Swan Oyster Depot

★★★★★
  • 1517 Polk St

    San Francisco, CA 94109

    Cross street: at Sacramento

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  • 415-673-1101

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Ok, so I stand in line meeting tourists every time I come to Swan Oyster Depot. But it's part of the fun and I get to drink an ice cold Anchor while I'm waiting for my seat in front of those awesome old fellas who present me the greatest

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★★★★★

Ok, so I stand in line meeting tourists every time I come to Swan Oyster Depot. But it's part of the fun and I get to drink an ice cold Anchor while I'm waiting for my seat in front of those awesome old fellas who present me the greatest

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I was calling around trying to find a good place to eat while in san Fran the guy was so rude short cut me off like 5 times....I would never eat there if it was the best place in town. It made me so mad I literally went out of my way to

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★★★★★

I was calling around trying to find a good place to eat while in san Fran the guy was so rude short cut me off like 5 times....I would never eat there if it was the best place in town. It made me so mad I literally went out of my way to

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I was craving for some shrimp and decided to visit Swan Oyster Depot. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, but the meal is amazing! Highly recommended to all seafood lovers. I'll be coming back because my meal is DIVINE.

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★★★★★

I was craving for some shrimp and decided to visit Swan Oyster Depot. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, but the meal is amazing! Highly recommended to all seafood lovers. I'll be coming back because my meal is DIVINE.

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My boyfriend took me there, it took us about 45 minutes to get on counter type chairs but it turned out very tasty seafood, try the Crab louie, VERY delicious.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend took me there, it took us about 45 minutes to get on counter type chairs but it turned out very tasty seafood, try the Crab louie, VERY delicious.

Pros: Everything is fresh

Cons: Wait could be long

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I ate here for the first time in 1987 and I make a point to stop here everytime I return.\r
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The raw oysters are a must as is the clam chowder.\r
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Get the crab louie - more crab - less work.\r
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I'll be having lunch their next week -

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I ate here for the first time in 1987 and I make a point to stop here everytime I return.\r
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The raw oysters are a must as is the clam chowder.\r
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Get the crab louie - more crab - less work.\r
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I'll be having lunch their next week -

Pros: The fresh sea food and the guys behind the counter

Cons: none in my mind

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What a fun, delicious place to get oysters. The freshest in town! Ordered three dozen for a party I was having and they came out beautifully. And the nicest owner's. While you wait for a table. they offer you wine. Very fun, very delicious

3
★★★★★

What a fun, delicious place to get oysters. The freshest in town! Ordered three dozen for a party I was having and they came out beautifully. And the nicest owner's. While you wait for a table. they offer you wine. Very fun, very delicious

Pros: It's legendary

Cons: Cash Only

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OMG... I have never been to any food place where the worker's do not wash their hands after handling cash. Licking their hands, (note: no ATTEMPTs to even wash their hands) touching the hand-made crab salad. Grabbing themselves, touching

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★★★★★

OMG... I have never been to any food place where the worker's do not wash their hands after handling cash. Licking their hands, (note: no ATTEMPTs to even wash their hands) touching the hand-made crab salad. Grabbing themselves, touching

Cons: DIRTY, NASTY, GROSS, MEAN

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Every time I travel to SF, I make sure to eat at this lovely gem. I love the old school atmosphere and how unpretentious this restaurant is while offering such good seafood. If you're looking for good seafood in SF and you dont want to

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★★★★★

Every time I travel to SF, I make sure to eat at this lovely gem. I love the old school atmosphere and how unpretentious this restaurant is while offering such good seafood. If you're looking for good seafood in SF and you dont want to

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I live in Buffalo, NY and have found ways to transport Swan's homemade horseradish back from the Bay area. Their wide variety of oysters are amazing! Swan's is a routine stop every time I visit San Francisco.

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★★★★★

I live in Buffalo, NY and have found ways to transport Swan's homemade horseradish back from the Bay area. Their wide variety of oysters are amazing! Swan's is a routine stop every time I visit San Francisco.

Pros: Homemade horseradish and oyster selection.

Cons: Seating is limited depending on the time of day.

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I have tried many clam chowder soups all over from Belgium, Canada, Boston, Easton, Seattle, Los Angeles, Taiwan, to New York, and nothing beats the San Fran's Swan's Oyster Depot. I had to special order it from there to my home town,

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★★★★★

I have tried many clam chowder soups all over from Belgium, Canada, Boston, Easton, Seattle, Los Angeles, Taiwan, to New York, and nothing beats the San Fran's Swan's Oyster Depot. I had to special order it from there to my home town,

Pros: Ambience and food

Cons: parking

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BE SURE TO COUNT YOUR CHANGE. I used to live down the street fron SOD for 20 years and only been there about 6-10 times. AND 90% OF THE TIME THEY TRY TO RIP YOU OFF.....Here is the test...go in with a 100 dollar bill. Have the oyster's

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★★★★★

BE SURE TO COUNT YOUR CHANGE. I used to live down the street fron SOD for 20 years and only been there about 6-10 times. AND 90% OF THE TIME THEY TRY TO RIP YOU OFF.....Here is the test...go in with a 100 dollar bill. Have the oyster's

Pros: great landmark

Cons: count your change

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My business partner and I had only 24 hours in SF for a meeting, so we asked around and, without fail, this was the place recommended for Russian Hill (and beyond). It's a diner-y place, not at all fancy, and my legs did not fit under the

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★★★★★

My business partner and I had only 24 hours in SF for a meeting, so we asked around and, without fail, this was the place recommended for Russian Hill (and beyond). It's a diner-y place, not at all fancy, and my legs did not fit under the

Pros: Seafood prepared simply and well

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This is a classic S.F. seafood lunch spot. Be sure you know what it is...it is a casual lunch counter (a 5-star one at that). It has the freshest and highest quality of any place in the city. You sit at a long counter and get clam chowder,

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★★★★★

This is a classic S.F. seafood lunch spot. Be sure you know what it is...it is a casual lunch counter (a 5-star one at that). It has the freshest and highest quality of any place in the city. You sit at a long counter and get clam chowder,

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It was one of the most incredible seafood experiences I've ever had! Delectable! Fresh, tasty, comfortable, fun! Service was awesome! It's a place I will visit everytime I go into the City for sure! \r
I only wish it was bigger, but I love

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★★★★★

It was one of the most incredible seafood experiences I've ever had! Delectable! Fresh, tasty, comfortable, fun! Service was awesome! It's a place I will visit everytime I go into the City for sure! \r
I only wish it was bigger, but I love

Cons: Too small

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If you've ever walked along Polk St. around lunchtime and seen a long line of people outside of a restaurant, then you've definitely come across Swan's. I've seen this sight quite a few times and decided to give it a try one day with two

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If you've ever walked along Polk St. around lunchtime and seen a long line of people outside of a restaurant, then you've definitely come across Swan's. I've seen this sight quite a few times and decided to give it a try one day with two

Pros: Great seafood

Cons: Service, long wait times, uncomfortable seating arrangements

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My wife and I HAD to visit Swan on a weekend trip back "home" from Utah. Having been there before, we knew about the wait and figured middle of the day on a Saturday wouldn't be that bad...(apparently not an original idea) OK, so an hour

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★★★★★

My wife and I HAD to visit Swan on a weekend trip back "home" from Utah. Having been there before, we knew about the wait and figured middle of the day on a Saturday wouldn't be that bad...(apparently not an original idea) OK, so an hour

Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance, Experience

Cons: The wait

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You get such great, friendly service at this place. There is a refreshingly different feel to this place as if you are no longer in SF. We got there at 11:40am for lunch and did not have to wait since we just beat the crowd on that day.

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★★★★★

You get such great, friendly service at this place. There is a refreshingly different feel to this place as if you are no longer in SF. We got there at 11:40am for lunch and did not have to wait since we just beat the crowd on that day.

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Swan's offers fresh seafood and generous size portions. The shrimp salad with Louie dressing is fantastic as well as the shrimp cocktail. Service is always quick and friendly and your seat allows you to watch all the food preparation.

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★★★★★

Swan's offers fresh seafood and generous size portions. The shrimp salad with Louie dressing is fantastic as well as the shrimp cocktail. Service is always quick and friendly and your seat allows you to watch all the food preparation.

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We stood in line for an hour (it was lunchtime on a saturday) - and the hour-long wait was definitely well worth it. The seafood was fresh, the service was good, and the atmospere was quite unique. We had the sampler oysters (quite

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★★★★★

We stood in line for an hour (it was lunchtime on a saturday) - and the hour-long wait was definitely well worth it. The seafood was fresh, the service was good, and the atmospere was quite unique. We had the sampler oysters (quite

Pros: fresh seafood, great service, san francisco classic

Cons: long wait to get seated

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This place was awesome. Yes the wait takes forever and remember not to block the door to the neighboring See's candies, but if you have a friend and a cup of joe, it doesn?t matter. The food is well priced and it is delicious. I went

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★★★★★

This place was awesome. Yes the wait takes forever and remember not to block the door to the neighboring See's candies, but if you have a friend and a cup of joe, it doesn?t matter. The food is well priced and it is delicious. I went

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The 3 of us waited 40 minutes on Thursday lunch time. I can't say that I would return. The clams were exquisite and it has a wide oyster selection at 8.5$ for 6 which is a great deal versus the 12$ norm for 6. It's certainly not a place

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★★★★★

The 3 of us waited 40 minutes on Thursday lunch time. I can't say that I would return. The clams were exquisite and it has a wide oyster selection at 8.5$ for 6 which is a great deal versus the 12$ norm for 6. It's certainly not a place

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Sure the lines can be intimidating, but last week as a "single" I just about walked right in and avoided a 1/2 hour wait. But I've waited in line before and of course IT'S WORTH IT. \r
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The crab salad ($18) will make fresh crab just

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Sure the lines can be intimidating, but last week as a "single" I just about walked right in and avoided a 1/2 hour wait. But I've waited in line before and of course IT'S WORTH IT. \r
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The crab salad ($18) will make fresh crab just

Pros: Fresh crab, oysters, sourdough, Anchor on tap, service, ambiance

Cons: Could use more room but what the heck

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Though the food was excellent, the Chronicle just pointed out a big kink in the restaurant's armor. The health ratings of the restaurant are appalling. Receiving a "C" rating is not a good sign for a restaurant.\r
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Handwashing - No

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★★★★★

Though the food was excellent, the Chronicle just pointed out a big kink in the restaurant's armor. The health ratings of the restaurant are appalling. Receiving a "C" rating is not a good sign for a restaurant.\r
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Handwashing - No

Pros: Tasty food

Cons: Poor department of health ratings, and Long lines

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The seafood here is so fresh and tasty. Def try the crab salad. Oysters are always good. The brothers behind the counter make for an entertaining experience. Go on a weekday if you can for a shorter line.

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★★★★★

The seafood here is so fresh and tasty. Def try the crab salad. Oysters are always good. The brothers behind the counter make for an entertaining experience. Go on a weekday if you can for a shorter line.

Pros: good service, great seafood

Cons: A little cramped but has character, long line

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I hate waiting and I hate crowds but I would gladly stand in line for another hour to be squished at a bar at Swan Oyster Depot. It's that good.

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★★★★★

I hate waiting and I hate crowds but I would gladly stand in line for another hour to be squished at a bar at Swan Oyster Depot. It's that good.

Pros: Oysters, Prices, Friendly Service

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I've heard a lot about Swan from locals and out of towners alike. The atmosphere is definitely unique, as the simple reminds of older places elsewhere. The oysters, however, seemed a little off. The texture and flavor were ok, but not

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★★★★★

I've heard a lot about Swan from locals and out of towners alike. The atmosphere is definitely unique, as the simple reminds of older places elsewhere. The oysters, however, seemed a little off. The texture and flavor were ok, but not

Pros: seafood cocktail, prices

Cons: oysters could be better?

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Definitely the most memorable dining experience from a recent trip to SF. We ordered a feast of raw oysters, raw clams (which I'd never had before and were amazing!) and also clam chowder and a shrimp cocktail. Everything was incredibly

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★★★★★

Definitely the most memorable dining experience from a recent trip to SF. We ordered a feast of raw oysters, raw clams (which I'd never had before and were amazing!) and also clam chowder and a shrimp cocktail. Everything was incredibly

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This is a place to go if you enjoy good seafood and don't mind a basic setting. The service is good an helpful; better than many "trendy" restaurants.

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This is a place to go if you enjoy good seafood and don't mind a basic setting. The service is good an helpful; better than many "trendy" restaurants.

Pros: Good food

Cons: It is low brow

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Swan is the King of San Francisco Oyster Bars. Some might even say it has the best seafood anywhere. Once you've tried their Smoke Salmon, you will not want to eat any other smoke salmon again. Their oysters are also fantastic. It just

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★★★★★

Swan is the King of San Francisco Oyster Bars. Some might even say it has the best seafood anywhere. Once you've tried their Smoke Salmon, you will not want to eat any other smoke salmon again. Their oysters are also fantastic. It just

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Swan Oyster Depot is by far the source of the freshest seafood in the city. A small diner style restaurant, the charming no frills site consistently delivers incredible chowder, fresh crab, oysters and lobster for regulars and visitors.

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Swan Oyster Depot is by far the source of the freshest seafood in the city. A small diner style restaurant, the charming no frills site consistently delivers incredible chowder, fresh crab, oysters and lobster for regulars and visitors.

Pros: fresh seafood, fair prices friendly service

Cons: long lines and cash only

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I have seen this place for years but have never gone in as they were long queues and I try to avoid places where I will feel rushed. Went there last Friday and had a nice prawn/shrimp salad with a nice dressing. The staff seemed to share witty banter.

PROS:
CONS: Queues

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I have seen this place for years but have never gone in as they were long queues and I try to avoid places where I will feel rushed. Went there last Friday and had a nice prawn/shrimp salad with a nice dressing. The staff seemed to share witty banter.

PROS:
CONS: Queues

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Returned to Swan Osyter Depot for the Chowder and the friendly service. Only complaint is that the Dungeness crab is served cold...it would be better if given a choice of hot or cold, but the service is friendly. These guys are just like

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Returned to Swan Osyter Depot for the Chowder and the friendly service. Only complaint is that the Dungeness crab is served cold...it would be better if given a choice of hot or cold, but the service is friendly. These guys are just like

Pros: Great food and friendly service

Cons: Limited seating

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I dream of their sashimi plate - the freshest, tastiest I've had. Their shellfish is also to die for. I love the staff - casual & fun. It's truly worth the wait.

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I dream of their sashimi plate - the freshest, tastiest I've had. Their shellfish is also to die for. I love the staff - casual & fun. It's truly worth the wait.

Pros: Fresh Seafood, Great Staff

Cons: If you're super hungry, the wait. But it's worth it.

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I am a local and have been eating at Swan since I was a kid with my parents. The brothers have simply provided the best seafood-eating experience by far in the world, in the most fantastic city in the world. For those out-of-towners

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I am a local and have been eating at Swan since I was a kid with my parents. The brothers have simply provided the best seafood-eating experience by far in the world, in the most fantastic city in the world. For those out-of-towners

Pros: Outstanding service, Fresh seafood, SF Experience

Cons: Parking

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Friendly staff, crisp food, authentic atmosphere. You'll want to eat
everything on the menu. Get there before 12:00

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★★★★★

Friendly staff, crisp food, authentic atmosphere. You'll want to eat
everything on the menu. Get there before 12:00

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Love all the food--chowder, fresh oysters, combo salad...best freshest seafood. YUM YUM
TWO FORKS UP

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★★★★★

Love all the food--chowder, fresh oysters, combo salad...best freshest seafood. YUM YUM
TWO FORKS UP

Pros: chowder, combo salad

Cons: line/waiting

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The best Clam Chowder in the city

Also, the restaurant is on the California cable car line

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★★★★★

The best Clam Chowder in the city

Also, the restaurant is on the California cable car line

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This is just the greatest little seafood bar! And I have to give A++ to everything from service to food!

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This is just the greatest little seafood bar! And I have to give A++ to everything from service to food!

Pros: Fresh raw seafood, Friendly staff, Homemade sauce

Cons: no parking

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Super friendly! I have never ate at a place so friendly. When I sat down, I had my purse on my lap because of the limited space, the server offered to keep my purse behing the counter so I can eat with both hands. He jokingly promised to

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★★★★★

Super friendly! I have never ate at a place so friendly. When I sat down, I had my purse on my lap because of the limited space, the server offered to keep my purse behing the counter so I can eat with both hands. He jokingly promised to

Pros: food, service, food

Cons: parking, small

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This place is a well known hot spot with lines out the door in part due to its very limited seating, but it provides a rare experience that feels a lot like summers spent on the Cape. The staff even remind me of the folks in the seafood markets back East. The seafood is extremely fresh, although somewhat limited in offerings and a bit pricey, but definitely worth a try especially if you can pick a time with no lines. I would return for the bread alone. It also is a fish market where locals pick up something fresh for the bar-b-que. Closed Sundays.

PROS: fresh pure seafood
CONS: long waits and a little pricey for some items

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This place is a well known hot spot with lines out the door in part due to its very limited seating, but it provides a rare experience that feels a lot like summers spent on the Cape. The staff even remind me of the folks in the seafood markets back East. The seafood is extremely fresh, although somewhat limited in offerings and a bit pricey, but definitely worth a try especially if you can pick a time with no lines. I would return for the bread alone. It also is a fish market where locals pick up something fresh for the bar-b-que. Closed Sundays.

PROS: fresh pure seafood
CONS: long waits and a little pricey for some items

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Without repeating what's already been said, for my first visit to Swan, I arrived at 12:15 pm on a mild December Saturday and was surprised to find just 4 people ahead of me in line. My wait was still 20 minutes. At least a dozen people

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Without repeating what's already been said, for my first visit to Swan, I arrived at 12:15 pm on a mild December Saturday and was surprised to find just 4 people ahead of me in line. My wait was still 20 minutes. At least a dozen people

Pros: lots of crab on salad, chowder, casual atmosphere

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The staff at Swan Oyster Depot are what make the restaurant so great. The fish is excellent, of course, but the service is unparalled by any other restaurant I've eaten at in San Francisco. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they

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The staff at Swan Oyster Depot are what make the restaurant so great. The fish is excellent, of course, but the service is unparalled by any other restaurant I've eaten at in San Francisco. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they

Pros: great food, great service, friendly atmosphere

Cons: , (don't sweat it)

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Then Swan Oyseter Depot heads the list. My party of four waited in line for an hour to get a seat at the bar (16 available). Was it worth the wait ? Make that a definitive "YES" times four. The food was simply prepared, but at the peak

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★★★★★

Then Swan Oyseter Depot heads the list. My party of four waited in line for an hour to get a seat at the bar (16 available). Was it worth the wait ? Make that a definitive "YES" times four. The food was simply prepared, but at the peak

Pros: fresh, quality, friendly service

Cons: , no reservations, No credit cards

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The Swan Oyster Depot is a San Francisco landmark: the restaurant has been selling and serving fresh, frill-free seafood since 1912. Behind the marble counter, convivial employees shuck impeccably fresh oysters. Steamed crab, shrimp and…

 

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