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Happy Hour Pizzetta and $1 Oysters at Waterbar in San Francisco

Melanie Wong | Jan 3, 201108:50 PM

Last Monday I joined some friends for happy hour at Waterbar. Oyster lovers all, we were mostly interested in $1 oysters offered each afternoon.

Miyagi was the oyster of the day for the $1 special price. We started off with two dozen to test the waters. Quality was quite poor --- skinny, metallic-tasting, lacking sweetness, and the few plumper ones were mushy of flesh. We decided to not order more of these and asked our waitress for recs. We tried six each of the Chathams and Kusshis she suggested. My first experience with both these types and they were as good as she described. The Chathams were a large oyster, firm of flesh and nearly chewy, and very briny. The Kusshis were small, candy sweet, nice bite with a very clean finish. Jules had vacationed in Wellfleet a few months ago, so we also ordered some of the Wellfleet oysters and they were excellent. The only “bad” part is that the Wellfleets and Chathams were $3.50 each and the Kusshis, $3 apiece. But life’s too short to eat bad oysters.

We also tried the Wood-fired pizzetta, $12, from happy hour menu. Pancetta, carmelized onions, a light smear of tomato, and cheese topped a thickish, chewy crust. Tending more toward blonde and golden rather than scorched, however, the crust reminded me of chewy, yeasty Italian bread and the toppings were a delicious combination.

To drink, we had a round of one of the happy hour cocktails, Ab Fab, made with prosecco, vodka, and crème de cassis. The high octane version of kir royale had beautiful color and made a fine toast for yet another holiday gathering.

The happy hour starts at 3pm and the setting and views make this a destination. Monday might not be a good day for $1 oysters, as these seemed quite shopworn and at the end of their days. But I will likely return on another day to see if we have better luck.

Here are a few evening views from outside Waterbar and Epic Roasthouse. The table and chairs on the public walkway were labeled as public access seating. Those have got to be the prime spot in the City to bring a brown bag during lunch hour.

399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

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