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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” (121 reviews)
“chowder” (45 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Anchor Oyster Bar is often underrated because of its small space and long waits outside for a table. Do not let these factors fool you. There are a few bars to grab a drink from across the street while you wait or you can walk...More

Thank Christopher S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu is small, but does not lack in luster. Everything we ordered was wonderful, oyster, fish, chowder and pranws The service is effecient and casual. The price was quitable with the quality of the food. There can be a wait, so I recommend an...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The wait can be daunting for some, but it is always worth it! You can add your name to the list and go across the street to the wine bar for a glass and just check back in....Whatever the fish special of the night is,...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I frequently go here to buy fresh fish. It's always really fresh. I haven't eaten here, but when I come in to buy fresh fist, every table is taken and the patrons seem to be having a really good time. The portions are large and...More

Thank SanFranDan99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for lunch and we were the first ones on the wait board. One of the ladies brought us out a cup of complimentary clam chowder because it was cold outside. So sweet. The oysters were excellent and the clams perhaps the best I’ve...More

Thank Keith M
Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

1  Thank danptrnaum
Reviewed 23 January 2018 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 22 January 2018

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

1  Thank Rayzosun
Reviewed 22 January 2018

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 21 January 2018

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
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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16 March 2018|
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Response from globbiztravel | Reviewed this property |
They don’t take reservations so recommend showing up around 530 any night to get in early.
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!
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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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