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Swan Oyster Depot

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$$ - $$$
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Nob Hill
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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
+1 415-673-1101
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10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An experience not to be missed. The Sicilian Sushi is completely amazing, as is the ambiance of this micro diner-style restaurant. Excellent service and no hurry once you are seated, although seating can require a lengthy wait. Sometimes the line can be very long, if so, consider take-out. The food and experience not to be missed.

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Thank Cliff R
San Francisco, California
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We live close by and have been wanting to eat here for months. Finally, for my birthday we went for lunch after not having been for over 20 years. Take it from native San Franciscans; this place is the real thing for sea food! In addition to the menu offerings, there are several "off the menu" dishes that were mentioned... More 

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miami
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fresh Seafood. Small place. Bring a wad of cash Seafood comes from the sea... shop around Very very expesensive. Only accepts cash

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Thank RafaelAlberti
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was referred by a friend. Finally get to the place and there's a lineup outside in the pouring rain. I then Knew it would be worth it. It's a simple furnished bar style restaurant that seems to rely on its food rather then it's decor. And really, once you take your first bite you don't care about anything else other... More 

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Thank Laura L
Spokane, Washington
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything we had heard was true...and then some. Worth a wait in the rain...go, just go. You will be happy you did.

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Thank juni360
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Swan Oyster Depot more than a decade ago from the hotel's concierge recommendation. The food was great then, the service was great. Visited it again just a few days ago, food is still amazing ! However, no thanks to TripAdvisor the lines are getting longer 😂.

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Thank Ian P
Chicago, Illinois
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83 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very touristy spot, so be sure to expect a 30 min wait as they only seat ~15-20 people at a time, and there's always a line out of the door. I ordered a tray of clams, a crab back (open crab shell filled with crab trimmings to dip bread in) a clam chowder, a crab cocktail, and... More 

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Austin
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

We got there on a Monday at 2:45 and got in line (maybe 10 people in front of us). I heard someone walking by that the line was the shortest he had ever seen so I'm going back on a weekday in the middle of the afternoon again the next time, too. It's tight once you get seated and you're... More 

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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455 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

We had not been to San Francisco for about ten years so you must have your priorities straight. Yes, this was our first stop- even before checking in at the hotel. It was just as we remembered it. It is a local place not really updated in a tastefully long time. We started with a dozen oysters- they never have... More 

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Paget Parish, Bermuda
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

Just spectacular .. legendary food and ambience. Plan to get there early but if you have to wait ... so be it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
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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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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