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Swan Oyster Depot

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Nob Hill
Chowder, Seafood
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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
415-673-1101
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Delivery

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great spot

I would say you should try it and blend with locals. It's perfect spot to enjoy some fresh sea food in old fashioned way. Make sure to be there right around 11.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Austin, Texas
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  • Local cuisine
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I would say you should try it and blend with locals. It's perfect spot to enjoy some fresh sea food in old fashioned way. Make sure to be there right around 11.

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I adore Swan Oyster depot on Polk Street! It's definitely worth the wait. If you go and you're on your own you can tell the waiters and you'll get a seat quicker. The crab is AMAZING, the fish is of excellent quality, some of the best in the US. Highly Recommended.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I Love this place, everything is fresh, delivered fresh a couple of times a day. It's family run and very very popular. It only has 20 seats and serves at the counter, no table service. There is always a line to get in but they sometimes will serve you a beverage while you wait. It's expensive but delicious and a... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Went to this place last month after seeing reports on TA. I am not sure how this place gets the ratings it does because I came away shaking my head. The place is pricey for the type of food they offer while the quality is just OK at best.The clam chowder was among the worst I ever had as I... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Pros: the food was fantastic. We liked everything we tried and everyone we spoke to said the same. This is a family owned and staffed small business and staff clearly care about getting it right. You can order beer or coffee while you wait in line. Cons: You will be waiting in line. For hours, most likely. If you have... More 

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Chillicothe, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This was our first stop on this trip to San Francisco. It was worth the 40 minute wait! While waiting in line they took our order for beer and brought it to us. We started with the crab back and oyster sampler, then on to salmon plate and sashimi sampler. All was excellent and fresh. So glad we went! We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Very rarely have I stood in line almost an hour for a lunch and found it to be worth it but this time it was. This place is really a gem. The fresh seafood is all in the front window so you can see what you are getting. There were nine guys all working behind the counter which only seats... More 

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White Rock, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

But don't go at peak times..This a historic funky place, and the food is good, but it is limited. The choice is salads with prawns, shrimp, crab, etc; raw oysters, smoked salmon, clam chowder and the like. There are only about 18 seats at a bar, so be prepared to wait outside for a while. The GF liked it better... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This restaurant provides a fantastic experience! The wait is long, and it is SO worth it! I didn't warn my husband about the long lines, so by the time we were seated at the counter he was pretty cranky. That didn't last long once he got a taste of the amazingly fresh seafood and the superb service! This is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Cool local vibe. Worth the wait at the door! Guests and staff very engaging. Great fresh seafood simply prepared to bring out the best in the ingredients.

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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 to $30
Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

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  • Address: 1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighborhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: 415-673-1101

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $21 to $30
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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