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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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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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
Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Got there an hour after they opened and the line was still snaking outside. Took a cue from the locals to order from the take-out queue and managed to get my food relatively quicker. Service was great - despite the long lines - and servers patient in taking my order. Food was fresh, portions generous. Will highly recommend as a... More 

Thank charliebrown390
Chester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Be prepared to queue to enjoy the fresh oysters, crab and lobsters at this small bar. Lots of freshly prepared delicious seafood and clam chowder, fabulous atmosphere, engaging staff and San Fransisco prices!

Thank hugezone1
Hartford, CT
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here on a Wednesday around 1:15 and got a seat around 2 PM. Our dining experience was worth every minute of standing in line. The staff behind the counter were incredibly friendly and helped us to choose the most delicious dishes. Although they were very busy, each person took the time to chat with us and make sure... More 

Thank Jennifer B
St. John
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We got a late start on a Saturday (11am) and by the time we arrived there was a line up the street. Nice folks in front of us were regulars and estimated a 2 hour wait. There are only 16 seats at the counter, and no one is rushed, so the wait can be quite long. After 2-1/2 hours we... More 

Thank fullervi
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went to Swan Oyster Depot on a Friday morning around 10:00 am thinking there would be no line. Wrong. There was a line out the door.......waited a while outside. But the food and service is so amazing and worth the wait. They also send you home with a post card and a sponge business card. Love... More 

Thank Penland B
San Francisco
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have come back here 6 times and really enjoy this place. I don't mind waiting in line. the crab Louie salad is worth it. Try the sour dough bread with butter and chowder. I come here everytime I am in SF.

Thank RodgerK
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Get their early, like right when they open and get the crab back. Bring your cash!! I had the best lunch ever with an assortment of oysters with a crab back and an anchor steam. Loved it so much. Can not wait to go back.

Thank nettysgirl2014
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe i expected this restaurant to be totally awesome due the fact that theres a queue of 30mins or more on a daily basis and friends recommendation, but i didnt find it extraordinary. Had the crabs, oysters, crab salad, BUT THE ONLY ITEM THAT WAS GOOD..... was the clam chowder. Wait let me rephrase, IT IS AMAZING! i had 3-5... More 

1 Thank spotkav
San Francisco, California
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91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lines form early, but the seafood is as fresh as you have ever had it. The banter is smart and funny. Food and entertainment in one!

1 Thank sifuerst

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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
Seafood, Soups
Breakfast, 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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Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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