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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
+1 415-552-7584
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cioppino” (83 reviews)
“oysters” (120 reviews)
“chowder” (45 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:30 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you don't mind the LONG line and the cash only...you absolutely need to visit this one. The oysters are superb and their other dishes are also very good. A must in San Francisco.

Thank danptrnaum
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second time to eat at this highly acclaimed restaurant. Wonderful chowder, fried crab cakes and oysters. We will definitely return here on future trips to SF.

Thank Bocagrlz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I’m so fortunate to live within walking distance of this neighborhood gem! There’s almost always a line out the door, it it’s certainly worthwhile if you have some time. You can always browse around Castro shops or have a drink at a nearby resto or...More

Thank Rayzosun
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place! The food is always delicious, especially the clam chowder and the lemonade. Very limited menu, small place and often a long wait, but worth it.

Thank tommckelveysf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a dozen oysters and Dungeness crab and it was all delicious. This is old school, hole in the wall dining that seats about 30 people tops, so be prepared to wait in line. Would highly recommend!

Thank B6463JIericl
Reviewed 6 January 2018

We ended up in this restaurant due to a recommendation from a local.. Very lucky! Waited for about 30mins, but used that time wisely by having a glass of wine meanwhile across the street. The place is small and packed, people REALLY want to get...More

Thank asafpeled
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

My wife and I always like to pick a restaurant in San Francisco, on the way to Napa and this a time we picked Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market and we just loved the place. We always look for a small “Hole in the...More

2  Thank MLF888
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Recently enjoyed a delicious meal here. As mentioned, the restaurant is small and cozy and has a combination of tables and bar seating. No reservations are accepted - just put your name, number in party, and time you arrived on the board outside. The wait...More

Thank Maureen H
Reviewed 16 December 2017

In town for a destination dining experience on Saturday evening, we enjoyed our first (Friday evening) meal here. We walked over from our Castro VRBO at about 7:00 on Friday without a reservation and had to wait about ten minutes for a table for four....More

Thank idatarbell2015
Reviewed 16 December 2017

Located in Castro this restaurant had great food and great service. There will probably be a wait because there is limited seating as it's in a small location. However, the wait wasn't very long. One warning, when they come to seat your party everyone better...More

Thank petej65
The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San
Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart,
the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As
one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in
the United States and currently its largest, it
remains one of the epicenters of activism in the
nation. Grand theatres and glitzy shops now compete
with bars and fashionable eateries for attention,
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10 August 2017|
Response from marksmail | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry to hear your glasses were lost. I can't speak for the restaurant...and those are expensive glasses...have you thought of all the ways to contact them? You probably have already thought to sent them a snail mail... More
6 January 2017|
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Response from ceramicsgrl | Reviewed this property |
Maybe because you are a jerk!
23 October 2015|
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Response from hginn83 | Reviewed this property |
Sign on board and just wait. Seating holds only about 25-30 at a time. U have to wait outside. BUt they have heaters I waited 2 hours but food is good
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighbourhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: +1 415-552-7584
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