Once a rarity in Nashville, oysters are now a mainstay on menus around this land-locked town. An order of a dozen oysters doesn’t come cheap — unless it’s happy hour. Seafood-serving eateries around town dedicate a few hours each day (on one day a week, all-day) to delivering oysters that are both fresh and affordable. If you have an appreciation for oysters and a good deal, dive into these happy hours, because if you haven’t heard, oysters are always in season.Read More
A Dozen of the Best Oyster Happy Hours in Nashville
Twelve places serving up fresh oysters deals
1. 55 South
Named for the stretch of highway that runs between Memphis and New Orleans, Jason McConnell’s Franklin restaurant features Southern flavors — and fresh oysters. A dozen ice-cold Gulf oysters are $5-off Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during happy hour. If you can slurp down more than 10 dozen oysters in less than 30 minutes, you might earn your place on the 55 Oyster Wall of Fame.
2. Roze Pony
Julia Jaksic’s Roze Pony brought a charming all-day cafe to Belle Meade, and just like its sister restaurant on the other side of town, of its many offerings is a deal on oysters, Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., along with crudites and French fries. Just like at Cafe Roze, they’re $1.50 a piece.
3. Henrietta Red
Within this Germantown hotspot, oysters are raw, wood-roasted, and fried. From your seat at the marble-topped raw bar, watch shuckers shuck premium oysters that hail from the East, West and Gulf Coasts. Happy hour is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and includes $2 oysters and $5 cava. Saturday specials include $5 daiquiris.
4. Saint Stephen
Germantown restaurant Saint Stephen entices diners and drinkers with happy hour every weekday, 5 to 6 p.m. The crowd comes for deals on oysters served with mignonette, deviled eggs, burgers, and an array of drinks including cocktails and seasonal punch, beer, and wine.
5. The Dutch
Not long after Andrew Carmellini opened his Nashville offshoot of the Dutch, the W Hotel restaurant launched happy hour, and among the surprisingly robust list of specials are $2 oysters on the half shell, served with blood orange mignonette. It’s available Monday through Friday at the bar, fro, 5 to 7 p.m.
6. Marsh House
Situated on the ground floor of the Thompson Nashville, this stylish restaurant and bar serves one of the best oyster deals in town. Twelve George Washingtons will get you a dozen oysters, which are $1 a piece during happy hour. There are also deals on beer, cocktails, wine and even a “chambong” during happy hour, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday.
7. STK Steakhouse
If you’re looking to mix business and pleasure for happy hour, the upscale/corporate vibes of Nashville’s outpost of STK might fit the bill. Unsurprisingly, it offers one of the priciest happy hour deals on oysters, but the rest of the menu is robust and reasonable enough to make up for it. Oysters on a half are $3 a pop Monday through Friday, 3 to 6:30 p.m.
8. Zeppelin Nashville Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Zeppelin, the sprawling rooftop bar and restaurant and party spot from a team of industry veterans, opened in 2020. Besides chef Aaron Thebault’s menu fusing coastal and global flavors alongside interesting takes on American standards and a playful, well-executed cocktail menu, the restaurant has a strong happy hour. Get $1 oysters on the rooftop Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., in addition to drink and other seafood specials.
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9. Ellington's Mid Way Bar & Grill
This restaurant in the Fairlane Hotel is a mid-century inspired eatery on the hotel’s fourth floor, with an outdoor terrace and sweeping views of the city. During the week, diners can treat themselves to $2 East and West Coast oysters during happy hour, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
10. The Southern Steak & Oyster
This long-standing restaurant was one of the first in town to serve a premium selection of freshly, shucked oysters. The downtown favorite offers specials on select raw oysters Friday through Sunday between 3 and 5 p.m. the bar. Drop by for a dozen shucker’s choice for $25.
11. Cafe Roze
Julia Jaksic’s pretty, all-day cafe on the East side of town has a marble-lined bar meant for an elegant happy hour outing. Monday through Friday, slurp a raw oysters with mignonette or a bloody mary cocktail sauce for $1.50, from 4 to 6 p.m.
12. Roadside Bar & Grill
Roadside in Old Hickory is good at most everything it does, making it the ultimate fun, lively spot for bar food and live music. While it’s not a happy hour, this spot shucks oysters for just $1 every Saturday from 5 p.m. to close, so it warrants inclusion.
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