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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
The Castro
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579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
+1 415-552-7584
16:30 - 21:30
Closed now
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Sun 16:30 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Jakarta - Singapore
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76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With SF weather been raining n windy, Ciopino definitely make THE BEST comfort food. Seafood stew with generous amount of huge crab, muscles n fat prawns. The wait is generally long so don't come in here starving. expect 45min if u r lucky.. to 1+ hr wait. Definitely Worth the wait They serve fresh oysters n if you r a... More 

Thank hesteriaa
Farmington Hills, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved everything about this place! Food atmosphere, service! We went early so they hadn't even posted the dinner specials yet. They were great about letting us just sit , take in the atmosphere and wait to decide if we wanted to wait to order the special or regular menu.

Thank jrh0354
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163 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small restaurant with just a hand full of tables and a bar area, so get there early if not wanting to queue. Lovely waitresses will take your order and more then likely if you order oysters will then go shuck them personally for you. The oysters here are amazing and are shipped in from various locations around Canada and... More 

Thank jp0069
Laguna Niguel, California
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64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a terrific find. Off the beaten path on Castro Street. No reservations but worth the wait, even in the rain. Extremely courteous staff. Small selection of beer and wine but items pair well with the entres. Fresh oysters are great. We tried the ceasar salad, plain. Delicious ceasar dressing. The shrimp with roasted veggies was fantastic. We shared the... More 

Thank jbrown714
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Currently my favourite restaurant in San Francisco. This small and inviting seafood bistro is so popular that you will almost have to queue to get a table at busy times, but its well worth it. The queuing system is unique - put your name on the board outside, then hop across the road to the fab little wine bar for... More 

Thank jumblemo
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great find!! Excellent chowder, puttanesca sans sea bass was unbelievable, perfect oysters and grilled prawn w/ veg which was outstanding. We considered staying until we god hungry again for a chance to have the signature ciopinno! And another plus - Lagunitas on tap. We felt it would be tough to beat this meal on our 8 day trip... More 

Thank GarfinkelFamily
nipomo, ca
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best Cioppino ever. Garlic bread is from Heaven. Wine bar across street is perfect place to wait. It's Tiny and your write your name on the whiteboard and better be sure you are there when the tiny man called your name. But it is worth it. Amazing.

Thank mamacritic
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

The fish is fresh and well done up. Seafood soup is with fish and very flavorful. The freshness, preparation of the food and the low-key atmosphere were the best. Everything we tried was excellent.Just really enjoyed ourselves. Really recommend this place if you love seafood. A must visit.

Thank RockyRock89
Cortland, New York
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131 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We arrived without a reservation on a Wed night, waited just a very short while-- with a much appreciated cup of the AMAZING clam chowder!!!-- and had WONDERFUL dinners!! Highly recommend!!

Thank cfrare
Riverdale, Utah
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

This was a long wait in line to eat. It might have just been the time of day we showed up to eat. The food and service was spot on and I was very impressed with this place for sure. I will go back but it will be at an odd time to miss the crowd.

Thank Allen B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
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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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, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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