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Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
+1 415-673-1101
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fresh seafood” (77 reviews)
“oysters” (226 reviews)
“chowder” (80 reviews)
Closes in 25 min
10:30 am - 5:30 pm Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Came here for early dinner. Did not have to wait for more than 5 minutes. Staff is very friendly! We had 5 kinds of oysters to choose from. All were very fresh and there was one kind for everyone’s taste. Wine choice is adequate. Sashimi...More

Thank 187331Dan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Now when we say a family place for dinner it’s not for young children. The only seating available is a bar counter but we were 4 adults so it worked for us. The staff was very friendly, and the food delicious 😋 To start we...More

Thank 1Jeeplover
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I arrived 15min before opening and the line was already 20m long. I got in pretty soon after opening at 1030 because I was by myself so I could skip ahead once a single seat became available. Friendly and welcoming staff and a big board...More

Thank El_Greenholio
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

We ate the salad combinations. It was okay but not so special. I dont know about the oysters. The atmosphere was great and the people were so kind.

Thank Tuna K
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Great seafood, restaurant was opened in 1912, still serving same great tasteful dishes! I enjoyed the experience at all. And it was worth the queuing outside in Cold Rainy San Francisco!

Thank ammn11
Reviewed 3 March 2018

After seeing this place on an Anthony Bourdain show, we made sure we visited on our trip to SF. There are only 18 chairs along the bar, so the line up can get pretty big! I recommend going during the week if you can, and...More

Thank Peonies2014
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

What a disappointment. We were persuaded here by all the publicity this place has been getting from TV. ... wow nothing can be further from the truth... let's see you wait about 1 hour in line (not bad for us since our favorite Ramen) place...More

Thank shihtzulover1
Reviewed 14 February 2018

We waited at least two hours for two seats at a counter (only seating they have). Servers are very nice but $64 for six oysters, two shrimp cocktail, one small cup of thin chowder and two beers is a bit expensive. Basic menu, doesn’t really...More

Thank DianeY204
Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

Walked by the place accidentally and was drawn inside by the great vibe. Ordered a sea food cocktail to go and it was fresh and fantastic. Loved it

Thank Roy H
Reviewed 28 January 2018

We decided summer 2016 to visit. When we arrived the last person had a sign, it said last customer of the day. When we asked we where included and now the last people served for the day was us, which was very nice. But still...More

Thank Mieke V
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Randi B
9 November 2017|
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Response from kcchin | Reviewed this property |
$16...and you get plenty of crab.
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 881MikeA | 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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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