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“Committed to Seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Swan Oyster Depot

Swan Oyster Depot
Ranked #108 of 5,644 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Bettendorf, Iowa
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317 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Committed to Seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

We showed up about 30 minutes after opening and the line was already about three storefronts long. After an hour wait we were committed to staying; after 3 hours we made it in! The counter held about 20 stools in elbow touching getting to know your fellow diners space. The wait staff was helpful, jovial, and welcoming. Oysters and clams were fresh and selection was varied; smoked trout and salmon were delicious, scallop sashimi was amazing; sea urchin was a creamy finale to our seafood feast. Had we known about the 3 hour wait, we would never have gone, but after experiencing this unique San Francisco dining gem, we know we would love to return.

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Toronto
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“First and last time we ever wait in line for 2 hours”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013

Yes it was cool, and fresh, and an experience. But not worth waiting in line for 2 hours. Must admit, the food tasted that much better after our stomachs were growling for 2 hours!

Visited October 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Freshest seafood ever!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

A friend in SF brought me to Swan Oyster Depot for breakfast. We braved the rain and had to queue outside for seats, but it was worth the wait. The seafood was really really fresh. According to my friend, the owners have their own fishing boat, which means what they sell is what they catch themselves. He added that tourists go to Fisherman's Wharf but SF locals go to Swan for the real deal.

The crab cocktail was absolutely delicious - big succulent chunks of claw meat. The chowder was only ok to me - a bit diluted compared to the usual clam chowder I am familiar with. My friend had the oysters and he loved them.

A must-go if you are in SF!

  • Visited November 2013
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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great salad”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

Always fresh seafood all the time. It tastes great no matter what you order. I usually get the combo salad with shrimp, prawns, and crab meat. This place is the real deal. Expect a line.

  • Visited November 2013
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coconut grove
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120 reviews
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“Exceptional quality”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

Go late in the afternoon (after 3:30) and the wait is manageable. The food is exquisite - the crab salad is an experience and better than any I've ever tasted. Skip the chowder which is not worth filling on. The way to go is oysters, maybe smoked salmon, definitely crab salad and the delicious bread. Enjoy the experience.

  • Visited December 2013
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