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Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
+1 415-673-1101
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“fresh seafood” (86 reviews)
“oysters” (237 reviews)
“chowder” (81 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Down to earth wait staff. Just don’t ask for butter hahah! Restaurant is less than 20 seats at a bar. So get there early. Or just prepare for at least an hour wait all day. Food is fresh everything is good. And get a Stella...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Britneybrum
Reviewed 3 days ago

First time eating here. Kept hearing so much about it, finally made the time to check it out. Best seafood I have ever had, I now know why this place is so famous!!!! And the owners and staff are friendly and professional! Make sure to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank alexismichelle110
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great experience with amazing food, cold beer and attentive staff. I came early afternoon and only waited 45 minutes. Don’t forgot cash!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank V1711KImichaels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let the staff take their sweet time and serve you with divine yumminess. We had mixed oysters (briny to sweet got it all covered), cherry stone clams (so fat:D) and the mixed cocktail (who'd knew cooked baby shrimp can taste this good) - everything simply...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank miaothesharkgirl
Reviewed December 9, 2018

This spot has been on my bucket eating place for a long while. The no reservations never fit my stay in SF. This time it did. 2 of us arrived on a Thurs around 11:30am. Short line so we were hopeful Issue is once you...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Kerryloves2travel
Reviewed November 23, 2018

Yes, you're going to stand in line to get in because there are only 18 stools at the counter and they fill up the minute the restaurant opens. If you are a seafood lover, this place is worth the wait. Everything is super fresh. The...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank dhbourke
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Waited close to 2 hours and definitely not worth the wait. It’s counter service and prices really expensive. $34 dozen oysters. Staff super nice but menu is limited and wouldn’t go back even if 15 minutes wait.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 672hillaryr
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

The reason I came to this joint because it is featured in Andrew Zimmerman travel show The place don’t look very hygienic, and the price is very high, worst of all, it is cash only When it comes to food, it is not bad ,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank EricJ503
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

The wait was ridiculous for a Friday afternoon. I’m just not one of those who thinks that it’s “hip” to wait in standing lines for 35 minutes just to have the privilege to pay money to eat in some ones restaurant. Even though the oysters...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank fizzy1991
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

As good as seafood gets. A one off, and an essential visit. Crab back is delicious, smoked salmon wonderful. Great selection of oysters. Go there!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank slickbreaks
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Questions & Answers
July 30, 2018|
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Response from Ray S | Reviewed this property |
Cash only. There’s a bank across the street with an ATM.
Randi B
November 8, 2017|
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Response from kcchin | Reviewed this property |
$16...and you get plenty of crab.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$21 - $30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, 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: +1 415-673-1101
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