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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
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun 16:30 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed today NEW

This place has a great reputation and the quality of food/service to back it up! My party of 4 waited for about 1.5 hours, however, they served us some appetizers for waiting. I enjoyed the pacific oysters, the green lip mussels, and the cioppino. Was it worth the wait? probably no.

Thank tayl0rp30
Saint Cloud, Florida
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473 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for more than a touristy seafood dinner, unfortunately that's exactly what we did get. It wasn't terrible, it was OK, but nothing you couldn't get at any seafood restaurant in the area.

Thank BritBoyInFL
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This busy seafood restaurant is on the pier and has great views of the bay. We sat the 'chef's table' which is a fun perch around the kitchen. These guys go through a tonne of seafood a day so everything is really fresh. Try the oyster sampler and the fish stew alongside a craft ale: yum.

Thank Aaron S
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

If you are very hungry ..don't go there..we ordered a main dish and a salad..the salad came in 45 min..we already filled ourselves with bread and butter by the time we got the salad..😑..when the main dish arrived ..we had to cancel it ..we found some hair on it..the people there though nice and helpful ..and the place is cozy..i... More 

1 Thank Cotfasa A
Houston, Texas
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has gotten so many 5 star reviews, they're not wrong. Everyone has their likes and dislikes. As others proclaim, "best cippino in San Francisco ", it is to them, and maybe to you too. To me, I like a thick, hearty sauce, theirs is thin like soup. There's a spice in there that I can't identify exactly, that... More 

1 Thank George B
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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45 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

We were lucky enough to show up early. This little Gem was world class. One of the best seafood restaurants I have been too. No doubt the best Oysters and Carb I have ever had.

Thank Al F
Boise, Idaho
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

We saw the reviews and rating on trip advisor and had to try it. We all had cioppino for dinner and was better than advertised my wife said it was her favorite meal of all time. Words can't describe how good it was. Next time we're back in San Francisco we'll definitely good back

Thank Charles P
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We were in SF 4 nights...2 were spent here at the Anchor. The cioppino was amazing with huge chunks of fish, ample crab and jumbo shrimp that deserve the name jumbo. The crab either way is fantastic and they have one of the best clam chowders I've ever had. So light and creamy, it just dances along the tongue. The... More 

Thank jamasiangal
San Francisco, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Pro order: dozen oysters, large ceasar salad, large cioppino. Optional: extra order of garlic bread (very large) but be prepared to wait in line!

Thank Jackson H
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

In the last 3 weeks I've travelled around Thailand experimenting all different types of Thai food and this place is easily in my top 5 places to eat! Great Staff Great service Great atmosphere with some live music Amazing Food!!!

Thank Derman23

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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