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Swan Oyster Depot

Swan Oyster Depot Review

Half fish market and half diner, this small, slim, family-run seafood operation, open since 1912, has no tables, just a narrow marble counter with about a dozen-and-a-half stools. Most people come in to buy perfectly fresh salmon, halibut, crabs, and other seafood to take home. Everyone else hops onto one of the rickety stools to enjoy a bowl of clam chowder—the only hot food served—a dozen oysters, half a cracked crab, a slice of crusty sourdough, a big shrimp salad, or a smaller shrimp cocktail. And it's all served up with a side of big personality from the jovial folks behind the counter who make you feel like a regular. Come early or late to avoid a long wait. And since this place is notoriously cash only (and seafood is not exactly cheap!), be sure to come with a full wallet.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1517 Polk St., Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94109 | Map It
  • Phone: 415/673–1101
  • Location: Van Ness/Polk

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations not accepted.
  • No credit cards.
  • Closed Sun. No dinner.
Updated: 04-30-2013

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