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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
+1 415-552-7584
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cioppino” (80 reviews)
“oysters” (112 reviews)
“chowder” (37 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited this excellent sea food bar for lunch on Tues., 9/12/17, at 12:30pm. Off the beaten track, we took a bus and subway to the Castro District and walked just 1 ½ block to this casual neighborhood fixture. In this very small restaurant there...More

Thank JohnAnnColumbia_MD
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great seafood restaurant, their Cioppino was excellent and so were the oysters. Allow time for queues though, the place is popular but definitely worth it!

Thank LauraMDaveW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was very excited to visit this restaurant. Had read the amazing reviews, and was aware of their Michelin star...... Maybe I was expecting too much? Don't get me wrong. It was a very good meal, but it wasn't great! We showed up around 4:40 on...More

Thank Mohammed613
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited tonight for dinner. Had to wait a while for dinner. Put our names down on the board, went for a couple of drinks at a nearby bar and came back an hour later to then being nearly to the top of the list. Waited...More

Thank Martin J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, this is not Waterbar or Tadich Grill. It's a tiny neighborhood seafood joint in the heart of The Castro w a charming interior, cool stainless steel tables and a chalkboard menu. If you manage to snag a window table you'll experience one of the...More

Thank Gordon C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small place on Castro. I absolutely LOVE the ceasar salad with crab. The croutons are out of this world. Have also tried the choppino which was very good. Not a huge menu, but cant really go wrong here...

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anchor Oyster Bar has been around for over forty years for good reason, the Seafood is amazing and fresh. It's not an easy spot to find as it is a long way down Market and then up Castro but the journey will be rewarded. We...More

Thank Kaisers5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Luckily i only required a romantic table for one so i was seated immediately at the bar and had a pint of beer within a couple of minutes. The service was some of the best I've ever experienced where the knowledgeable polite staff seemed to...More

Thank MrLukeJFulton
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Oh my how delicious Anchor Oyster bar was. We arrived at the right time because we got seated right away. The beer was cold, and the selection of oysters we ordered was incredible. So fresh and so so so delicious. The service was standard, and...More

Thank RPK89
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This establishment has been here for several decades. The owner has direct connections to the families founding the legendary restaurants at Fisherman's Warf. Her dedication and immense pleasure of serving has a chalk board waiting for you to sign up. A small counter and six...More

Thank Avner Ari L
The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San
Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart,
the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As
one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in
the United States and currently its largest, it
remains one of the epicenters of activism in the
nation. Grand theatres and glitzy shops now compete
with bars and fashionable eateries for attention,
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10 August 2017|
Response from marksmail | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry to hear your glasses were lost. I can't speak for the restaurant...and those are expensive glasses...have you thought of all the ways to contact them? You probably have already thought to sent them a snail mail... More
6 January 2017|
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Response from ceramicsgrl | Reviewed this property |
Maybe because you are a jerk!
23 October 2015|
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Response from jakjabes | Reviewed this property |
You put your name on the list. If you wait less than an hour consider yourself lucky. I call this the San Francisco curse
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighbourhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: +1 415-552-7584
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