The Bottom Line
- Nice burgers.
- Pleasant and private wooden terrace space on the second floor.
- According to a couple in their 60s dining one table away, the lobster rolls were fantastic.
- Great happy hour deal: $0.99 oysters from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day!
- Oysters were not very briney, more melt-in-your-mouth than fleshy, with a sweet finish. Just lovely.
- Oysters were small, with shells under 3 inches long.
- Scallops were not fresh.
- Service was uneven.
- Waiter wasn't sure what kind of oysters were served, "maybe malpeques," he said.
- Location: 1242 Bishop, below Ste. Catherine
- Get There: Guy-Concordia Metro
- Phone: (514) 395-1888
Guide Review - Oyster Shack Restaurant - A Montreal Restaurants Review
So I ordered the bucket o' scallops. The price was right at $7.95 and the portion generous in size with a side of fries. But the scallops, or should I say baby scallops, tasted fishy (fishy!), a tell-tale sign they were either a) not fresh, b) frozen (i.e., not fresh) and/or c) purchased at the supermarket. Sigh.
Of course, I had to try the oysters but the price ($15.95 for six on ice) seemed steep. I asked the waiter if we could work something out, a smaller sample size, maybe mix and match other items. He said they didn't do that and I felt like I was imposing when I asked for less than six (he finally suggested four) not knowing we could have bought 12 (or 3 or 1!) for $0.99 a piece in the midst of Oyster Shack's 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour. Why did the waiter not share that crucial information with us? My dining companion and I felt a little hurried too, with the waiter asking us a good three times if we were ready to order as if there was a rush. But it was Sunday late afternoon, and there were only a handful of patrons at the busiest time.
Since I have issues with catfish, I went for a sirloin burger over fish 'n chips. It was juicy, yummy, appropriately sized and the side of salad had no iceberg lettuce (thank you!), rather it was a mix of romaine and radicchio.
Overall, it was a decent meal and despite some shortcomings, the Oyster Shack has excellent post-work or weekend afternoon happy hour potential for a group of friends, particularly on the terrace.