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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
The Castro
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579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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London, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A perfect hybrid between a European market restaurant and American diner. Delicious in every sense. I love the Anchor!

Thank Peter B
Singapore, Singapore
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93 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Reading about the long queues, we opted for an early dinner and arrived there by 6pm on a weekday. There wasn't any queue and we were seated within minutes. My wife went for the half serving of oysters, clams and shrimp, while I went with the crabcake entree and we both had a cup of the chowder. My wife loved... More 

Thank Gymrat76
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place, a very old school homey feeling place. Nothing pretentious, just extremely tasty food. The oysters they have available are fantastic, and the clam chowder is amazing. I'd even recommend the oyster shooters!

Thank Dana H
Miami, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome seafood in the Castro. Fresh pacific oyster selection. Authentic New England clam chowder. Creative selection of seafood dishes. The seafood gazpacho was amazing and the crabmeat cocktail delicious packed with Dungeness crab. The chef is creative and enormously talented. It's a small place so go early or be prepared to wait. You won't regret it.

1 Thank William B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on Monday evening with co-worker around 7:00 and there was a fair amount of names on list already. Has 5 small tables and a few spots at a bar. Our wait was only 30 mins or so, but worth it if your wait is longer. We both had the Mexican Prawns with veggies. Really good sautéed with garlic and... More 

1 Thank BigAggieMomma
San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I've been going to Anchor Oyster Bar for over 20 years. This is a real neighborhood place, nothing fancy and no attitude, just delicious, generous portions of wonderful seafood. I always love the clam chowder and you can't go wrong, but the specials are always worth looking at as well. For a night out in the Castro or for a... More 

1 Thank Robert B
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Small but nice. Great sea food! Note that their signature dish is at the bottom of the menu... We missed it the first time so had to go back, which I was more than happy to! Oysters are slightly cheaper than Hog place

1 Thank netmate
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Longtime Castro District classic. Clean fresh seafood, homey feeling and friendly staff. May have to wait a bit for a table, but it's well worth it. The crab caesar salad is a must! That and Anchor's tasty sourdough bread slathered in their punchy horseradish and you are golden!

1 Thank Gus B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

On a whim and in the mood for seafood, me and my date decided to check out Anchor Oyster Bar on a Saturday afternoon. The wait list didnt seem to long but we ended up waiting for a solid hour until we were finally seated. Luckily some groups before us gave up so we were able to get a table... More 

1 Thank charliemurphywashere
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Has been in the Castro and same owner for over 2 decades. Always a wait but worth it. Small and intimate with daily fresh seafood selections.

Thank James B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighborhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: 415-552-7584

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Staying in The Castro

Neighborhood Profile
The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighborhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighborhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theaters and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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