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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
+1 415-552-7584
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cioppino” (81 reviews)
“oysters” (105 reviews)
“chowder” (37 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:30All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
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1 - 10 of 368 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Terrific tiny seafood restaurant in Castro neighborhood. 6 tables + counter seating only. Hubby had Mexican prawn entree. Delicious, plump prawns served with thick potato wedges & roasted heirloom carrots. I had the fresh crabmeat salad which was chock full of crabmeat (from northern Washington)...More

Thank Sherry S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Waiting in line is not only worth your time, it is part of the tradition. But don't leave, your name might be erased. But once you are seated, you will get to enjoy the low-frills presentation of locally sourced seafood that will make you want...More

Thank mwhMHS
Reviewed 1 week ago

Anchor Oyster Bar. Going there is an experience. I recommend you to go there very early (19.00) or very late (21.00) to avoid the queue. Anchor Oyster Bar is a little spot situated in Castro street. They have a little menu, but if you go...More

Thank Amanida T
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best seafood restaurants on the west coast !!! The line is worth the wait for a great meal and friendly service so treat yourself to a memorable meal !!!

Thank William P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious and fresh oysters. Also enjoyed the clam chowder. Need to come back to try some more eats. The restaurant is really small and there is always a wait though.

Thank _joemilare
Reviewed 1 week ago

fresh, delicious seafood, particularly shellfish. attractively presented. friendly staff. not a cheap date. no reservations. but if you have the time and the wherewithal definitely worth it.

Thank kurt3650
Reviewed 1 week ago

The perfect little hide-away, located in the Castro. Delicious clams & mussels. But fair warning, it's small with very few tables. Be prepared for a line outside Certainly worth the wait.

1  Thank Q3998
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Cioppino and raw bar. In heard of Castro. Very small place and always a line. Be prepared to wait on line. Seems to always be a wait even between lunch and dinner.

Thank Scott B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the one place you must visit if you are touring SF. Great service, awesome food. Worth waiting.

1  Thank wonsik d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a late lunch in order to beat the crowds. Got there about 1 and sat down around 1:30. Food and service were terrific. Oysters were fresh and tasty, Boston clam chowder was perfection in a bowl - not overly rich, just the...More

1  Thank Mary Kay R
The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San
Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart,
the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As
one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in
the United States and currently its largest, it
remains one of the epicenters of activism in the
nation. Grand theatres and glitzy shops now compete
with bars and fashionable eateries for attention,
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6 January 2017|
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Response from eve624 | Reviewed this property |
Ouch! These folks work VERY hard, and they are fantastic. We have never had bad service there. It's a chill vibe, and you have to be up for a San Francisco experience, as this is not a chain. If you want impeccable... More
22 October 2015|
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Response from jakjabes | Reviewed this property |
You put your name on the list. If you wait less than an hour consider yourself lucky. I call this the San Francisco curse
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighbourhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: +1 415-552-7584
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