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“Great, quick and one of the few options open at night”

Hog Island Oyster Company
Ranked #23 of 6 304 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Dinner
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In another review I stated that from our experience SF promotes its seafood but does not generally deliver on quality. HIOC is an exception. Excellent service, really nice oysters (we chose the Sweetwater variety and they were excellent) and a whole selection of other great looking meals. If you can get a chair at the oyster bar you will be entertained all night. The oyster shucking is of Olympic standard.
Whilst not cheap, this restaurant delivers.
Highly recommended.

Thank RichardT652
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So glad we made our way to the Ferry Terminal Bldg. during our day doing everything touristy in San Francisco. Not only did we pick up some yummy cheese from the cheese shop we ended up at the Hog Island Oyster Bar. We were seated at the bar in fact. The food bar actually. We could watch the crew prepping all the meals and it was so much fun. The guys working the kitchen really enjoy their job and they all seemed to have a lot of fun together. And it shows in their food... delicious! I had a dozen NoCal oysters which were good but SUPER salty. Never had such salty oysters but they were good. I also had the mussels and they were also good. My dining partner had the grilled squid salad and it was delicious.... Really could taste the grill. She also had the oyster po' boy which she said was very good. The fried were a big to many and too much spice. The kitchen staff was hilarious when someone ordered the rock fish (see photo,).

Thank Cindy R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

in a city with many oyster options this is by far one of the best, nothing beats eating fresh oysters looking at the bay, try the brown sugar oysters

Thank dougdem
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sadly we didn't get to spend as much time at the Ferry Building as we would've liked, it was our last day. But I'm super glad we stopped in here!! The Oyster Po Boy was SOOO good and the fries were amazing!! I ordered the clam chowder, it was okay. It definitely looks super awesome but if you're thinking of traditional New England Chowder you might be a tad disappointed. Staff was friendly and our food came super quick.

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Thank Marsha P
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