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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511 (Castro)
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Ranked #33 of 4,949 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Chowder
Neighborhood: 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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Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Small setting, they can seat around 26 people only, you migh wait for a while, we waited 30 minutes outside.Staff is friendly but slow. We had oysters, clam chowder and crab cakes and I was dissapointed, maybe we didn't order what is the super bomb plate but we left dissapointed, no flavor at all, very margibnal food, not worth the... More

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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Don't be put out by the neighborhood, small setting, or prices. It is worth it. Call and find out when they open and be there then, or else you will wait a significant time. Place only seats maybe 30 people. Food is amazing no mater what you get and staff was good.

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Legnano, Italy
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Unfortunately it's a very small place..so they don't accept reservations...nethertheless the wait is worth it..really!!One of the best spot in the city where to eat Seafood..and a very friendly service...Recommended.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

41 y/o wife: This is a small and popular restaurant, and you may wait awhile for a table. It had a lot of character, and the staff were attentive and friendly. I enjoyed the cold seafood combo plate, but found the Cioppini to be the standout. The garlic bread was buttery and delicious and we ordered more than we needed.... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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161 reviews 161 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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