Food Holidays / Seafood

Where to Celebrate National Oyster Day in Philadelphia

August 5th is National Oyster Day and many Philadelphia area restaurants are paying homage to this much beloved and delicious seafood.

Here are a few places where you can get your oyster on today or any day of the week. Specials are noted.

Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House
Serial restaurateur Dave Magrogan has 4 locations of his oyster house concept Doc Magrogan’s. One is located in University City at 3432 Sansom Street. Of course they’re going to celebrate this day — with $1 buck-a-shucks (all varieties), $3 oyster shooters, and $6 oyster po boys or fried oysters. According to this Twitter post, this is a day that they “kind of” live for. How about definitely live for? 🙂

Doc Magrogan's Oyster House Philadelphia

Ippolito’s Seafood

Ippolitos Seafood Oyster Po'Boy

Ippolito’s Oyster Po’Boy. Photo Credit: Samuels and Son

Seafood is in their name, but of course they have oysters. Ippolito’s is located at 1300 Dickinson St in South Philadelphia and they have been around since 1929! Today they are celebrating National Oyster Day with $1 oysters and BUY ONE, GET ONE Oyster Po’Boys (pictured right)! if you’re going for the $1 oysters, they are listed below with a flavor profile:

  • BEAU SOLIEL – East Coast – Canada, New Brunswick: Cocktail oyster, small cup. Simple clean salty oyster.
  • BLUEPOINT – East Coast- Long Island Sound, NY, USA: Medium Cup. Salty crisp oyster
  • DELAWARE BAY – East Coast- Delaware Bay, NJ, USA: Medium Cup. Briny Flavor with a sweet undertone
  • ENDLESS KISS – West Coast- Canada, British Columbia. Medium Cup. Briny start with a cucumber finish
  • MALPAQUE- East Coast-Canada, Prince Edward Island: Medium Cup. Mildly Briny, with a clay like mineral flavor to finish
  • SHOOTING POINT- East Coast- Chesapeake Bay, VA, USA: Medium Cup. Salty simple flavored oyster
  • STELLAR BAY- West Coast – Canada, Vancouver Sound: Medium Cup. Mildly Briny Start with a melon like after taste

The Pour House
There are two Philadelphia area locations of The Pour House — Exton, PA and Westmont, NJ. This concept by P.J. Whelihan’s Restaurant Group is famous for its raw bar and carrying a large selection of craft beers. It just so happens that every Wednesday night is Buck-a-Shuck night at with over 30 craft beers on tap and 133 bottles of craft beer. Can’t go wrong with that! Look out North Wales, you’re getting a Pour House next.

Oyster House
Philadelphia’s famed Oyster House has been a staple of oyster- and shellfish-loving Philadelphians for over 45 years! Its history dates back longer than that. The raw bar is famous for the a variety of oysters from all over the country. While today is the oyster’s special day, EVERY DAY is Oyster Day at the Oyster House. Buck a shucks & all the happy hour specials every day 5-7pm.

Snockey’s Oyster & Crab House
Snockeys Oyster and Crab House PhiladelphiaSpeaking of Philadelphia oyster institutions, you can’t forget Snockey’s at 1020 S 2nd Street. They’ve been shucking oysters since 1912! That’s over 100 years of providing Philadelphians with oysters. But of course they offer much more than oysters. If it’s shellfish or seafood you desire, they have it. Check out their “Clammy Hour” 4pm-6:30pm for .95 oysters and $1.99 pints of domestic drafts. This sounds like a winner, winner oyster dinner!

Anastasi Seafood
Anastasi Seafood has been in the Italian Market (1101 S. 9th Street) for over 80 years! It’s obvious that Philadelphia has a love-affair with seafood. During Happy Hour at Anastasi 4-7PM, you can enjoy half-price $1 oysters. Want to take your seafood to go? Anastasi is also a full-service seafood market.

Crabby’s Cafe and Sports Bar
Crabby’s in the Piazza in Northern Liberties has oysters — raw oysters, fried oysters, oyster Po’Boy. Today they’ll have $1 oysters Malpeque from 4-7pm and just $1.50 for the rest of the night after. A sure bet if you’re in the Northern Liberties area.

Ocean Prime
If you’re seeking a more upscale seafood experience, Ocean Prime should be your destination at 15th & Sansom. They’re featuring West Coast Oysters on the Half Shell on the Flavors of Sonoma Menu.

Here are just a few other Philadelphia restaurants where you can enjoy oysters:

As you can see, no matter where you are in the city, you can quench your craving for oysters today or any other day of the week. Snap some shots & share with us on Twitter or Instagram and we’ll re-post.

Oysters at The Pour House

Photo Credit: The Pour House

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