Living on the Gulf means you’re all but required to love fresh seafood. Raw oysters have become one of my favorites to order in the months with “R”—even though it took a little while to get over the appearance of them—and luckily, Southwest Florida offers plenty of places to indulge. Here are a few of my favorites:
Pinchers Crab Shack
It’s the best kind of happy hour: every day from 3-6 p.m., you can get Apalachicola Bay oysters, chilled and on the half shell, in multiples of six for 99 cents each. (Clams, shrimp and wings, too.)
Locations in Naples (Tin City), Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral
Real Seafood Co.
The selection of raw oysters at their raw bar changes daily, but it’s hard to go wrong here. (If you don’t know what kind to order, Bluepoints are usually a good place to start.) They’re not cheap, but they’re some of the best in town. Plus, if you go on your birthday, your meal is majorly discounted!
8960 Fontana del Sol Way, Naples (Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt) | (239) 591-3232
The Bay House
This place is so serious about oysters, they have a dedicated Tierney’s Tavern & Claw Bar with both east and west coast varieties. If you can’t decide (or you’re just really hungry), they also offer plateaus with oysters, claws, shrimp and lobster. Plus, there’s live music every night of the week. (Check out the performance schedule at theclawbar.com.)
799 Walkerbilt Road, Naples | (239) 591-3837
Captain & Krewe
Longtime stone crab spot Capt. Kirk’s recently reopened with a new name—and a new oyster bar. Though stone crabs are still their specialty, the fresh oysters, expanded seating and prime location across from Cambier Park make it one place you’ll definitely want to try.
629 Eighth St. S., Naples | (239) 263-1976
If you have a favorite spot for raw oysters in Southwest Florida, share it in the comments!