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Oysters and clams on ice at Found Oyster in LA.
Oysters and clams at Found Oyster
Wonho Frank Lee

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You Can Almost Feel the Ocean Breeze at This New East Hollywood Clam Shack

Found Oyster arrives November 1 in a tiny 26-seat space from former Hayden chef Ari Kolender

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Just in time for some chilly East Coast mornings comes Found Oyster, a tiny shoebox of a clam and oyster bar in East Hollywood’s budding little restaurant block. Opening today with a short, cheery menu of fresh oysters, shucked clams, chowder, a lobster roll, fried oysters, and some tasty-looking steamers, chef Ari Kolender (Hayden) helms the small but ambitious kitchen. Last Word Hospitality partners Adam Weisblatt, Holly Fox, and Kolender draw from their various upbringings in the East Coast for a simple, 26-seat seat space that feels like a seaside clam shack, just 15 miles inland.

In a dining scene where Instagram is king and big, flexible menus are the norm, it’s refreshing to see such a straightforward, focused shellfish bar that’s not too common despite LA’s proximity to the ocean. The offerings should expand to beer and wine in coming days, but until then, the sweet, briny liqueur inside the fresh oysters sourced from GM Joe Laraja’s own family farm should do the trick.

Found Oyster is open today, with hours from noon to 5 p.m., Friday to Sunday for the month of November. Come December, it’ll ramp up with extended hours and a bigger menu.

Found Oyster. 4880 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.

Bar at Found Oyster with black stools.
Found Oyster bar
Wonho Frank Lee
Dining room and bar at Found Oyster with blue wall accent and high seating.
View behind the bar at Found Oyster, East Hollywood, with counters and knicknacks on the wall.
Small front table at Found Oyster looking out the window.
Chalkboard menu with clams, oysters, and more at Found Oyster.
Shucking a clam at Found Oyster.
Shucking a clam at Found Oyster
Oysters and clams on ice at Found Oyster with a red table.
Oysters and clams on ice.
Wonho Frank Lee
Fried oysters with tartar sauce on a plate at Found Oyster.
Fried oysters with tartar sauce
Lobster roll and fries on a plate with hot sauce in background.
Lobster roll and fries
Chowder in a small cup.
Steamer clams with fries and sauces to the side.
Steamer clams with fries
Storefront for Found Oyster.
Round wooden sign at Found Oyster.

Found Oyster

4880 Fountain Avenue, , CA 90029 (323) 522-6239 Visit Website
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