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Swan Oyster Depot

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Nob Hill
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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
415-673-1101
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Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Serves Alcohol, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A unique throwback to an era when a family-run business was thriving and viable.

Deliciously old-fashioned and un-hip in a City of over-hip. The Sancimino family has had three generations of smiling, happy staff doing the exact same thing: delicious fresh seafood.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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san francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Deliciously old-fashioned and un-hip in a City of over-hip. The Sancimino family has had three generations of smiling, happy staff doing the exact same thing: delicious fresh seafood.

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austin,Texas
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207 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fresh oysters, delicious seafood, served fresh to you at the bar.a great place to sit next to a local, freshest seafood in the Bay Area.

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western Massachusetts
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By a stroke of luck I found a few empty seats when I visited this place. But if you have to wait in line, it is worth it! They served the best raw oysters I've eaten on either coast, clean as a whistle, crisp, delicate perfection. Also terrific Dungeness crab -- have it with mayonnaise, in the local custom. Friendly... More 

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Chillicothe, Ohio
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was a highlight of our trip to San Francisco. So glad we waited in line. They didn't hurry us through at all which I appreciated.

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Sydney, Australia
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241 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Believe the hype. Crab is amazing. Oysters great. Eat fresh local seafood drink an anchor steam. Worth the trip to San Fran alone. Love this tiny seafood counter service shop. The best.

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San Francisco, California
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Get there early. If possible avoid meal times. Before or after that. (Especially if you have the flexibility of a tourist! This place is popular with locals too.) Try the seafood cocktail, sashimi plates, fresh oysters and smoked salmon. Yum! Note that it is cash only.

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Richland, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Swan Oyster Depot opens at 1030am...Get there early cuz it is worth it! CASH ONLY!! Not a big deal as an ATM is across the street...just plan ahead. Swan's seats about 20 people at a bar setting so be ready to wait. CombSeafood Salad is my fav but the the menu selection is great. Staff friendly too. I felt rushed... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So… I have been looking for the right moment to sit down, with a hot cup of tea, Glass Animals playing on my beats and ready to put pen to paper (keyboard), to share one of the most amazing culinary experiences I have ever had with my Hubby in San Francisco… Swan Oyster Depot. I was there almost a year... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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69 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

been coming for years; no crabs available today but prawn cocktail; sashimi carpacío; oysters; and chowder were to die!!! only thing we did wrong was order wine by the glass, when we should have ordered a bottle outright. We arrived ten to twelve and we're lucky enough to find a parking slot right up front, normally it can be a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

I've been coming to Swan's my whole life! The best experiences happen here, romantic, bonding with family or friends and meeting new people in line! Great salmon, shellfish, the best guys in the world serving you with care , a glass of white wine and a sense of humor!

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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