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8 Atlanta restaurants with great raw bars

Where to get your oyster fix in Atlanta

Acg Oysters At The Optimist James Camp Magnum
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Oysters at the Optimist

Atlanta is land-locked. To call it a “destination” for any form of edible sea life is, at the very least, counterintuitive. But just how land-locked is Atlanta, really? A four-hour drive in almost any southerly direction is likely to end in a face-to-face encounter with the sea. Thanks to a handful of forward-thinking restaurants and relative proximity to not one, but two coastal regions where oyster farming is on the rise, Atlantans have access to all kinds of high quality seafood — especially raw oyster varietals grown in the region and beyond. In other words, Atlanta’s oyster game is on fleek. Here are eight restaurants with great raw bars.

Seafood

Being landlocked, Atlanta’s options for fresh fish are limited. The Fish Market has a reputation for quality and its retail outlet located in the back of the restaurant. Everything they sell is flown in daily, already cleaned, deboned, and ready to go. You can watch the fish prep cooks breaking down... | more...

Steakhouse

Chops is an Atlanta icon, consistently ranked among the top steakhouses in the country. Seafood is flown in fresh daily and quality USDA prime aged beef is served in the warm ambiance of the dark wood dining room. | more...

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Steakhouse

In a town where cocktails are taken very seriously, Kimball House quietly took over the title of everyone | more...

Seafood

Fifth Group restaurant featuring sustainable seafood and seasonal produce. The menu changes often. | more...

Brunch

At One Eared Stag, boldness of flavor wins out above all else. The entire menu is an exercise in boldness, in defying cliché. Chef Robert Phalen comes across as more of a creative force than a perfectionist. But any inconsistency is made up for by the sheer pleasure and originality the food inspires... | more...

Restaurant

Ford Fry's fifth Atlanta restaurant, St. Cecilia, opened in the former Bluepointe space in Buckhead in January 2014. The menu is influenced by traditional fare from the Southern European coast, including fresh crudo, wood-roasted fish, and delicate pastas. | more...

Seafood

Part of Ford Fry's restaurant empire that Esquire named restaurant of the year in 2012. Although the Optimist has been open for a few years, reservations for dinner at this seafood spot can still be hard to come by, but you can eat a full meal at the bar or just make a meal at the oyster bar. | more...


The list above first appeared in the 2015 CL Cityguide and was updated by CL Staff recently.



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