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Swan Oyster Depot

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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
+1 415-673-1101
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fresh seafood” (73 reviews)
“oysters” (218 reviews)
“chowder” (77 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 am - 5:30 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

This was the main restaurant I was excited about going to on my trip to San Fran and I was disappointed. We only had to wait for around 15 minutes, but it is literally bar seating. That is all. 15-20 people can sit at a...More

Thank ABCDE1543
Reviewed June 14, 2013

It's a small hole in the wall, first come first served kind of place. If you plan on having a meal here, I recommend an off peak meal time. We arrived around 3 PM and had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. Luckily...More

Thank Lindsey S
Reviewed June 6, 2013

There was a 2 hour wait on a Saturday lunch. My spouse and I returned during the week and there was no wait at all. The clam chowder is thin, nice flavour with plenty of clams. My spouse and I tried the crab cocktail with...More

Thank George H
Reviewed May 28, 2013

And stay for the atmosphere and cold beverages. Service is fantastic and what you'd expect from a place handed down from generation to generation. Knowledgeable staff who were patient and quick with suggestions. The seafood is unbelievably good and the oysters were excellent. Definitely worth...More

Thank 1980_Tim_1980
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Waited over an hour expecting some great food after seeing on so many shows including Anthony Bourdain. Was extremely disappointing to find average seafood and the worst chowder i have tasted. Very overrated, they must pay TV Chef's to go and say how good it...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed May 27, 2013

As a former Floridian with access to incredibly delicious and fresh seafood, I have to say that I just don't get the love for this place. One can get fantastic oysters in many locations in the USA. Shrimp are extremely small and not unlike other...More

Thank Crheimy
Reviewed May 27, 2013

We live in the midwest. We do not get fresh seafood. The 45 minute wait was fine. We stood on the sidewalk and chatted with the folks behind us. Locals-they waited the 45 minutes too!! This is a wonderful place. The brothers behind the bar...More

Thank 52,761
Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

Wow, the oysters, the crab, the clam chowder are simply amazing. The service raw but as awesome as the food they serve. I loved this place. We waited an hour and a half to be seated but I can still say it was worth it....More

Thank simon l
Reviewed May 18, 2013

A trip to San Francisco must always include a visit to Swan Oyster Depot. It doesn't matter how long you have to stand in line outside (and if you're close to the entrance they may offer you a beer or glass of wine) it's always...More

1  Thank SBpicky
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Fresh seafood for lunch. Wash it down with an Anchor Steam or a glass of SV from Napa. Hard to top this place if your looking for a memorable lunch in San Francisco.

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April 2, 2017|
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Response from RafaelAlberti | Reviewed this property |
Your going to wait no matter what.. the only questions to answer is do you want to wait with people a head of you eating or wait with no people eating in front of you. I prefer the later. We got there at 10:00 am
September 6, 2016|
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Response from Mike A | Reviewed this property |
Just spoke with them at this number: 415-673-1101 and a very nice gentleman said that they will be closed Christmas, but Christmas Eve is their busiest day of the year. However, they are only open for pick up orders only... More
January 9, 2015|
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Response from Golfer15544 | Reviewed this property |
We got in line at 1pm and got in around 2. It was worth the wait and we had a nice conversation with the couples in front and behind is in line. That added to the fun as they sat next to us inside. Don't worry about the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$21 - $30
Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, 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: +1 415-673-1101
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