L & E Oyster Bar

Restaurants, Seafood Silver Lake
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L&E Oyster

L&E Oyster Bar channels the spirit of the sort of old-school oyster shack you might expect to find on a remote oceanfront highway. The place seats no more than 50, and visitors will find an illuminated sign on the wall announcing the day’s haul of fresh oysters.

The best way to eat an oyster is, of course, raw. But if you like yours cooked, the kitchen here offers several options, the best of which is simply fried. Try the grilled casino, with butter, bacon and shallots, or a daily special like Tomahawk oysters with harissa. Beyond the namesake bivalves, the rest of the menu is short and succinct: shrimp cocktail, steamed mussels, clam chowder (very good), French fries (excellent), plus a few standard salads and three or four entrées each night. The line-up changes constantly, but some recent standouts have included an excellent kanpachi tartare and a very reputable fried oyster po’boy.

By: Brad A. Johnson

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Venue name: L & E Oyster Bar
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Address: 1637 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles
90026
Opening hours: Downstairs: Mon-Thu 6-10pm; Fri 6-11pm; Sat 5-11pm; Sun 5-10pm. Upstairs: Sun-Thu 5-11pm; Fri, Sat 5pm-Midnight
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I absolutely love oysters and enjoy the ability to just walk into L & E Oyster Bar, go upstairs and get the chef's choice dozen on demand. Lit up boards announce the oysters of the day. They come out on ice, with accompanying mignonette, cocktail sauce, horseradish and lemon. 


While the restaurant downstairs offers a lot more variety, along with excellent complimentary hush puppies with your order, there is nothing like the chilled briny freshness. I particularly enjoy it on the terrace, enjoying the gorgeous tile floor, city sounds and fresh air. The service is also very prompt and friendly.


Oysters and rosé on the patio or upstairs balcony at L & E is a perfect warm-weather evening, and it's a favorite meeting spot amongst my East Coast ex-pat social circle. Keep in mind if you go that the menus upstairs and down are quite different, with only a limited food selection offered in the upstairs bar area.