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The Jolly Oyster

San Buenaventura State Park, Ventura, CA 93001
+1 805-798-4944
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good27%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fresh oysters” (6 reviews)
“state beach” (5 reviews)
“oyster tacos” (3 reviews)
Closes in 6 min
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$$ - $$$
San Buenaventura State Park, Ventura, CA 93001
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

I have been coming to Jolly Oyster for about 5 years and I love it so much I chose to come here for my 40th birthday, which also happens to fall on 4th of July weekend. I was a little worried that the beach would...More

Thank Tanya M
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

This is a cute trailer on the beach. We bought 3 dozen oysters to take home. An owner was delivering fresh product & gave info about oysters/farming. Fun place, good oysters!

Thank DonMicki B
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Had the panko fried oysters and also the oyster tacos. Thought both were amazing! Fresh and zesty. I have a new found respect for oysters after my visit

Thank Kenneth Y
Reviewed 10 September 2016

This is about as good as it gets if you like super fresh, tasty oysters - and a day at the beach. BYOB and enjoy super fresh Kumamotos just steps from the sand. Shuck your own to save a few bucks - it's part of...More

Thank 323melissa77
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

What a great find...have em raw..or cooked. Shuck them yourself (they lend you the tools) or have them Shuck them for you. These guys have really fresh goods! Don't miss the ceviche with fresh scallops. Bring a nice table cloth or just sit at the...More

Thank PrincessWildhair
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Jolly Oyster has both fish market style and restaurant style oysters. At the fish market you can buy as many as you want and shuck them yourself. The restaurant shucks them, cooks them (if you want), and offers many side dishes and sauces. We...More

Thank Pam P
Reviewed 23 April 2016

This is basically a food truck, two now, that is set up in the parking lot of Ventura State Beach. It costs money to enter the park and stay but if you are just doing a grab and go they will give you a ten...More

Thank CWS55
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Enjoy the sea breeze as you learn how to open your own oysters. Try them raw or bring some charcoal to BBQ them on grills provided. If oysters are not everyone's thing, you can bring other food items for them. They Jolly Oyster are a...More

1  Thank Jason S
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Where can you take a leisurely bike ride from town to San Buenaventura State Park and stop at the local food truck, 'the shuck shack' that only serves fresh, delicious and sustainable oysters and clams! One word, fantastic! The prefect day on the beach in...More

Thank Looking4FAB
Reviewed 2 January 2016

The food was delicious and the server was so helpful, he gave us tasters of each oyster type, showed us how to shuck the oysters and gave us some sauce and lemon to go with them. We brought our own bread and beer - watch...More

Thank batmaz
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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating
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Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: San Buenaventura State Park, Ventura, CA 93001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: +1 805-798-4944
the freshest clams and mussels I have ever tried. Basically farm fresh, sold from a concession in the beach side state park. BBQ yourself - superb!
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