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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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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

GET IN LINE EARLY!!!! We had read this over and over. We went on a Monday and were the first in line. Can you believe it??? We waited about an hour but its fun to watch how they set up all the seafood in the window and allows you to read the menu. Once were were seated we immediately ordered... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was actually here about 2 years ago, just a little place but very popular be prepared to wait on line. Its a family run place, lively, freshest seafood, beer & wine also. The brothers running the place very friendly, efficient. Worth the wait

Thank loislaneNy/nj
San Dimas, California
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77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small family owned restaurant that is always a must when we visit SF. Great oysters and always such nice service from the staff. Counter only seating, maybe about 15-20 seats and expect a line outside always. We arrived at about 1215 on a Tuesday and waited about 45mins. We tried something different to drink this time, their "Red Eye" and... More 

Thank RxVacation
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You gonna stand in line here for food and it is worth it. They got chowder and crab and oysters and clams and lobsters and skrimps. If you are craving, they got it.

Thank Scrappleking
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Getting to Swan Oyster Depot after 12.30pm will usually mean a queue outside but it is worth it. A superb clam chowder, a lovely squid cocktail and a gigantic shrimp salad all served by the enthusiastic and beyond friendly staff. What great food and a great place to visit, will be back again and again.

Thank Rob S
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

No credit cards accepted cash only and you don't get a receipt. Food serve cold or raw to me nothing special about their food. You can eat the same food in othere places cheaper. Please don't waste your time. Manage needs to learn how to smile.

Thank Hope R
Austin, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

To wait or not to wait? Top seafood spot in San Fran. Get here early or be prepared to wait at least an hour, up to 2 hours. I thought this was an exaggeration, but no its true and I did it. For those who are not used to waiting in line for food, it might feel weird and you... More 

Thank travel_with_a_plan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

Line up at 930am to eat oysters for breakfast when they open at 1030?! Can't say I'd ever had the pleasure until visiting SF for the labour day weekend. We had a few orders of crab, dipped in the salad dressing (amazing) the oysters were super fresh and the hand cut sashimi drizzled with olive oil and capers? Fantastic. Sashimi... More 

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Guilford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

OK, you wait, then you wait, and then you wait some more, BUT it's worth it. We arrived a 12:45, so it lunch, and the line is about 30 people long. Not having been there I had no idea what the turnover rate was. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the little 16 seat counter is THE only... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

We arrived at 10:15 on a weekday and the restaurant was already full with a lineup outside! There's very limited bar seating... despite the long lineup and slow turnover, but that's because the staff is friendly and takes their time to serve you and you never feel rushed. At first, I thought the seafood looked so plain but it was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
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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