Living on the Gulf means you’re all but required to love fresh seafood. Raw oysters have become one of our favorites to order in the months with “R”—and luckily, Southwest Florida offers plenty of places to indulge. Here are a few of our favorite spots to find the best oysters in Naples:
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 Seafood Towers with oysters, claws, shrimp and lobster. Plus, there’s live music every night of the week. (Check out the performance schedule online.)
799 Walkerbilt Road, Naples | (239) 591-3837
CAPTAIN & KREWE
When longtime stone crab spot Capt. Kirk’s reopened as Captain & Krewe, they renovated to add 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
THE CLAW BAR
Not surprisingly, seafood is what The Claw Bar does best. Grab a seat in their chic, Art Deco-inspired restaurant, or by the pool, and choose from east and west coast seasonal selections, served with classic mignonette and cocktail sauce. Like their sister restaurant, The Bay House, they also offer iced Seafood Towers for the ultimate indulgence.
221 Ninth St. S., Naples (in the Bellasera Resort) | (239) 231-3912
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 TURTLE CLUB
If raw oysters aren’t your thing, don’t pass up The Turtle Club’s famous Oysters “Turtlefeller!” Served cooked with baby spinach, apple-smoked bacon, cream, parmesan and Pernod, they’re a classic on The Turtle Club menu for a good reason. (Plus, it’s one of the few places in Naples where you can dine beachfront with your toes in the sand.)
925 Gulfshore Drive N., Naples | (239) 592-6557
If you have a favorite spot for oysters in Southwest Florida, share it in the comments!