Swan Oyster Depot


1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

Phone: 415-673-1101

Map / Directions Map / Directions

Hours:
Mon-Sat 8am-5:30pm

Cuisine:
American, Seafood

Dining Options:
Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Take Out

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10BEST Says

Seafood: For generations, this small eatery has been delighting seafood lovers from all over the city. Distinguished by a marble counter and pull-up stools, the place puts all its attention on fresh shellfish, especially just-shucked oysters. You can also try clams on the half-shell, cracked crab, lobster, and shrimp, along with a few soups and salads. The place doesn't stand out from the street, so keep your eyes peeled. And if you're around during the lunchtime rush, you'll most likely have to wait. If you're in the mood for a throwback kind of seafood restaurant, where simple style counts, then head to Swan Oyster Depot.

Oyster Bars: Locals can't help but rave over this oyster bar's fantastic selection. Opened in 1912, Swan Oyster Depot is a small, lovable hole-in-the-wall where seating consists of about 20 stools along a long marble bar. There's usually a line outside at lunchtime, but it moves quickly and the food is well worth your wait. As far as oysters, it's hard to beat this place. You get to watch them picked right out of their brine tanks and shucked before your eyes. Frankly, the whole place smells like oysters, so it's really the best spot for oyster lovers. Grab a few for a midd-day snack or sit for awhile until you get a full meal.

Lunch: For generations, this small eatery has been delighting seafood lovers from all over the city. Distinguished by a marble counter and pull-up stools, the place puts all its attention on fresh shellfish, especially just-shucked oysters. You can also try clams on the half-shell, cracked crab, lobster, and shrimp, along with a few soups and salads. The place doesn't stand out from the street, so keep your eyes peeled. And if you're around during the lunchtime rush, you'll most likely have to wait. Since 1912.


Insider Tips

Local Expert Says:

Seafood: "Simple counter eatery gets raves for ocean-fresh shellfish."

Oyster Bars: "Be sure to try the Kumamato and Sweetwater oysters."

Best for Seafood Because: Swan Oyster Depot has a cult following because the seafood is so consistently fresh nd good.

Best for Oyster Bars Because: Swan Oyster Depot has been serving quality oysters in San Francisco for a long time.

10Best List photo 10BEST says

Seafood: For generations, this small eatery has been delighting seafood lovers from all over the city. Distinguished by a marble counter and pull-up stools, the place puts all its attention on fresh shellfish, especially just-shucked oysters. You can also try clams on the half-shell, cracked crab, lobster, and shrimp, along with a few soups and salads. The place doesn't stand out from the street, so keep your eyes peeled. And if you're around during the lunchtime rush, you'll most likely have to wait. If you're in the mood for a throwback kind of seafood restaurant, where simple style counts, then head to Swan Oyster Depot.

Oyster Bars: Locals can't help but rave over this oyster bar's fantastic selection. Opened in 1912, Swan Oyster Depot is a small, lovable hole-in-the-wall where seating consists of about 20 stools along a long marble bar. There's usually a line outside at lunchtime, but it moves quickly and the food is well worth your wait. As far as oysters, it's hard to beat this place. You get to watch them picked right out of their brine tanks and shucked before your eyes. Frankly, the whole place smells like oysters, so it's really the best spot for oyster lovers. Grab a few for a midd-day snack or sit for awhile until you get a full meal.

Lunch: For generations, this small eatery has been delighting seafood lovers from all over the city. Distinguished by a marble counter and pull-up stools, the place puts all its attention on fresh shellfish, especially just-shucked oysters. You can also try clams on the half-shell, cracked crab, lobster, and shrimp, along with a few soups and salads. The place doesn't stand out from the street, so keep your eyes peeled. And if you're around during the lunchtime rush, you'll most likely have to wait. Since 1912.

10Best List photo Insider Tips

Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:

Seafood: "Simple counter eatery gets raves for ocean-fresh shellfish."

Oyster Bars: "Be sure to try the Kumamato and Sweetwater oysters."

Best for Seafood Because: Swan Oyster Depot has a cult following because the seafood is so consistently fresh nd good.

Best for Oyster Bars Because: Swan Oyster Depot has been serving quality oysters in San Francisco for a long time.

Main Menu

Appetizer Special
Salads
Nigiri Sushi
Sashimi
Side Order
Menu
Makimono Roll
Rock Box Special
A La Carte Teriyaki
A La Carte - Shioyaki
A La Carte - Katsu
A La Carte - Tempura
Donburi
Udon & Soba
Nabe (iron Pot)
Curry
Dessert
Seafood Cocktail
Beverages

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