Oyster House

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Oyster HouseOyster House

Type: Bar, Eatery

1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102-2811
United States

(215) 567-7683 | map

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Added by Gavage on 09-18-2009

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I'm surprised that the Oyster House is listed as a "beer bar". I certainly wouldn't have expected that, but they do have an impressive line-up so I guess it makes sense. Of course everything at the Oyster House is impressive, so why wouldn't the beer be?!!!

So, they have 7 taps, all of which are quality, and I'm pretty sure that they pour Yard's Love Stout year-round. They also offer cask beer (which I've never tried because I really only go there for lunch on Saturdays and you never know if it's fresh or not). The last time I was there the cask was something from Stoudt's, and I had a pint of porter (can't remember from where) and a bottle of something hoppy from Maine Brewing Company. Their bottle selection is, however, limited - and contains some regular stuff (Heineken, Amstel Light, Yuengling) and some oddities like Narragansett.

The oysters are excellent, of course, and they're shucked in front of you if you sit at the bar towards the back. They can be expensive though, so happy hour is the way to go - $1 oysters and $3 drafts.

The service is excellent, and that's all that probably needs to be said about that. You should feel well taken care of.

Finally, it's a really nice looking place. It's crisp and clean with shiny white tiles, a wood floor, and dark accents. You may find it hard not to pause behind diners near the walls to check out some of the more intricate oyster plates that they've got on display (although that's not a problem on Saturday mornings when they're empty, or when they're busy because you won't have a chance!).

Overall, it's one of Philadelphia's true gems. I wouldn't consider it a beer destination by any means, but it's certainly worth a visit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of soulcougher
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of VegasBill
3.55/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I was at Oscars Tavern a few doors away and had the urge for oysters. This used to be the Sansom Street Oyster House, now just the Oyster House, same owners I believe. The decor, well oyster house I guess tile walls!!
This would not be called a beer destination, especially with Nodding Head a few feet away, but they did have Stoudt's Scarlet Lady Ale, which I never had before and they even had a hand pump, Dock Street Hop Garden, I tried both and enjoyed both of them also.
As for oysters they had 10 different ones I believe, I tried five and they were very fresh.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A great reboot of a classic Philadelphia institution. The rennovated dining room is clean and inviting. The service is crisp and friendly (and almost TOO efficient), and the food is good - straightforward seafood house fare. The fried clams were outstanding. The one knock is that the oysters are expensive, though that's probably more to do with the sad decline of the seafood than the restaurant.

The beer list is small but thoughtful - I was drawn to the new Victory Summer Love, though there was Troegs and some other fun items on tap.

Worth a trip, particularly since this is a block packed with other great beer locations to explore as well.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Before heading into Nodding Head the wife and I decided to have a few oysters in the new Oyster House that replaced the old Sansom Street Oyster House this year. The old restaurant was entirely gutted and rebuilt in a true fish house style. Plenty of white tile lines the wall in the bar area, a separate large shucking station is in the middle of the place, and plenty of tables in the back. The overall feel is bright and minimal. The brick is also painted white and a collection of oyster plates line the walls.

The bar area was comfortable as it allows you to gaze out a large window. There were 7 beers on tap, all local micros and sporting a nice variety of styles - Sly Fox O'Reilly Stout, Stoudts Gold, PBC Kenzinger, Yards Brawler, Troegs Dreamweaver, and Victory Helios. Sly Fox 113 was on the hand pump. Prices were $5 or $6 per pint. Bottles wise the list is short but includes Ommegang Abbey Ale, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, DFH 60 Min, and Yards Saison. The only macro beers are Heineken and Amstel, and the usual Philly offering Yuengling.

Service was good during the visit. Six different oysters allows a you to build a good variety plate. The fish was incredibly fresh and tasty but a bit expensive.

It is nice to see a resaurant dedicated to local PA beers only on draft, and this should be a stop for any seafood fan if in the area.

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Oyster House in Philadelphia, PA
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