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Swan Oyster Depot

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Nob Hill
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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
+1 415-673-1101
10:30 - 17:30
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Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:30
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133 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is incredible! Steve and his team are great. Ask them about how many beers Wade Boggs can drink. Trust me! There are no pictures because I ate it all too quickly! There will be a wait. Don't complain. That's just how it is. This place rocks! You can skip the line by ordering to go (but you won't... More 

Thank Paul S
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have been to San Francisco and didn't eat at Swan Oyster Depot you need to go back to San Francisco. The sashimi is the best I've ever had. The small led salmon is to die for. It opens at 10:30. Be in line by 10 if you want to sit together. Also, it's cash only.

Thank BetsieMo
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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74 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived at 10.30 am on a Saturday morning to a line 20 deep. Got in line and was seated within 40 minutes. One long counter with people sitting elbow to elbow, being served by what may look to be an intimidating brigade of guys, but who are actually very warm and gracious. Started with the clam chowder - average. Moved... More 

1 Thank Dubaiguy11
Langley City, Canada
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147 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a sunny monday in April we got in line at Swan's at 11:40 AM, we were seated and sipping on a beer at 12:30. 40 minutes, not too bad I hear. The chowder was well above average, the shrimp and crab salad was the best I have ever had, the oysters were in my top 10. The people you... More 

1 Thank Rob S
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was like going back to 1970s at its best. It wasn't the greatest seafood I have ever had, but it brought back memories of my childhood. Classic dishes and fresh seafood. This might not be the place for everyone, but food that brings back great memories is priceless. While food is influenced by Instagram garbage, Swan Oyster Depot are comfortable... More 

Thank andylew8
New York City, New York
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96 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

line up early and bring an extra layer when doing so. Yes, in the summer as well! Mark Hemingway's words! This is always on my list when in SF which is not as often as I would like it to be. The sea urchins are awesome as is the other seafood on offer. The Anchor Steam is always cold. Go... More 

Thank JimmyShu-lin
Los Angeles
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225 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We were walking down the street, saw the word “Oyster” and a waiting line outside with some guys in business suits in queue and knew we were going to try it. We got in line, two people got behind us, and a server came out and gave the last person in line a piece of paper that said “the last... More 

Thank rohbogen
Charleston, South Carolina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

If you like good fresh and tasty upstairs this is the place for you! I would here by myself and had one of the best meals while I was in California.

Thank Jayson144
Singapore, Singapore
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Iconic restaurant.. Limited space hence queuing is necessary.. Arrived 3+pm.. Queued approx 40mins to try the crab and oyster.. The boss/staff is very friendly and observant.. They will even tell you the different types of oysters they served.. Food is delicious.. Luckily I managed to eat the last half crab.. Food 5 stars Service 5 stars *Head down to the... More 

Thank MC M
Chicago Illinois
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98 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Very good, very fresh seafood. Staff knows their fish and can certainly provide you some insight. You will most likely have to wait for a table/place on the counter. The food is always good here and prices are reasonable. Cash only!!!! Small place so I don't think a large group would find this convenient.

Thank netdogca

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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, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
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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