Dan and Louis Oyster Bar
|Dan & Louis Oyster Bar|
The Oyster Bar is a Portland landmark
|Current owner(s)||Wachsmuth family|
|Street address||208 SW Ankeny Street|
Dan & Louis Oyster Bar is a seafood restaurant in Portland, Oregon described by Fodor's as a "Portland landmark". As its name implies, it specializes in oysters — from Yaquina Bay and beyond — served raw and in an oyster stew the restaurant has been known for since 1919.
The restaurant has been in business since 1907 when it was founded by Louis C. Wachsmuth as a raw oyster bar. Louis was the son of Meinert Wachsmuth, a Danish immigrant who had farmed his own oyster beds on Yaquina Bay. The bay became the home of a farm, the oldest in Oregon, established to provide the oyster bar with a regular supply of oysters.
The menu was expanded in 1919 when Wachsmuth took over the food bar of the Merchant's Exchange Saloon. Dining rooms were added in 1937 and 1940. The restaurant remains under Wachsmuth family ownership into the 21st century, and is currently operated by Doug Wachsmuth, along with his son, Meinert Keoni Wachsmuth.
- A descendant of Meinert Wachsmuth, Cory Schreiber, began his restaurant career at Dan & Louis (at the age of 11); years later, he founded his own Portland-based restaurant (Wildwood) and won a James Beard Foundation Award for his cuisine.
- U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield held his 1984 re-election celebration at Dan & Louis.
- Dan & Louis's Oyster Bar | Portland Restaurants from Fodor's
- Specialties of the House James Beard Award Winner from the website of the James Beard Foundation
- Dan & Louis Oyster Bar - Company History
- Historical Gazette: Portland, Oregon 1907-1992
- O is for Oregon and oysters — 12 months of the year, a Portland Tribune article
- Ode to the Oyster, a 2003 review from the Portland Mercury