Capitol Oyster Bar

Oyster Bar | Seafood
Worth a return

Capitol Oyster Bar is a seafood shack far off the beaten path. Its ramshackle appearance, inside and out, combines with a beautiful patio view of the Alabama River to create ambience that will make a scene-sensitive traveler’s heart go pitty-pat.

Of course there are oysters. As you enter, you pass the shuckers on the left, hard at work opening meaty, bracingly salty Gulf beauties to be served on the half shell by the dozens. These are the best things I ate at Capitol Oyster Bar.

The big menu does offer a few regional specialties — fried blue crab claws, po boys, and seafood gumbo — but most of the repertoire is basic seafood-shack fare, available fried or steamed. I went for a fried combo platter that includes shrimp, oysters and scallops along with hushpuppies, cole slaw, and onion rings: all good stuff, if not rapture-inducing.

On Sundays, the restaurant becomes a venue for live blues music. The lineup is available on the restaurant’s website.

What to Eat
Capitol Oyster Bar, Raw Oysters
Raw Oysters
A half dozen freshly-opened salty ones to start the meal
Capitol Oyster Bar, Fried Oysters
Fried Oysters
The fried oysters are fine, but no match for the oceanic punch of raw ones.
Capitol Oyster Bar, Fried Scallops
Fried Scallops
Milky white scallops are encased in crisp crust.
Capitol Oyster Bar, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Unctuous onion rings add a sweet note to a plate of fried seafood.
Capitol Oyster Bar, Cole Slaw
Cole Slaw
Pickly crisp cole slaw is a welcome palate-refresher when plowing through a plate of fried seafood.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 8pm
Wednesday11am - 8pm
Thursday11am - 8pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday12pm - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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