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Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
+1 415-673-1101
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fresh seafood” (71 reviews)
“oysters” (215 reviews)
“chowder” (76 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not your average seafood restaurant. It is a small bar where they serve about 20 customers. The line is usually long and outside. CASH Only! No website. Seafood is fresh fresh fresh.

Thank ScienceguyofTN
Reviewed 5 days ago

The freshest oysters, crab and shrimp you will ever eat. Really nice family-owned vibe and the service was fantastic. The wait staff really know the menu and we just let them serve us whatever they thought!

Thank Mazaganlover24
Reviewed 1 week ago

Before we came to town, we were told by friend "this might be the best restaurant on earth". I was a bit skeptical at the beginning almost wanted to give up when seeing the long line. We waited about 2 hrs before getting seated. Ordered...More

Thank Zenayz
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a seafood lover, or a lover of tradition in seafood - you will love this place. I never ever ever have a bad experience here - even when I have to wait close to an hour to get it - it is...More

Thank foodie7079
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was told to expect an hour wait for a spot at the famous lunch counter. It took every bit of that and was so worth it! Some of the freshest seafood I've ever had in a truly authentic and unique setting. And the guys...More

Thank bpbuckeye
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The fish is fresh and the monger-makers are attentive and jovial. Is the fish worth a 2 hour wait? Not really. The old-school counter service is 80% of the experience. Let them entertain you and suggest the day's most delicious tidbits. That's worth the wait!

Thank Arrow101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here because we saw this restaurant featured on an Anthony Bourdain show and thought it would therefore be a good place to try some great seafood in the city. There are only about 12 seats at the bar (no tables) so there was...More

Thank munchkinkaty
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wait too long for what happens when you get a seat. IMO expensive as hell. Servers are great. Make you feel welcome. The wait is onerous. The food is good and fresh- They are kind of loose with preparation cleanliness. I think this is a...More

1  Thank Kriegler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If your looking for seafood and a mix of oysters and raw fish or seafood salad your have found your place. We were there at 11:30 and it was packed so be prepared to wait. While you wait you can watch dishes be made and...More

Thank Adriene P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It had been about 5 years since my last visit to San Fran and the Swan Oyster Depot; I wasn't sure if I had built the memory up in my mind...not at all - still great! Last time I arrived at 11.30am and was in...More

Thank Christine D
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3 April 2017|
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Response from RafaelAlberti | Reviewed this property |
Your going to wait no matter what.. the only questions to answer is do you want to wait with people a head of you eating or wait with no people eating in front of you. I prefer the later. We got there at 10:00 am
7 September 2016|
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Response from Mike A | Reviewed this property |
Just spoke with them at this number: 415-673-1101 and a very nice gentleman said that they will be closed Christmas, but Christmas Eve is their busiest day of the year. However, they are only open for pick up orders only... More
9 January 2015|
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Response from Golfer15544 | Reviewed this property |
We got in line at 1pm and got in around 2. It was worth the wait and we had a nice conversation with the couples in front and behind is in line. That added to the fun as they sat next to us inside. Don't worry about the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-673-1101
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