How to Properly Eat a Raw Oyster

Siesta Key is famed for its stunning beaches, perfect for a laid-back sunny vacation. It promises hours of divine weather and picturesque memories to last you a lifetime. There are plenty of one-of-a-kind experiences available for you and your family in Siesta Key. Whether you prefer to lounge on the beach, or you’re more adventurous parasailing types, you’re bound to find something for everyone while staying in our Siesta Key condo rentals.

In this article, we’ll be discussing one of the most important skills you’ll learn in Florida: how to down a raw oyster! You’ll not be able to call yourself an honorary Florida native until you’ve tried it. While they are an acquired taste, you’ll find some of the most beautiful oysters in this part of the world. 


Know What You’re Getting Into  

If you’re planning on adding “downing oysters” to your list of things to do in Siesta Key, you’ll need to know exactly what you’re getting into! Oysters have a distinctly sour, metallic taste that can change depending on how they’re prepared.

Oysters are served in one of two ways: cooked or raw. The most serious oyster-eaters always prefer raw versus cooked. In fact, many will refuse to touch cooked oysters.

Raw oysters tend to have a more subtle, lighter taste than cooked oysters.

However, for first-time oyster eaters, raw might be a little intimidating. In rare cases, raw oysters can cause illness, especially if you are highly susceptible to “vibrio vulnificus infection.”

Before you order your oysters, make sure you know exactly what you’re ordering! Only order raw oysters if you’re ready. 

Do You Know Your Oysters? 

The famous white sand beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast are the ultimate place to find delicious oysters. So, when you order oysters in Siesta Key, you’ll always be served a super fresh, local dish. However, it’s important you know the different kinds of oysters you’re likely to come across.

In Florida, the industry is largely based on the Crassostrea Virginia, or the Eastern oyster. This type of oyster is common to the Gulf of Mexico. It can also be called the Wellfleet oyster, Atlantic oyster, Virginia oyster, or American oyster.

plate of oysters

Oyster Etiquette

There is a very specific way to eat an oyster. In order to look like a suave oyster pro, be sure to follow these steps.

  • Hold the shell with one hand and the shellfish fork in the other hand.
  • Spear the oyster with your fork and dip it into the sauce provided.
  • Then, eat the oyster in one bite.
  • You can also drop sauce directly onto the oyster using your fork.

Stay In Siesta Key

We have some of the best 2-week condo rentals on Siesta Key. You’ll find yourself falling in love with our pristine condos for their stunning, modern decor and their breathtaking ocean views. Discover our ideal Siesta Key condo rentals today and get ready for the home away from home you’ve always dreamed of!

Where to Find Oysters in Siesta Key 

Siesta Key is well-known for its oysters. Here are our picks of the best places to find some of the freshest, tastiest oysters in Florida.

Veronica Fish and Oyster

This seafood joint is one of the best in Siesta Key. If you’re looking for a real oyster bar experience, Veronica Fish and Oyster will certainly deliver. It’s a small place with a few tables and lots of bar seating. The decor is fresh, modern, and stylish. You’ll be served some fantastic oysters along with some one-of-a-kind cocktails from the bar.

Siesta Key Oyster Bar

Another classic oyster bar, this spot specializes in serving up simple, delicious oyster dishes. The Siesta Key Oyster Bar promises to be a memorable experience. After indulging in their fresh oysters, sit back with a cold beer to take in the live music and exciting atmosphere.

The Cottage

The Cottage is a quirky, beach-themed oyster bar that serves up delicious, beautifully prepared oysters and seafood dishes. 

Summer House Steak & Seafood

This exceptional, sophisticated restaurant boasts upscale design, and of course, phenomenal oysters. This steakhouse also offers delicious, tender steak dishes.

Daiquiri Deck Siesta Key Village

This fun beachside bar and restaurant serves up a variety of tasty cocktails alongside super fresh oysters. Enjoy the stunning beach views while trying Florida’s staple dishes.

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