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Swan Oyster Depot

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$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
Nob Hill
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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
+1 415-673-1101
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Places like this are the reason why I enjoy travelling so much. An incredible spot that does seafood extraordinarily well. Simple, fresh and phenomenal. The atmosphere is buzzing and the bar style seating just complements the place perfectly. The guys serving are friendly attentive and just so knowledgeable, offering suggestions and making you what you want from the range of... More 

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Dayton, OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Always our first stop after checking into our hotel. Skip the chowder but don't miss the Nova Scotia style smoked salmon. And it is the Oyster Depot

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Thank DAYMark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is what the waters of the Bay Area has to offer. The freshest seafood of the daily catch served to you in the simplest ways is hard to beat. The wait is worth it and when you are seated you will be served by the wind burned fisherman themselves. Enjoy an anchor steam beer with your meal and... More 

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Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This experience was one of the most unique I've had in San Francisco. I can only say it was worth the wait. We got there when it opened at 10:30 on a Thursday. We waited outside in line for 45 minutes. There are only about a dozen counter seats. The oysters were amazing but the crab leg salad was off... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Apart from the quaint atmosphere, this place is an establishment and boasts really great seafood. Place is small and be prepared to queue. Though the combination salad is a popular choice, I think the tastier bits are the crab claws. So go for crab salad instead.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the crab cocktail, a dozen of oysters platter, the Crab Fat, smoked salmon and smoked trout, mixed sashimi platter (scallops, tuna, salmon, hamachi and sardine). I really enjoyed the crab cocktail and Crab Fat. Fresh seafood but be there early and be prepared to wait as there are limited seats only. Shop opens at 1030am, queued from 1000am... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fresh seafood restaurant is where you choose a live crab or fish from a tank and have it prepared as you wish. Nothing here is like that. The crab is pre cooked and frozen and served cold and thawed, which is why it is watery and tasteless. The shrimp cocktail has small, pink and mushy shrimp served with a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here recently and the food was great and atmosphere was unique. Easy to get to on the California cable car line if you are coming from Union Square or similar. California cable car line is fun because it still has more of a public transit feel than the more popular Powell Street lines. (Be sure to get a Muni... More 

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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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Nob Hill
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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