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Swan Oyster Depot

Certificate of Excellence
Nob Hill
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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Greater Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In queue for 20 mins just for take away. Crab was watery and tasted like sawdust, prawns no flavour. Smoked salmon good but not outstanding, perhaps got bad day but how a family could serve up such food well aware it was neither good value for money but denigrated their name and reputation is beyond me. No wonder they have... More 

Thank 458victoriac
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

In town for a family Christmas, and stopped for the best breakfast ever. Fresh oysters and a pint of anchor steam

Thank Isaac A
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oysters, crab back and ale. This place is simply outstanding. You will very likely have to queue but the wait is worth it. Jimmy was on great form and looked after us a treat. Top marks!!

Thank MCalgary
Sudbury, Canada
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52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with my cousin and his wife who are locals. A line up early in the morning and the whole time we were there, so the locals know and love this place. The restaurant was small and the cash register is from 1940. They are cash only and trust the customers so much they expect you to tell them... More 

Thank Michael R
Vienna, Austria
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We waited for more than an hour for a table but it was not that great. They did not have broken crab and we ended up eating some average sashimi. The salads, oysters and soups are good.

Thank dggonzal1
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To be honest, I went by Anthony Bourdain's show "A cook's tour" and was not disappointed. You may have to queue up for 20 minutes or may be more or less (I waited for about 25 mins) just to get a seat(err...barstool) The food is straightforward, nothing fancy-- had chowder, seafood cocktail and probably a glass of white. I can... More 

Thank Gaurav G
San Francisco, California
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94 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to Swan for the first time recently and can report it is as good as they say it is. I have wanted to dine there for years but had not previously been able to. On this occasion I arrived just before they were scheduled to open to find a short line ahead of me. When they opened at... More 

Thank Michael M
East Hills, New York
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85 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At 10.15 am there was already a line even though the counter did not open until 10.30. We had clam chowder, a crab back, oysters and shrimp cocktail. It was all great. The service was superb and welcoming.

Thank Litig8or2014
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food and great atmosphere. Can't wait to go back and tell my friends. The beer, bread, oysters and sushi were out of this world.

Thank Robyn S
Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an extraordinary place for seafood! We went there for lunch and wanted to stay all afternoon but had a plane to catch. The place is long and narrow; you sit at the counter and they deliver incredible food. We had an oyster sampler, the crab salad and the Boston chowder and they were incredible. The guys sitting next to... More 

Thank Gracy D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighborhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: 415-673-1101

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