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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
+1 415-552-7584
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cioppino” (89 reviews)
“oysters” (136 reviews)
“chowder” (46 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You can not go wrong here. Service and food is incredible. Always consistently fresh and tastey. Recommendations are spot on too.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank mocheenpaw
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed the food here. The ciopinno prob spelled it wrong but it was delish and plentiful. Lots of flavor. Only negative was that its a small place and we had a longggg wait. Ut per the reviews it was worth the wait and im...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank hginn83
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an incredibly popular restaurant and has an old fashioned system for getting a table - namely writing your name on a board and waiting outside until they call your name. We arrived just after it had filled up (just after opening for lunch)...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Speedbird747
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market has excellent seafood! We have ordered a variety of dishes off the menu and we have never been disappointed. The oysters are fresh and flavorful, the fish is excellent and the Cioppino is a home run every time! The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank jibarosf
Reviewed November 19, 2018

They don't take reservations, you simply write your name onto the board outside and wait. It was a rather chilly night and the staff kindly turned on the outdoor heater as we waited. We were seated at the bar and had an incredible meal. We...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank KatMooneyPhoto
Reviewed November 15, 2018

We had to wait for 30 mins or so to get a seat but it is well worth the wait! The service is top notched, and food recommended to us is delicious! We had the cioppino and we highly recommend it! (The portion is rather...More

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank raymondwlw
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Although we had heard from the locals that Anchor was a definite must to eat at, they didn’t tell us to be sure to go early to sign up for a table. (Hear me telling you now.) :) Thankfully, the owner of this long-standing establishment...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank lennandlorrainek
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

For lunch, early enough to get seats at the bar...friendly, efficient, busy place.. the food, just wow, the food! Had an ahi tuna salad with arugula, rancho gorda beans, olives, onions! The textures and flavors were just outstanding! I just didn’t want it to end!...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank julia n
Reviewed October 29, 2018

My husband and I arrived before 6 pm on a Monday night so we wouldn't have to wait too long. It was a lovely, warm evening and the half hour wait went quickly as all the others on the wait list chatted outside. We were...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MinneapolisTourist
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

We visited on a Friday night when it was busy and we had an hour wait....but it was worth the wait. The mixed platter had cod, scallops and prawns and were superb. A small restaurant excellently run and high quality. Deservedly successful since 1977

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank johnsoni2015
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,
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March 15, 2018|
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Response from Anna L | Reviewed this property |
Or later for the second round. Put your name on the chalk board before taking your seat on the bench.
August 9, 2017|
Response from Mark S | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry to hear your glasses were lost. I can't speak for the restaurant...and those are expensive glasses...have you thought of all the ways to contact them? You probably have already thought to sent them a snail mail... More
January 6, 2017|
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Response from ceramicsgrl | Reviewed this property |
Maybe because you are a jerk!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$21 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, 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: +1 415-552-7584
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