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Hog Island Oyster Co.

Hog Island Oyster Co.

Seafood Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Financial District, San Francisco
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    This seafood restaurant is famous for their chowder. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Tips
    "7x7's Big Eat 2012 says a dozen sweetwater oysters are delicious."(10 Tips)
    Stefanie P.
    "Menu is incredibly gluten-free friendly and has gfree clam chowder."(90 Tips)
    Diana D.
    "Sweetwater and Kumamoto oysters are a must 😋😋😋"(8 Tips)
    Elizabeth B.
    "Amazing oysters, citrus salad, and gruyere grilled cheese."(237 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon380 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • sweetwater
  • happy hour
  • kumamoto
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  • posidoniaheart icon on user image
    posidoniaDecember 25, 2014
    OMG....whoever leaves this city without tasting these flavors, doesn't know what what he's missing! This is a perfect ten in all! Clam choder & shrimp & grips a must with just some white wine to go!
    Upvoted Mar 8
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 14, 2014
    You eat both oysters and grilled cheese at Hog Island! Why? Because their grilled cheese sandwich is stupid-good, featuring buttery, toasty bread, three kinds of cheesed plus house made pickles. Read more
  • Ranu R.heart icon on user image
    Ranu RajkarnikarMay 23, 2015
    The oyster selection here is fantastic! Friendly staff and delicious entrees. Note, they only take American ID's and passports so if you're visiting, make sure you have one if you want to drink.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Brian P.heart icon on user image
    Brian ParkAugust 15, 2016
    It's a given that the oysters here are gonna be amazing, but you absolutely have to get the Clam Chowder! Shell-on whole littleneck clams flood the entire bowl, and they don't f*ck around
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Wilson Favre-DelerueApril 12, 2016
    Excellent selection of local and regional shellfish with a tight selection of wines and beers to boot. If only those lines weren't soooooooooooooo long...
  • Stephanyheart icon on user image
    StephanySeptember 9, 2018
    Known for their wonderfully fresh oyster selection (even East Coast too) Kumamoto > Sweetwater > Well Fleet Also try the mussels. Better then I ever had in Brussels
  • Adena B.heart icon on user image
    Adena BrenowitzMarch 5, 2019
    There is always a wait but Hog island is always worth it. The clam chowder was lite but so flavorful! Barbecue oysters are delicious! You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Heat lamps outside.
  • Inga I.heart icon on user image
    Inga IntriagoMarch 15, 2019
    The oysters here are the most freshest! So delicious! MUST try. I also saw a bowl of the seafood stew and it looked so good! Service here is outstanding 😁😁
  • Lucille F.heart icon on user image
    Lucille FisherSeptember 12, 2014
    Hits the spot when you crave seafood, and yes the ultimate comfort food-grilled cheese! Fresh oysters & clam chowder with the GCS is perfect to share so you have room for other goodies in the menu.👍
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew ChoiJuly 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great outdoor space to enjoy oysters and the view. Come during non-peak hours to avoid a long wait!
  • Rheya S.heart icon on user image
    Rheya ShanoApril 1, 2019
    Really great seafood! Grilled oysters, fried oysters, clam chowder, and mussels were all perfectly cooked and really delicious. Really great service as well.
  • Rafa C.heart icon on user image
    Rafa CGMay 14, 2017
    Beautiful views and very good food, service. You will have a to wait a bit but don't be fussy, seating a the bar is already great. Go for the specials!!!
  • DxbM
    DxbMMay 17, 2017
    Great food and friendliest of staff .. went for the combination of oysters and the sea food stew .. clam chowder has bacon so I skipped ..
  • Scott B.
    Scott BNovember 10, 2013
    Long waits are worth it for the outstanding oysters. Even the grilled cheese as a main dish was terrific for only $12; the selection of cheeses made it unique.
  • Marc S.heart icon on user image
    Marc SingerJanuary 12, 2019
    The oysters are good, of course. West coast oysters seem a little sweeter than East Coast oysters, but that’s not a bad thing, just a difference. Also the clam chowder is very good.
  • Samara T.heart icon on user image
    Samara TrillingFebruary 3, 2016
    The Hog Island white wine is delicious. The chowder is delicate and wonderful, and the pickles that come with the grilled cheese are a revelation. Beautiful views of the bay bridge.
  • Gorkem U.heart icon on user image
    Gorkem UnelMarch 13, 2015
    Oyster is magnificen & fresh.At least make it one piece. Outside has nice view of Oakland bridge. Seafood steam is killer, have pasta w/ Grilled cheese and lamb t-bone steak was delicious.
  • Maria R.heart icon on user image
    Maria RiabtchenkoApril 12, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely get chipotle bbq oysters, clam chowder (or any seafood stews), fresh oysters, grilled scallops/razor clams. Don’t order the uni chowder, doesn’t taste like uni at all, just cream.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    In addition to ample amounts of the namesake wonderfully creamy raw bivalves (both raw and grilled), sample smoked sturgeon and white anchovies ($12) paired with farmers' market-inspired cocktails. Read more
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneAugust 4, 2018
    Aside from oysters, the squid salad $18, Old Bay fries $4 and seafood stew $24.
  • Lee D.
    Lee DiazMay 29, 2018
    This place always has quite a long line. Be sure to get there early, ideally before lunch to beat the crowds. Little known fact: their oysters are raised just an hour north of this location.
  • Kate S.
    Kate ShawJune 15, 2018
    Shuck your own oysters on the Tomales Bay. I THINK BYOB. And have grills you can bring your own meat/veggies. call ahead to see if you need to reserve?
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisNovember 1, 2012
    Get the clam chowder! One if not the best chowder I've ever had. You'll lick the shells and the bowl. The baked oysters are also great. Get plenty of bread to soak up the sauce left in the shells.
  • Jessica G.heart icon on user image
    Jessica GalianaMarch 14, 2016
    Great service. Delicious food. Everything was good: Bourbon oysters, gumbo, risotto, sliders pulled pork, fries... #great #foodie
  • Laura G.
    Laura GonzálezOctober 1, 2014
    Muy recomendable. Ostras, salmón, sopa de pescado...todo buenísimo.# Highly recommended. Oysters, salmon, fish soup... all very good.
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerSeptember 11, 2014
    I love martinis but didn't enjoy the oyster martini. Stick to the other cocktails, or the excellent wines and beers.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneNovember 15, 2018
    Skip the current special of rock cod with brown butter sautéed veggies $29. Stick to the fresh oysters and the fish stew $24.
  • Lev Z.heart icon on user image
    Lev ZJuly 22, 2017
    The mussels are to die for!! Very accommodating to allergies, they were able to leave out the garlic and Dijon mustard while still producing fabulous mussels.
  • Diana D.heart icon on user image
    Diana DoOctober 9, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely get the grilled cheese and chowder. The chowder is more like a broth, but delicious! Sweetwater and Kumamoto oysters are a must 😋😋😋
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KingNovember 7, 2014
    The line might be daunting, but it can be made bearable (and even enjoyable!) if you send someone to grab drinks from the bar and sip them while waiting for a table.
  • Jimmy H.heart icon on user image
    Jimmy HookerAugust 7, 2014
    Really good oysters, and to be honest, their grilled cheese is messed up how good it is. Their grilled cheese might be more worth the trip than the oysters.
  • m
    mDecember 22, 2011
    If you’re a fresh oyster lover, this is definitely a place to go when in San Fran. $1 oysters during their happy hours so get there early! Get a spot on their patio to enjoy the spectacular view.
  • Sophia L.heart icon on user image
    Sophia LiuFebruary 18, 2016
    Clam to soup ratio is generous without over doing it. Made the top of the list for best clam chowders I've had.
  • Angela N.heart icon on user image
    Angela NohMarch 6, 2015
    The best oyster i've ever tried in my life. So fresh, yummy, sour and sweet. Goes well with Riesling!
  • Steve H.heart icon on user image
    Steve HillNovember 5, 2013
    Get the oyster sampler, minuet is fabulous but slightly eclipsed by the cocktail sauce, and watch out for the horseradish - holy hell don't inhale - freshest oysters possible
  • Giovanni D.heart icon on user image
    Giovanni D'PalmaApril 19, 2018
    Oysters and chowder were delicious! Tried specials and loved each one we got. Take the risk
  • Tim L.heart icon on user image
    Tim LeeDecember 30, 2014
    Great meal. The wait for a party of 6 was about an hour and a half and they were out of the clam chowder, but the gumbo and oysters were fantastic.
  • Chloe N.heart icon on user image
    Chloe NguyenAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If there's a long wait, just go to the bar and order a drink and some grub there. The whole menu is available, plus the bartenders are super friendly!
  • Angie H.heart icon on user image
    Angie HSeptember 25, 2014
    Much more spacious since the remodel. Sad to see Happy Hour has stopped! Grab a table outside with a bay view and drown your sorrows in oysters.
  • Todd C.
    Todd ChapmanSeptember 8, 2014
    The chowder was excellent - you'll never look at clam chowder the same way. And there's a reason every review mentions the grilled cheese - it's phenomenal.
  • Lolosaurr
    LolosaurrOctober 2, 2014
    Fresh oysters! Kumamoto's a good pick. Clam chowder was delicious. Olivia's special tip - order a side of fries and dunk them in the chowder for kicks.
  • Maya B.heart icon on user image
    Maya ByrneOctober 19, 2018
    Best oysters in SF. Got to try the grilled oysters!
  • Frances
    FrancesOctober 19, 2014
    Sit outside for view of the bridge at night. Assorted oysters, from ca and wa right now. Clam chowder had ton of clams but soup itself was watery, ok flavor
  • Carol B.heart icon on user image
    Carol BargMarch 9, 2015
    You must get the clam chowder! Even if you don't like class or chowder this will make you change your mind! Wow!! Great service too!
  • Jay C.heart icon on user image
    Jay C.September 25, 2014
    They're grilled cheese is sooo good. Order one and thank me later. Their sodas are Boylan's and worth it.
  • M M.
    M MAugust 6, 2014
    The chowder is less thick than the standard, the oysters are delish so are the grits. Icy cold refreshing beers too.
  • Kerry S.heart icon on user image
    Kerry SnyderApril 12, 2016
    Oysters, derp. The cocktails were expertly crafted. Don't wait in line if you can nab a bar seat, same menu.
  • David M.heart icon on user image
    David Muro IIFebruary 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Our go to lunch is a dozen mixed oysters, and a melted cheese sandwich that we dip in a bowl of clam chowder. Amazing.
  • Kar M.heart icon on user image
    Kar MariscalNovember 23, 2015
    Great oysters, and the clam chawder is to die for, would be the best with a bread bowl.
  • steven k.heart icon on user image
    steven kimbroughJuly 21, 2017
    Always our reason to go into San Francisco, the place to meet friends at, and easy to find. Good food and great service.
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