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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
The Castro
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579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
+1 415-552-7584
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun 16:30 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So the food overall was decent, but I wasn't blown away by any stretch. I had the crab cakes which I didn't care for. They were bland (and overpriced I might add) The server automatically removed them from the check, which was appreciated. The prawns were delicious. Cooked perfectly, large and meaty. The clam chowder was good, probably the third... More 

Thank Zach M
San Francisco, California
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Anchor has been in the Castro for as long as I can remember. The sea food is always fresh, the service is always attentive and the cook is a genius.

Thank RonWaer
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this restaurant while just walking around in SF. It quickly became one of the highlights of our get-away day. Everything was fresh and delicious. We did wait for about an hour to get in but it was worth it! We had crab cakes, anchor special and steamed shellfish combination. We loved it.

Thank Serra E
Hayama-machi, Japan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Small, but with nice atmosphere, but most importantly great food. We were not able to finish all. The bread they serve as an appetizer is wonderful. WE had Anchor special with oysters, prawns and clams.Obviously try Cioppino, we took small one for 2 and was more than enough. Worth the wait.

Thank kamilarr
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After waiting a bit (ok maybe an hour and a half!!) our name was next on the outdoor whiteboard where we had written our name to check in. This is a restaurant that is all about good food. The ambience resembles a barstool luncheonette, but the emphasis here is on excellent seafood! The two of us each had a cup... More 

Thank mnwillett
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anchor Oyster Bar's great variety of oysters, delicious and amazingly fresh, have turned me into a fan of raw oysters. Combined with a cup of clam chowder and a salad, they make for a delightful lunch. I can't wait to get back to San Francisco.

Thank LinderKinder
Jakarta - Singapore
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77 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

With SF weather been raining n windy, Ciopino definitely make THE BEST comfort food. Seafood stew with generous amount of huge crab, muscles n fat prawns. The wait is generally long so don't come in here starving. expect 45min if u r lucky.. to 1+ hr wait. Definitely Worth the wait They serve fresh oysters n if you r a... More 

Thank hesteriaa
Farmington Hills, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Loved everything about this place! Food atmosphere, service! We went early so they hadn't even posted the dinner specials yet. They were great about letting us just sit , take in the atmosphere and wait to decide if we wanted to wait to order the special or regular menu.

Thank jrh0354
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164 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

A small restaurant with just a hand full of tables and a bar area, so get there early if not wanting to queue. Lovely waitresses will take your order and more then likely if you order oysters will then go shuck them personally for you. The oysters here are amazing and are shipped in from various locations around Canada and... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

What a terrific find. Off the beaten path on Castro Street. No reservations but worth the wait, even in the rain. Extremely courteous staff. Small selection of beer and wine but items pair well with the entres. Fresh oysters are great. We tried the ceasar salad, plain. Delicious ceasar dressing. The shrimp with roasted veggies was fantastic. We shared the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
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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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, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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