Oysters in the D

By: Katie Goncalves | January 4, 2023

Ordinarily, you wouldn’t think of the midwest as being a hot spot for fresh seafood from the coasts of the United States. Here in Metro Detroit, we are beyond lucky there are restaurants committed to sourcing fresh seafood every day and serving it up in unique ways. One of my favorite catches from the sea is oysters. Each variety is different from the next and there are so many delicious ones to try. Here are the best places to find fresh oysters in and around Detroit. 

Voyager

600 Vester Street, Ferndale 

Voyager is a small space nestled just off Nine Mile in Ferndale and has some of the best seafood in the area. The menu is created to reflect the season and the cocktails are mixed to match. They offer oysters on the half shell from the west and east coast and will happily let you decide which ones you’d like to try. The oysters are served with lemon and their house-made mignonette. In addition, they have broiled oysters on the menu that are prepared at the “chef’s whim,” which is perfect for anyone who adores a surprise. 

The Sardine Room 

340 South Main Street, Plymouth 

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With one of the best happy hours around, The Sardine Room is the place to get your oyster fill for an incredibly reasonable price. Happy hour is from 4-6 p.m. daily and features Buck-A-Shuck oysters, which as the name insinuates, cost you one dollar or $1.25 depending on market pricing. Their oysters on the half shell come served with lemon, atomic cocktail sauce, hogwash, and a classic mignonette. Even if you come outside of happy hour, they’re more than glad to shuck you some fresh oysters, or try their Oysters Rockefeller, which are baked with spinach and parmesan cheese. 

Bar Pigalle 

2915 John R Street, Detroit

New to the restaurant scene, Bar Pigalle is a fun take on French food. For the oyster enthusiast, you’ll be served a chef’s selection of oysters accompanied by house hot sauce and mignonette in the most playful plating I’ve seen to date. If you like your oysters cooked, be sure to try the Baked Oyster, with French onion soup, Comte cheese, and thyme. 

Fresh oysters from Bar Pigalle

Bohemia Detroit at The Detroit Club 

712 Cass Avenue, Detroit

A little-known secret gem downtown, Bohemia Detroit at The Detroit Club is steeped in history. What makes their oysters so unique is they are brought in from Rhode Island and have the perfect east coast brininess and a gorgeous texture. Served with horseradish, cocktail sauce, and Tabasco on the side, you’ll be debating ordering another dozen for the table. 

Oysters on the half-shell from Bohemia

Tom’s Oyster Bar

318 South Main Street, Royal Oak 

An area staple for more than 30 years, Tom’s Oyster Bar is known for their fresh oysters and seafood. You can get oysters several different ways, each one equally as delicious as the next. For raw on the half-shell fans, you can get them on either the Cold ‘N Smoked Array, the Salt Life Sampler, or the Grand Tower, which each come with a variety of other seafood items. If you’re looking for cooked oysters, check out their Oysters Rockefeller or Pan Fried Oysters. And if you’re into a treat from the south, their Seafood Po’Boy is overflowing with fried seafood, including oysters. 

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