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Swan Oyster Depot

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Nob Hill
Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
415-673-1101
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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
Amazing fresh seafood!!!

This place is amazing - food, service, and atmosphere. My two friends and I ordered the crab back, oysters, Sicilian sashimi, and the combination salad. The back crab was so creamy and had a wonderful fishy taste. We dipped our bread into the juices and it was absolutely delicious. The oysters... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Joanna C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This place is amazing - food, service, and atmosphere. My two friends and I ordered the crab back, oysters, Sicilian sashimi, and the combination salad. The back crab was so creamy and had a wonderful fishy taste. We dipped our bread into the juices and it was absolutely delicious. The oysters were fresh and the sweetest oysters I have ever... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Same as always, perfect! Short wait, guys behind bar helpful with accommodating other diners to squeeze 3 of us in. Great oysters and salads plus sourdough. Thx!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Mostly because I had wanted to try something I've never had before, sea urchin, I was super stoked to eat here and check out what all the hype was about over a small, 20 or so seat hole in the wall restaurant. I walked about a little over a mile from my hotel to get to the front door of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Very pricey considering, but the chowder is good value, very tasty and a meal in itself. Don't expect it to be inexpensive because it is a simple diner as it is not.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The freshest seafood ever. And I don't even like seafood, but it didn't taste "fishy" like most places do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The Swan has many choices and for each one, you will find lots of enthusiastic touts. Great uni, of course. The lobster is pricey but perfect. Scallop sashimi to die for. And, for the adventurous, the crab backs. All of these are great, and it is, to be sure, hard to make a bad choice at the Swan. That said,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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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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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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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, Soups

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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, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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