Order oysters online from the world’s best regions, ship them to your door, shuck, slurp, repeat.
Most of the following oyster farmers ship their own oysters directly to consumers, meaning unparalleled freshness. Some harvest the oysters the same day they ship.
North Kingston, RI; 401-294-8999
Home of Narragansett Bay’s Quonset Point oysters.
Cotuit, MA; 508-428-6747
The oldest oyster company in the United States, selling Cotuit oysters from southern Cape Cod.
East Dennis Oyster Farm
Dennis, MA; 508-398-3123
Classic, briny oysters from the bicep of Cape Cod.
Fishers Island Oyster Farm
Fishers Island, NY; 631-788-7899
Always perfect virginicas from the clean waters of Fishers Island Sound.
York River, VA; 757-879-1504
Nicely balanced Chesapeake oysters from the historic spot where the York River meets the bay.
Meduncook River, Maine
Ultra-briny oysters from the open waters of Cushing Harbor, Gay Islands have the most intensely Atlantic flavor of any Maine oyster.
Edgecomb, ME; 207-633-3599
Let’s face it: The best oysters in the country, hands down. Belons, too, if you’re lucky.
Morro Bay, CA; 888-463-2056
Suspension-culture oysters from California’s Central Coast, shipped by Giovanni’s Fish Market, which also sells other varieties. Type OYSTERS20 into the coupon box to receive 20% off your first purchase, courtesy of Oysterguide.com.
Lilliwaup, WA; 360-877-5811
Natural-set Hood Canal oysters in several sizes, as well as smoked oysters and pickled oysters from Hama Hama’s own recipe.
Duxbury, MA; 781-934-2028
The reigning kings of east coast oysters (read about it here), Island Creeks have become the standard against which others are judged. Crisp, firm, and very briny.
Homer, AK; 907-299-1932
These Alaska beauties, grown in floating lantern nets surrounded by glaciers and whales on the tip of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, having a bright, clean, briny taste of cucumber and nori. The shells are beautiful swirls of white, black, pink, and purple.
I call the Kumamoto “the Chardonnay of oysters” because it’s sweet, fruity, nonintimidating, and everybody likes it. With its deep cup, pillowy flesh, and watermelon-rind aroma, many consider it the perfect oyster.
Morro Bay, CA; 925-980-3008
Pacific oysters from California’s middle coast. $1 a piece, plus shipping.
Darien, CT; 203-309-2590
Classic Bluepoints from Long Island Sound.
Shelton, WA; 877-427-3193
Olympia and Pacific oysters from southern Puget Sound.
Newport, OR; 541-265-5078
Yaquina Bay oysters.
Lottsburg, VA; 804-529-7709
A good example of the less salty oysters typical of the Chesapeake Bay. Nice cups and size.
Tappahannock, VA; 804-204-1709
Four different Virginia oysters: Olde Salts, Stingrays, Rappahannock Rivers, and York Rivers.
Shelton, WA; 360-426-6178
One of the largest growers in Washington State, with farms throughout the region. Taylor sells all five species of oyster, including several sizes of Pacifics, plus smoked oysters, fresh clams, geoducks, and more. They are one of the only growers of Olympias, and the exclusive grower of Totten Inlet Virginicas, believed by many to be the most delicious oyster in the world. Their latest wizardry is the Shigoku oyster.
Gloucester, VA; 804-693-0044
Chesapeake oysters from Mobjack Bay.