Anchor Oyster Bar

Anchor Oyster Bar

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Hours
Sun
2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Mon
2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thu
2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri
2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sat
2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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MICHELIN
Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
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Landlubbers seeking a taste of the sea can be found pulling up a stool at this Castro institution, where waves of waiting diners spill out the doors. T...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
Menu

Salads
Small Green Salad
US$5.95
Dinner Salad
w/shrimp
US$11.95
Caesar Salad
US$10.95
W/shrimp
US$18.95
W/crabmeat
US$24.95
W/prawns
US$22.95
Crabmeat Salad
US$24.95
Shrimp Salad
US$18.95
Prawn Salad
US$22.95
Combination Salad
US$24.95
Boston Clam Chowder
Cup
US$4.25
Bowl
US$6.50
Bread & Butter
US$1.95
Garlic Bread
US$5.95
Shellfish
oyster type and price change daily. ask your server or see specials board
Steamed Clams
US$19.95
Steamed Black Mussels
US$17.95
Steamed Greenlip Mussels
US$18.95
Steamed Shellfish Combination
US$24.95

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About
Founded in 1977, Anchor Oyster Bar is a small, locally-owned legacy seafood restaurant and fish market in the Castro serving sustainably-caught fish, shellfish, crab, oysters, and specially prepared seafood dishes, including its signature cioppino dish, which was beautifully described in a New York Times article in May of 2022. Located on Castro Street between 18th and 19th streets, the restaurant occupies a small storefront with a large plate glass window and trademark blue awning, with an intimate interior characterized by linoleum floors, a long white marble bar, chrome chairs, and a daily specials board. Anchor Oyster Bar has been owned and operated by Roseann Grimm for its entire 45-year history. Grimm attributes her love and knowledge of seafood to her grandfather, Nicola Desimone, a fisherman from Amalfi, Italy who worked on salmon and crab boats in North Beach and who opened a seafood market and oyster bar in the neighborhood during the turn of the 20th century.
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles652 reviews
Excellent
458
Very good
151
Average
36
Poor
1
Terrible
6
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

William M
San Francisco887 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 couples
This is the place to come for some of the best seafood in the City. These folks have been cranking out the most amazing and delicious meals for years, and they’re going strong. We always have oysters. Such excellent and helpful service, and the kitchen rocks. Enjoy!
Written June 13, 2024
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Pamela H
New Mexico365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 family
Excellent Cioppino, super fresh oysters and seared scallops. Tiny place. We went at 2:30 on a Saturday to avoid the lines. Very popular place. The Cioppino had mussels,clams, crab, shrimp in a delicious, well-seasoned tomato broth. Attentive, professional service. The waiter thought of everything so we would be comfortable and happy. The wine and beer lists are short and simple, but enjoyed the sauvignon blanc; it went perfectly with the seafood.
Written May 4, 2024
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Douglas E
San Francisco60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 couples
This is a pleasant neighborhood restaurant offering good but not great food. I have eaten here many times and enjoyed it. But the notion that this is the 10th best restaurant in San Francisco is completely absurd and an offense to the truly great restaurants in town. I suspect more than a little social media manipulation is going on to pump up the rating.
Written October 24, 2023
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet3621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 friends
This place is great! We came here a few years ago when visiting for a conference and we had a great meal overall. We tried some clam chowder, cioppino, and the crab cakes and they were all delicious. The seafood here is great and definitely worth the wait if there's a line. We would definitely come back here again and it'll be on our itinerary every time we're visiting San Francisco!
Written August 25, 2023
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Albert S
Long Beach10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 couples
Great spot for an outdoor light lunch. Fast and friendly service, delicious oysters on the half shell, homemade crab cakes and a large salad to share, a treat.
Written August 20, 2023
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Kathy Jo
Auburn286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 family
We were in SF to see our nephew and he brought us here and picked the food. He really made all the right choices. We shared crab cakes, clam chowder,cioppino, and toasted sourdough bread. I don’t know how the crab cakes stayed together, they were all crab and crispy panko crust perfection. Clam chowder should all taste like this. The cioppino was a huge bowl of Dungeness, clams, mussels shrimp and the most amazing tomato sauce. The sauce had a nice anise/fennel flavor and a delightful consistency. We had so much fun in this tiny charming restaurant. It is apparent that every member of the staff cares about their product. Thank you for the best meal that I have had in a long time.
Written April 30, 2023
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orlytModi_in
Modiin1088 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 couples
Small place, waited 40 minutes for a table, no reserving ahead. We loved the crab cakes. We ordered the Anchor special for $60 with clams, prawns and oysters. It didn't all come together. Good wine.
Written October 29, 2022
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Christoph1987
Dubai400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 solo
I came as a walk in and was lucky enough to find a seat at the bar counter. This place is wonderfully decorated and the staff took time to explain me their top sellers. I was recommended the scallops as a starter and then had the famous ciopino. The fish couldve have been cooked more on point here and some of the mussels had a not so nice flavor but the broth and crustaceans were very flavorful and the broth was exquisite. Nice freshly baked bread and aioli dip too and some good nappa valley wine. Would definitely return, hands down the best scallops i have ever had.
Written October 9, 2022
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SouthernSoujourner
San Jose124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 none
It took me years to try this place because the wait is always LONG. Now that I've eaten here, I understand why people wait so long. First, it is teeny-tiny. Thank goodness they've been able to add parklets to increase capacity slightly. When you arrive (and I recommend you do so EARLY), you put your name on the list and then you wait, often more than 90 minutes. I suggest you cross the street to Swirl, buy a bottle of wine, and enjoy it at Swirl while you wait. Anchor also offers a $15 corkage fee, so you can bring in any bottle of your choice. We started with crab cakes and oysters. I tend to avoid crab cakes outside of the Eastern Seaboard, but these were sublime: lightly crispy on the outside and full of real crab on the inside. The oysters were fantastic. I tried one of several types. Most of the food is served in large plates, so it is shareable, as was the Caesar Salad. One serving was more than enough for the three of us. We ordered the large Cioppino, and it was HUGE. In retrospect, the small, which is also huge, would have probably served all three of us, as we ended up taking some of the Cioppino home. The Cioppino might be the best I've had in San Francisco, which is saying something since San Francisco is the birthplace of Cioppino, and many restaurants brag about theirs. To accompany the Cioppino, I highly recommend the garlic bread, which perfectly soaks up the tomato base. This was a birthday dinner, and it couldn't have been a better meal!
Written May 13, 2022
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Matthew H
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 none
AS A 20 YEAR MEMBER OF THE CASTRO COMMUNITY... I have had the pleasure of dinning with you to my hearts content. Today was special, as my partner finally agreed to meet me at your restaurant at 5 PM to wait in line for what is normally your excellent service and hospitality. My heart sinks as to my experience this evening. You sent We arrived at 5 PM together. I had earlier been at the Hole in the Wall, where my bartender Matty and usually discus what you are serving on Sunday. It seem that you are both of our favorite restaurant in the Castro. Only Matty is allow to call you in the Morning and reserve for pick-up or seating, (very hard to come by even pre-pandemic) and have his order ready at 7:30. We discuss what is on the menu as I know you where serving red trout and when you sold that, to replace it with stuffed Sole. Shirmp or Crab he did not know. You sent Upon my arrival I had head phones on, I wrote my name on your board and was waiting for a seat. Three seats were open at the bar. Your manager, whom as I should by now know his name, greeted us and told us to take a seat at the bar. I was more specific as there was a third individual dinning alone and wanted to make sure you could accommodate him to the best comfort of the three of us. We took our seats that he identified to us. You sent I knew what was on the menu because I had discussed your menu with Matty and started to order. I did not know what my partner wanted as an entree, let him order and then I order a dozen oysters, a Ceaser salad to spilt between us, and my entree. Then I ordered a split of champagne, (for the oysters) and a split of chardonnay for the entree. To which your maire d', the waiter who has always acknowledged our presence, offered us extra glasses of wine, if not bottles of the same wine we were dinning with on the house, refuse to serve us. We did not confront him or cause a scene, but said I guess we will not be dinning with you tonight and left. No argument, no words, we gathered up our belonging and left. You sent The sad thing is that for twenty years we have always been a recongized customers. Never over the thousands of dollars in tips and food created an issue in your restaurant. You sent It is funny, because while traveling through Uganda and Rowanda chasing the Mountian Gorillias, we ran into a couple from Houston. In conversation with each other, we identified our favorite restaurant as yours. Through the next six weeks we kept on running into the same couple in different locations in both countries. Your restaurant made it easier for us to have a connection and say hello every time our paths crossed. You sent This is the memory I will keep. Yes, you have the best restaurant in the Castro. But restaurants in San Francisco, except yours, do not have a 60 minute waiting list at 6 PM and if they do, they take reservations. Secondly, to have a cocktail while waiting to be seated seems to be encourage by staff to cross the street and go to the wine bar or given an estimate of the wait time, offered to have cocktails at the many other bars in your vicinity. You sent I am offended as is obvious by this note. I don't think you will see it and it will be business as usual. As a person of color in the Castro, this happens much to often. Even by persons of color. You sent My name is Matthew Hudson and I have been a patron of yours for twenty years. I have supported you by lunching when I can during the pandemic. I have seen you with your clientele and admire you as a strong upstanding female business owner in the Castro. But I did not deserve the treatment I received tonight and am pained as it is hard to forgive the events. You sent Sincerely, Matthew F. Hudson, San Francisco, CA. 94117,
Written September 19, 2021
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Leo
Hong Kong215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 none
三藩市食海鮮出名相信大家都知,而佢其中一個名菜就一定係Cioppino 意大利番茄海鮮湯,當年有好多意大利移民咗嚟三藩市做漁夫,如果某啲漁夫嗰日冇收穫,佢就會拎個煲,問其他漁夫將嗰日賣剩嘅海鮮俾佢,番到屋企加埋蕃茄同酒去煮湯俾屋企人做晚餐,絕對係充滿義氣同愛嘅故事!呢間Anchor Oyster Bar個Cioppino好足料同鮮味,啱哂點包食!佢其他生蠔同海鮮都好新鮮㗎!⁣ Cioppino is one of the staple foods in San Francisco. It was developed in the late 1800s by Italian migrant fishermen. The Cioppino in Anchor Oyster Bar was amazing and super flavourful. Of course, the oysters were very fresh as well!⁣
Written July 11, 2020
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WellTraveled3
Lexington793 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
The Anchor Oyster Bar and Seafood Market is the real deal--genuinely fresh local seafood including oysters, crab, salmon, shrimp, and other seafood dishes served with homemade sourdough. The fresh Dungeness crab was outstanding, served hot with drawn butter or garlic butter, or cold if you like. Also started with an excellent Caesar salad. The Ciappino also looked amazing. The restaurant is small and cozy, with a counter and just a handful of tables, so you may have to wait, bit it's worth it. Service is friendly and helpful and prices are fair for the quality of the seafood. In the heart of the Castro on Castro Street.
Written January 13, 2020
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RayR
New Jersey3797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 solo
Small cozy place with great great atmosphere and delicious food (been in businesses "40 shucking years") Gets busy - first come first served.
Written January 11, 2020
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Liz guild
Glasgow23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 couples
Had a late lunch ( belated birthday treat) for my partner and I, food and service were excellent, the atmosphere was also first class, we are heading back on Saturday for another treat, looking forward to some fabulous food and cocktails.even gave my partner a birthday cake , made his day.
Written January 8, 2020
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cogster
San Francisco138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 solo
Consistently great. Old faithful. Ive been coming here for years, and always a great meal. Fresh fresh seafood, and while tiny and crowded, well worth the wait. Wear your skinny clothes, as it gets tight in there!
Written December 22, 2019
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