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Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
+1 415-673-1101
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fresh seafood” (86 reviews)
“oysters” (236 reviews)
“chowder” (81 reviews)
Opens in 14 min
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This spot has been on my bucket eating place for a long while. The no reservations never fit my stay in SF. This time it did. 2 of us arrived on a Thurs around 11:30am. Short line so we were hopeful Issue is once you...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kerryloves2travel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, you're going to stand in line to get in because there are only 18 stools at the counter and they fill up the minute the restaurant opens. If you are a seafood lover, this place is worth the wait. Everything is super fresh. The...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank dhbourke
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Waited close to 2 hours and definitely not worth the wait. It’s counter service and prices really expensive. $34 dozen oysters. Staff super nice but menu is limited and wouldn’t go back even if 15 minutes wait.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Hillary R
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

The reason I came to this joint because it is featured in Andrew Zimmerman travel show The place don’t look very hygienic, and the price is very high, worst of all, it is cash only When it comes to food, it is not bad ,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank EricJ503
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

The wait was ridiculous for a Friday afternoon. I’m just not one of those who thinks that it’s “hip” to wait in standing lines for 35 minutes just to have the privilege to pay money to eat in some ones restaurant. Even though the oysters...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank fizzy1991
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

As good as seafood gets. A one off, and an essential visit. Crab back is delicious, smoked salmon wonderful. Great selection of oysters. Go there!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank slickbreaks
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

We waited one hour in the queue and had to use the restroom which made us resist the temptation to eat there...

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Loockey
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

We went here on a Saturday. The wait was almost 2 hours. They only take cash. The seafood was excellent. Kevin was great and took good care of us. The Italian Sashimi melted in mouth. Oysters and crab is delicious.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Edward K
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

My wife, twin 6 year olds, and myself lined up at 10am on a Friday morning. We were second. It was worth it. I’m from the west coast and I know what fresh tastes like. I often harvest it myself. This was damn good. I’d...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sean M
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Its a small food bar place serving fresh shellfish seafood right in front of you. Everyone sits at the bar. No tables. There can be quite a queue. Had to queue for about 20mins at least before securing a place for 4. There are 6...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank mav-kayz
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30 July 2018|
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Response from Ray S | Reviewed this property |
Cash only. There’s a bank across the street with an ATM.
Randi B
8 November 2017|
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Response from kcchin | Reviewed this property |
$16...and you get plenty of crab.
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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 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
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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