Northern California July 23, 2017
Why People Go Crazy For Oysters In This Small Town In Northern California
Okay, Northern Californians: raise your hands if you have ever shucked your own oysters and then eaten them alongside the bay where they came from. It’s something all of us locals should experience at least once!
At Hog Island Oyster Company in Marshall, the culinary experience revolving around oysters is just a way of life. Learn more about why we love this small town restaurant and oyster company.
Hog Island Oyster Co. is located in Marshall, a small town of about 400 people on the northeast shore of Tomales Bay.
The company farms oysters that grow out in the bay. Here you can see one of the farmers separating oysters and clams.
People line up in droves for Hog Island Oyster in Marshal. They also sell their oysters in Napa and San Francisco.
The small town, community-oriented vibe of the Marshall location is ideal, however, and if you love oysters, you can't miss out on this experience.
Not only are the oysters as fresh as they come, you have a couple options on how you get to eat them.
Choose to have the experienced and skillful chefs at Hog Island prepare them for you or opt for shucking your own and preparing your own picnic by the water.
If you choose the first option, you won't be disappointed.
There are a few kinds of oysters on the menu. In addition to raw, you can also opt for Pacific Sweetwater and Kumamoto Oysters with Hog Wash, their signature flavor.
Or go for the grilled oysters with chipotle bourbon butter.
We suggest getting some some bread to soak up the extra chipotle bourbon butter... it's delicious and the perfect complement to the flavors.
If you decide to prepare your own picnic, however, you'll be in for a real treat and an unforgettable experience.
In Hog Island's picnic area, there are BBQs set up for you to grill your own oysters.
Don't forget to bring your sides and favorite beverages to enjoy as you look out over the water.
If you have never shucked your own oysters before, the Hog Island staff can give you a quick lesson and share these instructions with you.
There are also a couple of options to choose from. Pictured here are a dozen of the Hog Island Atlantic Oysters and a bag of Kumamoto Oysters.
The whole experience is incredibly fun...
Not to mention tasty! Flavor your own oysters with the garnishes and spices of your choosing, or eat them raw if that suits your fancy.
Whether you prepare them yourself or order them ready to go from the experts, savor your oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co. while you gaze out over Tomales Bay. You'll be glad you tried it.
The Marshal Hog Island Oyster Company location is:
20215 Shoreline Highway
You can learn more by visiting them online at
Have you ever visited Hog Island Oyster Company? We’d love to hear what you think, and if there are any other small town culinary delights in Northern California that we should have on our radar.