Harry’s Oyster Bar and Seafood opens on the Atlantic City Boardwalk

Harry’s Oyster Bar and Seafood, on the site of the historic Dennis Hotel on the Atlantic City’s Boardwalk, features fresh seafood in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Photo by Wes Cahill

ATLANTIC CITY – Atlantic City restaurateurs Maureen Shay and Frank Dougherty on June 9 opened the doors to their newest venture, located inside Bally’s Atlantic City.

Harry’s Oyster Bar and Seafood will feature extensive raw bar and fresh seafood in a fun and relaxed atmosphere on the site of the historic Dennis Hotel on the Atlantic City’s Boardwalk.

The husband-and-wife duo of Shay and Dougherty are well known in the area. The pair have won loyal fans and critical praise as owners of two of Atlantic City’s most popular restaurants, Dock’s Oyster House and the Knife and Fork Inn. Their notion for Harry’s Oyster Bar and Seafood is a return to the Dougherty family’s roots.

Harry’s will showcase several varieties of fresh, seasonal fish prepared “your way” – grilled, pan roasted, fried or blackened and topped with the sauce of your choosing. The menu is rounded out with traditional bar appetizers, fresh salads and house-made chowders and soups as well as sandwiches, burgers, steaks and chicken.

Menus will be printed daily to take advantage of the freshest catches. In addition to the raw bar featuring 13 different oysters, clams, shrimp, crabmeat, lobster and ceviche, house specialties will include a classic lobster roll, Oyster Po’ Boys and Harry’s Clam Bake – clams, mussels, scallops and a 1-pound lobster braised together with corn, red bliss potatoes and chorizo.

The full bar will feature specialty cocktails, 20 wines by the glass, 10 beers on tap and a wide selection of microbrews.

Guests can stroll into the picturesque courtyard which adjoins the Boardwalk and dine outside in Harry’s patio area or continue inside, where a wall of windows offers views of the courtyard and patio.

Wood-adorned walls and tin ceilings create an eye-catching backdrop for the expansive central bar, the focal point of which is the 7-foot, multi-tiered raw bar display.

Those who want a side of pro sports action with their oysters will enjoy the 15 flat-screen TVs in both the indoor bar and outdoor seating area. The expansive courtyard will also play host to various private and public functions.

Harry’s Oyster Bar and Seafood will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. A summer grand opening will be announced.

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