While Oysters are in season year-round in South Carolina (#winning), they’re best eaten in colder months from September to April. As such, Columbia chefs are shaking up the game and dreaming up creative ways to serve you these salty gems beyond crackers and cocktail sauce (although, we are also big fans of that, too). So, grab your shuckers and read on for our roundup of 10 places to enjoy oysters in Columbia SC. 

Saluda’s

Saluda’s in Five Points is known for its elevated southern fare + prime Five Points view. Choose between the daily selection of raw oysters served with cocktail sauce and lemon or spice it up a bit with the legendary buffalo fried oysters—completed with blue cheese crumbles, City Roots micro celery and house-smoked bacon crumbles. Save us a seat on the porch!

 

Mr. Friendly’s

If you head to this quaint café in Five Points at lunch, order up an oyster po’boy and a side of tater tots. Extra tartar sauce, please. Dinnertime? Start your meal with the Famous Fried Oysters and don’t share (trust us, you won’t want to).

 

Cola’s

We all love a good Bloody Mary at brunch, but what about with Oysters? Why not? Check out Columbia-classic Cola’s on Assembly and try the fried oysters with Bloody Mary relish. And, if the Oysters Rockefeller is on special, don’t pass it up.

 

Solstice Kitchen

If you’re in the Northeast region of Columbia, check out Solstice Kitchen. A sister restaurant of the previously mentioned Mr. Friendly’s (and Cellar on Greene!), the delicious fried oyster po’boy is sure to impress. Feeling something a little lighter? Add fried oysters to the romaine wedge salad.

 

Bone-In BBQ

The new kid on the block, Bone-In BBQ, is known for taking classic Southern dishes and turning up the heat—literally and figuratively. Chef Scott Hall works his magic on the fried oysters with horseradish dill remy. Pair it with a glass of the frosé + a seat outside overlooking Spirit Communications Park.

 

Pearlz

Nestled in the thriving Vista District, Pearlz Oyster Bar is ready to serve you some salties any way you like them. Try the crispy oyster tacos, the oyster slider with goat cheese and the baked Oyster Rockefeller. Or, if you’re a purest, order a dozen from the raw bar and shoot ‘em straight up. We dare ya.

 

Oyster Bar

The aptly-named old-fashioned oyster bar is a Columbia institution. With a no-frills concept, it’s the perfect place for true oyster connoisseurs. They still now how to surprise you, though, with specials like the Capital City Oysters (served with garlic alfredo sauce, bacon and cheddar cheese) and Jalapeno-infused oyster shooters.  Make sure to try the famous Mother Shucker cocktail sauce!

 

Goat’s

This swanky wine bar in Five Points knows how to serve up unforgettable bites. Along with your glass of vino, order up the buffalo fried oysters and a side of garlic frites. You can thank us later.

 

Terra

Chef Mike Davis is legendary in Columbia SC for mastering the surprise-and-delight, with the use of local ingredients in creative ways. On the starter menu, he pairs fried oysters with a pimenton rouille—a must-order to kick off your meal. Pro tip: order the raw oysters if they’re on the specials menu.

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Motor Supply

Motor Supply is known for incorporating all things hyper local + fresh into their farm-to-table menu. The menu changes daily, so you’re in for a unique treat each time you visit. However, if oysters are on the menu in any form, snag ‘em while you can. 

 

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