Hours: Lunch: Friday-Sunday; dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 11
Lettuce Entertainment's latest, a rah bah and seafood restaurant helmed by chef Pete Balodimas.
Oyster Bah is the latest spot in vast Lettuce Entertain You empire, which has been opening good restaurants with dumb names since the 70s (Jonathan Livingston Seafood, Lawrence of Oregano) and using the restaurant experience to transport diners to other times and places since the 80s. Oyster is the LEYE version of a New England seafood shack, smaller and more casual than its LEYE sibling, Shaw's Crab House. The centerpiece of the menu, of course, is the oysters. You can eat them raw, or you can get them broiled, fried, or char-grilled, which gives them a nice smoky flavor. Whatever the preparation, the oysters are fresh—LEYE flies in between eight and 12 varieties every day from both the east and west coasts. The rest of Oyster's menu is sort of a Greatest Hits of New England and Other Places New England Whalers Visited, because why would any self-respecting seafood restaurant want to deprive its customers of ceviche or fish tacos? The most expensive thing on it is the $52.95 chilled seafood platter, which contains oysters, clams, shrimp, crab, and tuna poke, but you could be just as happy with the $7.95 plate of smoked trout dip with brown bread and cornichons. None of chef Pete Balodimas's preparations is very daring or original, but everything is well executed. Read more >>
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