Aw, Shucks! Where to Find Oysters in South County

Oysters are the pearl of Rhode Island shellfish, and you can still (safely) get them


Oysters are the Ocean State’s pride and joy, and our appetite for them grows exponentially during the summer months. These days you can even pick them up directly from South County fishermen. Naturally, all of these companies are taking extra precautions to safely deliver their product to oyster fans. Most will provide curbside pickup, and some will even deliver them to your door. If you want to visit in person, you can do so – but please, for Neptune’s sake, wear a mask.

Don’t forget to consult The RI Oyster Trail, an online guide to local oyster-mongers, which includes a handy map.

It’s a fish market. It’s a restaurant. And now, Champlin’s in Narragansett is a great place to order online and safely pick up fresh shellfish, along with live lobster and crabs. 

The favorite Rhode Island supermarket chain Dave's is packed with local oysters, along with a range of other easy-to-cook –or cooked for you – seafood. Find locations in North Kingstown and Quonset. 

Whether you’re headed to the Galilee Ferry or strolling along Salty Brine State Beach, Ferry Wharf is a perfect stop for some fresh oysters – and fish, lobster, and dayboat sea scallops. 

These sustainably harvested oysters from the Charlestown oyster company are delicious anywhere, anytime – and you can even have them delivered to your home.

Wickford is as scenic as ever, and the wood-shingled cottage that houses Gardner’s Wharf is among its most picturesque destinations. Call in your oyster order to expedite pickup. 

Perhaps the most famous oyster purveyor in the state, Matunuck Oyster Bar in Wakefield will make a dining reservation for you (with a likely two-week wait), or you can order a “pond-side pickup.” 

Yes, this lobster co. supplies oysters. Yes, they’ll deliver to your home, if you live within range. 

Succumb to the siren song of Quonnie Oysters, a shellfish provider with style. 

Named after the famous characters from Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Walrus & Carpenter is now shipping their shellfish (and shucking knives, and even hoodies) across New England, New York, and New Jersey from their home in Narragansett.

You can dine on their products at places like Hemenway’s and Midtown Oyster Bar in Newport, or you can visit Wickford Oyster Co. in person and pick up your catch of the day. 


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