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Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606 (Nob Hill)
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Ranked #122 of 5,012 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood, Chowder
Nob Hill
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This place is basically a tourist trap. It has plenty of dive atmosphere and the employees are cool, but the food is way overpriced and decidedly so-so. The chowder was watery and had barely any clams in it. A big disappointment was the sea urchin (from Fort Bragg). It cost $18.00 and had a really bland taste. The oysters were... More 

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San Mateo, California
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

First off let me say the wait sucks, but when you're having quality seafood it's definitely worth it. I would recommend coming early as they usually stop serving at the counter an hour before they close. Something to note, if you want something to go, you can walk past the line and straight to the counter to make a to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We visited Swan Oyster Depot one afternoon while staying in San Francisco. We ordered a dozen of oysters and the smoke salmon recommended by the staff there. The oysters were fresh but a bit small. The smoke salmon dish came in three thin slices of meat on sourdough bread. The salmon dish was $21.95 - not a very good value.... More 

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Sacramento, California
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58 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

For years we came to this place no matter what the wait time. Before Giants games and Jazz concerts. Stern Grove, Fillmore. The oysters are not equaled in SF. Maybe the atmosphere of the place. One of my all time favorites in the WORLD! Memo: do not change anything!

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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43 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Always wanted to go here and try it. I love me a raw oyster, so getting 1/2 a dozen and a beer was very satisfyling. There hours have always been problematic, closing at 5:30 pm and traveling to the city for business made it problematic, but all worked this trip and I was greatful. Atmosphere was wonderful, menu was fullfilling,... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We walked over 2miles after movies at the Kabuki cinema after reading good reviews on Yelp and was it worth it?!!!! The guys there are just the best!! So friendly and helpful despite the fact that we went in near their closing time and we kept ordering more food and they were only too happy to feed us. They were... More 

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New York City, New York
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29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Insanely good fresh seafood. You sit at the bar and order from a menu posted on the wall. They serve wine and beer - no liquor. The fresh crab is outstanding. Service is fast and attentive. Thank you for such great fresh seafood!

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Cary, Illinois
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22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We had not heard of Swan's in advance just was in the neighborhood looking for a place eat. We saw a small line out door. So thought it must good and stopped. So glad we found this place! Now My husband and I visit swans every time we are back in San Francisco. While waiting in line we were told... More 

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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

the seafood is very fresh and tasty. Seating is limited, so get there early or be prepared to wait. It is also cash only. We recommend a sampler platter of sashimi, the cracked crab, and the oysters. Lunch was worth the wait.

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20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We arrived at 10:30 for the 11:00 opening. A line had already formed outside. Only about 12 to 15 people are allowed in at a time. Everyone is seated at a long counter. Menu is posted on the wall. We had the Clam Chowder, Shrimp Cocktail, and Crab Salad. All were fresh and excellent. Service is excellent. When you leave... More 

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Address: 1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
Phone Number: 415-673-1101
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Seafood, Chowder

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