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Ventura's The Jolly Oyster Now Shucking Seafood in Torrance

The popular beachside concession stand heads south.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Gosh, The Jolly Oyster looks happy. Just check out that logo! Little do the cartoon crustaceans know, they’re headed for the steamer (or the fryer or the grill, as the case may be) now that The Jolly Oyster Market has opened in Torrance.

For those not in the know, the original Jolly Oyster is somewhat of a Ventura legend, where guests can pull up, order their clams or oysters or whatever by the dozen and proceed to enjoy them as they please. It’s like a come-one-come-all campground experience just steps from the ocean, but with a lot more secret boozing. Apparently, chef Christian Page is a fan.

Now the Ventura concession option has expanded south, utilizing their own sustainable oyster farming networks (primarily in Mexico) to provide the quality seafood in a market environment. There will be both oysters and clams available pre-shucked or in the shell, alongside Santa Barbara stone crab claws, perfect for taking to the (now slightly less close) beach.

The cutesy market is tucked into the Nijiya Plaza strip mall all they way down on 182nd St. in Torrance, and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Jolly Oyster Market
2143 W. 182nd St.
Torrance, CA