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Swan Oyster Depot

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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Menu

MENU
45
Maine Attraction Lobsters
Served with drawn butter cooked to order allow 25 min
12
Clams & Oysters On The Half Shell
6 cherry stone clams. 6 blue point oysters
12
West Coast Little Necks
On the half shell
20
Half Cracked Crab
Served with bread & butter choice of cocktail sauce, sauce or mayonnaise
17.5
Smoked Trout, Smoked White Fish
Served with salad, bread and butter
19.5
Smoked Salmon
Served on rye or french bread with shrimp salad
Cup 2.75
Bowl 5
Boston Clam Chowder
1
Bread & Butter
9.95
Octopus Salad
Calamari
13
Swan Special
Shrimp cocktail and beer
SALADS
18
Shrimp
20
Prawn
24.5
Crab
21
Combination
Lobster
BEVERAGES
4
Anchor Steam
4
Stella Artois
7.5
Wine
2.25
Lemon Lime
2.25
Pepsi
2.25
Coffee
2.25
Tea
2.25
Milk
PRICE RANGE
$21 - $30
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups
FEATURES
Takeout, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a day to entertain myself and knew I had to have oysters. Swan was recommended by numerous people. It did not disappoint. Being a solo traveler it was easy to get a seat at the counter. My waiter made several suggestions: 6 assorted oysters,...More

Date of visit: June 2019
1  Thank rockym927
Reviewed June 15, 2019

Typically 1 hr wait, we stood in line 2, only making the experience more enjoyable. From making "friends" in line to those men shaving smoked salmon behind the counter, the dining moments will never be forgotten. Driven by my desire to share Anthony Bourdain's fave...More

Date of visit: June 2019
1  Thank sbkitelady
Reviewed June 13, 2019 via mobile

In my final hours in San Fran I NEEDED to have a clam chowder. So I googled the best clam chowder and these guys came up. The reviews said the line up was often insane but I thought I would risk it (late afternoon). The...More

Date of visit: June 2019
1  Thank NinaJayStar
Reviewed May 20, 2019

I love this place. You have to go with the right attitude: be patient and enjoy the process. The line to get in will be long, so be prepared for a wait. There are only 16 counter seats, and once you're in and seated, no...More

Date of visit: May 2019
3  Thank Pinot118
Reviewed May 14, 2019 via mobile

We waited for an hour. But it was worth the wait. We ordered clam chowder, combination salad and Italian sashimi. Our host, server and chef was one! That’s a fun and interesting experience.

Date of visit: May 2019
2  Thank PrincessBahrani
Reviewed May 7, 2019

You get to watch all of the fish dishes being prepared, a fun group behind the counter. They do not take reservations, but the wait in line is so worh the food and the experience.

Date of visit: May 2019
1  Thank beaharper
Reviewed May 2, 2019

Swan Oyster Depot has been one of the must-eat restaurants in San Francisco. We came around 10:45 on a Thursday and waited over 3 hours for the seats. Ordered the crab back, crab cocktail, oysters, and clam chowder. The clam chowder was nice but definitely...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank leochpang
Reviewed April 18, 2019

Best oysters I’ve ever eaten and one of the most fun dining experiences. Great chat from the hosts/servers/chefs (who are all three in one). Tasty wine. A must for all seafood lovers visiting San Fran. Get there early as the que gets very big!

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank kamuni2017
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

Swan is amazing and everyone knows it, unfortunately, this includes the swarms of tourists in town. So...I love to come here by myself during off hours at random times during the week. Yes, the seafood is amazing, of course, but I also just love the...More

Date of visit: April 2019
2  Thank TrippingTrudy
Reviewed April 13, 2019

I came here around 3:30 on a Tuesday to avoid a long line. They close before dinner. You sit at a diner type setting and listen to the staff let you know what's in for the day. It's a local as you can get. We...More

Date of visit: March 2019
2  Thank melindan0519
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Street Parking is available with meters.
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The website says they are open 24hours 7 days a week.
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Cash only. There’s a bank across the street with an ATM.
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