Fodor's Expert Review Swan Oyster Depot

$$ Nob Hill Seafood Fodor's Choice

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 18 stools. Some locals 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 dozen oysters, other shellfish, or a bowl of clam chowder—the only hot food served. All of the seafood is served up with a side of big personality from the jovial folks behind the counter, who make you feel like a regular. Come before 11 am or after 2 pm to avoid a long wait, and bring a full wallet: old-school Swan takes cash only.

Seafood Historical Lunch $$ Fodor's Choice Lively

Quick Facts

1517 Polk St.
San Francisco, California  94109, USA


Known For:
  • Fresh seafood
  • Long lines
  • Memorable Dungeness crab Louie salad
  • Payment is cash only
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No dinner

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