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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

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$$$
Neighborhood:
The Castro
American, Chowder, Seafood
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579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
415-552-7584
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 143
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  • 54
    Very good
  • 15
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Go for the Ciopinno!

I loved this place - go early-ish to score a place at the bar, choose a bottle of wine and settle back to enjoy the food. The helpful friendly staff suggested a great mix of different oysters and then, having eyed up what the people next to us were tucking into, we ordered the ciopinno - a spicy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
MilfordNewtown
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I loved this place - go early-ish to score a place at the bar, choose a bottle of wine and settle back to enjoy the food. The helpful friendly staff suggested a great mix of different oysters and then, having eyed up what the people next to us were tucking into, we ordered the ciopinno - a spicy tomato seafood... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

One of the things I love about San Francisco is the tiny restaurants that seem to occupy a space no larger than the owner's living room. This is a great example, tucked away on Castro. You can't make reservations so you just have to line up outside. I've never waited longer than 20 minutes though. This place serves wonderful fresh... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Went here with my wife, had oysters, a few drinks and a good time. The service was very good, the place was clean and everyone was friendly. Met a few locals had some good conversation and really enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommended!

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Vancouver, British Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

First time there. Lineup but seemed to move quickly and we had fun chatting with people outside. Sat at counter which is actually best place to watch all the action and meet people sitting beside you. Good chowder.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is a very small restaurant and is usually crowded by those willing to stand in line for some fabulous fresh seafood. Very reasonable prices for all but had to start with an OYSTER SHOT ($3.50). Small tumbler glass with clamato juice, an oyster and a celery stick. Down the hatch. Lovely flavour! Stayed with the traditional clam chowder and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Not my first time and for this reason not a discover but a confirmation: great value for the area. When you see the line outside, i am not alone to think it. Fish fresh restaurant: bistrolike. All is in the plate and not around. The taste are simple but well done. The cioppino is excellent. About the price: sfo like.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Small place so come early otherwise you will have to wait in line! Great seafood dishes, every dish we took tasted good and fresh!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Very busy but worth wait, excellent food. Had a special and it was excellent. Great chowder. we really liked the vibe at this place. I think it is worth waiting for

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Great restaurant but VERY SMALL! There are 6 or 7 tables and a bar to sit at. We waited 45 minutes outside in the cold wind (on May 29th). Mom loved the oyster, clams and prawns, I had the cioppino, and my wife had the special. All excellent!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I get to San Francisco 4-5 times a year for the last 6 years and have not missed a chance to dine at Anchor. The food is consistently lovely and there is such great energy there. I never order from the menu. I always have one of their specials. Love this place! As a suggestion, if you're going for lunch... More 

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Additional Information about Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

Address: 579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
Phone Number: 415-552-7584
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighborhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: 415-552-7584

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighborhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighborhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theaters and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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