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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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Ironside Fish & Oyster

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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.

Fish Public

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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.

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

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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.

Pacific Beach Fish Shop

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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.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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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.

Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Bar & Grill

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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.

Solace and the Moonlight Lounge

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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.

Searsucker

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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.

Herringbone

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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.

Truluck's La Jolla

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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.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

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.

Fish Public

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.

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

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.

Pacific Beach Fish Shop

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.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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.

Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Bar & Grill

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.

Solace and the Moonlight Lounge

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.

Searsucker

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.

Herringbone

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.

Truluck's La Jolla

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.

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