Today’s entry is for those that like it raw…food that is. Whether you prefer a specific kind of shellfish or fancy all kinds, we have you covered on where to go to get the best overall experience. If you have never been to a raw bar, well then you are in luck because all the grunt work has been done and all you have to do is go down the list, pick which restaurant you like and dine accordingly. Atlanta has an adequate amount of restaurants who serve “in the raw,” so sit back and enjoy our list of places where cooking is not required.
1 Coast Seafood & Raw Bar
After opening this summer to much fanfare and positive reviews, I can say that Coast Seafood & Raw Bar lives up to its lofty expectations. Part of the Here to Serve restaurant juggernaut, diners can expect some of the freshest catch in the city and the southeast as well. With a menu that features favorites and a few surprises, be sure to bring your appetite because you will definitely need it as you sample a little of everything on the menu. The raw bar features a variety of raw options like oysters, clams and mussels. The absolute best bet to fully grasp the extent of their spectacular raw bar, is to order the Coast Seafood Tower, featuring: peel-and-eat shrimp, chilled oysters, Maine lobster, mussels & lump crab meat cocktail, cracked pepper mignonette, cocktail sauce, pink brandy sauce, lemon and crackers. Simply delicious!
111 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW
2 Steamhouse Lounge
This cute little rustic spot has all of the charm of a traditional seaside restaurant with great food to boot. Now housed at their new location in Midtown Atlanta, after recently leaving the Buckhead area, Steamhouse gets the job done when it comes to a decadent raw bar that features all the fixins. From the outside, it may appear to be a bit low brow, however, what it lacks in décor and ambiance, it more than makes up for with fabulous food sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters. A few of the raw bar standouts include: the half & half (six oysters on the half shell & six shrimp), Steamhouse raw bar sampler (raw oysters, steamed jumbo shrimp, raw clams, snow crab legs & mussels), Old Bay & garlic steamed shrimp and the popular oyster bucket. Dinner is served cold!
1051 West Peachtree St.
3 C & S Seafood and Oyster Bar
The most upscale entry on our list is C & S, with beautiful interior and richly designed décor; diners are captivated upon entry by such a gorgeous sight. A mixture of a raw bar with a broad menu that also includes French and American fare, there is something on the menu to satisfy whatever craving you may have. Those in Atlanta who are regular fixtures on the raw bar circuit already know of the great food and even better service that greets you once you’ve decided to stop in for the evening. Their raw bar choices are delectable and straightforward and include highlights like: oysters, clams, lobster, crab and mussels prepared with innovation and creativity. If you are looking to impress, look no further.
3240 Cobb Pkwy.
4 Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House
A constant resident on several “best of “ lists in the Atlanta dining circle, Six Feet Under is a welcoming and overall delicious choice when you are craving raw bar options. There are two Atlanta locations, but the Grant Park haunt gets top marks from me. A cozy interior, lively patrons and friendly wait staff, make eating here a treat. The raw bar features include classics like oysters on the half shell, snow crab legs, little neck clams, snow crab boil and the signature Six Feet Under steamer (steamed oysters, shrimp, snow crab legs, mussels, clams, sausage, corn on the cob, hushpuppies and new potatoes.) With so much food, you will be hard-pressed to do anything other than applaud the chef.
437 Memorial Dr. SE
5 The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Now we come to my personal favorite on the list. I have been dining at Oceanaire for many years and I have yet to have a bad meal. Atmosphere, service and most importantly food are always exemplary. Executive Chef Chris Murphy presides over the seafood smorgasbord that is flown in fresh daily. A few of my menu recommendations start with their delicious raw bar offerings including the Grand shellfish platter with shrimp, crab, lobster and oysters and the Florida stone crab claw, followed by dinner choices like the amazing baked stuffed cod, seafood mixed grill, black & blue Scottish salmon and the seared Costa Rican snapper. I’m getting hungry just typing this! As if you need any more reasons to stop in and sample what Oceanaire has to offer, the prime Midtown Atlanta location should seal the deal.
1100 Peachtree St.