first summer in San Francisco scouring the city for the best deals to satisfy my
craving. The good news is that oysters are available all over the city for a mere dollar
apiece. Pair that with a nice $5 glass of wine, and you’ve got yourself the happy hour of
champions. So no matter where on the grid you find yourself, we’ve got you covered for
the best dollar oysters in town:
Bar Crudo: This intimate little seafood restaurant on the Divisidero strip gives sushi an
Italian flavor twist. From 4:30 to 6 pm, their dollar oysters, seafood chowder, and fish
tacos are not to be missed, but good luck sticking to the happy hour menu when you see
the plates of beautiful seafood pass by your table!
Hog & Rocks: In the mood for your dollar oysters with a side of meat? At Hog &
Rocks, you get the best of both worlds. Their happy hour from 5 to 6 includes oysters,
drink specials, and other fun bar snacks like their lamb belly potato skins, gravy fries, and
Hog Island Oyster Co.: Hog Island Oyster Bar features local oysters and Manila clams
raised at Hog Island's very own farm on Tomales Bay. Their Ferry Building bar attracts tourists
and seafood connoisseurs alike. Happy hour only happens Monday and Thursday from 5
to 7 pm, so it takes some forethought, but it’s well worth the effort. Grab a glass of wine
and a dozen half-priced oysters while you enjoy the view of the scenic bay.
B Bar: On a warm summer evening, head to the rooftop of the Yerba Buena Gardens,
where you can enjoy dollar oysters and sangria on the outdoor terrace overlooking the
city. Happy hour lasts from 4:30 to 7 pm, with several food and drink specials, including
confit honey-mint chicken wings and $5 well drinks.
Farallon: Want a fine dining experience without the price tag? Farallon in Union Square
is one of the city’s most eccentric fine dining restaurants. Its kitschy deep-sea décor
provides a fun backdrop for your oyster slurping experience. Join them from 4:30 to 7
pm daily for dollar oysters, truffled fries, beef sliders, specialty cocktails, and more.
Café Des Amis: Ever find yourself in the Marina on a sunny afternoon craving oysters?
This happy hour lasts from 3 to 6 pm and includes $2.50 beers, dollar oysters, and
charcuterie and cheese tastings.
Woodhouse Fish Co.: Although this dollar happy hour only takes place on Tuesdays,
it lasts from 4 to 10 pm, long enough to satisfy your late-night oyster cravings. And
between their Market and Fillmore Street locations, you’ll find it hard to miss out.
Mayes Oyster House: This Polk Street bar has everything from pork ribs to seafood
gumbo to accompany their happy hour dollar oysters. Choose a draft beer or vodka
infused shots for $3, or splurge on a glass of wine or well drink for $5. On a cold, San
Francisco day, nestle in by the fire for their happy hour from 5 to 6:30. If you last into the evening, you might even stumble upon some live entertainment.
Eloise Porter is a writer living in SF. Check out her kitchen adventures at Pie and Prejudice.