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Anchor Oyster Bar

Anchor Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Castro, San Francisco
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  • Norbert H.
    Norbert HuAugust 20, 2013
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • Marta T.
    Marta Tappero1 week ago
    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!
  • 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
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MJune 1, 2015
    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.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LoJune 16, 2013
    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...
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolMarch 19
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alec H.
    Alec HNovember 24, 2012
    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
  • 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. :)))
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evren K.
    Evren KoksalOctober 18, 2015
    Best seafood spot in SF! Do not miss! Fresh oysters like nowhere else yummmm! Order anything wont regret.
  • 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
  • Wilson F.
    Small, intimate, lively. Deliciously fresh seafood, shellfish and hit dishes. And that epic cioppino dish. Downside: LONG wait all the time!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dana F.
    Dana FraserJuly 6, 2014
    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.
  • 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.
  • Harold C.
    Harold CharnsDecember 16, 2015
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TorresJune 22, 2011
    Where to start! Secret cioppino! Amazing food in general. Great service! Charming atmosphere. Sometimes a bit of a wait:(
  • John W.
    John WSeptember 6, 2010
    I've been coming here for years, and have never had a bad meal. This is the best seafood restaurant in San Francisco.
  • 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!
  • 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 :))
  • Alec H.
    Alec HFebruary 18, 2013
    Try the Cioppino - Double order! You will regret your trip here if you don't try the Cioppino
  • 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.
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KooAugust 13, 2010
    Cioppino is always amazing and always on the menu. It's huge so share it and get an extra order of garlic bread. Trust.
  • Nick J.
    Nick JordanJanuary 28
    The garlic bread is crazy good. Cioppino is also worth it.
  • Jassim L.
    Jassim LatifAugust 23, 2011
    amazing crab in a garlic white wine sauce. haven't had it anywhere else at this level.
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MitchellFebruary 11, 2010
    share the anchor special - oysters, prawns and clams - it's fresh and delicious!
  • Caroline L.
    Caroline LupiniMay 15, 2014
    Garlic bread is amazing and goes well with the anchor special! So good!
  • Lee H.
    Lee HuffordApril 15, 2015
    Whatever is on the board that night!!! Clam Chowder, Amazing!!! Oysters to Die For!!!
  • Katerina M.
    Katerina M.May 3, 2015
    Order the 15 oysters on the half shell. Don't order the crab cakes
  • Andre M.
    Andre MayOctober 14, 2013
    Fantastic seafood - nice and lovely spot! Worth recommendation!
  • Brant M.
    Oysters and Cioppino. Go between two and five to minimize the wait
  • Gregory H.
    Gregory HokitJanuary 24, 2011
    If you don't get the Cioppino your missing out! If it's not listed just ask for it..
  • Karla R.
    Karla RiveraJanuary 4, 2013
    Cozy little spot with amazing service. Best clam chowder on the west coast
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RyerFebruary 23, 2010
    The black mussels are great, in a delicious lemony garlicky broth.
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