For seafood lovers, no trip to Seacoast New Hampshire is complete without some local oysters served on the half shell. In Portsmouth, home of our two boutique hotels, several of our favorite restaurants focus on fresh seafood and offer special oyster deals. Stop into one of these Portsmouth restaurants for some oysters and slurp up a taste of the Seacoast:
If your vacation goals involve eating seafood and drinking craft beer, head straight to Row 34. Make your raw bar selections on the paper menu with the golf pencil provided and be sure to order up whatever New Hampshire oysters they have. We like to ask for the "dealer's choice" and let the server provide a mixed dozen of the available varieties. An impressive draft and bottle selection will please the craft beer drinkers in the group.
The casual sister restaurant to Moxy, another one of our faves, has the best oyster happy hour in town, with select oysters $1.25 available from 4-6 p.m.seven days a week. Grab a seat at the bar that curves around the raw bar, so you can watch the shucking in action. If raw oysters aren't your thing, try one of the many cooked preparations: wrapped in bacon and grilled, stuffed with chorizo and breadcrumbs, or fried and served with tartar sauce.
Head down to the waterfront for fresh seafood with a view of the harbor at Surf Restaurant. The variety of oysters and clams on the half shell rotates daily, and seafood towers add a luxurious touch. Mix up your oyster experience with some shooters—Surf has four styles from spicy Bloody Mary with vodka to jalapeno tequila with fresh lime juice, cilantro, parsley, and chive.