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There are no bones about it: It's easy to get shucked for a buck in San Diego. All puns aside, we found 10 top places to get oysters on the half shell for just $1 a pop (and we discovered many do the deal on Sundays).


-Tierney Plumb

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ironside Fish & Oyster

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1654 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-3033
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Nosh on select $1 oysters, weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m., at Little Italy's jammed seafood hot spot. Other critters at the raw bar include bivalves, crudos, and crab claws. Expect some quick service; Consortium Holdings tapped one of the fastest oyster shuckers in San Diego to work at its new post. Fun fact: the raw bar stays open on Fridays and Saturdays til 2 a.m.

2. Fish Public

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4055 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 281-4014
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It's OK to be a little shellfish and splurge on Sundays, when $1 oysters are served up 5 to 9 p.m. (rotating options include kumamoto, bluepoint, and fanny bay). Pro tip: get there early because $1 oysters last all night, or until they run out.

3. Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

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565 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-6623
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This longtime Gaslamp staple has seafood lovers hooked for a reason: $1 oysters shipped all the way from the bays of British Columbia and shoals of Montauk. Slurp 'em down weekdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. While you're at it, order the $2 jumbo shrimp, $5 featured wines, or $4 draft beers.

4. Pacific Beach Fish Shop

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1775 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 483-4746
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If there was a poster child for seaside $1 oysters, this is it. On Thursdays from 4 p.m. to close (or until they run out), various types of discounted shellfish draw long fishing lines--and pearls aren't even promised.

5. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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400 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 858-2277
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One Yelper has a devious tip: "Be at the doors at 4:50 p.m. so you can be seated right at 5 to have everyone enviously eyeing your platter of oysters before they even get water." The $1 deal goes 'til 6 p.m.

6. Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Bar & Grill

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411 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 795-3800
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Any fin is possible at this Gaslamp eatery, where you can go early or late for $1 oysters when ordering six or more. Oysters change regularly with supply, and right now it's all about Pacific varieties (Kumiai, Fanny Bay and Phantom Creek). Happy hour runs 3:30 to 6:30 daily; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 9 to 10 p.m. in the bar on Monday through Thursday.

7. Solace and the Moonlight Lounge

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25 East E. Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-2433
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Well, it's not a buck, but $1.50 oysters at Chef Matt Gordon's North County eatery Sundays after 4 p.m. come with a little something extra: two house-made sauces, tarragon lime mignonette and smoked pepper cocktail sauce.

8. Searsucker

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12995 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 369-5700
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It's a trophy wife's dream meal, fittingly in the heart of Del Mar: oysters and champagne every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the bar and lounge areas. Guests can enjoy $1 oysters and half off champagne.

9. Herringbone

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7838 Herschel Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-0221
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Brian Malarkey's La Jolla counterpart is also on board the low-cal combo, with oysters and champagne every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the bar and lounge area. Guests can wash down $1 oysters and with $5 Cava and half off all bottles of champagne.

10. Truluck's La Jolla

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8990 University Center Ln
San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 453-2583
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Half-priced cocktail hour from 4:30 to 7 p.m. daily means oysters are $1.50 each, served up on a platter of smoldering ice. Some cocktails, martinis and apps are also slashed in half, which means a Dinner Martini with Belvedere is just $7 and Baja ceviche is $6.

1. Ironside Fish & Oyster

1654 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Nosh on select $1 oysters, weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m., at Little Italy's jammed seafood hot spot. Other critters at the raw bar include bivalves, crudos, and crab claws. Expect some quick service; Consortium Holdings tapped one of the fastest oyster shuckers in San Diego to work at its new post. Fun fact: the raw bar stays open on Fridays and Saturdays til 2 a.m.
1654 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

2. Fish Public

4055 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
It's OK to be a little shellfish and splurge on Sundays, when $1 oysters are served up 5 to 9 p.m. (rotating options include kumamoto, bluepoint, and fanny bay). Pro tip: get there early because $1 oysters last all night, or until they run out.
4055 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

3. Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

565 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
This longtime Gaslamp staple has seafood lovers hooked for a reason: $1 oysters shipped all the way from the bays of British Columbia and shoals of Montauk. Slurp 'em down weekdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. While you're at it, order the $2 jumbo shrimp, $5 featured wines, or $4 draft beers.
565 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

4. Pacific Beach Fish Shop

1775 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
If there was a poster child for seaside $1 oysters, this is it. On Thursdays from 4 p.m. to close (or until they run out), various types of discounted shellfish draw long fishing lines--and pearls aren't even promised.
1775 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

5. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

400 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
One Yelper has a devious tip: "Be at the doors at 4:50 p.m. so you can be seated right at 5 to have everyone enviously eyeing your platter of oysters before they even get water." The $1 deal goes 'til 6 p.m.
400 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

6. Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Bar & Grill

411 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Any fin is possible at this Gaslamp eatery, where you can go early or late for $1 oysters when ordering six or more. Oysters change regularly with supply, and right now it's all about Pacific varieties (Kumiai, Fanny Bay and Phantom Creek). Happy hour runs 3:30 to 6:30 daily; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 9 to 10 p.m. in the bar on Monday through Thursday.
411 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

7. Solace and the Moonlight Lounge

25 East E. Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
Well, it's not a buck, but $1.50 oysters at Chef Matt Gordon's North County eatery Sundays after 4 p.m. come with a little something extra: two house-made sauces, tarragon lime mignonette and smoked pepper cocktail sauce.
25 East E. Street
Encinitas, CA 92024

8. Searsucker

12995 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130
It's a trophy wife's dream meal, fittingly in the heart of Del Mar: oysters and champagne every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the bar and lounge areas. Guests can enjoy $1 oysters and half off champagne.
12995 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130

9. Herringbone

7838 Herschel Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Brian Malarkey's La Jolla counterpart is also on board the low-cal combo, with oysters and champagne every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the bar and lounge area. Guests can wash down $1 oysters and with $5 Cava and half off all bottles of champagne.
7838 Herschel Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

10. Truluck's La Jolla

8990 University Center Ln, San Diego, CA 92122
Half-priced cocktail hour from 4:30 to 7 p.m. daily means oysters are $1.50 each, served up on a platter of smoldering ice. Some cocktails, martinis and apps are also slashed in half, which means a Dinner Martini with Belvedere is just $7 and Baja ceviche is $6.
8990 University Center Ln
San Diego, CA 92122

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