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Swan Oyster Depot

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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” (80 reviews)
“oysters” (228 reviews)
“chowder” (82 reviews)
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 3 days ago via mobile

We flew in today and after picking up our car headed here for our first stop. We had looked this up in TripAdvisor a while ago and I was very keen to try. We go there about 3.45 and there was quite a que. the...More

Thank MarkWaters1974
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome seafood, fun service. Old family feel, with cheeky Italian/American boys.. worth the wait... hands down Would recommend trying the oysters, salmon and Sicilian sashimi.

Thank Tahnee B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are staying in the area on holiday from the UK. This place looked right up our street. We live in the West country and Rick Stein (home of fresh seafood). After our Bay cruise this morning we decided to uber our way to the...More

1  Thank blackcornish1964
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has been around for as long as I can remember. If you want SUPER fresh seafood then Swan's is the place for you. This is a no frills kinda place that has maybe 20 stools at a counter. The line starts early and...More

Thank Seanda R
Reviewed May 9, 2018

There is a line, but well worth it. Small place but moves quickly. Everything is extremely fresh and delicious. Had to fill up on oysters of course. Clam Chowder was excellent. I wish I had room to try more, as the smoked salmon looked awesome!

Thank DeegsChicago
Reviewed May 8, 2018

If you're hankering for fresh seafood, they have a great variety. The place is family owned and it has been handed down from generation to generation. These folks are genuinely nice. They don't have a website and they only accept cash. That's how old school...More

Thank Ray S
Reviewed May 8, 2018

I had lunch at Swan’s and was so happy to find it was just the same as the last time I visited 5 years ago. The prices had gone up but still well worth it. I had the crab salad again and it was amazing!...More

Thank Judi S
Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

This place is worth the wait. It only seats about 30 people at a long bar but this allows you watch the process of preparing your food. Everyone is nice, all the food is fresh and delicious and the atmosphere is fun. We waited in...More

1  Thank Nicole S
Reviewed April 29, 2018

There was a wait to get in here long before Anthony Bourdain and other travel shows stopped by. Everything is extremely fresh and tasty. You'll never get a big party in here and be prepared to go elbow to elbow with your neighbor. The food...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed April 27, 2018

This place has got it going on. There are 18 stools at the counter, thats it. It's cash only. There's no wifi. It's been a family run business since it opened a long time ago. It's perfect. There will be a line, just take it...More

Thank Pbinla
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Randi B
November 8, 2017|
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Response from kcchin | Reviewed this property |
$16...and you get plenty of crab.
April 2, 2017|
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Response from RafaelAlberti | Reviewed this property |
Your going to wait no matter what.. the only questions to answer is do you want to wait with people a head of you eating or wait with no people eating in front of you. I prefer the later. We got there at 10:00 am
September 6, 2016|
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Response from 881MikeA | Reviewed this property |
Just spoke with them at this number: 415-673-1101 and a very nice gentleman said that they will be closed Christmas, but Christmas Eve is their busiest day of the year. However, they are only open for pick up orders only... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$21 - $30
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: +1 415-673-1101
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