Swan Oyster Depot

Swan Oyster Depot

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Hours
Mon
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tue
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wed
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Thu
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Fri
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sat
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$29.00 – $41.00
CUISINES
Seafood
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
meals, features
Menu

Menu
Maine Attraction Lobsters
Served with drawn butter cooked to order allow 25 min
US$45.00
Clams & Oysters On The Half Shell
6 cherry stone clams. 6 blue point oysters
US$12.00
West Coast Little Necks
On the half shell
US$12.00
Half Cracked Crab
Served with bread & butter choice of cocktail sauce, sauce or mayonnaise
US$20.00
Smoked Trout, Smoked White Fish
Served with salad, bread and butter
US$17.50
Smoked Salmon
Served on rye or french bread with shrimp salad
US$19.50
Boston Clam Chowder
Cup
US$2.75
Bowl
US$5.00
Bread & Butter
US$1.00
Octopus Salad
Calamari
US$9.95
Swan Special
Shrimp cocktail and beer
US$13.00
Salads
Shrimp
US$18.00
Prawn
US$20.00
Crab
US$24.50
Combination
US$21.00
Lobster

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PRICE RANGE
$29.00 – $41.00
CUISINES
Seafood
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch
FEATURES
Takeout, Serves Alcohol
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles759 reviews
Excellent
451
Very good
190
Average
67
Poor
25
Terrible
26
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Sheryl Qua
Singapore9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 family
So glad we decided to stay in the queue. We waited for an hour but ended up eating for 21/2hrs. The uni was so fresh and the hot lobster salad was yummy. The delivery of the dishes was timed well and we never felt rushed. That probably contributes to the long waiting time for the people in the queue. I would highly recommend this restaurant but be prepared to wait. Is worth it!
Written January 21, 2020
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Paul
Glasgow175 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 none
Having read the reviews we decided to visit this place. We went around 9.30am and managed to get seated at the bar. We started with a cup of clam chowder which I found to have very little seafood in it. We then had the sashimi which was salmon, tuna, halibut and scallops in a caper dressing which was nice and fresh. We then ordered the half cracked crab which at $25 wasn't worth it as there was very little crab meat. Not somewhere I would rush back to.
Written November 12, 2022
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Mary Clare G
Sun Valley41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 family
Eat here! Usually a line waiting to dine, but go early and grab a table curbside. There are a few spots inside at the counter, which is great to see the fish/oyster/salad/chowdah action. The staff is delightful and you might think you are in Boston. Fish is very fresh. Chowder is chowder-y and beer is cold. Smoked salmon plate is a must. Oysters, of course! Note to diners: This is a cash only establishment.
Written June 11, 2021
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JMP
Kent100 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 friends
Arrived at 1:15pm in the queue , waited until 2pm before anyone came up to us and said that they stop seating at 2pm and we could only take away considering that the queue was pretty small when we arrived it was a bit of a shock. The place inside is fairly small and cramped. People rushing around and can barely hear the staff when ordering. We all order a variety of things to take away and was all pretty disappointed not only with the flavour but also the wait considering they weren't doing anything to most of the orders. Clam chowder was okay, crab cocktail was just a pot of u seasoned crab with not even a slice of lemon to go with it and the sans for the oysters. Would recommend saving your time and going somewhere else. Whilst I appreciate it's notorious and has a authentic system it runs on, its not worth the wait.
Written April 3, 2022
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John R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 couples
Got in line at Noon, and waited Patiently for one of the few Counter Seats available. The place is small, so I expected to wait, but after the line budged a little bit, the wait seemed to get longer! We saw a few employees walk out and the man in front of me, who’s apparently a local, said, “ the employees must be leaving to go Drink at the bar down the street!”, with a chuckle. Apparently the employees do this a lot! My GF and I were finally sat 2 hours later, and the employees behind the counter seemed disorganized, and had bad attitudes. We put in our order for a Dozen Oysters, Crab Cocktail, and 2 Clam Chowders. For what it’s worth, the food was just MEDIOCRE ….expect the same quality as touristy Fisherman’s Warf. On top of that, the employees do not use gloves when preparing your food, while also touching money. Gross! So if you like to wait in long lines to be served mediocre food with a bad attitude, This is The Place for You! 👎
Written August 30, 2021
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Taz68Harrow
Sutton281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 solo
Based on reviews and constantly seeing the queues over the years decided to take the plunge. Opens about 1000/1030 so I would suggest to start queuing at 0930. I queued at 1025 and got in about 11:15 so take awhile and as they close at 15:00 approximately there is no point getting there past twelve. Staff were lovely and friendly and they don’t rush you and made a couple of suggestions. I waited until I got a seat at the counter which is great as you can see everything going on. Great atmosphere and the chowder and sourdough was delicious.
Written May 21, 2022
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Patrick N
New York City116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
Tried to beat the line but still waited over an hour, and it was absolutely worth the wait. Delicious and good selection of oysters. The soft shelled crab might have been the best I’ve ever had. The off the menu items are the best options. Don’t miss out on the Sashimi! The waiters were great and good vibes all around. Definitely my best meal during my visit.
Written May 3, 2021
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ATL_Jacket
Eugene1119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Swan is an absolute classic of west coast seafood. The intimate space and family atmosphere make this a must-visit for any seafood lover in San Francisco. The fresh oysters and Dungeness crab are especially amazing!
Written March 2, 2020
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Trandy08
Dalyellup85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 couples
This place was a must do on our visit to San Francisco, and it didn’t disappoint. The most delicious and freshest seafood you could imagine in a very friendly and comfortable environment. We had the crab cocktail, mixed dozen oysters, sashimi plate, and the clam chowder. All were superb! Service is extremely friendly, helpful, and attentive. You feel like you’re dining with friends. Highly recommended!
Written April 25, 2024
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dfb260
Staunton475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 friends
Excellent fresh seafood at reasonable prices.Few sides. People just eat the seafood . The place seats only about 20 people and offers counter service only, by very attentive servers (all male). Expect to wait in line 30-60 minutes to get a seat. Worth the wait,
Written May 25, 2023
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TravellingNami
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 couples
Definitely arrive before 10 to see if you can get in for the first round of customers. We dawdled a bit and ended up in the second round, but standing right at the door really increased my anticipation of the meal. Highly recommend the Sicilian sashimi and the Miyabi oyster. Will be back again when I visit SF.
Written January 4, 2020
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crazivan
Washington DC210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 business
The seafood was delicious. There is no question & there is nothing I could repeatedly on quality & freshness that has not already been said. For me, the standout is the guys working behind the counter. So nice, so helpful, the choices at this place are endless & these guys “take to you” like an old buddy & exper tour guide all in one. & their happiness & joking with each other just leads to a layed back infectious experience you want again & again. Also, hate to say it to all those folks who waiters hours. I arrived 1ish on a wendsday & was 2nd in line; waited 5-8 minutes max. Regardless, I would do the long wait for the experience. You che k the box @ the warf, but you come here for something that is fun & quickly familiar.
Written February 19, 2020
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Pia
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 couples
Service was prompt and nice. Food was fresh and good but expensive. BUT we waited about 2 hours for a seat. In our opinion not worth it. You can only pay cash which was quite a problem for us so we had to limit what we order. There are only a few dishes on the menu (which is not a problem but just as information). All in all a good place to eat when you dont‘t have to wait that long. If there is a long queue we would not wait again for so long.
Written June 6, 2022
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Regu Pillai
Singapore1951 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 couples
Awesome dining experience. Narrow bar seating, shoulders to shoulders. Great history behind this establishment. Everything is fresh and well explained by our server Brian. Well done.
Written November 8, 2022
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Shangs2015
Amstelveen6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 couples
We had the combination salad, oysters, and the sashimi. Super fresh and great service. However, they can keep the place a bit more cleaner, they filled the coffee cup and it spilled all over the saucer. But overall would go there again.
Written October 18, 2023
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