Mid-winter is prime oyster season in Paris with restaurants serving them during the "r" months -- September through April. The beloved huîtres are harvested from Normandy, Brittany, Languedoc, Marennes-Oléron, the Arcachon basin, and the Central West Coast.
Here is a list of restaurants and wine bars the local pros love for fresh shucked oysters.
Le Mary Celeste
This is a restaurant and cocktail bar in one. They feature a wide range of oysters and if you visit them during their Happy Hour (from 6pm - 7pm) they sell oysters for 1€.
"I love coming here for both food and drinks."
FED Pro > Bartender Scotty Schuder of Dirty Dick
1, Rue Commines, Paris 75003
T: +18.104.22.168.98.83 | Website
This oyster bar is owned by partners sommelier Théo Pourriat and chef Bertrand Grébaut of Septime and is located just next door. Expect a natural wine list, oysters from Maldon, house-made tabasco sauce, and a packed house since there only a handful of tables and they don't take reservations.
"It is best to come here after the lunch rush when you can just chill and order the entire menu."
FED Pro > Master Sommelier Richard Betts
"I really like this place, it's amazing. It is very relaxed with a big bar and lots of seafood. They don't take reservations."
FED Pro > Restaurateur Romée De Goriainoff
La Cabane a Huîtres
This is the Montparnasse version of a New England oyster shack, owned by an oyster farmer who gets them from the Arcachon basin on the Atlantic Coast.
"This tiny gem of 22 seats is run by an oyster farmer from Bordeaux and the menu reflects the region. It's charming, fun, good, and inexpensive."
FED Pro > Chef Jimmy Bradley of The Red Cat
4, Rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris 75015
T: +33 (01)22.214.171.124
Le Baron Rouge
Expect a neighborhood feel at this quintessential Parisian wine bar.
"It's near the Marché d'Aligre and I love to come here on weekends during oyster season."
FED Pro > Barman Joshua Fontane of Le Mary Celeste, Glass, Candelaria, and Hero
1, Rue Théophile Roussel, Paris 75012
As the name suggests, it's all about oysters here. You'll feel like you're sitting by the sea in their blue and white dining room eating oysters from Marenne-Oleron and sipping a crisp white wine.
"It's not a hidden place, but an important one. Order oysters and drink them with Muscadet."
FED Pro > Daniel Rose of Spring and Le Coucou
3, Rue de Montfaucon, 75006 Paris
T: +33(01)44.41.10.07 | www.huitrerieregis.com
L’Ecailler du Bistrot
Offering an impressive bounty of fresh seafood and a year round lobster menu.
"This place is superb. It's a seafood restaurant that is a must."
FED Pro > Barman Tony Conigliaro of 69 Colebrooke Row, Grain Store, The Zetter
22, Rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris
Cover Photo Credit: Michele M.F. [flickr]
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