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When referring to an oyster bar, there can be two similar but distinct meanings. An oyster bar either can be the physical section or area within a restaurant where oysters and other shellfish are opened and prepared for service or it can refer to a unique restaurant concept that specializes in fresh shellfish and seafood and also features an oyster bar. The concept of the oyster bar is based on a traditional alcohol bar. Often set apart from the kitchen and proximate to the dining room, an oyster bar usually features workers opening (shucking) and plating fresh oysters behind a service bar, allowing for customers to sit or stand alongside the bar and watch and eat.

Most oyster bars also tend to specialize in other types ...

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