If you've never tried an oyster, the first time will be chiseled into your memory like the birth of a first child or your first kiss. The silky texture enters your mouth with a hint of the ocean. It will be briny, but not in a way that could be considered bad, and you can almost taste fog rolling off of ocean waves.
You can only imagine how our love affair with the oyster has grown over the years, and raw bars are an opportunity to have a good beer with a dozen oysters with names like Kumamoto, Olympia, Kushi, and Blue Point. In Las Vegas, there are plenty of opportunities to have oysters as it seems that every steakhouse wants to bring out the giant seafood tower that is overflowing with crab legs, giant prawns, and a few oysters. While that can work, we prefer sitting at a bar, getting a dozen of the bi-valves, and indulging in the candy of the sea.
Where to Go for Oysters in Las Vegas
The Oyster Bar at Harrah's has been a favorite for years. You can get a bowl of soup and some crackers and get out of there with a filling cheap meal for under $10. If you are looking for oysters, its everyday prices are some of the most affordable on the Las Vegas strip. You'll also want to try the steamers. We recommend the Mussels Fra Diavolo with a half dozen oysters on the half shell.
Yes, Old Homestead Steakhouse has one of those leaning towers of seafood, but it also has a cool bar where you can get your fill of oysters while enjoying a few beers. Consider the huge shrimp cocktail; its potent cocktail sauce can fry your brain.
Emeril's New Orlean's Fish House has a $1.50 oyster happy hour special that is worth sitting at the bar for. From 2 - 6pm grab a beer and some oysters while fighting the temptation to have a shrimp po' boy.
If sustainable fishing is important to you, you'll appreciate RM Seafood at The Mandalay Bay. Prices are a bit more here, but the quality is right up there with some of the best anywhere. Its cocktail menu is also impressive, so you can indulge in oysters and have a creative drink.
Seafood lovers need to experience the Village Seafood Buffet at Rio at least once. It is a buffet, but when you are faced with unlimited crab legs, lobster tails, and oysters, you can imagine that paying $40 is a bargain. The oysters are not super high-end, but you can get a lot more in. The common quantity versus quality argument can be made here, but this place is ideal when you need a heavy dose of oyster love.
We recommend the pan roasts here as well at the late night specials, but you can always fit in some Oysters Rockefeller at the Oyster Bar at Palace Station. A line develops at this oyster bar, so you'll need to be patient.