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Anchor Oyster Bar

Anchor Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Castro, San Francisco
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  • Andre M.
    Andre MayOctober 15, 2013
    Best oyster I have ever eaten! Worth recommendation! Delicious seafood, lovely spot, excellent service & last but not least fair price. :)))
    Upvoted Mar 31
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueMarch 27, 2016
    Small, intimate, lively. Deliciously fresh seafood, shellfish and hot dishes. And that epic cioppino dish. Downside: LONG wait all the time!
  • Norbert H.
    Norbert HuAugust 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The secret cioppino will make you lick your plates clean! Bring your own wine as they do not charge corkage fee! The wait is well worthwhile, but do not attempt with more than 4 people.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LovettNovember 6, 2015
    Always crowded, but I usually sit at the counter. Best food in Castro and the servers are friendly and knowledgeable about their daily specials. Pricier than most others in Castro, bur well worth it.
  • TheDL
    TheDLNovember 17, 2014
    Of course the oysters. Clams and/or muscles w/extra bread to sop up the broth. Garlic bread is really good. Open-face crab and shrimp melt, and chowder made my tastebuds happy too.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    Start off with one of the excellent seafood cocktails; we love the oyster shooters ($8.50 with soju, $3.50 without) and tasty combination ($14), which includes crab, shrimp and prawns. Read more
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolMarch 19, 2016
    Enjoy The Dungeness crab and a glass of Pine ridge. Boston clam chowder. And oysters on the shell. Be ready to be in the line when opening at 11.30am
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MJune 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best, freshest, and best prepared fish and seafood in SF. The chowder is amazing and I can't even express how good the cioppino is.
  • Jassim L.
    Jassim LatifFebruary 1, 2012
    One, put your name on the board and say you're at Swirl. Walk over to Swirl across the street. Pick up a bottle of Cherry Pair. Back to Oyster where there is no corkage fee. Get the Cioppino and Crab.
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LabadieDecember 7, 2012
    Clam chowder to start is a must. Then order the cioponnio and the anchor special and you'll be in set. PS make sure you write the time next to your name on the board when you check in.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LoJune 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always with great food. Ciopinni is a must have. Pasta dish is always impressive. One of my favorite seafood restaurant in town! I recommend anything on the special menu...
  • Marta T.
    Marta TapperoJuly 15, 2016
    The food is amazing. I think they should be faster definitely. We wait long time outside instead of maybe sharing tables? Ciompino and garlic bread!
  • Tara A.
    Tara AmatoNovember 13, 2011
    love this place! tucked away in the castro only a few tables so its good to arrive early or grab a drink next door while you wait! always amazing specials and the best seafood!!!
  • Evren K.
    Evren KoksalOctober 18, 2015
    Best seafood spot in SF! Do not miss! Fresh oysters like nowhere else yummmm! Order anything wont regret.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn ChengDecember 31, 2013
    Everyone should get an individual cup of clam chowder, the cioppino to share and extra garlic bread to line the belly.
  • Sophia
    SophiaAugust 4, 2013
    Well worth the money. The staff is friendly and the restaurant is clean. Nothing you eat here will disappoint you. No matter what you order you've got to eat their clam chowder.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    It's no surprise the oysters are coveted at Anchor, where they've been doing their thing for over "30 shucking years." The crab cakes, clam chowder, and garlic bread are also commendable. Read more
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 31, 2012
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best SeafoodWalking in to Anchor Oyster Bar is a bit like escaping San Francisco for a moment and stepping in to a beachside seafood joint… Read more
  • Sloane E.
    Sloane EarlAugust 3, 2013
    Get. The. Cioppino. Share it with everyone you know who wants to experience the best seafood medley stew in the history of america.
  • Jacquie C.
    Jacquie CJuly 14, 2013
    Amazing seafood. Freshest oysters ever and pretty yummy crab cakes. Was fun sitting at the counter. Will definitely be back.
  • Dana F.
    Dana FraserJuly 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Have a glass of wine across the street at Swirls. When you write your name in the waiting list, include @swirls so they come get you.
  • Alec H.
    Alec HNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Expect to wait at least an hour, but it is totally worth it. The Cioppino is always available even if it isn't listed. If no Dungeness is available, they call it Italian Fish Stew
  • Yan T.
    Yan TongDecember 27, 2012
    one of the best restaurants I've ever been to in the USA! All the food we ordered are awesome!
  • Harold C.
    Harold CharnsDecember 16, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    I went there for little shrimps for an office party shrimp salad, and their shrimps are always wonderful, as are the people
  • Bjørn M.
    Bjørn MJuly 15, 2012
    Just get the full order Anchor Special and a bottle of bubbles. Or do the local oysters only. Caesar salad is great too!
  • Andre M.
    Andre MayOctober 14, 2013
    Fantastic seafood - nice and lovely spot! Worth recommendation!
    Upvoted Mar 31
  • Mike H.
    Mike HaywoodOctober 18, 2012
    The Anchor special is a must! The garlic white wine with thyme broth for the clams alone is worth the full cost.
  • Francesca H.
    Francesca HernandezMarch 6, 2014
    Get the cioppino!!! It's not on the menu but if it's crab season, they'll hook you up :))
  • Masha I.
    Masha IovevaJanuary 7, 2012
    Low-key, tasty, great atmosphere. The house wine is always a good addition to the tasty chows and high-class entrees.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchwenkFebruary 5, 2012
    My favorite restaurant in SF. First went back in 1998 and it's always held a special place in my heart. GET THE OYSTERS!
  • Katherin S.
    Katherin SonAugust 14, 2012
    To help you get an idea of how long the wait is...we arrived 7:40 on a Monday night. Got seated at 8:30. Typical SF :P Slowwww service but it's hard to hate them for it bc they are sooooo friendly.
  • Annie J.
    Annie JJuly 26, 2012
    Food was pretty good but if you come, make sure you have all the time in the world. Not only will you wait a while to be seated, waiting to place your food order was just as long.
  • Nick J.
    Nick JordanJanuary 28, 2016
    The garlic bread is crazy good. Cioppino is also worth it.
  • Vanessa T.
    Vanessa TOctober 29, 2016
    Cioppino, oysters, clams, chowder, staff, everything!!
  • Michael T.
    Michael TorresJune 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Where to start! Secret cioppino! Amazing food in general. Great service! Charming atmosphere. Sometimes a bit of a wait:(
  • Alec H.
    Alec HFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Cioppino - Double order! You will regret your trip here if you don't try the Cioppino
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ClydeApril 14, 2013
    I should elaborate. Checked in on the board at 5:21 pm on a Saturday. It'll be over an hour before we're seated. It's 6:14 pm now and there's one party before us.
  • Jan-Nicolas V.
    Jan-Nicolas VandervekenSeptember 12, 2010
    Probably the best food on Castro. Small place, friendly staff and great food. We had the chowder and crab burger special: delicious.
  • Caroline L.
    Caroline LupiniMay 15, 2014
    Garlic bread is amazing and goes well with the anchor special! So good!
  • Mervyn Jed T.
    Mervyn Jed TalatalaOctober 12, 2012
    If there is a long wait. It's well worth it. FYI- they serve you FREE clam chowder while you wait.
  • Karla R.
    Karla RiveraJanuary 4, 2013
    Cozy little spot with amazing service. Best clam chowder on the west coast
  • John W.
    John WSeptember 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I've been coming here for years, and have never had a bad meal. This is the best seafood restaurant in San Francisco.
  • Jassim L.
    Jassim LatifAugust 23, 2011
    amazing crab in a garlic white wine sauce. haven't had it anywhere else at this level.
  • Brad T.
    Brad TApril 11
    Straight forward no frills menu that showcases the seafood like no other.
  • Katerina M.
    Katerina M.May 3, 2015
    Order the 15 oysters on the half shell. Don't order the crab cakes
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ClydeApril 14, 2013
    Wait time at least an hour. What we should've done was put our names down and went around the corner to Castro Wine for some wine tasting as we waited but, FYI,, they only seat full parties.
  • Bruce T.
    Bruce TienMarch 23, 2015
    The seafood is awesome and it does take time for waiting!
  • Brant M.
    Brant McQuittyApril 15, 2016
    Oysters and Cioppino. Go between two and five to minimize the wait
  • Kingsley L.
    Kingsley LuuFebruary 18, 2013
    Wait is long so brave yourself. But the chef sends out clam chowder to calm those impatient souls :)
  • Robert S.
    Robert SnowOctober 15, 2011
    Love the Cioppino! Right next door to Harvey Milk's original photography studio on Castro.
  • Chong Han C.
    Chong Han ChuaAugust 10, 2014
    Fantastic cioppino. An additional order of garlic bread is in order
  • Bianca H.
    Bianca H.September 25, 2015
    Fantastic steamed shellfish and also pasta
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick StrangeFebruary 27, 2015
    Sit at the bar and order the steamer special.
  • Russ L.
    Russ LorensonMarch 9
    Been here 5+ times
    The seafood is good, but the prices are pretty steep, especially given the bad service. $75 for 2 people for lunch (no alcohol) is ridiculous. Table service is glacial in pace.
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KooAugust 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Cioppino is always amazing and always on the menu. It's huge so share it and get an extra order of garlic bread. Trust.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SoenenMay 6, 2016
    Oysters, of course. And clams. And anything else on the menu.
  • Brian
    BrianFebruary 22, 2012
    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the clam chowder is delicious. Yum!
  • Natalie C.
    Natalie CervelliAugust 10, 2015
    Cioppino is insane! Must have it.
  • Elle D.
    Elle DestreeAugust 22, 2012
    Ask for the cioppino even if it's not on the menu.
  • Gregory H.
    Gregory HokitJanuary 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you don't get the Cioppino your missing out! If it's not listed just ask for it..
  • Robert J.
    Robert JensenJuly 18, 2016
    Nice seafood, the line is a b**** tho
  • Gina W.
    Gina WhiteAugust 6, 2014
    I love everything and feel lucky it is in my neighborhood!
  • T.J. L.
    T.J. LeeJuly 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the amazing garlic beard or go to Hell without passing GO!! Wink.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HaskinsApril 17, 2016
    The clan chowder was perfect.
  • David S.
    David ScottAugust 27, 2013
    Best dining experience I have had in a very long time... Bravo
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolMarch 20, 2016
    Dungeness crab with garlic sauce !
  • Oleg R.
    Oleg RocklinMay 11, 2014
    Cioppino is amazing!
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LongNovember 23, 2013
    What can I say. OYSTERS! The best
  • Lakegan H.
    Lakegan HarrisFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't wait for a table if you're alone or with a frlhp
  • Wojtek B.
    Wojtek BartosikSeptember 21, 2013
    Anchor Special is the best!
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithDecember 21, 2013
    Definitely try the crab cake appetizer
  • William W.
    William WestleyMarch 16, 2011
    Best cioppino in SF hands down. Never a disappointment.
  • Margaret R.
    Margaret RyanFebruary 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Seafood and service exceptional.
  • Dana F.
    Dana FraserJanuary 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Took me 4 years to find the perfect clam chowder!
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MitchellFebruary 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    share the anchor special - oysters, prawns and clams - it's fresh and delicious!
  • Edgar A.
    Edgar AgbayaniFebruary 1, 2016
    Try the Steamed Clams (via @Foodspotting)
  • Shaun M.
    Shaun MullanOctober 16, 2013
    Could not find a single fault. Great service, fantastic food.
  • Alec H.
    Alec HNovember 8, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the cioppino - it is not one the menu but always available.
  • Douglas L.
    Douglas LuckettSeptember 17, 2016
    Beer and some oysters. Do it!
  • Vladimir V.
    Vladimir VasilievMay 31, 2013
    The best seafood I've ever eat
  • Josh S.
    Josh SacksSeptember 15, 2013
    Delicious crab "burger" with chowda
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RyerFebruary 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The black mussels are great, in a delicious lemony garlicky broth.
  • Alberto J S M.
    All the food is excellent
  • David F.
    David FudgeFebruary 3, 2013
    Garlic bread + crab cakes. Get 'em.
  • Bobette P.
    Bobette PowersOctober 8, 2013
    Absolutely amazing food and service!!!!
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WalzJune 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Come for lunch. No wait. Specials.
  • Barry K.
    Barry KirkMarch 5, 2010
    The greenlip mussels are the way to go - big and tasty.
  • Paul R.
    Paul RoseJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The anchor special and garlic bread and shooters can't fail
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MuncyJune 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    On a hot day the gazpacho is the perfect treat.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TorresJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The local halibut is amazing
  • Yuria H.
    Yuria HMarch 16, 2014
    Get the Cioppino. It's orgasmic.
  • Elaine M.
    Elaine MartinSeptember 10, 2013
    Best cioppino EVER
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolMarch 19, 2016
    Crab, oysters , clams
  • Davide C.
    Great little fish place
  • Sean W.
    Sean WaughNovember 30, 2015
    Oysters and the Mussels!
  • Dana O.
    Dana OstfeldAugust 21, 2013
    Try the Clam Chowder - Yummmmm
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MaciasOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to eat or pick up fresh fish!
  • Bret W.
    Bret WeinbergAugust 7, 2014
    Great clam chowder! 🐙
  • Rahn S.
    Rahn SibleyNovember 26, 2013
    Chowder chowder chowder!
  • Lakegan H.
    Lakegan HarrisFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The cioppino is amazing!!!
  • Phil Y.
    Phil YeFebruary 23, 2014
    这是周六下午13:40,入口处以进排起了小队。这是一个只有几张小桌和一个吧台上的小地方。服务非常高效,顺序为快,因为菜单简单,工作人员知道他们在做什么。即使里面很拥挤,我们没有要求与他人共享一张桌子,使我们可以真正享受自己的对话。 我们点了他们的特色菜,you带12牡蛎的半壳,8蒸蛤蜊,4冰鲜明虾,38.95美元满足了两个追逐蛋白质和远离碳化物的家伙。我们可以看他们在几米外的厨房里准备我们的菜肴。
  • Pamela E.
    Tip top ! Aparemment il y a souvent de l' attente ! Ecrire son nom sur le tableau en arrivant.
  • Eliane P.
    Eliane PimentelNovember 24, 2015
    Excelente comida, atendimento ótimo. Ambiente pequeno e muito agradável.
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