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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” (74 reviews)
“oysters” (216 reviews)
“crab salad” (40 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

expect some waiting time outside, take a drink and have a chat with the others waiting there..... it's worth. nothing seems to have changed since the fifties, long counter, great seafood selection, good wines, a bit quirky, but an exceptional experience....and leave your credit cards...More

Thank fjr60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After many years, finally made it to this SF bucket-list place. Weekday around 10:30 opening time and thankfully it wasn’t lined up. Yup, the counter seats about 12-15 max but there was easily a spot even though it was already 80% full. I had 2...More

1  Thank Avid_Reader_10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped by on a Sunday morning 1030, turns out they were opened at 9.30. Queue of about 10 odd took us nearly 2 hours. So.. Be sure to check out the opening time! As for the food, we had oysters, scallops, clam chowder, combination cocktail....More

Thank angelshark1
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Poor respect to it's customers. Be prepared for waiting standing up on the street at least for an hour, they close at 4:45 (not 5:30pm), so if you were in line they will just let you know they are closing and don't serve you anymore....More

1  Thank Itzamna88
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Great place for fresh fresh sea food! Excellent oysters, trout, shrimp salad and the list goes on! Probably one of the best sea food places in SF! Love this place and will be going for many years to come. Great service, nice overall environment and...More

Thank Hassan B
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on a recommendation and were told to go at an off hour. There was still a line out the door! The staff asked if we wanted a beer while we waited which was super nice. Once you sit the menu is on...More

Thank Jill3030
Reviewed 19 September 2017

The wait can be long, as the space is so limited, but the people in line seem to make the time go pretty quickly. The food is fresh and simple, and the staff amazing. Definitely a must stop for any raw bar lover.

Thank mudfoot
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Service is first of all SUPER at the Swan Oyster Depot. The people working in the restaurant is welcoming and so pleasant to talk to. In my oppinion the salads could use some extra fixings. But all the fish and shell fish is of top...More

1  Thank Daniel H
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is a fantastic oyster bar frequented by locals where the service is fantastic and the food even better. We had a long wait in the queue to get in as the bar only takes about 20 people. But it was well worth it. The...More

Thank tapoa
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Randi B
8 November 2017|
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Response from kcchin | Reviewed this property |
$16...and you get plenty of crab.
2 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
6 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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