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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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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cioppino” (81 reviews)
“oysters” (114 reviews)
“chowder” (39 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 10:30 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had the oysters, shrimp and steamers in broth. It was so yummy. Especially coming from New England and having the best. The broth with their great bread was the best.

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s a great location at Castro to eat seafood. Although I went for lunch on the early Saturday afternoon, after a few minutes I got a seat at the bar. The Combo Caesar salad was delicious. The service was friendly. It’s a great spot and...More

Thank EdithTa
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is super tiny and cramped, but the staff is very accomodating and the food is out of this world. Everything from the bread to the beer was wonderful. The mixed seafood we got had littleneck clams, steamer clams, mussels, and green lip mussels....More

Thank Lac1997
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot! We went there because a review in trip advisor and it was a great choice. The place is cozy , the waiters very nice and the food delicious :)

Thank Sofiamexico
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot in the Castro. The shrimp Cesar was amazing and large portion. Clam chowder was also very good. Cold local beer to quench our thirst. Definitely worth the wait.

Thank BGtravele
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Waited for 35mins, seating is small and limited, maybe 4 or 5 tables only, the rest are bar counter seats. Friend is vegetarian, so I ordered half dozen oyster for myself only ... then I ordered another half becoz so yummy! And the crab cake...More

Thank EvelynL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is very popular. You have to write the time you arrive and your name on the board next to the door. Once you get in try especially oysters. Great place!

Thank Edelfelt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been coming to this little Gem for many years and this lovely spot never disappoints Lovely food, and quirky venue and service. Highly recommend. Try going for lunch as there is usually a long wait for dinner as no bookings.

Thank mfoundas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just loved this restaurant. I dream of it. I think I'll visit the city just to go here again. I had an incredible experience here - it was later in the evening, exhausted solo business day travel, and I found myself in Castro. I...More

Thank jaggerbomb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank JohnAnnColumbia_MD
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
USD 21 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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