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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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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cioppino” (81 reviews)
“oysters” (114 reviews)
“chowder” (43 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 6 days ago via mobile

Very small. No waiting room inside. You have to sit outside but they have a bench and heaters. Wait was soooo long about 2 hours on a sunday night. Waitress was nice enough to being us a small cup of there clam chowder. Once seated...More

Thank hginn83
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had some very good oysters and crab here. I tried other stuff too, but these were the most memorable. The waitress was very nice and helpful and the atmosphere very home-y.

Thank Ioana503
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found out about this from the TA listings, as the Anchor was showing in the top 10 for SF feafood restaurants. I decided that this would be the place for my seafood feast bonanza.....Upon arrival, I wasn't sure what to expect. The place is...More

Thank Carls W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had the oysters, shrimp and steamers in broth. It was so yummy. Especially coming from New England and having the best. The broth with their great bread was the best.

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It’s a great location at Castro to eat seafood. Although I went for lunch on the early Saturday afternoon, after a few minutes I got a seat at the bar. The Combo Caesar salad was delicious. The service was friendly. It’s a great spot and...More

Thank EdithTa
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This place is super tiny and cramped, but the staff is very accomodating and the food is out of this world. Everything from the bread to the beer was wonderful. The mixed seafood we got had littleneck clams, steamer clams, mussels, and green lip mussels....More

Thank Lac1997
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Great spot! We went there because a review in trip advisor and it was a great choice. The place is cozy , the waiters very nice and the food delicious :)

Thank Sofiamexico
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Great spot in the Castro. The shrimp Cesar was amazing and large portion. Clam chowder was also very good. Cold local beer to quench our thirst. Definitely worth the wait.

Thank BGtravele
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Waited for 35mins, seating is small and limited, maybe 4 or 5 tables only, the rest are bar counter seats. Friend is vegetarian, so I ordered half dozen oyster for myself only ... then I ordered another half becoz so yummy! And the crab cake...More

Thank EvelynL
Reviewed 25 October 2017

This place is very popular. You have to write the time you arrive and your name on the board next to the door. Once you get in try especially oysters. Great place!

Thank Edelfelt
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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Questions & Answers
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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