Oyster Bay Seafood Café

Written by Bre Humphries   

When I head to the beach, I want to eat where the locals eat – those
casual dive bars tucked away from busy tourist attractions with “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” attitudes and darn good seafood. I have my favorite spots on the coast and recently, I’ve discovered another one that gives me that same satisfaction here at home. The Lawrenceville square may be the last place you expect to find great seafood, but Oyster Bay Seafood Café has reeled me in, hook, line and sinker.

The small, dim dining room is decked out in coastal kitsch like beach signs, model ships and even a stuffed pirate, plus just enough neon lighting to liven up the space. Opened in October 2009 by brothers Greg Mackler and Steven Green, both of whom boast extensive experience in the seafood biz, Oyster Bay’s menu offers a variety of Florida Gulf-style fare. Freshly shucked Gulf oysters are available raw, steamed, fried or baked any night of the week, and Tuesdays mean 50-cent oysters for diners all day long.

Additional highlights include the Key West Conch Fritters with spicy homemade remoulade and the bacon shrimp po boy. (Why don’t all po boys come with bacon?) I washed it all down with a glass of — what else? — Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, a crisp and citrus-inspired wine that paired perfectly with my meal, like adding a squeeze of lemon to my seafood, just the way I like it.

Oyster Bay Seafood Café
125 Crogan St. SE