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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511 (Castro)
415-552-7584
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Ranked #38 of 5,039 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Chowder
Neighborhood:
The Castro
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Aside from the amazing seafood, this place has the best garlic bread ever. You can't reserve so my suggestion is get in line, order some take out garlic bread to snack on and await your seat!

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Granollers, Spain
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Small and nice place with a good atmosphere. If you like oysters .... this is the place !!! We have had different type of oysters, oyster shooter with Bloody Mary (real good!!!!), Boston clam chowder, a soup with clams, a crab cocktail, a sauteed garlic prawns ... and a half liter of white wine. We were in three and we... More 

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

What a neighborhood treasure, but please don't tell anyone about how fresh and delicious the seafood is here. It's a tiny place, always a wait, and although we don't mind the wait you should! Please, really, you do not want to put your name on the list hanging on the door and possibly getting a table before us.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is a intimate place for 1 to 4 people. The seafood cocktails are a great start and the pasta of the days always is 5 stars. A little pricy but portions are very generous. Also if you don't come at the rite time you can wait for a table for over a hour, but it is well worth it... More 

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Sacramento, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I usually don't wait for a table, but we waited for an hour for this one and it was worth the wait. They have a nice variety of oysters and all were good. I suggests to try the sampler tray which included oysters, shrimp and clams. The clam chowder and ceasar's salad were relish. A must try when in San... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Tiny place, almost always busy.. Excellent chowder (New England), and wide assortment of clams/oysters/muscles--large portions and all fairly priced. This is a 'must do' place to eat while in The Castro neighborhood. The place is clean, staff friendly and attentive. Yeah, I recommend trying the Anchor.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Anchor Oyster Bar has been around for 38 years (I think the anniversary was the week after we were there) and in a town like San Francisco that should tell you all you need to know. Decor, not really; size, nope; fancy, not at all. Food, AMAZING. Simple but wonderful seafood served by extremely nice staff in a great little... More 

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Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Even at 3pm, this place is crowded. Decent seafood and shellfish. Better than most (all?) places at Fisherman's Wharf.

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Key Largo
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Come here! Order the oysters!!! And Steamed Clams!! And save room for Cioppino!!! It is the best! I've tried cioppino all over and this is by far the best. We love the hole in the wall size of this place... Love that you sign yourself in... And the decor is too cute. This is a fun date place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Small cozy place with coherent seafood decor and we choose a sitting at the bar. Friendly service and good help with choosing an exciting menu; starter split oyster taste plate including a Boston chowder and for mains, scrimp vegetables and a mussel pasta. All cooked perfect and a super introduction to oysters and seafood. Experienced seafood eaters won't find much... 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>  > 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, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Chowder

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