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The Jolly Oyster

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We are visiting another cool food market here in Southern California and today it is all about oysters! We are lucky to have a lot of fresh seafood here in the Los Angeles area, and this is one market and eatery that serves it up fresh. Organized Island contributor Cara from Travelling Beer Buddy recently visited the Jolly Oyster in Torrance and today, she is sharing her visit.


If you have a craving for the freshest oysters you ever tasted, my recommendation is to get yourself to the Jolly Oyster store in Torrance.


They have a passion for shellfish and it shows with every bite you take. I was so amazed at how tender and so full of flavor the oysters were. The oysters I enjoyed were in the ocean less than 24 hours before I ate them!

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They grow Pacifics and Kumamotos, as well as their own variety – the Jollies, which is a combination of the other two varieties.

It was fun to listen to the passion in the voice of Leo Borracci when he explained the process of growing oysters and shared the history of the Jolly Oyster.

They grow them at a hatchery in the crystal blue waters off of the Baja California coast.  They actually begin this delicate process when the oysters are only tiny little larvae. Using the perfect water conditions, temperature and cleanliness, and the ideal food, Jolly Oyster has found the most ideal formula for growing the tastiest oysters. Their farm in Laguna Manuela is where it all started in 1999. They are committed to being 100% natural (no GMO), organic and humane.



Oysters can be bought from their market in Torrance to bring home and enjoy or you can buy them fresh from their truck at their Ventura location.



You can spend a perfect day at the Shuck Shack at the Santa Buenaventura State Park, in Ventura, where you can picnic and shuck and cook your own oysters.

Check the Jolly Oyster’s website for the schedule, they also have a food truck that may be visiting your area. They are also available for parties and large events.

The Jolly Oyster

2143 W 182nd Street

Torrance, CA 90504


Monday/Tuesday : Closed

Wednesday to Friday: 11am to 8pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 8pm  

Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you tried fresh oysters?




Monday 11th of May 2015

Oh wow!! Did they just open the Torrance location??? I knew of the one in Ventura... but didn't realize there was one in Torrance...


Thursday 14th of May 2015

Yes, Jamie the Torrance location is fairly new. Great place to get oysters!


Monday 11th of May 2015

That is so wonderfully California! We had this wonderful oyster place up by San Francisco. I can just dream about it now. Wish I could go here.. tomorrow.


Thursday 14th of May 2015

Isn't it Tamara? I imagine you have lots of seafood where you are too!