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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%
Travellers talk about
“fresh seafood” (76 reviews)
“oysters” (219 reviews)
“crab salad” (41 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The place is really small. There are no tables, you eat at the bar as you are in a Irish pub. All the time the stuff has been really nice in helping with food. The fish is great. A little priced but the food is...More

Thank trippingaround71
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The food and fun at Swan Oyster Depot is hard to beat. Great clam chowder, seafood cocktails, shrimp salad and cracked crab at a crowded busy counter where you will probably have to wait. Do it the wait is worth it. It is on my...More

Thank J Scott A
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had heard about this iconic restaurant through TV & magazines, it was on our list to try as we visited the city on a business trip. We mostly travelled by foot and didn't finally stumble across it until our last day in town! We...More

Thank theblondechef
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took advantage of some San Francisco rain and headed to Swan’s hoping for a short line. We arrived about 11:45am and there were only 2 people ahead of us. As we waited, I watched grown men carefully construct crab cocktails and seafood salads, taking care...More

Thank happyvalleymom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The carb back was amazing and we ordered 12 oysters at first n added another 6. The thing about US oysters are that they are pretty small and hence you can eat lots of it. Overall we enjoy this place a lot. The service staff...More

Thank dennis k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must go for me and well worth the wait . Fresh seafood of a wide selection . Oysters freshly shucked must have. The fresh crab back with a glass of tattinger goes so well. Service was attentive and friendly. More of a eat and...More

Thank Jimson C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The experienced staff working there will take you on an imaginary trip to the cost, and let you taste the fishiest and tasty food ever, I didn't want to leave but I could eat more

Thank R L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first time at Swan Oyster Depot in 2011, we got super lucky, did not have to wait, and was able to have delicious uni as well as dungeness crab cocktail and the body. My favorites! Oysters are always fresh as well, so definitely a...More

Thank Alice W
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

We waited in line for almost one hour. After this time a waiter screamed to us: „It‘s not gonna happen today!“ Nobody came to us during the waiting time to tell us that they were not going to serve more guests. Seating only happens until...More

Thank Kerstin S
Reviewed 7 December 2017

The Good- A terrific family run place where despite being busy from opening to closing time, they treat you like a special customer. There are 6 people working the counter ( including two very cute ones!). The oysters are yummy, the clam chowder is one...More

Thank X-rays-on-the-go
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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, Waitstaff, 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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