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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

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Neighborhood:
The Castro
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579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
415-552-7584
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4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Thank netmate
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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!

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Thank Gus B
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank charliemurphywashere
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Thank James B
San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu is limited and I must say very pricey. The clam chowder is excellent. Other dishes are basic and nothing out of this world.

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Thank pennerm
Arlington, Virginia
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only ate here once, by myself, and sat at the counter. Ordered the crab salad, which was large and tasty. Many people were ordering the raw oysters and clam chowder, as well as glasses of white wine. Unfortunately I wasn't able to have an alcohol on that occasion. Very crowded and noisy. No reservations: you sign up on a... More 

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Thank GregLee7
San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is like the good old days! The Cioppino is absolutely amazing! Everything is fresh, fresh, fresh. It's neighborhood and you feel it. Wine list fantastic! Get there early, as it fills up to capacity FAST!

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Thank eve624
Chicago, Illinois
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped by for a late lunch on a Monday afternoon. They still had a wait! But it was worth it. Crab cakes, prawn cocktail and clam chowder were all tasty and fresh as heck. I'd totally go back here.

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small eatery has a wonderful selection of fresh seafood. The ciappinno is enough for two. The crab cakes are very nice. The place is small & crowded but that is part of the experience here. Most times singles are seated at the counter.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
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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