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Top Oyster Bars
With its pristine, cold waters, British Columbia is known for producing impeccable oysters — and as a result, impeccable oyster bars. More than 20 oyster appellations can be found in glacial fjords around Vancouver Island, each providing a distinct flavor profile. Pull up a chair at these notable spots, where you can get a taste of Vancouver’s best bivalves.
These upscale restaurants offer not only an excellent selection of B.C. oysters, but they’ll likely have a superb list of fine Champagnes to pair them with.
- Blue Water Café + Raw Bar – Yaletown
- Boulevard Restaurant – Downtown
- Coast Restaurant – Downtown
- YEW seafood + bar – Downtown
These places will offer you a great selection of freshly-shucked oysters, but with a more relaxed atmosphere. Still, if you want to stay for dinner, you’ll find delicious seafood dishes to round out your meal.
- Cork & Fin – Gastown
- Joe Fortes - Downtown
- Merchant’s Oyster Bar – Commercial Drive
- Pier 7 Restaurant – North Vancouver
Come as you are to these casual restaurants, and slurp down an oyster or two with a pint or a glass of wine. You’ll find a friendly atmosphere is a great pairing for oysters.