Dinner in the Raw

Slurping oysters at L&E Oyster Bar

Little is better than dining on a dozen oysters while drinking a bottle of Muscadet.

Now that very meal can be readily had in Silver Lake, at the newly opened L&E Oyster Bar.

If the dim lights, dark wood and hip vibe of this reservoir-adjacent restaurant are familiar, it's because Dustin Lancaster and Matthew Kaner of Bar Covell are behind the operation. As the packed sidewalk of attractive bivalve fans waiting for a table at 7 p.m. on a Saturday suggests, where Lancaster and Kaner go, young Hollywood follows.

They'll find plenty of oysters ($2.50 to $3.50 each) to slurp inside, the names of the rarefied bays and inlets they were plucked from displayed on two yellowed boards hanging on the wall. In addition to the Kushis, Fanny Bays and Hama Hamas commonly found in L.A. restaurants–all from Pacific waters–L&E also features a nightly selection of East Coast specimens like briny, sweet Chincoteagues and Beausoleils.

Moving beyond the raw at L&E can become pricey. So while the bacon-scattered Oysters Casino, their warm liquor larded with herbs and butter, are delicious, we'd rather put the $14 price tag toward another round of oysters, such as the three-variety platter, The Daily Dozen ($28).

L&E Oyster Bar, 1637 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake; 323-660-2255 or leoysterbar.com