One of the bad things about the market in the ferry building is that it’s basically a 10 to 6 affair. Hog Island is one of the few options open at night and it’s a great one. I’ve been for both lunch and dinner. The menu is the same for both but daytime and nighttime offer different view options, either beautiful views of the water and bridge by day or views of the dramatic lighting on the bridge at night.
The menu is about oysters and other similar seafood—chowder, fried oyster poboy, chowder, steamed mussels, chioppino. The menu is limited but delicious. The Old Bay seasoned fries are truly worth the calories. My favorite is six oyster selection from those offered on the menu. Although it came with mignonette sauce, you can ask for cocktail sauce.
You can eat both in and out, at a table or a bar. There’s often a long line to get in but because the food is often raw seafood, it comes out quickly and the line moves accordingly. We came for lunch and there were probably 20 people in the line ahead of us and we got seated within five minutes. So if there’s a long line, ask the server how long the wait is. It might be shorter than you think.
As for price, if you’re a tourist from a smaller market, you might find this expensive. However my 1/2 dozen oysters and a side of pickled vegetables was $33 with tip. This is what I pay in an average New York diner. For the quality and fine selection, it’s well priced.
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