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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511 (Castro)
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Ranked #36 of 4,935 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Chowder
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Castro
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159 reviews from our community

91% Recommend
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Singapore, Singapore
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148 reviews 148 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Went for dinner, and got a table at the bar almost immediately. Place is rather small so there may be a queue sometimes. Oysters were very fresh, and we had the crab cakes - great as appetizers. Also had one of their specials of the day, pasta with clams - huge portion and very delicious. Service was average though, and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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48 reviews 48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

On this trip to SF, I was looking to try to find some really good seafood restaurants and bars. My usual mantra is that San Francisco is about 3000 miles from good seafood, and I still stand by that. We ate in various places with more than mediocre seafood, and one upscale place in particular which was advertising "true haddock".... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This place is fabulous. We had a wait of about 40 minutes in the cold, but the waiter brought out some complimentary cups of chowder for us all to warm us up. And we made friends in the queue. When we got in it was TOTALLY worth the wait. This place is fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble, and the... More

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Noblesville, Indiana, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We took our son to Anchor Oyster Bar and as always, had a wonderful meal, bisque, oysters, great house salad ... The food is always great and the wait isn't terrible. You sign in when you get there and depending on the length of the list, you might wait for 30 minutes or so. We got there before six and... More

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

If it is good food you're looking for...They don't take reservations and so you may have to wait a few minutes but the wait is well worth it. We ate all over the city during a week in San Francisco and this was the best food! There are other places that can seat more people in more comfortable places (Kokkari... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had a party of 4 and unfortunately this small friendly neighborhood eatery DO NOT take reservations. And perhaps I can see the reason why. Seating capacity is limited as it is tucked in the middle of a row of shops along the main Castro street of San Francisco. We were there on a Tuesday evening... and if you know... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Finished our 3 week stay in SF with dinner for two in the Anchor Oyster bar. Best meal of the trip! We started with a tasting of three different kind of oysters, which was an excelent starter, followed by the Cioppino - a tomato based seafood soup. The Cioppino was FANTASTIC! So tasty! So rustic! So right! No fancy stuf,... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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118 reviews 118 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The food and service was excellent, but foodie-be-ware this is a very small restaurant with extremely limited seating. We managed to get the last 2 seats at the bar, while everyone else was left waiting outside for at least 30 minutes. However, the food is excellent. Very fresh and tasty. The service staff are also very nice and gave us... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

They don't take reservations at this tiny place and it seems to always be packed, what promises fresh food and shows a sign for tasty dishes. We had prawns served with potatoes and roasted vegetables(amazing!), black mussels (wow!!), crab cakes (good) and crab salad (big enough!). I highly recommend this local place for authentic, tasty and filling meal. Server wasn't... More

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I went there for the clam chowder but the whole experience turned out to be amazing! The chowder is in fact great but it is just the tip of the iceberg. The greatness of this small and lovely restaurant is showed since the garlic bread, trough the oyster shot and all the other amazing dishes. Get there early because there... More

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