A raw bar
is a small restaurant or a bar
within a restaurant where live raw shellfish
and served. These restaurants are traditionally popular in coastal resort areas, and increasingly with the advent of fast shipment of seafood, in major cities away from the coast.
Raw bars serve a selection of oysters and quahogs, and sometimes supplement the menu with cooked versions of the same seafoods such as clam chowder, oyster stew, and steamers.
Though there is some similarity to a sushi bar, the two types of restaurant are considered different and are not generally mixed or confused.