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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 #116 of 4,950 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Louisiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Miami, Florida
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106 reviews 106 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Coming from Florida I was a little leery of an Oyster Bar in San Francisco. We got out of the taxi and found there was a couple people in line so thats always a good sign. The lined moved pretty fast and we got seats at the counter. What a classic place this is. The seafood was out of this... More

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Austin, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Friday, October 3 was a spectacular day in the City. After doing some sightseeing, my wife and I headed to Swans Oyster Depot. When we got out of our cab, there were only two people waiting in line (highly unusual). We found out that the Giants game had started and most locals were watching it at home or in a... More

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Milan, Italy
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I highly recommend this place! the service is very good, the staff is very kind and suggest great combinations. We had a crab salad that was simply amazing!!! it comes with a special sauce and bread and butter!!! then we had oysters and crab back! The lunch was delicious and the price is reasonable for the quality you get! The... More

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Idaho
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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

What a great place, get there early (about 10:30) to get in when they open the doors at 11:00 am. If you’re late, no problem, it just means a wait, but it’s certainly worth it. In business since 1912, this is what small restaurants used to look like, it has an old marble top counter behind which family members somehow... More

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norwich
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Came here with my vegetarian girlfriend she was happy to drink why I ate. Staff are very friendly and helpful for recommended dishes. I came at 1015 on Monday there were a small queue which grew after we sat down. Half dozen oysters with a combination salad was good washed down with a beer. Quite pricey but defo worth the... More

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Ipswich, Australia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We took a trip to Swans on the recommendation of Bourdain and we were pleased we did. We enjoyed the vast aray of seafood options which is well away from the tourist strip of Fisherman's Wharf. Highly recommend a visit.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Be prepared to wait in line but you will not regret it. The place is small - one long marble counter with stools. Everything is fresh and amazing. Sourdough bread and butter, homemade horseradish, cocktail sauce, Louis sauce...but who needs sides? The food speaks for itself. We had shrimp cocktail - it was buttery and sweet and delicious. We did... More

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Oakville, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

After waiting 45 minutes in line we sat down at the counter and had one of our most memorable lunches. As the reviews say, you don't find places like this any longer. The place is right out of the 50's, right down to the music on the radio. It only holds about 20 people tops so you will wait in... More

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Additional Information about Swan Oyster Depot

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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