With views of the water and picnic tables by the shore, Tomales Bay Oyster Company has been serving oysters fresh from the source for more than a century. Visitors flock from nearby San Francisco to shuck and eat fresh oysters, clams, and mussels straight from the sea. Tomales Bay is a narrow inlet between Marin County and the Point Reyes Peninsula. Oyster farming is the main industry here, as the bay produces some of California’s tastiest oysters. Tomales Bay Oyster Company is the longest running shellfish farm in the state.
Those who trek to the area along the Point Reyes National Seashore can buy them by the bag and bring their own picnic supplies to make a meal of it. There are barbecues on site, and all shucking materials can be rented or purchased. Whether you’re a seafood fan or not, the scenic coastline and calm bay alone is worth the trip.
Tomales Bay Oyster Company is located on the coast in Marshall, California, about 30 miles northwest of San Francisco and just five miles from the town of Point Reyes Station. While oyster prices range in size and type, a dozen usually costs around $20. Picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations must be made for groups of ten or more.