Only Mind the Mollusks

Hint: Skip the entrées and go straight for the oyster bar offerings...

On one visit service was neglectful -- dishes and crumbs left on the table, bottles of wine not poured, an after-dinner coffee taking twenty minutes to arrive -- by which point we had given up and were ready for the check. Part of the problem may have stemmed from a large group holding a party. Their slide presentation also blocked the restroom entrance, leading a waiter to tell a member of our party "to try the bathroom next door at Tobacco Road" -- not something you expect to hear when paying at least $40 for dinner. On another, less hectic evening, service was more attentive, but our table still wasn't cleaned between dinner and dessert.

Attempting to make raw oysters, hummus, and fried yuca chips work cohesively on the same menu is like trying to form New Orleans, Egypt, and Cuba into one unified country. I'm not saying it can't be accomplished, but why try? I'll stick to the River Oyster Bar for a revitalizing after-work pick-me-up of chilled oysters and cold beer -- an unbeatable combination for a sultry South Florida evening.

A choice of oysters down by the river
A choice of oysters down by the river

Location Info


The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

650 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Brickell


650 S Miami Ave, Brickell Village; 305-530-1915. Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., dinner Monday through Thursday 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6:00 to 11:30 p.m.
River Oyster Bar,

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