Virginia Aquaculture Oyster Growers Directory

Use this regional flavor guide for Virginia Aquaculture Oysters to choose just the right oyster for the occasion.

The table at the end of this list below expresses the salinity of the growing region, as well as providing a scale rating for saltiness, sweetness, and buttery/creaminess.

Image of Oyster Growing Regions: 1. Seaside, 2. Upper Bay Eastern Shore, 3. Lower Bay Eastern Shore, 4. Upper Bay Western Shore, 5. Middle Bay Western Shore, 6. Lower Bay Western Shore, 7. Tidewater, 8. Tangier/Middle Chesapeake Bay

See only acquaculture oyster growers in a region:

Company NamePhone NumberWebsiteLocationMore Contact Info
Anderson’s Neck Oyster Company804-396-6680andersonsneck.comShacklefordsMore Contact Info
Balderson Seafood804-761-3879 MatthewsMore Contact Info
Bevans Oyster Co., Inc.804-472-2331www.bevansoyster.comKinsaleMore Contact Info
Broadwater Seafood, L.C.757-710-0353 NassawadoxMore Contact Info
Chapel Creek Oyster Company, LLC804-815-6132www.shuckum.comCobbs CreekMore Contact Info
Cherrystone Aqua-Farms757-331-1208littleneck.comCheritonMore Contact Info
Chesapeake Bay Oyster Co.804-338-6530www.bayoyster.comWakeMore Contact Info
Chessie Seafood804-815-7982yorkriveroysters.comWicomicoMore Contact Info
Chincoteague Shellfish Farms, Inc.757-336-1985 ChincoteagueMore Contact Info
Cobb Station Oyster Company, LLC302-542-4465cobbstationoysters.comCape CharlesMore Contact Info
Cowart Seafood Corp.804-529-6101 LottsburgMore Contact Info
Deltaville Oyster Company, LLC804-357-1931deltavilleoystercompany.comDeltavilleMore Contact Info
DeMaria Seafood757-930-3474 Newport NewsMore Contact Info
Eastfields Farms804-725-3948 MathewsMore Contact Info
Fat ‘N Happy Oyster Company804-761-0908crabbescharterfishing.comHeathsvilleMore Contact Info
Fowling Point Seafood, LLC757-710-4685 NassawadoxMore Contact Info
Godsey Seafood804-695-4026 OnemoMore Contact Info
Goodwin Island Oyster Company, LLC757-725-5538goodwinislandoysters.comYorktownMore Contact Info
H.M. Terry Co., Inc.757-442-7777hmterry.comWillis WharfMore Contact Info
Hayes Oyster Company, LLC757-707-0799hayesoystercompany.comWilliamsburgMore Contact Info
J.C. Walker Bros, Inc.757-442-6000 Willis WharfMore Contact Info
J&W Seafood of Virginia, Inc.804-776-9740jandwseafood.comDeltavilleMore Contact Info
Jamie Godsey757-659-0808 PoquosonMore Contact Info
Lighthouse Oysters804-453-3510lighthouseoysters.comReedvilleMore Contact Info
Little Wicomico Oyster Company, LLC804-436-5962 Contact Info
Ludford Brothers Oyster Company757-363-9602pleasurehouseoysters.comVirginia BeachMore Contact Info
Lynnhaven Bay Aquaculture Oysters757-263-7599 CheritonMore Contact Info
Lynnhaven Oyster Co.757-435-8740lynnhavenoystercompany.comVirginia BeachMore Contact Info
Lynnhaven River Oyster Company757-406-1861 Virginia BeachMore Contact Info
Main Street Oysters757-336-3522 ChincoteagueMore Contact Info
Mobjack Bay Seafood Co./Ward Oyster Company804-693-7597mobjackbayseafood.comGloucesterMore Contact Info
Nandua Oyster Company, LLC757-442-7742 PungoteagueMore Contact Info
Nandua Selects, LLC757-442-9400nanduaselectsllc.comPungoteagueMore Contact Info
Nottingham Clams & Oysters, Inc.757-678-5484www.nottinghamclam.comCheritonMore Contact Info
Ocean Cove Seafood866-844-2526oceancoveseafood.comCapevilleMore Contact Info
Oyster Company of Virginia, LLC804-405-8460oysterva.comNorthMore Contact Info
OystersOnline.com757-442-7510 FranktownMore Contact Info
Parkers Creek Farm917-413-4374 NorfolkMore Contact Info
Pepper Creek Shellfish Farm804-854-9518clams-extraordinaire.comMatthewsMore Contact Info
Purcell’s Seafood, Inc.804-453-3300 BurgessMore Contact Info
Quinby240-506-0609 QuinbyMore Contact Info
Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC804-204-1709www.rroysters.comToppingMore Contact Info
Rogue Oysters804-577-8590 Contact Info
Ruby Salts Oyster Co.757-201-0224 Charles, VAMore Contact Info
Salt Works Oyster Company757-442-4455 FranktownMore Contact Info
Salty Side Sea Farms, LLC757-999-2012 Belle HavenMore Contact Info
Sapidus Farms, Inc.443-864-3600 HeathsvilleMore Contact Info
Sea Farms, Inc.804-725-9113 HudginsMore Contact Info
Seaford Oyster Company757-268-2719seafordoyster.comSeafordMore Contact Info
Ship Point Oysters757-848-3557 PoquosonMore Contact Info
Shooting Point Oyster Co.757-414-0294shootingpointoysters.comFranktownMore Contact Info
Shooting Point Seafood, LLC757-442-4758 FranktownMore Contact Info
Shore Seafood, Inc.757-824-5517www.shoreseafoodinc.comSaxisMore Contact Info
T&L Pruitt Oyster Co.757-710-3918 BloxomMore Contact Info
Tarkill Aquaculture Ventures, LLC757-894-2009tarkillaquacultureventures.comOnancockMore Contact Info
The Great Wicomico Oyster Co.301-526-7503greatwicomicooyster.comHeathsvilleMore Contact Info
Toby Island Bay Oyster Farm, LLC202-258-9700tobyislandbayoysters.comChincoteagueMore Contact Info
Tom’s Cove Aquafarms757-336-1945www.tomscove.netChincoteagueMore Contact Info
Vogt Oyster Company dba Big Island Aquaculture757-344-8554 HayesMore Contact Info
War Shore Oyster Company, LLC443-842-1977warshore.comAlexandriaMore Contact Info
Windmill Point Oyster Co., LLC804-577-3179 White StoneMore Contact Info
Winter Harbor Oysters, LLC804-212-5169winterharboroysters.comMechanicsvilleMore Contact Info

Virginia Aquaculture Oyster Regional Flavors

1-2 : Barely Perceptible
3-4 : Slightly
5-6 : Moderate
7-8 : Very Noticeable
9 : Strong

Region Salinity Range Saltiness Buttery/Creamy Sweetness Comments
#1 Seaside 28-32 9 3 3 Initial bold saltiness mellowing into a taste of sweet butter/cream at the finish.
#2 Upper Bay Eastern Shore 16-18 5 1 3 Classic Virginia bay oyster flavor with balanced salt and sweet with a savory finish.
#3 Lower Bay Eastern Shore 18-22 7 3 3 Salty and Creamy with mellow sweetness and a quick finish.
#4 Upper Bay Western Shore 10-17 5 2 2 Sweetwater oyster with a light cream taste.
#5 Middle Bay Western Shore 16-18 5 3 3 Lightly salty with easily distinguished cream or butter and a pleasant slight minerality.
#6 Lower Bay Western Shore 16-18 5 2 2 Mild saltiness moving to a sweet finish.
#7 Tidewater 16-30 8 2 2 Salty oyster with a sweetness and a smooth finish.
#8 Tangier/Middle Chesapeake Bay 16-18 5 5 4 Traditional Virginia Bay Oyster flavor with a balance of salt and sweet, and a savory butter/cream finish.