Growing Since 2009
MATUNUCK OYSTER BAR

Perry Raso, Owner

Perry started digging littlenecks in Point Judith Pond when he was 12 years old. He grew up harvesting shellfish, eel trapping, bull-raking clams, and scuba diving for steamers. Before he opened Matunuck Oyster Bar, he was an oyster farmer. Graduating from URI with a bachelors and master’s degree, Raso studied aquaculture and fisheries technology.

In 2002 he founded Matunuck Oyster Farm, a wading depth aquaculture farm, on Potter Pond in East Matunuck (South Kingstown), RI. By 2008, the oyster farm was selling oysters across the country, and to ensure the future of the farm, he purchased a rundown restaurant located on the pond that had commercial docks.  The docks would provide access for work boats, and the restaurant, opened in 2009 as Matunuck Oyster Bar, was a means to sell fresh oysters.

In 2011 he growing organic vegetables at his farm located at the North end of Potter Pond, Matunuck Vegetable Farm, in order to provide guests with fresh produce. Most recently, he is building a shellfish hatchery across the street from the restaurant. He has been doing educational oyster farm tours since 2002 and has traveled to several developing countries to consult on various aquaculture operations. Education and giving back has always been at the core of the business.

"Education and giving back has always been at the core of the business."

New York Times 23 of the Best American Dishes of 2023

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New York Times 23 of the Best American Dishes of 2023 As we scouted restaurants around the country, these were some of our favorites this year. Each year as we travel the country to scout out candidates for our many best-restaurant lists — whether the big national listing in the early fall or the new…

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A Hidden Gem of Rhode Island

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A Hidden Gem of Rhode Island For finer dining, try the farm-to-table Matunuck Oyster Bar. The owner Perry Raso, an oyster farmer with degrees in aquaculture and fisheries technology, started “digging wild shellfish with a bull rack at age 12.” He also created the Matunuck Oyster Farm that visitors can tour. It’s a quick jaunt…

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The best seafood restaurants in the USA

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The best seafood restaurants in the USA Straight from the sea to your plate: enjoy these delicious briny meals! There’s something so delicious about a plate of clams or mussels in their broth, accompanied by a crisp glass of white wine. Or a beautiful piece of sashimi plated just so, or the overflowing lobster roll,…

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The Best Lobster Rolls in New England in 2023

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The Best Lobster Rolls in New England in 2023 by Yankee Magazine’s New England.com Two of our food writers put their heads together to narrow down the very best lobster rolls in New England in 2023. We have published many stories about the best lobster rolls in New England, some organized by geography (“Best Lobster…

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To Farm or Not to Farm… in Our Public Waters

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Perry Raso at TEDx Boston – To Farm or Not to Farm… in Our Public Waters The increasing demand for seafood, coupled with a plateauing and in some cases declining production from our wild capture fisheries, has created the need for aquaculture more now than ever in human history. However, impacts of aquaculture range from…

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The Dish: Perry Raso on becoming an evangelist for aquaculture

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The Dish: Perry Raso on becoming an evangelist for aquaculture Matunuck Oyster Bar SOUTH KINGSTOWN Perry Raso went from farming shellfish by himself to delivering Ted Talks and establishing an iconic oyster bar. The restaurant owner has also become an evangelist for agriculture, Jeff Glor reports.

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2022 Best of New England | Rhode Island

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Yankee Magazine’s 2022 Best of New England | Rhode Island Don’t plan your 2022 Rhode Island summer vacation without us. With an eye on what’s new for 2022, Yankee’s editors round up the best attractions, eateries, and hotels in top Rhode Island travel destinations… Matunuck Oyster Bar SOUTH KINGSTOWN Soak in the rose-and-gold sunsets from…

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23 Best Seafood Restaurants in the United States

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America’s best seafood restaurants can be found on coastal waters, in midwest cities, and in the desert oasis of Arizona. Whether you’re looking for quaint oyster bars with friendly conversation or lively seafood restaurants with music and history, they all provide the freshest seafood fare and flavorful dishes of the various regions. Classic shrimp dishes,…

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Rhode Island Oyster Farmer Leads the Way in Aquaculture

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Nearly 20 years ago when Perry Raso leased a 1-acre piece of Potter Pond in South County to farm oysters, aquaculture was in its infancy in the Ocean State. Raso, then in his early 20s, was only the 15th person to obtain a lease from the state and called himself a…

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Matunuck Oyster Bar’s Famous Stew is What You Should be Eating on National Oyster Day

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If you’ve never traveled to Matunuck Oyster Bar in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, National Oyster Day (August 5th) is the perfect time to do so. Or any other day, year-round for that matter. Owned by Perry Raso, it’s an oyster lover’s paradise, since their highly-prized Matunuck Oysters are grown in Potter Pond, right off the waterfront patio. Related: How to…

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