Oysters are a quintessential summer staple. Here’s our selection of where to find the best ones in the city centre - take a look and get booking your seat at one of these tables this summer.
Ahi | Commercial Bay, 7/21 Queen Street
With a strong focus on the best cuisine Aotearoa has on offer, it’s no surprise Ahi features on our list. The oyster option at Ahi is fresh Te Makutu oysters served alongside a bold nectarine and chardonnay ice. These delectable morsels would go absolutely swimmingly with a summery Aperitivo Spritz or a glass of Bollinger.
Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar | 86 Federal Street
Known as a city centre go-to destination for oysters and other seafood, Depot consistently serves fresh oysters at their Raw Bar. With varietals from Mahurangi, Organo Bay, Te Kourma or more, head to Depot to enjoy these delicacies and learn more about their unique differences.
kingi | 29 Galway Street
Located in the stunning Hotel Britomart laneway, kingi (known colloquially for kingfish) is a unique dining experience brought to you by the founders of Orphans Kitchen, Tom Hishon and Josh Helm, who care deeply about celebrating seafood. Unsurprisingly the Raw Bar at kingi is comprehensive but refined, featuring a variety of raw delicacies including the Te Makutu oysters from Waiheke and the Petit Mahurangi oyster. These oysters would go perfectly with marinated Ortiz anchovies and Wakame sourdough, sipped alongside a tart orange wine.
Oyster & Chop | Market Place, Viaduct Harbour
Acting as both an oyster bar and a steakhouse, Oyster & Chop offers an unmissable happy hour deal, where you can order natural oysters for only $2 each from 3-6pm daily. Grab a group of friends on a sunny afternoon and head over to Oyster & Chop, where you can enjoy one of nature’s most delicious delights alongside a glass of champagne or crisp white wine. If you want an extensive array of oysters then this is the place for you, with oysters from Bluff, Clevedon coast, Big Fat, and Orongo Bay, to name just a few. Bluff oysters are harvested from the only wild oyster fishery remaining in the world, making this dining experience one to remember.
The Lodge Bar & Dining | Commercial Bay, 7/21 Queen Street
Situated on Quay Street next to the Little Queen Street laneway of Commercial Bay, The Lodge Bar and Dining features an impressive array of New Zealand wines, not to mention delicious local oysters. On offer are half a dozen Te Matuku oysters with texture of tamarillo and nasturtium mignonette. Why not order with some other yummy morsels like charcoal grilled prawns or a charcuterie board too?!
The Poni Room | Commercial Bay, 7/21 Queen Street
The Poni Room is a unique, Asian-inspired dining experience with rose wine being another central part of their offering. For $5 each, enjoy a freshly shucked oyster alongside thai mignonette, and ask the wait staff for their recommendation on the best wine to pair it with. There's rose varietals from Cotes de Provence, Marlborough, Waiheke, and California which are a great compliment to the tasty oysters.
The Shucker Brothers | Ferry Building, 99 Quay Street
It's in the name! The Shucker Brothers is first and foremost an oyster bar, located conveniently in the picturesque Ferry Building. This seaside bar and eatery has a fresh daily selection of oysters, as well as grilled oysters with bacon, bourbon, and chipotle butter, or even tempura oysters served with wasabi mayo. Whether you are an oyster aficionado or a tentative beginner, you will feel right at home at The Shuckers Brother, a great destination over the sunny summer season.
The Grill | 90 Federal Street
You can be rest assured that the oysters at The Grill will knock your socks off, as this restaurant was voted the 2020 TripAdvisors Travellers Choice Winner, making the list of the top 10% of restaurants in the world. In terms of oysters, at The Grill the daily selection means there will always be a variety of new oysters coming to your table, served with shallot and vermouth vinegar.