> Location: Charleston, SC
A bustling modern eatery with a patio and a cozy bar – complete with happy hour – 167 Raw serves crudo and raw-bar fare along with tacos, po’boys, and a selection of favorites including lobster rolls, tuna burgers, and swordfish pastrami. It’s a great place to celebrate or splurge on wine and shared plates with friends (167 also has a sushi bar across town).
Hai Cang Harbor Seafood Restaurant
> Location: Houston, TX
A casual but elegant Chinese restaurant that offers a huge selection of seafood, Hai Cang is set up to serve large parties, with numerous special, family-style menu spreads good for eight to 10 guests. Customers love the ginger scallion lobster, soft-shell crab with butter, spotted prawns with tamarind sauce, and razor clams with basil leaves.
> Location: Topping, VA
A rural, riverside restaurant near the mouth of the Rappahannock River, this oyster tasting house has plenty of outdoor seating and cold beers. Known for their locally raised oysters and Chesapeake Bay crabs, Merroir serves only raw and outdoor grilled seafood – small-plate style, and perfect for sharing.
> Location: Virginia Beach, VA
This waterfront restaurant and crab house began as a bait shop over 30 years ago. With a large deck, boozy beach cocktails, and great views of passing boats, Bubba’s is a local favorite for she-crab soup, crab cake burgers, crab-stuffed flounder, and a daily selection of fresh fish straight off the boat.
RockCreek Seafood & Spirits
> Location: Seattle, WA
Located in Fremont, RockCreek features a rustic, chalet-like dining room with two levels and a patio, and serves brunch and dinner with a daily happy hour at the bar. The menu contains sustainably sourced seafood from around the world, dressed up in eclectic global flavors. Multiple visits may be required to fully experience the scope of RockCreek’s dozen small plate options, raw oysters and oyster shooters, and wide spread of delectable fish entrees.
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