7 Places to Order Oysters on Tybee Island
Anyone who’s been to Tybee Island knows that the destination is an oyster lover’s paradise. The island’s bounty of marshlands and creeks make it a popular habitat for beloved bivalves. Premier restaurants on the island serve up fresh-caught, locally sourced oysters daily. Whether you like yours raw or rockefeller, you’re sure to find oysters your way on Tybee. Head to these island hot spots to satisfy your seafood cravings.
A-J's Dockside Restaurant
A-J’s Dockside Restaurant is celebrated by patrons for its inviting atmosphere, the picturesque ocean views and, of course, the oysters. Here, you can enjoy oysters for lunch or dinner in a variety of combinations that are sure to satisfy. Top your house salad with a healthy dose of fried oysters or enjoy them in a toasted hoagie as a Po’ Boy. No matter how you choose to have them, you won’t be disappointed with these oysters.
Nestled in the heart of Lazaretto Creek, Bubba Gumbos quickly became a regional favorite for fresh seafood with a view. Bubba Gumbo’s is known to combine seafood staples with the welcomed flavors of Southern and Cajun cuisines. Oyster aficionados should mark their calendars for the weekly All You Can Eat Oyster Roast. Every Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., Bubba Gumbo’s provides patrons with a bottomless bucket of oysters for a mere $22 a person.
This family-owned ice-creamery-turned-casual-dining-hall has been satifying island appetites with succulent seafood bites and gourmet goods for quite some time. Sundae Café is revered for its intimate dining atmosphere and inspired plates. This eatery has mastered the traditional fried oyster, but they also have some innovative combos adventurous oyster fans should try. Go for the Southern Oysters Rockefeller for a delicate appetizer that boasts major palate-pleasing flavor.
The Crab Shack
As the slogan goes, The Crab Shack is the place ‘where the elite eat in their bare feet.’ Regardless of social status, everyone can enjoy a taste of the good life with the shack’s aptly named Oysters Elite. This surprisingly affordable appetizer features a half dozen raw oysters served alongside caviar and a dollop of sour cream. This elevated dish is sure to satisfy every palate no matter how sophisticated or simple and you’ll leave feeling just a tad bit fancier.
The Social Club
Perfectly positioned in the middle of Tybee Island, the Tybee Island Social Club is a hot spot among locals and visitors. From a weekly Bluegrass Brunch to nightly live music, this eatery offers a new take on island cuisine. At the top of our list is their full raw bar filled with fresh cold water oysters. If raw isn’t your style, try their Oysters Pulaski – five baked oysters topped with parmesan cheese, bacon, andouille, collards and panko bread crumbs.
Fannie's on the Beach
The oyster offerings at Tybee’s Fannie’s on the Beach are many, and seafood lovers will be pleased to discover tasty oyster dishes on essentially every section of Fannie’s menu. The ‘snacketizer’ Oysters Rock-A-Fannie deserves an honorable mention. Six baked oysters are coddled in the shell by a warm, melty bed of spinach and fontina cheese. It’s absolute oyster nirvana.
Bernie's Oyster House
Bernie’s Oyster House offers a delicious selection of sandwiches, soups, and appetizers, as well as an abundance of steamed, raw, and fried seafood along with plenty of non-seafood items. Located right on Tybee Island's downtown strip, this conveniently located eatery is perfect for your next oyster craving!