Oyster Lovers Unite: Five Places to Eat Oysters This Valentine's Weekend

Joyce's Seafood & Steaks
6415 San Felipe, 713-975-9902

Formerly known as Joyce's Oyster Resort, this blue and turquoise nautically themed hangout is a great destination for oyster lovers. $7.25 a dozen

Captain Benny's Half Shell Oyster Bar
8506 S. Main, 713-666-5469

The old-time favorite among oyster eaters and still one of the cheapest oyster bars in town. $6.95 a dozen

Ragin' Cajun
4302 Richmond, 713-621-3474

Ragin' Cajun has the cheapest oysters in town during weekday happy hour and all day Monday. 25 cents each during happy hour and all day Monday; $8.99 a dozen on Valentine's Day

Mardi Gras Grill
1200 Durham Dr., 713-864-5600

This is the best place in town to eat ersters and get drunk at lunch. $8.99 a dozen

Goode Company Seafood
2621 Westpark Dr., 713-523-7154

This old, reliable oyster bar has a convenient Rice Village-area location. $8.95 a dozen


Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen
4611 Montrose, 713-807-8883

Gulf oysters are the first course of a three-course prix-fixe menu for $51 per guest. Or just hunker down in the bar for oysters at $10.50 a dozen.

Rainbow Lodge
2011 Ella, 713-861-8666

Roasted Gulf oysters with Swiss chard, aged goat cheese and brûléed hollandaise is part of chef Randy Rucker's innovative five-course Valentine's Day Dinner, served from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday for $70 per person.

Oceanaire Seafood Room
5061 Westheimer, 832-487-8862

The extensive oyster bar features a wide selection of imported gourmet oysters from the East Coast. Valentine's specials include Chef Trevor White's "Dishes for Duos," sumptuous meals intended for couples to enjoy together.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood
1151 Uptown Park, 713-840-7900

McCormick & Schmick's has the city's largest selection of gourmet oysters from the East Coast. Valentine's specials include "Surf & Turf for Two" and a chocolate ­dessert.


Central Market
3815 Westheimer, 713-386-1700

Central Market's seafood case offers a good selection of imported gourmet oysters, including Connecticut Blue Points and Totten Inlet Virginicas...while they last.

Louisiana Seafood
4410 W. 12th St., 713-957-1653

Louisiana Seafood's retail store sells oysters by the 100-count box or bag. Gulf oysters are around $20; Apalachicolas are around $40; imported East Coast oysters run as high as $75. Call and reserve your oysters before you go.

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Robb Walsh
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