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“Very Best Seafood in San Francisco (or maybe anywhere!)”
Review of Swan Oyster Depot

Swan Oyster Depot
Ranked #103 of 5,711 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Santa Barbara, California
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Very Best Seafood in San Francisco (or maybe anywhere!)”
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 worth it. Swan is a classic, the greatest bunch of guys running the place, the freshest seafood, incredible clam chowder and after years of devouring prawn salads now I'm hooked on the smoked salmon. For those of you who are lox lovers this is better and fresher and served on sliced french bread with capers and onions, it's making me hungry just thinking about it. And the only place to sit is at their long counter with stools, you can get food to go, but you can't beat the atmosphere and the great music playing. Now if only they were open 24 hours a day!

  • Visited May 2013
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Worth the wait!”
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.

  • Visited August 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Seafood Ever. Ask for Jimmy!”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

The hour+ long wait to sit on a hard stool and at a small counter is well worth the wait. Ask for Jimmy(waiter) and you are going to be treated well. Extreamly fresh oyster (melt in your mouth). The Crab with the Louie sauce was to die for. My wife and I highly recomend this restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank AJ P
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Munich, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Always a Winner!”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

We make it a point to come to Swan's every time we visit San Francisco. The food is consistently good, the service friendly and entertaining and the vibe upbeat and fun.
You will almost always have to wait in line, and it's worth it. I recommend not coming in groups, as it is very difficult to wait for more than 2 seats to open up together.
Enjoy!

  • Visited May 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great place to visit or to be a regular.”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Food was amazingly fresh, service was prompt and friendly, beer was cold and tasted amazing. Perfect place to get some no nonsense seafood. Best for lunch. We had to wait in line, but the restaurant does their best to move people in quickly. The half crab was amazing and they even gave us extra oysters for free. I wouldn't waste stomach space on the chowder if you are a huge seafood buff. There are many more adventurous items on the menu.

  • Visited May 2013
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