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Swan Oyster Depot

  • 1517 Polk St. Map It
  • Polk Gulch
  • Seafood
  • Fodor's Choice

Known for

  • Fresh seafood
  • Long lines
  • Rich history

Published 07/20/2006

Fodor's 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 18 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 dozen oysters, other shellfish, or a bowl of clam chowder—the only hot food served. 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 before 11 am or after 2 pm to avoid a long wait, and bring a full wallet: old-school Swan takes cash only.

Restaurant Information


1517 Polk St., San Francisco, California, 94109, USA

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Restaurant Details:

  • Closed Sun. No dinner

Published 07/20/2006


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