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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
+1 415-552-7584
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Cortland, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived without a reservation on a Wed night, waited just a very short while-- with a much appreciated cup of the AMAZING clam chowder!!!-- and had WONDERFUL dinners!! Highly recommend!!

Thank cfrare
Riverdale, Utah
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a long wait in line to eat. It might have just been the time of day we showed up to eat. The food and service was spot on and I was very impressed with this place for sure. I will go back but it will be at an odd time to miss the crowd.

Thank Allen B
Oberlin, Ohio
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103 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're attracted to this place because of the name then you won't be disappointed. Anyone who likes seafood and Oysters is in for a great treat. Simply put it's a classic and is not to be missed. Every time I've been it's been great!

Thank Matt A
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

very tasty food we go their for dinner we love the place we ordered the clam chowder and crab cake and cioppino everything was nice and tasty good service but you should accept a waiting list minimum time 30 min but worth the waiting

Thank Abdulla A
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is a bit off from the city but it's nice and clean. However it is quite small, and parking can be tough. It sits only 21-22 people at one time. Any party greater then 4, will likely require separate tables. DO NOT GO DURING LUNCH OR DINNER TIME. Unless you are one of the first there and is... More 

Thank asiamutt
San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a local in SF, I'd like to write an occasional review of our restaurants, here. Anchor is one of the smallest restaurants in SF, but they are big on quality and service. This is not a tourist spot, but cool tourists are welcomed of course. Put your name on the list, and walk around the liveliest 'hood in SF... More 

Thank Mateo C
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small restaurant on Castro Street is a wonderful find. Fish is super fresh and the Boston style clam chowder is really good. Gets busy about 5:30 so be prepared for a wait.

Thank DeVJP
Charlottesville, Virginia
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113 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I first ate here decades ago with a good friend. I was back in town and wondered if it was still as good as my memory. It was actually better! No reservations but you sign up on a list outside the door. The number of tables and seats at the bar are very limited but they work people in and... More 

Thank VisitingProfessor_29
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came here for late... Really late lunch. I order half a docen of assorted oysters, clam chowder and an open face sandwich. I order the chowder cause of the other reviews here. It was good but not great, so I was expecting the rest od the food was the same. The oyaters were of course very fresh and tasty.... More 

Thank calvarius
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is always fresh, portions generous, perfectly prepared Caesar salad with shrimp, and attentive service. What more can a person ask for?

Thank Susan L

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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: +1 415-552-7584

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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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