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Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
+1 415-673-1101
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fresh seafood” (85 reviews)
“oysters” (232 reviews)
“chowder” (80 reviews)
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
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1 - 10 of 611 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Waited close to 2 hours and definitely not worth the wait. It’s counter service and prices really expensive. $34 dozen oysters. Staff super nice but menu is limited and wouldn’t go back even if 15 minutes wait.

Thank Hillary R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The reason I came to this joint because it is featured in Andrew Zimmerman travel show The place don’t look very hygienic, and the price is very high, worst of all, it is cash only When it comes to food, it is not bad ,...More

Thank EricJ503
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The wait was ridiculous for a Friday afternoon. I’m just not one of those who thinks that it’s “hip” to wait in standing lines for 35 minutes just to have the privilege to pay money to eat in some ones restaurant. Even though the oysters...More

Thank fizzy1991
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As good as seafood gets. A one off, and an essential visit. Crab back is delicious, smoked salmon wonderful. Great selection of oysters. Go there!

Thank slickbreaks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We waited one hour in the queue and had to use the restroom which made us resist the temptation to eat there...

1  Thank Loockey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here on a Saturday. The wait was almost 2 hours. They only take cash. The seafood was excellent. Kevin was great and took good care of us. The Italian Sashimi melted in mouth. Oysters and crab is delicious.

Thank Edward K
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

My wife, twin 6 year olds, and myself lined up at 10am on a Friday morning. We were second. It was worth it. I’m from the west coast and I know what fresh tastes like. I often harvest it myself. This was damn good. I’d...More

Thank Sean M
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Its a small food bar place serving fresh shellfish seafood right in front of you. Everyone sits at the bar. No tables. There can be quite a queue. Had to queue for about 20mins at least before securing a place for 4. There are 6...More

Thank mav-kayz
Reviewed 10 October 2018

I got lucky timing-wise and barely had to wait both times. As others have noted, it's cash only. The regular items are great, simple, fresh seafood. Some of the specials are quite special, but again, very simple. Pretty good wine list with fair prices.

Thank mstickler
Reviewed 28 September 2018

The line was quite long but once we got in line, we were told by other groups in the line that we could go in and grab a drink and wait in line again. This helped pass the time as we chatted in line while...More

Thank Hibaba12
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31 July 2018|
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Response from Ray S | Reviewed this property |
Cash only. There’s a bank across the street with an ATM.
Randi B
9 November 2017|
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Response from kcchin | Reviewed this property |
$16...and you get plenty of crab.
3 April 2017|
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Response from RafaelAlberti | Reviewed this property |
Your going to wait no matter what.. the only questions to answer is do you want to wait with people a head of you eating or wait with no people eating in front of you. I prefer the later. We got there at 10:00 am
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-673-1101
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