The Oyster Bar is a casual space connected to The Optimist, where guests can enjoy a revolving selection of fresh oysters, on ice or roasted in a wood-fired oven. Folding doors open up to a courtyard, complete with table seating and a putt-putt course. Camp out at the Oyster Bar with a pitcher of Fish House Punch, stop in for a small plate before dinner at The Optimist, or finish off your meal with a key-lime push pop. The fresh catches behind glass, surf-themed decor, and bench seating make for a perfectly beachy lounge. Close your eyes, and you can almost hear the tide rolling in.
Photos by Andrew Thomas Lee
ALPINE (m), PEI, long, thin shells, medium to high salinity, clean finish 2.65
BEAU SOLEIL (s), NB, bold saline up front, short mineral finish 3.
SALT AIRE (m), PEI, deep cup, plump, salt upfront, seaweed finish 2.65
WASHBURN ISLAND (m), ME, dense deep cup, meats are full and highly brined 2.55
EAST BEACH BLOND (m), MA, medium, deep cup, plump, high salt start, fruit finish 2.55
WAREHAM (s), MA, deep cup, beautifully briny, clean finish 2.65
LITTLE WILOMICO (s), MA, small to medium, slight salinity up front, mild flavor, creamy flesh, short finish 2.5
CHUNU (s), VA, cocktail, deep cup, salt up front, creamy finish 2.25
ARCADIA (s), BC, small, buttery and salty with a pacific cucumber finish 3.
KUSSHI (s), WA, deep cups with meaty flesh and a very clean, delicate flavor 3.5
DABOB BAY (l), WA, light crisp clean finish, medium-high salinity 3.25
SHIBUMI “CHELSEA GEM” (s), WA, deep cup, dense meat, creamy, sweet 3.9
NOTES: Oysters are served with house-made saltines, cocktail sauce, hot sauce, mignonette, and grated horseradish.
Oysters Change Daily and Prices Vary / Please Ask Questions
SEARED RARE SCALLOP, pickled fennel, serrano, sea beans 10.
CURED ARCTIC CHAR, fino verde, mulberry, yogurt, ginger 12.
SILKY SNAPPER, strawberry, sugar snap peas 10.
BLACK SEA BASS, truffle vinaigrette, celery 10.
SQUIRREL FISH, urfa chile, cured egg yolk, pickled red onion 10.
LOBSTER ROLL, toasted brioche, salt & vinegar chips 21.
BLOOMSDALE SPINACH SALAD, blue cheese, bacon, GA strawberries, pickled ramps 11.
SMOKED FISH CHOWDER, bacon, oyster crackers 9.
TUNATARTARE, caper, shallot, champagne vinegar, potato chips 9.
PEEL & EAT SHRIMP, “come back” sauce, lemon 14.
BAKED OYSTER, herb butter, smoked paprika 3 ea.
JUDITH POINT SQUID, wild ramps, calabrese, caper, lemon butter 12.
NEW ENGLAND SCALLOPS, arugula, SC peaches, roasted pork belly 13.
CHARRED OCTOPUS & POTATO SALAD, harissa spiced yogurt, olive relish, lemon aioli 13.
STRAWBERRY GROUPER, asparagus, porcini, lemon puree 16.
red brick holy brother belgian stout, atlanta, ga (draft)… 7.
red hare gangway ipa, marietta, ga (draft) … 6.
miller high life, milwaukee, wi (can) … 3.
oskar blues mama’s little yella pils (can)… 5.
cisco brewing, whale’s tale pale ale, nantucket, ma (can) … 5.
yuengling lager, pottsville, pa (can) … 4.
terrapin recreation ale, athens, ga (can)… 5.
sierra nevada torpedo extra ipa, chico, (16oz can) … 7.
carolina brewery flagship ipa (can), Pittsboro, NC… 5.
scharffenberger brut, anderson valley nv … 8/40
louis drescher amor, cava, spain … 10/45
chateau de clermont, muscadet, loire 2011… 10/40
noco chardonnay, north coast 2011 … 11/44
broadbent, vinho verde, portugal 2011 … 9/36
stoneleigh sauvignon blanc, marlborough 2011 … 10/40
walden, grenache/syrah, cotes du roussillon 2010 … 11/44
marchesini bardolino, rose, italy 2012 … 11/44
ventisquero, pinot noir, casablanca valley 2011 … 10/40
graffigna, malbec, argentina 2008 … 8/32
FISH HOUSE PUNCH
gosling’s black rum, hennessy v.s. cognac, black tea, sugar, lemon, leopold brothers’ peach whiskey (a colonial classic… no umbrellas can touch this punch) … 9/36.
Oyster Backs 5 Ea.
THE TEXAS CAPER, tito’s vodka, capers, brine
SEA GRASS, bison grass vodka, dolin blanc, fresh tarragon, citrus
GIN MIGNONETTE, hendrick’s gin, cucumber, sea salt, black pepper
PICKLEBACK straight from brooklyn… jameson, housemade pickle juice, enough said
SANGRITA, tequila, peppers, lime
JARANA LIGHT FINO SHERRY from lustau