Sea Level Oyster Bar, SalemStandout Qualities: The Sinker—a $70 platter loaded with 10 oysters, 10 littleneck clams, 8 jumbo shrimps, and a whole lobster—is either a fabulous party or a gluttonous meal for one.
What’s Unique: House-made roasted red pepper cocktail sauce.
Insider Tip: With 20 beers on tap and another 24 in cans, their selection is one of the best around.
94 Wharf St., Salem, 978-741-0555, sealeveloysterbar.com
Brine, NewburyportInsider Tip: Take advantage of their excellent list of wines by the glass and a surprising number of cocktails specifically crafted to pair with a raw bar.
25 State St., Newburyport, 978-358-8479, brineoyster.com