Hog Island Oyster Co.
San Francisco, CA 94111
- Sun, Sat 11am-6pm, Mon-Fri 11:30am-8pm
- Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Water View
- Dinner, Lunch
- Full bar
- Not Accepted
SF Weekly's Description
A short but perfect menu is on offer at Hog Island Oyster Co., a small, modern oyster bar in the Ferry Building. There is a U-shaped counter and half a dozen tables inside, plus two picnic tables on the Embarcadero promenade outside, all overlooking the bay -- and often a line of people waiting for them, with good reason.
I don't know how many more favorable things can be said about Hog Island Oyster Company. As far as I can see, the only con I can think of is their limited seating. Granted, there's additional outdoor seating, but given San Francisco's upredictably chill weather, you have to be pretty darn thick-skinned to tough it outside. But there's no reason to lower their rating, afterall,... More >>
I don't know how many more favorable things can be said about Hog Island Oyster Company. As far as I can see, the only con I can think of is their limited seating. Granted, there's additional outdoor seating, but given San Francisco's upredictably chill weather, you have to be pretty darn thick-skinned to tough it outside. But there's no reason to lower their rating, afterall, the vibe of the Ferry Building are stalls and there's a nice communal feeling with everyone slurping their oysters elbow-to-elbow. I revisited Hog Island the other day for their Thursday happy hour special (Monday's too, 5-7pm) after a year hiatus and it was almost everything I remembered. $1 oysters, $3.50 beers (used to be $2) and a huge line for seating. If you want to brave H.I. for their HH, either get there early or have at least one person get there first because people don't leave once they sit down. Their $1 specials are usually for just 1 or 2 of the oysters on the menu; we had their H.I. Sweetwaters which are scrumptious. I favor west coast oysters for their small, plump meat (kumamotos are my favorite) rather than east coast ones which taste to me brinier and more fishy. I've been to Swan Oyster Depot, which is another SF destination, and call me high maintenance but having the champagne mignonette, large ice platters, and no shell chips in my half shell makes a world of difference. You also get Acme bread which goes wonderfully with the oysters and clam chowder. The Clam Chowder. Something to think back on and savor in a daydream. It's not so much chowder as it is a creamy broth but their take on a common favorite is divine. You get a bowful of fresh clams still in their shells and a clam infused soup that will have you sopping your bowl with bread long after you've finished. Since the soup isn't masked by heavy cream or starch, you can really tast the clam flavor as well as the bacon pieces. We also ordered their grilled cheese sandwich which had Cowgirl Creamery's Mezzo Secco, cave-aged Gruyere and Fromage Blanc (basically cheeses that give off a delightfully sharp aroma when grilled) and came with yummy pickled okra, cauliflower and of course pickles (reminded me of the pickled baby carrots at Tartine Bakery). Definitely a meal in its own right or cut it up into finger sandwiches and share among friends. For the beer selection, I went with the Blue Star America Wheat Beer which paired wonderfully with the sweetwaters. The beer is light and crisp and didn't coat my mouth with beer scum and allowed me to enjoy the sweetness of the oysters. Total count for the night: 7 dozen oysters for 6 girls. Would've had more if the happy hour lasted longer!!
Tips from foursquare
Nothing like a hot clam chowder...it's #99 on 7x7's Big Eat SF 2010.
7x7's Big Eat 2012 says a dozen sweetwater oysters are delicious. Yum!
Try the Grilled Cheese Sandwich and spot it on Foodspotting!
Try the Assorted Raw Oysters and spot it on Foodspotting!
*Happy Hour* $1 oysters on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 - 7pm. Get here before 4:30 so you can get seated before the rush.
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You'll have to find a new source for your Hog Island Sweetwaters for the next few months. The oyster company has closed its Ferry... More on Hog Island Oyster Co. »
Fresh oysters are a time-tested holiday tradition in homes across the country, and as of yesterday the superlative Hog Island Oyster... More on Hog Island Oyster Co. »
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