8 Places to Find the Best Oysters in Chicago

Jimmy Buffet once sang, “Give me oysters and beer, for dinner every day of the year, and I’ll feel fine.” Wiser words have never been spoken, sung, or otherwise. This is why we rounded up some of the best summer spots to get the best oysters in Chicago. These 8 places offer the best in fresh, plump, deliciously briny pearls of the sea.

Grab the lemon wedge and let’s dive in!



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Lure Fishbar

616 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Lure Fishbar has fantastic oysters. They’re massive and briny and the perfect opener to a delicious brunch. With both east and west coast selections, as well as various signature recipe oysters to choose from; Lure Fishbar has the perfect variety of flavors at the highest quality.


The Smith

400 N Clark Street Chicago, IL 


For incredible oysters at a great price, don’t miss this gem. For $4 each, get little shells of happiness from Cotuit Bay in Cape Cod, Island Creek in Duxbury, or the surprise oyster of the day. We’ll take 50, please.

Shaw’s Crab House

21 E Hubbard St Chicago, IL 60611

This classic American seafood restaurant features oysters from all along the coast–from Maine to Washington and Rhode Island to Nova Scotia. Oysters freshly shucked to order in the heart of Chicago! Enjoy a half dozen at $21 or a full dozen at $42.  

Half Shell

676 W Diversey Pkwy Chicago, IL 60614

Good brew. Good oysters. Good times. Check out this neighborhood pub serving up a solid seafood menu with oysters, clams, sashimi, shrimp, and crab legs. Try their six Blue Point oysters which come with a house cocktail, lemon, and saltine for $11.90. And bring cash (no cards accepted!).

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Chicago Oyster House

1933 S Indiana Ave Chicago, IL 60616

Looking for some serious eats? For $112, Chicago Oyster House offers the Atlantic Platter features 2 east and 2 west coast oysters, ceviche with 2 lobster claws, 2 shrimps, and 1/2lb Alaskan Red King Crab Legs. Not that hungry? Try their oyster shooters which is a fresh oyster served with quail egg yolk, scallion, radish, Tabasco, and citrus soy for $6.

Quality Crab & Oyster Bah

1962 N Halsted St Chicago, IL 60614

Yep, it’s “Bah” not “Bar.” This New England-inspired location offers a rustic nautical ambiance with the freshest seafood to boot. Slurp down oysters on the half shell with mignonette, cocktail sauce, and horseradish for $3.50 each. 

GT Fish and Oyster

531 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60654

Delightful, fresh seafood? Uh-huh. Stop into this modern location for beautifully plated oysters (hello Instagram). Their selection rotates daily but there’s a good chance you’ll have the choice between east or west coast. Or choose both coasts. At $3.25 to $3.50, you can go wild. 

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Fish Bar

2956 N Sheffield Ave Chicago, IL 60657

This intimate, casual restaurant dishes up sustainably sourced seafood that’ll make you do a happy dance. You know the drill: at $3.50 each, you can choose between East or west coast oysters served with mignonette, lemon, and cocktail sauce. Hungry yet?

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