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Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606 (Nob Hill)
415-673-1101
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Ranked #158 of 4,949 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood, Chowder
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
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Hong Kong, China
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Been coming here ever since I saw the Anthony Bourdain Layover episode of him eating here. it's fresh it's light. Great seafood carpaccio, I will always come here for a meal. Go early, the lines start as early at 11:45 you can always order a beer while in line; if you are staying in city, then walk or hop on... More

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92 reviews 92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I waited in line at 1030 upon everyone's suggestions. Promptly at 11am the doors opened and we all filled the chairs at the counter. This is a family run business and they all beamed with pride. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. My only disappointment is they didn't have any crab - apparently it is not cram season in sept... More

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Mt. Cobb, Pennsylvania
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158 reviews 158 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Counter service only. Cash only. Expect a line (I waited just under and hour on a Saturday afternoon). As far as the atmosphere goes there are few places like this left in the country. That alone would be a reason to check it out. The prices are not outrageous for what you get. The bread & butter were excellent. The... More

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Hudson
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

While a little expensive considering this is a seaport, the oysters were sublime and the chowder was excellent. Be aware, cash only.

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This family owned oyster bar is packed and lively! It sells seafood and is also a restaurant. I was visiting SF and wanted oysters and everybody seemed to recommend this place. It was worth the trip. Oysters are fresh, other "sashimi" dishes with olive oil & lemon juice is also a great option and the smoked salmon! Fresh, great prices!... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

If you love seafood, make sure you jot this joint down in your culinary itinerary. Don't forget that good food is worth waiting in the queue for! We stood in line for almost an hour, & that was at 10.30 am on a Sat morning (we thought we were early!). A little on the pricey side but it is worth... More

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Irvine, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

There is already a line even before they opened. This is what we ordered. 1. Cracked crab - excellent! 2. Italian sashimi - Tuna, scallop so fresh! Next time i'll skip the olive oil 3. oysters - they're great!

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New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

It takes a bit of planning to have a meal at the Swan Oyster Depot. There are only about 15 seats at the long old fashioned counter and no reservations, strictly first come first serve. If you want to increase your chances of getting a seat, go early; chances are you will have to wait in line no matter what... More

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Nuremberg, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place has the freshest, best seafood in SF. Always full of people. So be prepared to wait for your order. The Crab Salad is my all time favorite!

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Los Angeles, California
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17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

1)Super fresh, local seafood. 2)Old School, hole in the wall, neighborhood gem. 3)Crab and Lobster salad, Oyster Stew are must! 4)Expect Long lines, this is a very small joint. 5)Order some good beers, delicious oysters, all these will make your Bay area trip worthwhile.

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