Born and raised near New Orleans, owner and chef Erik Niel spent time fishing on the bayou where he developed his appreciation for local, fresh seafood – including oysters. Now at Easy Bistro, he is proud to offer oysters from America’s three coasts for guests to learn about different varieties and tastes. As soon as you walk through the door at the restaurant, you are greeted by the aroma of freshly cooked oysters on a wood-fired hearth, an intentional culinary sensation designed by a two-time James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef in the Southeast.
Easy Bistro oysters are sourced from a range of locations, each possessing its own unique flavor profile. Farmed from the nearby Gulf coast as well as some of the finest East and West coast waters, our selection of oysters is always fresh and changes daily. For oyster connoisseurs, every visit presents a new and exciting opportunity to taste the best flavors the ocean has to offer.
Oysters from the East Coast are known for their briny flavor profile, a result of the high salinity levels in the Atlantic Ocean. The cold and turbulent waters of the North Atlantic contribute to the brininess, as well as the crisp and clean finish. The nutrient-rich waters of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia can also give oysters a sweet, buttery flavor.
Popular locations for oyster farming on the East Coast include:
Oysters from the West Coast have a more delicate and nuanced flavor profile than their East Coast counterparts. This is because the Pacific Ocean is less salty than the Atlantic Ocean, and the waters are generally warmer and calmer. The flavor of West Coast oysters is influenced by the unique terroir of the Pacific Coast, including the types of algae, kelp, and other marine organisms that grow in the region.
Popular locations for oyster farming on the West Coast include:
Gulf oysters are known for their plump and meaty texture, complemented by a mild, slightly sweet flavor. The oysters from the Gulf have a distinct flavor profile that combines salty, sweet, and earthy notes. The saltiness of Gulf oysters is more subdued than their East Coast counterparts, while the sweetness is more pronounced than the West Coast oysters. The earthy notes come from the unique mixture of minerals and nutrients found in the Gulf of Mexico.
Popular locations for oyster farming on the Gulf include:
Our menu also features a variety of other seafood specialties, as well as a full bar with a carefully curated wine and beer selection to complement your meal. From caviar to charcuterie to expertly crafted dishes using only the freshest seafood, we offer a little something for everyone on our menu.
Whether you're a seasoned oyster connoisseur or a first-time visitor, our knowledgeable staff will guide you through our selection to help you find the perfect oyster to suit your tastes. Looking to learn more about serving oysters at home? Check out Erik Niel’s tips & tricks for shucking and preparing oysters in The Manual. We believe in providing our guests with a memorable dining experience from start to finish at Easy Bistro. Come and join us for a taste of the ocean's finest delicacies.MAKE A RESERVATION