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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606 (Nob Hill)
415-673-1101
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Ranked #113 of 5,041 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood, Chowder
Neighborhood:
Nob Hill
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery
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Irvine, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The fun is meeting people, literally from around the world, while waiting in line. I had the mixed seafood salad with Louis Dressing. The seafood was very good, but I think I would go for the cocktail vs the salad - as all the salad had was shredded iceberg lettuce. The dressing was good, but needed a bit more flavor.... More 

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Ceres, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

There is always a line at Swan, but the F-R-E-S-H seafood is worth the wait. The line is interesting because you meet people from all over the country/world, so the wait doesn't seem so long. Swan only accepts cash, so come prepared; there is an ATM across the street. You may do a to-go order without having to stand in... More 

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Pocatello, Idaho, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Visited my friend who lives outside of San Francisco and a number of her friends recommended this restaurant. We went on a Saturday. Here's the deal, it's a small place with only about 24/25 seats at the counter, there is no other seating, so be prepared to wait. If you get cranky waiting, don't even think about going here unless... More 

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guadalajara
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132 reviews 132 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Swan Oyster is a must on every trip to San Francisco, this time we were there for breakfast at 10! Oysters are great, and the salmon on bread with capers and onions and olive oil.. yummy! All paired with a nice Honig wine, can't beat it! The atmosphere is great, the staff is the same family that has owned the... More 

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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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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Chicago
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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88 reviews 88 reviews
62 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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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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