The Best Ways to Celebrate National Oyster Day in Boston

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Saturday is National Oyster Day, so to get your briny bivalve fix on, we have rounded up five of the best haute spots in Boston. From oysters plucked from fresh from the ocean just a few hours prior served on the half shell to crispy sliders and oyster po’boy sandwiches, here’s a look at the best places to visit.

1 SELECT Oyster Bar

SELECT Oyster Bar
Raw bars don't get much better than the one offered at SELECT. Try the Gloucester sampling that includes six oysters, four shrimp cocktail, Peekytoe crab salad and dressed Maine lobster. For the ultimate indulgence, round up some of your closest friends and head to this Back Bay newcomer and indulge in the massive Great Republic, a towering selection of 12 oysters, eight shrimp cocktail, scallop ceviche, Peekytoe crab salad, Maine lobster, smoked salmon, tuna tartare and an ounce of Giaveri sturgeon caviar.
50 Gloucester Street Boston, MA 02115

2 Island Creek Oyster Bar

Island Creek Oyster Bar
If you thought Kenmore Square was just about baseball and hot dogs, you haven't been to Island Creek Oyster Bar. Whether you prefer them fresh from the seas of Cape Cod, as a starter in the form of a crispy slider with lime chili aioli (seen here) or as a main event like the fried oyster po'boy sandwich, you'll have fun deciding which ones to sample first. Of course, the Island Creeks from Duxbury reign supreme here, but other favorites include Wellfleet petites, Beach Points from Barnstable and Crowes Pasture from Dennis. There is a second location in Burlington.
500 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215

3 Legal Harborside

Legal Sea Foods
Legal Sea Foods is best known for their clam chowder, but the haute three-floor Liberty Wharf location has some of the best oysters in town. Those in the know come here for the XL WiAnno farm raised bivalves --enormously deep cups with a sweet and briny flavor that come from a sustainable hand harvest in Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound. Add in an order of king crab legs and trust us, you'll be glad you did.

4 The Oceanaire Seafood Room

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
You won't find a bigger selection of East Coast oysters than the ones available at The Oceanaire Seafood Room. Located steps from Government Center, this haute spot's ever changing menu may feature daily selections of bivalves from New Brunswick (Fin de la Baie) to Virginia (Northern Cross) and everything in between (think Spearpoint from Martha's Vineyard, Pemaquid of Maine, Oceanaire Salts from Cotuit and Blue Point from Connecticut).

5 Union Oyster House

Union Oyster House
Boston's most historic restaurant with a storied past also offers some of the best variations of oysters - think raw on the half shell, grilled, fried or Oysters Rockefeller. The oldest restaurant in town, not to mention the oldest restaurant in continuous operation in the country (having been open since 1826), it was at the famed oyster bar here that regular Daniel Webster enjoyed a daily selection of raw oysters and President John F. Kennedy enjoyed fresh seafood in the upstairs dining room where "The Kennedy Booth" has since been dedicated in his memory.
41 Union Street Boston, MA 02108
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