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The River Oyster Bar

4.2
725 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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About

The River Oyster Bar in Miami is a popular dining establishment with residents and tourists alike. It started as an oyster bar when chef and owner David Bracha opened the doors in 2003. It has since evolved into a full bistro-style restaurant. Join the friendly and attentive staff for lunch, happy hour or dinner. At the River Oyster Bar, the chefs cook only with the freshest ingredients and use locally sourced seafood and produce as often as possible.

Sampling one of the eight varieties of oysters on the menu is a must when you visit the River Oyster Bar. Light fare such as the tuna poke or snapper tartare are popular appetizers. Enjoy a simple seafood dinner featuring fresh fish with your choice of salsa verde, mango chutney or scotch bonnet salsa for a unique flavor. Pair your meal with one of their many wine offerings to complete your meal.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - 6:00pm - 12:00am; Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am Sunday: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Phone number
(305) 530-1915
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
David Bracha
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th Street
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Parking details
Self Park off 7th Street; Monday -Wednesday and Valet, Thursday through Saturday on South Miami Avenue.
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Public transit
8th Street Metro Mover
Additional
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
4.6
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on February 15, 2017

I've been living in Miami for 3 Years and by far is my favorite restaurant up to date!

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2016

We had reservations for 7:30 on a recent Saturday evening. We arrived at 7:16. The hostess asked us to give her 10 minutes. That was not a problem. We found 2 seats at the bar and got a drink. Matt, the bartender asked us if we wanted menus and we told him that we had reservations. He told us that we were welcome to stay the bar if we wished. We kept watching the hostess as she walked past us several times but never told us that our table was ready. It is a very small restaurant and we were able to see from our seats at the bar that there were at least two 2 tops open. People who came in after us were ultimateley seated at those places. We just watched in amusement. It actually became a game to see if she was ever going to seat us at a table. The bartenders were awesome so we just decided to have dinner at the bar. It was at 8:05, almost an hour after we arrived, when I went up to the hostess stand and told her that we had just decided to eat at the bar. She asked me what time my reservations were for and I told her "7:30 and when we arrived at 7:16 you told us it would only be 10 minutes". She was frazzled and didn't even apologize. I didn't get the impression that the staff was thrilled with her either. She approached 2 employees while they were waiting on drinks at the bar and we watched them roll their eyes at her as she walked away. They were justified in their eye rolls. We found the whole experience funny but we probably would not have if there were not two seats at the bar and we were forced to stand for that long waiting on a table. The food was awesome and the bartenders made the experience even better. Besides the hostess, our dinner and bar experience was fabulous.

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2.0Dined on October 4, 2015

Went to River Oyster Bar to enjoy oysters, however they were not the usual fresh oysters one gets there and recommendations from waitress were not accurate.

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3.0Dined on October 4, 2015

We thought we had chose a restaurant with a water view. Or that, hopefully, we might dine outside overlooking the water. No. This restaurant is a block from the river. No direct views in sight. We didn't think the restaurant was all that special, and the costs were a bit high.

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4.0Dined on September 19, 2015

Food was excellent but the dining room needs an update.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2015

Can't go wrong with a place that uses local farms for its ingredients. Everything was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2015

We had a great meal and very good cocktails. The oysters were a bit on the smallish side and were not as flavorful as I would like. But the main entree (yellowtail snapper Chinese style) was excellent. Very busy, hectic, and loud. And it's in the middle of a construction war zone, and I hear that it is going to close soon. Hurry and get in while you can.

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4.0Dined on September 7, 2015

Excellent seafood restaurant.

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1.0Dined on September 6, 2015

We waited over an hour for our food and it was not worth the wait. The manager was rude when we complained. The food was expensive and very average. Don't waste your time or money

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2.0Dined on September 6, 2015

This was our last meal in Miami and we were looking forward to it after a day on he boat. However, we were disappointed. Not to go into too much detail, but our server John just was bad...one of the worst waiters we've encountered. He was awkward and not personable...and flat not good. It took at least 20 minutes to get our first round of drinks, and an hour to even get appetizers (oysters on the half shell and shrimp cocktail). All in all he food couldn't make up for the service...food was just ok. We will not be able to recommend it to friends traveling here (and I'm the go-to for recommendations for friends). Really disappointing.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2015

There hasn't been one time that I/we don't leave with overexcited taste buds. I have been going for years, sometimes only for oysters at the bar, other to enjoy the great service of the staff siting at a table with friends.
I am happy that with all the construction craziness in the area, this great restaurant is still there pleasing us.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

MY WIFE AND I HAD AN EXTRAORDINARY DINNER AT THE RESTAURANT. FROM THE LARGEST SELECTION OF OYSTERS ANYWHERE IN MIAMI .TO THE BEST CORNBREAD AND BREAD ANYWHERE .INTERESTING DRINK COMBINATIONS AND GREAT WINE LIST. PRESENTATION AND PREPARATIONS WERE TERRIFIC AND THE SERVICE COULD NOT BE BETTER.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2015

Top notch service from our server Kenny. This was my first time dining at The River and my date and I were blown away by the food - taste, presentation, timing - and the server. Just a wonderful treat.

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3.0Dined on August 22, 2015

This place has great seafood, in particular. Their whole fish dishes like the yellow-tailed snapper cooked Asian style make exceptional meals. Appetizers like the baked oysters are great, too. The whole place has almost a New Orleans ambience about it. The very worst thing about the place is parking, which was always difficult in the one-way roads around there, but it is notably worse right now as there is a tremendous amount of new construction going on all around the restaurant. At least, before, even in the presence of one-way traffic, there was always a valet option, which isn't possible at this time.

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2015

Great seafood as you would expect at this unassuming place. Good atmosphere and a decent wine list.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2015

We had the oysters. They were delish! Everything was Great but the noise level was way to loud, couldn't hear my husbands convo. But will def come back. Loved their food!

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2015

We had the oysters, fish ceviche, tuna poke, snapper tartare, and blue crab gnocchi. All were delicious. The oysters, ceviche and gnocchi were exceptional. I am craving more! The service was wonderful! Outside does not look very appealing due to the nearby construction, but it is totally worth going inside and dining.

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2015

Well priced surprising flavors

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2015

Probably the best Miami Spice meal we have tried over the past 5 years. Great food and we look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2015

Best seafood outside of Joes in miami

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2015

This restaurant had a great happy hour. We stayed through dinner, too. There was a lot of construction going on in the area, so it was a little hard to find.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2015

i love oysters. So that was exactly what i was looking for - oyste bar. however, as i was traveling with my son, i had to find food for him too. This place was just perfect combination. moderate price, great food and ambience - what else would you need. I would like to mention really great selection of oysters, perfectly balanced menu. and the quality of food is really great. we had, besides oysters, seviche and asparagus, plus a dessert - everything was so tasty that we did not leave anything on our plates.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2015

Amazing prices for top shelf oysters! I am from New England and to find Cape Cod oysters here for half price (before 7) that were AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER THAN home--amazing. My server, Manny, was knowledgeable and easy on the eyes. Very great meal. Worth braving the construction in Brickell.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2015

Food was amazing and service was even better, superb. Getting to the restaurant was a little hectic due to all the construction but it was well worth it. We had some oysters and the tuna for appetizers then the grouper with green beans and mushrooms and my husband had the gnocchi blue crab delicious then for dessert the toffee pudding excellent. A+

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2015

Awesome service. Delicious food. Never had a bad experience here.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2015

The food was fantastic and served hot. Our server was personable and knowledgeable about all menu items provided us with wonderful attentive service. Love this place!!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2015

Really enjoyed the Oysters and the crispy skin Snapper! Also a big surprise was how good the Kale salad was, seriously.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2015

Service was unattentive. Food was not as good as it used to be. I have dined there about 6 times previously. The place is starting to feel aged. Fried oysters, which is why I like the place, were over done and the remoulade sause recipe is a bit different- maybe a little sweeter than I prefer. What is with the website saying we have moved??!!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2015

I love River Oyster Bar. The oysters are amazing. I really love the mussels with coconut milk and lemon grass and the Thai BBQ Ribs. One of my favorite restaurants in Miami.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2015

The food is great. I have been going there for a long time. At this time, it is a challenge because of all the construction going around it. It was well worth it.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2015

Wonderful seafood served. The portions huge and the preparation excellent.
Be prepared to wait for your order, since it is cooked to order.
Well worth the wait.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2015

My business partner and I had a wonderful surprise in downtown Miami. Referred by a local acquaintance, we found a nice treat in a very nondescript building in the middle of a construction zone. Starting with the Crispy Calamari (you won't believe the spicy anchovy aioli) and ending with the Toffee Pudding Cake, everything exceeded expectations. I had the Salmon (blackened) and my friend had the Linguini and Clams (with the crispy pork belly and smoked chiles) and both were excellent. My friend commented that even the Beans and Shiitake side was one of the best he's had on the road. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

It was my wife first mothers day. I can not thank you enough; the whole experience was great

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2015

We visited River Oyster on May 2nd. We visit our son monthly in Miami and always look for new restaurants, (particularly in the Brickell area) In the 3 years we have been coming, this was one of our favorite meals. The oysters were perfect and our server Nicole was outstanding. No rush, no fuss. We are returning for an encore this month!

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2015

We enjoyed the oysters broiled with chorizo and manchego as well as the raw oyster selection! Great rose wine which is fun for the season! The whole fried fish with Asian veggies was AMAZING!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2015

Best raw bar in Miami. Simply put.
The only negative is the hostess,
She is determimed to be Rude
That aside, everything was great.

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1.0Dined on April 9, 2015

The service was good but the quality of the food was terrible. All dishes were disappointing. We will not be going again which is just as well as the restaurant is closing down or moving

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2015

I have been coming here for at least 4 years and decided to celebrate met fiancés birthday there again after we had such a great experience last year. Huge mistake. From the start the hostess was very un polite. The server Eli was a complete disaster from the start. He forgot a few of our food and drink orders. He was pushy and rude the whole time. When my fiancé asked him about some sauces for our whole fried fish he looked at her lime she was insulting him and that she was asking a stupid question.. To top it off he totally forgot even after I told him several times it was birthday to prepare something special. I had to at one point go find him at the bar to remind him that he forgot our drink order and reminded him once again about the birthday.
All and all a very bad night to spoil dinner. We left very dissatisfied and no one made any apologies. I would certainly think twice about going there again. I guess this place has really gone down hill.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2015

Overall this restaurant was great. Very fresh seafood and many unique menu options. I had the mushroom crusted grouper and it was the best grouper I've ever had. The fish itself was delicious. My fiancé has the blue gnocchi (she loves gnocchi) and she said it was the best shes ever had. And the guava cheesecake? Best we've ever had! Do not let the construction going on around the area fool you, this place is great!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2015

My absolute favorite restaurant in Miami.

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