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Swan Oyster Depot

Map & Directions 1517 Polk
San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Seafood
  • Mon-Sat 8am-5:30pm
  • cash
  • Takeout, Delivery, Catering
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


SF Weekly's Description

There are only 18 stools at Swan Oyster Depot's well-worn marble counter (continuously in use since 1912), so you often have to wait in line for a crack at the fresh oysters and clams opened to order here. But the seafood at this Polk Gulch restaurant is worth the wait. We also love the buttery, creamy clam chowder, and can't resist the lush crab Louis salad.

Member Reviews

  • jbuck23 wrote a review for Swan Oyster Depot
    on 09/20/10

    I love how the guys behind the counter will laugh at the phone when it rings, and refuse to tolerate assholes. A San Francisco landmark, and one of the few places I will wait in line for anything. Oysters! Crab Salad! Yum!!!!

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  • Eater on 12/01/10

    Open only for lunch, Polk Street's old school joint still churns out the best crab, oysters and sourdough in town. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Bravo on 12/02/10

    My favorite stop before or after a flight to load up on Dungeness crab & oysters. A classic west coast oyster bar. -Ana Sortun, Top Chef

  • Travel Channel on 12/09/11

    This casual spot is a great place to enjoy fresh seafood. Its first come, first serve - so breakfast is often to best time to drop by. As seen on Travel Channel’s The Layover with Anthony Bourdain.

  • 7x7 Magazine on 01/27/10

    Wow, the oysters on the half shell are great...they're #18 on 7x7's Big Eat SF 2010.

  • Brian on 01/23/12

    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the cracked dungeness crab is delicious. Yum!

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