Where to Get the Best Happy Hour Oysters in Los Angeles

Toward the end of a warm late August summer day, you may find yourself in an unfamiliar neighborhood, or in the midst of a new stretch of restaurants, and the thought may occur to you: there must be some place nearby that has really great happy hour oysters. The $1 happy hour oyster in LA may be close to becoming extinct, but it’s not quite there yet. Below is the definitive list of $1 dollar or near $1 dollar happy hour oysters in Los Angeles for all your summer oyster cravings, no matter the neighborhood you may find yourself in.

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Best Girl at Ace Hotel, Downtown
At Best Girl at Ace Hotel, the world is your oyster du jour. My Best Girl was the first film screened at The Theatre in 1927, starring the legendary Mary Pickford. Best Girl, the restaurant, debuted 90 years later just next door. Chef Michael Cimarusti of critically acclaimed Providence and Connie & Ted’s helms the menu with Chef Adam Walker running the kitchen, and Beverage Director Mary Bartlett generously pouring the wine, beer and cocktails. Their menu is inspired by the city of Los Angeles, and, true to form, they are one of the few restaurants that still offer $1 happy hour oysters. Best Girl’s happy hour, or Golden Hour” as they call it, is simple, no frills, and with few limitations. $5 beers, $7 cocktails, and $1 oysters. Golden Hour is Sunday through Friday, 3pm to 6pm.

Barbrix, Silver Lake
Silver Lake favorite Barbrix offers $1 oysters throughout the entire restaurant, but only on Mondays, and only while supplies last – which usually isn’t very long! Get there a bit early if you can so you can have as many oysters as you desire. Their general happy hour is from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and includes 1/2 off select wines and beers by the glass, and specially priced bites including Bacon Wrapped Dates and Ham & Manchego Croquettes Bechamel, each for $6.  Oysters are served on the half shell, with cocktail sauce, horseradish, red wine mignonette, and lemon.

Church & State Bistro, Downtown
Church & State may have the most underrated happy hour around town, possibly because they don’t include the menu on their website. We don’t mind a well kept secret. Happy Hour is  Tuesday through Friday from just 5:30pm to 7pm. Enjoy a daily selection of $1 Oysters paired with lemon and mignonette, along with the Le Cachat, a lavender herbed goat cheese on crostini, the Foie de Volaille (chicken liver mousse on crostini), or the Deviled Eggs with paprika, lardon, and chives. With all the delectable choices at hand, guests can easily let the hectic day slowly slip away, as they sip their drink of choice.

Connie & Teds, West Hollywood
Connie & Ted’s is a favorite happy hour spot for many west siders. 1/2 Dozen Chef’s Choice Oysters with fresh horseradish & mignonette for $10 bucks is quite a steal considering the name’s Connie and Ted are attached. As you can see by the menu above, their other small bites sound delicious and are quite affordable making it possible to get one of each. For drinks, craft beers on tap go for $5, wines by the glass $6, and Ted’s Famous Happy Hour Margarita $7.

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EMC Seafood & Raw Bar, Koreatown
This modern and sleek new restaurant and raw bar is always a happening destination in a great location in Koreatown. Once you try EMC it’s not hard to believe they’ve become a chain with locations all of over Southern California. What sets EMC’s Happy Hour apart – besides the freshness of the seafood – is that it’s exclusively late night – from 10pm until close (usually 2am) Sundays through Thursdays, and 11pm until close on Fridays and Saturdays. Serious raw bar deals include $1.50 dollar oysters, four spicy albacore crisps for $6, and Salmon Sashimi for $10. For those less raw bar friendly, EMC also offers great, hearty standbys like Fries with Truffle Mushroom Aioli, Edamame with Sea Salt, Shishito Pepers with Dry Bonito, and Crispy Garlic Chicken Wings. You’ll also be able to have your favorite drink from their fully stocked bar served by their awesome mixologists.

Enterprise Fish Co., Santa Monica
Enterprise has been a seafood staple in Santa Monica for 37 years now in no small part because sustainability is of utmost importance to Enterprise. They are committed to bringing in fresh, whole fish daily, cleaning and filleting them in house. Enterprise offers one of the best happy hours for seafood (and libation) lovers in LA. All week long, yes, all week long, from Monday to Sunday, 4pm to 7pm, you can dish on their happy hour menu. Enterprise also has late night happy hour on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm to 11pm. Oysters on the Half Shell go for just $1.75 a pop, while vodka or tequila oyster shooters will set you back just $4.50. Enterprise also serves $7 dollar cocktails, beers, and wines, plus a rather large menu of small plates from street corn to blistered shishito peppers, and larger dishes like an entire branzino for just $30.00.

Figaro Bistrot, Los Feliz
This Los Feliz institution is another devotee of the daily three, decidedly not two, hour happy hour. Plus on Mondays happy hour lasts all night. The curbside cafe is a great spot to see and be seen on busy Vermont Avenue. While their happy hour oysters are on the pricier side at $2 each, with a minimum of three, Figaro’s other insanely inexpensive happy hour food and drink options will keep the check low. Perfect for sharing, dishes include escargot, beef carpaccisio, and spinach raviolis all for $7. Beers Kronenberg (1664), Monaco, or Demi-Peche are just $3.50. Glasses of Figaro Chardonnay, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Rose, and Champagne are all just $5. House cocktails with any soda are $4.50. No wonder it’s such a popular spot.


Herringbone, Santa Monica
$1 oysters? Endless rosé? Delicious, fresh seafood at nearly half off? Oyster Hour at Herringbone in Santa Monica is the west side’s best happy hour. Perfect for seafood lovers and for rosé lovers it’s even better. Herringbone is located just a block from the beach. Their “Oyster Hour” is daily from 3-7pm and this includes a selection of half-off entrees, $1 oysters, and $6 glasses of rosé. The vibe is loungey, the clientele hip and stylish, and the glasses of rosé seriously good pours. Herringbone is all about “Fish Meats Field,” where farm fresh cuisine meets an emphasis on line-caught seafood and meats.  The Oyster Hour menu allows guests to try wonderful dishes at slashed prices. Start with the oysters, of course. At $1 an oyster, what’s the perfect amount of oysters per person. 2? 4? 6? More? The oysters are fresh and served on ice with Kimchee Mignonette, Apple Cider, Sambal Cocktail Sauce.

The Hungry Cat, Hollywood
This minimalist-chic hot spot lures foodies with New American seafood & a raw bar, plus artisanal drinks. Their happy hour is a bit on the earlier side, making it great for professionals working in the heart of Hollywood. Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm, The Hungry Cat offers 1/2 dozen oysters for $10.50 and a dozen for $21. Yes, the math adds up correctly. Too correctly, if you ask us. Why not shave off the cost of that 12th oyster, making the total price for the dozen an enticing and irresistible $19.25? Other happy hour highlights at The Hungry Cat include Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad for $15 and Braised Musells for $16.

L&E Oyster Bar, Silver Lake
Silver Lake has a thing for Happy Hour oysters and L&E is arguably the restaurant that started the east side’s oyster craze. At $2.50 an oyster, L&E is about as far as $1/1 oysters you can get on this list. But L&E guarantees freshness. Each day oyster farmers harvest, pack, and ship them the absolute best oysters available in North America.They showcase the oysterman and the fisherman. Other happy hour highlights include Castelvetrano Olives for $4, Pimento Cheese for $7, a delicious Cup of Clam Chowder for $7. Cocktails are $5 off, and beers are $2 cheaper. Happy Hour is served at the upstairs bar only and is from 5pm to 7pm.

Ocean Prime, Beverly Hills
At the swanky Ocean Prime, Happy Hour lasts a cool four hours in The Lounge, Monday through Friday 4pm to 8pm. They offer $5 off small plates, sushi, and items from the raw bar. That means Oysters on the Half Shell come in at nice $1.416 an oyster. For sushi options, you can’t go wrong with the Camden Roll –  Tempura Shrimp, Cream Cheese, Scallion, Beef Carpaccio or the Lobsert Roll – Poached Lobster Tail, Kiwi, Pickled Serrano, Masago, Spicy Mango Purée.

Pearl’s Sunset Strip, West Hollywood
Pearl’s offers $1 oysters during their perfectly simple and simply perfect happy hour. Other treats include the Broccolini Mac N Cheese for $6, a healthy spin on an old childhood classic. Beers are in the $4-5 dollar range with wines Justin cab and Saddle Rock merlot for $10 a glass. Happy Hour is Monday – Thursday 5pm to 7pm and on Fridays Pearl’s Sunset Strip is generous to give you an extra hour of oysters, from 4pm to 7pm. All in a gorgeous West Hollywood rooftop setting.

Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Downtown
Promising a West Coast on an East Coast classic, Rappahannock Oyster Bar in the Row DTLA complex is the newest must-visit for oyster aficianados. Happy Hour is from 4pm to 6pm, with drink, oyster, and food specials promised. Besides the oysters, a true highlight is the restaurant’s design: exposed wood and concrete interiors abound. With an emphasis on sustainability, locally sourced, ethically fished, and responsibly farmed ingredients, the menu draws inspiration from the people of L.A. and the bounty of fresh produce, fish, and meat sourced in Southern California.

Sawyer, Silver Lake
Perhaps the only restaurant in this list that offers a happy hour beer or wine along with their happy hour oyster special. Yes, that’s right. One of Silver Lake’s new(er) hotspots with Silver Lake’s best outdoor patio has a great oyster happy hour special: 1/2 Dozen Oysters of the Day + Choice of Happy Hour Beer or Wine, served with mignonette, horseradish, lemon, and crystal hot sauce for $14. Get one of each item, especially the Beets + Ricotta with treviso, thai basil pistou, pine nuts, and house ricotta for $11 and the Snap Pea Toast with goat cheese, snap peas, pea mash, and lemon for $9.

Springside Lounge, Downtown
Springside Lounge, the bar at Spring downtown, is the perfect place to unwind after a long work day. Tuesdays through Fridays only, it’s a dark and cool spot to nibble on an array of snacks such as the Marinated Olives, Herbed Goat Cheese on Crostini, Beef Tartare, and the true pearl of the menu, the $1 oysters, which are served with fresh lemon and mignonette, all while enjoying a glass of wine or one of Spring’s perfectly balanced cocktails. You have a two hour window from 5pm to 7pm.

Tangaroa Fish Market, Culver City
Located in Culver City, Tangaroa Fish Market + Raw Bar brings New Zealand’s freshest seafood to LA. Owners Mark and Suzy White opened Tangaroa Fish Market + Raw Bar to Culver City in June of 2015. Tangaroa represents the God of the Sea in New Zealand’s Maori culture where Mark spent the first half of his life growing up along the water, so you can bet he knows oysters inside and out. Highlights of their Happy Hour menu include $2 oysters. Plenty of Oyster Happy Hours offer a limited selection, but at Tangaroa their selection is incredibly diverse. You’re able to tell your server exactly the type of oyster you’d like. Happy Hour is from 4pm to 6pm weekdays.

Have I missed any great Happy Hour oysters in Los Angeles? If so, be sure to let me know!

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