Hog Island Oyster Co


Oxbow Public Market

610 1st Street

Napa, CA 94559

Tel: (707) 251-8113


Oct 25, 2011 – dinner at Oxbow Public Market (part 1)

A retrospective review…

Written by: Second Stomach


Snowman and I visited Oxbow Public Market this night and after making our rounds around the market, I was attracted to the happy hour sign at the Hog Island Oyster Bar. Happy hour was listed from 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm on tuesday and wednesday nights with specials on fresh raw oysters and drinks. It was around 6:30 pm and I thought I should be able to snack on some oysters as my “first course” in tastings at the Oxbow Market. There was a huge crowd waiting to get in on the happy hour specials but fortunately since we were willing to sit at the bar, we got in relatively quickly.

Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of everything we ate that night, but I can tell you we tried:

Fresh raw oysters (whatever oysters that were on special at happy hour)

Grilled oysters

White wine (happy hour special)



Fresh raw oysters – happy hour special

– I think there were 2 different types of oysters here

– These went very well with my happy hour white wine. The oysters were fresh and totally hit the spot. I proceeded to order another platter before the 7 pm cut off

– Being that this was my first time here, I really don’t know if these are the normal sized oysters here. I can tell you that I overheard the staff talking to each other and the person shucking oysters was told not to open up all the larger ones for happy hour.

Taste: 4.5/5

Presentation: 3.5/5

Value: 4/5 (it’s happy hour)


Grilled oysters

– I don’t have a photo of the dish that night:( But we had as platter consisting of two different types of baked oysters. The first set was the Rockefeller – with spinach, lemon zest, and cream, and the second set was the Bagna Cauda – with butter, garlic, capers, parsley, and anchovy.

– When I compare these grilled oysters against some of the ones that I’ve had at other establishments, these oysters seemed a little less fleshy. Although very tasty, the oysters themselves were relatively smaller and thinner.

Taste: 3.5/5

Presentation: 3.5/5

Value: 3/5


Overall, this was a nice casual place to dine on a tuesday night. I enjoyed the experience of eating at the bar and watching the staff shuck oysters. I really preferred the fresh raw oysters and probably could have gone for another couple of dozen if it wasn’t for the appeal of trying the other food optionsat the market.


The good…

– Great value if you’re going during happy hour

– Casual and quick, if that’s what you’re looking for

– Go for the raw oysters


The bad…

– Pricey if ordering off the regular menu

– Baked oysters were a bit of a disappointment.

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