The Shuckery

4.8
711 Reviews
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
Enjoy seafood how it’s meant to be—fresh, seasonal, playful. Join us at The Shuckery for raw oysters and a selection of artfully crafted, ocean-inspired dishes. We’re much more than an oyster bar. The Shuckery is a culinary experience that stands for warm hospitality and food that comforts and excites.

Currently, all of our seating is outdoors, and we provide a unique experience in the heart of downtown Petaluma. Our tables are nestled in the courtyard of Historic Hotel Petaluma and sprinkled on the popular sidewalk of Kentucky. Boasting a European feel, we encourage you to bring a jacket for later reservations.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 711 people are saying
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SweetCheeks
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thank everyone at The Shuckery who prepared, served and helped us have a delicious, delightful evening. Our wait person was fantastic as well as patient. The outdoor space is magical and the heaters kept us quite cozy. We will return. There was definitely an air of…normalcy. Cheers to all!

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CaseyC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love this spot- one of my favorite special occasion restaurants in Petaluma. Try the conserva and oysters!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!! Great food and service! Will definitely be going back soon

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ClaudiaE
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal outside
Everything was as I had hoped….will pass it on to friends

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cathyc
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Disappointed after wonderful dinner visit three weeks earlier. Dinner at 5:00 but they were already out of ceviche and mousse. Biggest disappointment was the 6 oz seared black cod was more like 2 or 3 ounces - a lot of rice but little cod. One of our guests said the mussel entree was a small portion compared to other restaurants.

The Shuckery
Responded on November 18, 2021

Cathy, I'm sorry to hear your disappointment. We don't like to run out of things either, but I can assure you our other desserts are delicious. I can also assure you that each piece of fish is weighed once we fillet it. We do this for of course consistency for you, our guest, but also so we can keep track of food costs. Don't hesitate to bring it to our attention next time so we can fix the issue before you leave. A manager is always onsite and we want you to leave happy and full.

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tannazr
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was pretty awesome! The food was excellent and the staff was super nice. I’ll definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, high quality ingredients and absolutely satisfied

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Server gave great recommendations and was very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome waiter, great food. Only downside was we checked for our reservation and were asked to wait outside for a moment, 10 minutes later we walked back in and were asked if they could help us. Our table was waiting but we had been forgotten about. The wonderful waiter and food made up for it!

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BV991
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had a nice evening at The Shuckery and were happy to see that the restaurant was very busy on a Thursday evening. That being said, it was also very loud, making conversation with our friends difficult at times. The food was excellent, all the various dishes we tried, everyone enjoyed. The service was friendly. Next time we might try sitting outside to see if the noise level is less disruptive.

The Shuckery
Responded on November 18, 2021

BV991, Thanks for your review. It is night and day with the noise level. Outdoor dining is very quite :)

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CarmenR
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to The Shuckery. We order the calamari, fish tacos, and ceasar salad with light dressing. We weren't disappointed the calamari was crispy, hot, and seasoned well. The favor of the tacos where amazing. Ceasar salad with anchovies delicious with light dressing as requested.

Now, let's talk about the service. We appreciated the attention to detail the staff gave us. We were seated at a really small table. The staff made sure the table wasn't crowded with dishes. They were on point removing empty dishes and glasses.

The recommendation for hot tea was on point for the wet weather. He checked on us often. Replished my hot water without me having to request it. Best of all he had a inviting smile.

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Steven
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We thought the food was OK but not great. My wife didn't like any of the dishes she ordered. I had the skirt steak tacos. The meat was very hard and crunchy. Not what I would have expected. Overall, it was OK. But the food left something to be desired. Maybe we would have thought differently if we had oysters, as I think that is their specialty.

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vipmichellea
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and what a wonderful meal.

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MadeleineC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Shuckery has a delicious varied menu of seafood specialties.

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MaryT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was slammed Saturday . They where backed up. But the staff was so nice . It was ok to wait a bit extra time for the food.

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Gaby
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful presentation, friendly and romantic ambiance, and AMAZING, next-level, original and unique and unforgettable cocktails.

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KariR
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The best Halibut I have ever had! Everything was great including the oysters. Staff was very personable. Would definitely go back!

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Lori
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good and interesting food. Very creative presentations including food arriving in cans (the sardines were delicious....scallops not so much). Great oysters of course. Nice wine selection and whimsical cocktails. Loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipMargaretK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambience, and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. One of the best restaurants in Sonoma county.

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Laura
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must go to restaurant!!! It was so delicious! Everything, I mean everything from the darling employees, the menu choices, the atmosphere and the freshness of all the ingredients was remarkable and just way over the top! We've been here twice in two weeks and we seriously are going to go as often as we can get in or make a reservation on opentable. I'm so glad it's in our quaint little town of Petaluma, Ca.

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vipChrisC
Orlando
218 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and service were very good. If you’re a California wine enthusiast, this is not going to be one of your favorites. For one thing, waaaay too much French wine. They should be supporting the small wineries close by Petaluma. I’m a California wine fanatic. Been in the wine biz for many years. I ordered a beer. Nuff said.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We arrived on time. Seated in the courtyard. Understandably they were short staffed. We had to flag down a waitress multiple times to get our order out, our order had been forgotten twice, extras added onto our order we had to have taken off before getting the final balance. The tables are not spread apart even three feet. It was quite uncomfortable having another conversation happening in such close proximity to our own- even outside of Covid norms, the seats were awfully close.
Spending $200 between three people should have a been a better experience- that being said, we would still come back. The food is exceptional.

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DebSM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have eaten here a few times , and each time it has been very enjoyable. Good service, great food -- I love the halibut and my husband loves the whole fish as well as the oysters. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional menu choices emphasizing a wide array of locally sourced food and wine all beautifully presented by a gracious and knowledgeable staff. We ordered a wide array of items from appetizers to desserts and ate it all.

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vipTomC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining was amazing! We thought we were in Italy with the lights and enclosure and the side of the hotel. And the food and service were outstanding!

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vipMacbest
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Food was excellent. Really like the conserva (canned fish). Inside is extremely noisy. So loud that people were not able to talk. We are outside (wasn’t given a choice) and it can be cold. They do have Uv heaters but it is a bit cold. Also a large tour bus parks out front and leaves his motor running. The exhaust is right where the outdoor dining area is. Service was very slow. That seems to be happening everywhere. This all said the food really is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a Chef. I was referred to The Shuckery, by another Chef who worked with co-owner Jasmine previously. So I was primed for a good experience. The courtyard, where we dined, was very old world, European in fact. I loved it. Weather was perfection. The Conserva menu was a welcome surprise but I’m curious how one gets the American palate and mind to embrace that. So points for leaving the box. We enjoyed two potted fish and Della Fattoria bread to start. So good! I will return JUST to sample more of those tinned treasures.

My date and I split the Panko Crusted Halibut atop a beautiful Hollandaise. Panko on top only, crispy skin beneath. Excellent preparation, perfectly cooked. Plus oysters, which were luscious as I would expect from an Oyster Girl.

We ordered a Bubbly Rose’ and our Server was not subtle about her approval of that choice, which was appreciated.

Excellent dining experience.

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vipTerry
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints especially if you’re a fish lover! The oysters are superb and the menu is varied and extremely creative. Something for everyone, and the ambience is perfect with the staff being extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Love the patio….stunning anytime but especially around the holidays. Can’t say enough positive about it. Don’t miss it!

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RachaelW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Sunday night Labor Day weekend- packed as expected. Service was excellent. Food was pretty decent as well. We will be back for sure.

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CarlaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Friendly service too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Travel from Reno to come

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MartyP
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink. Best clam chowder ever. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, great food and friendly and knowledgeable staff with a passion and enthusiasm that matches the amazing quality of the restaurant.

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KennethM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood. Locally sourced food, Preparation and quality outstanding.

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Rick
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar service in a very pleasant courtyard setting. We enjoyed the panko crusted halibut, poke bowl, 1/2-doz raw oysters, and jalapeno-smoked oysters. Will definitely visit again.

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viplgc73
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chef is a geniuis! He makes a roasted garlic spread for the bread which is so mild ... I cannot imagine how long they roast it!

Everything else was beyond wonderful!

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Kjmol
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, drinks and service

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MichelleB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! The service was good, attentive but not overly so, food was beyond compare, can’t wait to go back!

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You can order delivery directly from The Shuckery using the Order Online button. The Shuckery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 981-7891.

The Shuckery is rated 4.8 stars by 711 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.