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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” (81 reviews)
“oysters” (229 reviews)
“chowder” (81 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A friend recommended this place to us, so we decided to check it out. There’s only a long bar with counter service, and some are in no hurry to leave (we saw two men sharing a bottle of wine, so I imagine they were still...More

Thank Darlene R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Okay so we love oysters, but typically get Florida Gulf oysters so this was a new experience we wanted to try. We tried to go for lunch on a Monday and the line was already 20 people long on the street. The seating is very...More

Thank Nursemimishell
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s been a few years since we visited Swan Oyster Depot; it’s as good as I remembered!! We got there at 10:30 when they opened on a Monday and waited about an hour and half (the line got longer when we left). The Restaurant is...More

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

We flew in today and after picking up our car headed here for our first stop. We had looked this up in TripAdvisor a while ago and I was very keen to try. We go there about 3.45 and there was quite a que. the...More

Thank MarkWaters1974
Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Awesome seafood, fun service. Old family feel, with cheeky Italian/American boys.. worth the wait... hands down Would recommend trying the oysters, salmon and Sicilian sashimi.

Thank Tahnee B
Reviewed 30 May 2018

We are staying in the area on holiday from the UK. This place looked right up our street. We live in the West country and Rick Stein (home of fresh seafood). After our Bay cruise this morning we decided to uber our way to the...More

1  Thank blackcornish1964
Reviewed 22 May 2018

This place has been around for as long as I can remember. If you want SUPER fresh seafood then Swan's is the place for you. This is a no frills kinda place that has maybe 20 stools at a counter. The line starts early and...More

Thank Seanda R
Reviewed 10 May 2018

There is a line, but well worth it. Small place but moves quickly. Everything is extremely fresh and delicious. Had to fill up on oysters of course. Clam Chowder was excellent. I wish I had room to try more, as the smoked salmon looked awesome!

Thank DeegsChicago
Reviewed 9 May 2018

If you're hankering for fresh seafood, they have a great variety. The place is family owned and it has been handed down from generation to generation. These folks are genuinely nice. They don't have a website and they only accept cash. That's how old school...More

Thank Ray S
Reviewed 8 May 2018

I had lunch at Swan’s and was so happy to find it was just the same as the last time I visited 5 years ago. The prices had gone up but still well worth it. I had the crab salad again and it was amazing!...More

Thank Judi S
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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
7 September 2016|
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Response from 881MikeA | Reviewed this property |
Just spoke with them at this number: 415-673-1101 and a very nice gentleman said that they will be closed Christmas, but Christmas Eve is their busiest day of the year. However, they are only open for pick up orders only... More
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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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