Opens at 10:30 and accepts cash only. Some the freshest oysters ive ever had. Crab cocktail is big fat generous chunks of crab meat. And of course clam chowder is amazing.
Not big on oysters? The smoked salmon is so fresh and so well balanced with capers and chopped onions that you'll forget you're not in a Jewish deli in the Lower East side.
Kelly and Christy love the Dungeness Crab Louie and the incredibly fresh oysters that they order with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. There is only bar seating and it’s hard to get a seat, so expect a line.
Feels like you're going back in time. Everything is amazing. Try the thin sliced salmon and eat a ton of oysters. The line is serious though, and they often run out of food. Get there early.
Don't forget, cash only! This place is a treasure. The guys behind the counter will take care of you. Great service and awesome product! Oysters are amazing. The clam chowder has real clam flavor!
This casual spot is a great place to enjoy fresh seafood. Its first come, first serve - so breakfast is often to best time to drop by. As seen on Travel Channel’s The Layover with Anthony Bourdain.
This San Fran landmark serves all its dishes cold (except for the rainy-day staple, clam chowder). Knock back oysters on your lunch break and chat up the cooks for secrets of the century-old spot.
Don't want to deal with the crazy lines, but still want the goods? Call in a togo order! Everyone's faces in line as you walk past them, leaving in minutes? Almost as delicious as their food!
Start with a cup of chowder and bread and butter. Then move into a dozen mixed oysters. Get a half plate of the sashimi and a half cracked cab. If it's not too early, grab a beer!
The smoked salmon--one of my very favorite foods--on very thinly sliced sourdough, was outstanding. So incredibly buttery, melt-in-your-mouth fantastic The best I've ever had--by a mile.
Avoid going here on the weekend or at prime lunch time to avoid the crowds of tourists. Best seafood in the city. They also hand slice their smoked salmon which makes it extra delicious.
Better and cheaper option: go to Waterbar in Embarcadero for happy hour oyster $1 each and views of bay. Good date first date plus added bonus Panty dropper views of bridge
Get here early or else the lines can take a long time. The restaurant only has 20 counter seats. The crudo is amazing! Cash only.
The Sancimino brothers (six of them!) are always joking around behind the counter. Order cracked crab and a pint of Anchor Steam. More places to eat like a local: tandl.me/12ufz7c
The scallops in the sashimi was next level. Sad that as good as the uni looked, it was a day old as admitted by one of the guys there.
Get here early & pony up to the counter. Order an Anchor Steam, get a mixed dozen oysters, some chowder, & the half crab if in season. The smoked salmon is incredible.
You can order drinks while waiting on line. Order Italian Sashimi (it's not on the menu). They have yummy aged Tequila in the oak barrel above the counter top. Cheers!
Here's the deal, if you are a tourist its worth coming here once for the dive bar charm, after that there are way better seafood places in much nicer settings for the same price
Ask if they've got fresh scallops! If so, get them done up with olive oil, capers and onions. Squeeze a little lemon on there (from the bowl on the counter), and enjoy!
The food and service is amazing. Everything is raw but the natural taste of all the seafood is to die for!!! Local family restaurant, and quick service!!
The wait will be long, but worth it. Go an hour before they open and you should be among he first seated.
Very limited seating, cash only. Some of the freshest seafood in town. Not sure why people say it's a tourist trap -- it's very much a local's place
A trip to SF isn't complete without a stop at Swan Oyster Depot. Everything is fresh and you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Don't forget to bring cash. No plastic.
Half shell oyster,clam chowder, sashimi with lemon, olive oil, onion, and capers, especially the scallop... Very delicious ! Worth the wait
Super Fresh fish and seafood produced localy. Eaten alive without problem. If you prefer something cooked - there is too (but not too much).
Our favorite SF seafood institution. Get here early to beat the crowds and have oysters and clam chowder with an Anchor Steam beer.
Try the Crab Fat - Excellent with white wine, lemon & pepper. Goes well with bread! Delish! My first time trying this dish.
First come first serve (20 stools), best to go at breakfast. Crab fat/butter w/ sourdough bread. Oysters. Sea urchins
You can order takeout raw stuff, salads or chowder here and skip the long lines! Of course nothing beats the authentic counter experience.
Very small and most likely a long wait but the Bostom clam chowder and oysters are worth it! Super friendly staff too.
Got the variety of oysters and the chowder to go just before closing. It was delicious. Can't wait to go again.
Clam chowder and combination salad! If you don't want to wait, take out! They also sell fresh sea urchin in its shell
Chowder. Miyagi and Kumamoto oysters (skip the blue point). Seafood combination salad platter. Bottle of wine.
Best fresh seafood in a casual environment. Long lines for eat in are worth it. They also have takeout orders.
Try the 2 Dozen Mixed Oysters - Miyagi, Kumamoto and Blue Point oysters! Yum!!! I was in oyster heaven!
Just an incomparable experience. The food, the service, the one beer on tap. Worth every minute of the 2 hours we spent on line.
Don't let be line out front intimidate you. It's worth it. Everything's great here, but the oysters are my fav.
Make sure you try the spicy relish stuff and horse radish. Also, ask for the sashimi type thing it looks great.
If you like seafood, this is a must. The staff was super friendly and the fish was super fresh. Enjoy!
Best crab, chowder, oysters, sourdough bread and ice cold Anchor Steam off the beaten city path. A gem!