There is something to be said about a city perched on the water. That something is a beautifully juicy oyster, which is always in high demand in the City of Sails. Allow Dish Cult to round up some of the best spots around. From swanky establishments to spots where you can fill your oyster cravings at wallet-friendly prices. Tucked away in every nook and cranny of the city, Auckland’s wide variety makes for a huge variety of options.
This guide was updated 1/12/2020
The Oyster Inn
If a holiday is what you desire but your wallet says otherwise – The Oyster Inn is a trip not too far out from home or your budget. Located on the gorgeous Waiheke Island, this spot offers it all. Great food, better wine, and even accommodation for those wanting to make the most of their time away. Only a ferry ride separates you from this little gem.
Oyster & Chop
One of the Viaduct’s best spots, Oyster & Chop is almost a perfect fit for anyone seeking a bit of indulgence. Pair their local oysters with a glass of fine wine and watch the picturesque view of the harbor for the ultimate summer evening. And for those on the hunt for a bargain? There is a $2.50 happy hour deal – dig in!
A quick internet search for this fine Al Brown establishment shows pictures and pictures of just what you’re looking for – oysters! If that wasn’t enough to entice you, then the quality of their seasonal menu should. Al Brown has a knack for creating some of the most beloved eateries in Auckland, and it would be amiss to ignore his influence on the culinary scene as a whole. Depot is no different. Offering some of the juiciest, creamiest, and tastiest oysters in town – you’d be silly to pass an opportunity to stop into this SkyCity staple.
Euro Bar & Restaurant
There is something about the Viaduct and oysters. Perhaps the combination of fine food, fine wine and a fine view is simply irresistible. Luxurious in every sense, Euro offers all three effortlessly. With one of the most diverse and extensive wine menus in the area, Euro never cuts corners – not with their wine and certainly not with their oysters. For this renowned joint however, you’ll need to book in advance as this spot is in high demand.
Let us introduce you to Alice, the Viaduct's hidden treasure of contemporary dishes, proper cocktails, and swanky rooftop vibes. Being so close to the water, of course Saint Alice have to carry a phenomenal seafood menu, including oysters four ways! Hit the classic track and go for the Mahurangi Oysters from Russel, served with lemon and Chardonnay vinegar, or the Orongo Bay Oysters from North Auckland. If you're wanting to opt for something a little more adventurous, Saint Alice are known for one menu item in particular – their Oyster Muffin. Taking a fresh brioche muffin, Alice fries their oysters and packs them onto the muffin with black garlic mayo and pickle radish.
Tony's Steak & Seafood
Tony’s – a joint known for its fabulous steaks, offers some unforgettable seafood as well. An Auckland staple, the longevity of this spot speaks for itself. However, what may speak volumes louder than its long tenure on Wellesley Street may be that during the week, they offer $1 oysters for both lunch and dinner. A perfect spot to unwind after work, especially during the cold winter evenings!
Clevedon Coast Oysters
For those in the southern suburbs – this one’s for you. If you’re wanting to skip the niceties and move straight to devouring some unbeatable oyster goodness, Clevedon Coast Oysters is the place to be. Selling freshly grown and ethically sourced oysters, there is no compromise on both quality and value for money. For some, Clevedon may be a wee trip – but worth every mile as you join the other delighted customers carrying well-deserved boxes of oysters lovingly.
Jervois Steak House
Steak and oysters go hand in hand, there's no denying it. Start off your luxury steak experience at Jervois Steak House with a round of their plump oysters. Found on the 'To Start' section of the menu, JSH's oysters are seasonal and fresh, meaning you may be getting a different regional oyster each time. Served with lemon and pickled shallot, they let the oysters speak for themselves, just the way we like it.