City Oyster & Sushi Bar: A comfortable, reliable friend in Delray Beach

You know that restaurant and bar where everybody knows your name? Every town and city has one. In Delray Beach, Fla., such a place is City Oyster & Sushi Bar, smack in the middle of bustling Atlantic Avenue. You can’t ask for a better location in Delray or a better place to spend lunch, brunch, happy hour (every day) and dinner.


City Oyster features inside and outside dining that blend with comfortable, neighborhood vibe, whether you’re a local or an out-of-towner strolling “The Ave.”

“It’s really a family place,’’ said General Manager Todd Lawrence.

City Oyster has been a staple of the Delray Beach dining scene for nearly 18 years – a testament to its menu and popularity in a city where restaurants and bars are come and go as often as the snowbirds that will soon invade South Florida.

“It’s just different,’’ Lawrence said of City Oyster, part of the Big Time Restaurant Group that has eateries in Delray Beach and Boca Raton.

“We’re the only seafood restaurant in Big Time, but we have something for everyone.’’

Indeed. City Oyster makes its own pastas (try the Linguini with Littleneck Clams), breads and desserts, but you have to begin with the seafood and sushi. The Rock Shrimp and Blood Orange Ceviche is a “must have,’’ as is the thick and creamy New England Clam Chowder and Chilled Lobster with Remoulade.

With a name like “City Oyster,’’ you have to have great oysters, and the restaurant does. Looking for a signature seafood entrée? Try the Shrimp and Scallops “Boke’’ with tuna, Thai red curry, coconut broth, jasmine rice and vegetables. The combination of flavors is outstanding.

The Shrimp and Crab Gumbo with Cajun sausage is one of my favorites. And on the beef side, the Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops never disappoint.

Yep. Something for everyone.

“This place is really a gem,’’ Lawrence said.

A gem whose polish never wears off.

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