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Swan Oyster Depot

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Nob Hill
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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
+1 415-673-1101
10:30 - 17:30
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Was like going back to 1970s at its best. It wasn't the greatest seafood I have ever had, but it brought back memories of my childhood. Classic dishes and fresh seafood. This might not be the place for everyone, but food that brings back great memories is priceless. While food is influenced by Instagram garbage, Swan Oyster Depot are comfortable... More 

Thank andylew8
New York City, New York
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82 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

line up early and bring an extra layer when doing so. Yes, in the summer as well! Mark Hemingway's words! This is always on my list when in SF which is not as often as I would like it to be. The sea urchins are awesome as is the other seafood on offer. The Anchor Steam is always cold. Go... More 

Thank JimmyShu-lin
Los Angeles
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225 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were walking down the street, saw the word “Oyster” and a waiting line outside with some guys in business suits in queue and knew we were going to try it. We got in line, two people got behind us, and a server came out and gave the last person in line a piece of paper that said “the last... More 

Thank rohbogen
Charleston, South Carolina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like good fresh and tasty upstairs this is the place for you! I would here by myself and had one of the best meals while I was in California.

Thank Jayson144
Singapore, Singapore
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Iconic restaurant.. Limited space hence queuing is necessary.. Arrived 3+pm.. Queued approx 40mins to try the crab and oyster.. The boss/staff is very friendly and observant.. They will even tell you the different types of oysters they served.. Food is delicious.. Luckily I managed to eat the last half crab.. Food 5 stars Service 5 stars *Head down to the... More 

Thank MC M
Chicago Illinois
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98 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good, very fresh seafood. Staff knows their fish and can certainly provide you some insight. You will most likely have to wait for a table/place on the counter. The food is always good here and prices are reasonable. Cash only!!!! Small place so I don't think a large group would find this convenient.

Thank netdogca
New York City, New York
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495 reviews
372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm sad that Anthony Bourdain did me wrong. I was watching CNN: Parts Unknown (SF edition) and Swan Oyster was one of the spots that Tony stopped by. He kept saying amazing things about it and said it was a must if you're in San Fran - you know, the typical spiel. But he usually easily convinces me and whenever... More 

Thank Melanie T
Toronto, Canada
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483 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It took me an hour in the lineup to get a seat. Biggest caveat is bring cash. They do not take any form of plastic. Very friendly service. Menu is on the wall and pretty basic. They seem to be willing to put together anything you ask for at a price. Everything was very fresh... considering it was expensive, there... More 

Thank PeterBruceG
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Places like this are the reason why I enjoy travelling so much. An incredible spot that does seafood extraordinarily well. Simple, fresh and phenomenal. The atmosphere is buzzing and the bar style seating just complements the place perfectly. The guys serving are friendly attentive and just so knowledgeable, offering suggestions and making you what you want from the range of... More 

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Dayton, OH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Always our first stop after checking into our hotel. Skip the chowder but don't miss the Nova Scotia style smoked salmon. And it is the Oyster Depot

Thank DAYMark

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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
USD 21 - USD 30
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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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