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Swan Oyster Depot

Seafood Restaurant · Polk Gulch
1517 Polk St (btwn Sacramento & California St.), San Francisco, CA 94109, United States
Closed until 10:30 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 10:30 AM–5:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
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Outdoor Seating:

Based on 352 votes

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    Kim F.
    "Try the Crab Fat - Excellent with white wine, lemon & pepper."(5 Tips)
    Ricardo P.
    "Ask for the Boston Clam Chowder, set of oysters, and scallops."(4 Tips)
    M N.
    "Probably the best oysters I have ever had"(56 Tips)
    Will K.
    "Get the ultra fresh sea urchin."(4 Tips)
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  • oysters
  • crab
  • fresh sea urchin
  • smoked salmon
  • lively
  • casual
  • sashimi
  • authentic
  • scallops
  • breakfast food
  • healthy food
  • off-menu items
  • wine
  • great value
  • spicy food
  • cocktails
  • beer
  • good service
  • tequila
  • shrimp
  • Jackson G.

    Oysters on the half shell

    Jackson Galan · 1 week ago
  • Terence L.

    Half cracked crab is the best

    Terence Lau · 3 weeks ago
  • Kyle P.

    The wait will be long, but worth it. Go an hour before they open and you should be among he first seated.

    Kyle Paice · December 29, 2015
  • Jessica R.

    Got the variety of oysters and the chowder to go just before closing. It was delicious. Can't wait to go again.

    Jessica Roqué · December 18, 2015
  • James H.

    Carpaccio. And that smoked salmon. No curb balls here, just 90mph freshness.

    James H · December 6, 2015
  • Mark L.

    Anything with a shell

    Mark Lee · November 16, 2015
  • Cristina S.

    Anthony Bourdain gets it right.

    Cristina Strunk · October 19, 2015
  • Lucky Peach

    WHAT TO EAT: Oysters, crab. For full review, click Read more. Read more

    Lucky Peach · October 15, 2015
  • Melon L.

    Come during the weekday to avoid a crazy wait. You must sit inside and hang out, just once!

    Melon L · September 28, 2015
  • Sophia Q.

    Crab fat!!!!

    Sophia Quang · September 21, 2015
  • Allison K.

    Oysters, sashimi style fish, weird butter crab thing (sorry have no idea what it was called), clam chowder.

    Allison Kaminski · September 3, 2015
  • Ivan R.

    Super Fresh fish and seafood produced localy. Eaten alive without problem. If you prefer something cooked - there is too (but not too much).

    Ivan Rečević · August 29, 2015
  • Nicole H.

    open for lunch only great old school spot

    Nicole Haime · August 17, 2015
  • Tim D.

    Just get some fresh oysters because oh my gosh they are so fresh.

    Tim Deng · August 17, 2015
  • Nicole H.

    Great for seafood snack

    Nicole Haime · August 11, 2015
  • Brodie O.

    Don't let be line out front intimidate you. It's worth it. Everything's great here, but the oysters are my fav.

    Brodie Olmstead · July 24, 2015
  • Matt M.

    This place is awesome on so many levels!

    Matt McGee · July 2, 2015
  • Matt M.

    Crab salad

    Matt McGee · July 2, 2015
  • Candid Cuisine

    Get their crab fat and Uni in shell 🇺🇸❤️

    Candid Cuisine · June 25, 2015
  • Isadora V.

    Shigoku oysters are the best!

    Isadora Vieira · June 17, 2015
  • Asher S.

    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.

    Asher Simonds · June 1, 2015
  • Kate Y.

    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.

    Kate Yan · May 12, 2015
  • Amanda F.

    For other vegetarians who like myself came here with friends, just chow down on the amazing bread.

    Amanda Fagan · April 6, 2015
  • Marshall S.

    7x7 recommends the Swan Special

    Marshall St. Clair · April 2, 2015
  • Patrick S.

    This is the crab back. It's delicious but served cold which was a slight surprise.

    Patrick S · March 19, 2015
  • David P.

    Our secret! Don't tell everyone. Oops too late.

    David Phillips · March 4, 2015
  • Amy Y.

    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

    Amy Y · February 28, 2015
  • Dan F.

    Just an incomparable experience. The food, the service, the one beer on tap. Worth every minute of the 2 hours we spent on line.

    Dan Foy · February 20, 2015
  • M N.

    Probably the best oysters I have ever had

    M Nans · February 1, 2015
  • Melissa Nasse C.

    Casual, Wonderful Service and Extra Quality Ingredients

    Melissa Nasse Cozono Godinho · January 31, 2015
  • The Tastes that Make the City

    The oysters on the half shell are the best oysters in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more

    The Tastes that Make the City · January 28, 2015
  • Jane K.

    and dont skip out on the sourdough

    Jane Kim · January 15, 2015
  • Jane K.

    get a half a dozen of the kumamotos and the scallops

    Jane Kim · January 15, 2015
  • Mike W.

    Everything at Swan is amazing, but you've just got to try the Bourdain approved dish simply called Crab Fat. It's ridiculously decadent. Read more about this insane dish on WinstonWanders below!! Read more

    Mike Winston · December 22, 2014
  • Kiran S R.


    Kiran S Rize · December 21, 2014
  • Lillian Y.

    Slightly overrated. Cash only.

    Lillian Young · October 20, 2014
  • Mike W.

    All of the seafood is extraordinarily fresh, but I'd suggest going with the off-menu Scallop or Salmon Sicilian Sashimi or ridiculously good Live West Coast Uni. Read about it on WinstonWanders below! Read more

    Mike Winston · October 9, 2014
  • Kareem Z.

    Best breakfast in SF...paired with Anchor Steam on draft.

    Kareem Zarwi · October 6, 2014
  • Epicurious

    You'll definitely wait in line, but coming to this old school, no-frills seafood institution as a solo diner has its advantages -- you'll likely get a seat faster than the larger parties. Read more

    Epicurious · October 2, 2014
  • Brad T.


    Brad T · September 26, 2014
  • Troy N.

    Oysters. White wine. Smoked salmon and chit chat.

    Troy Nachtigall · September 13, 2014
  • Eater

    Open only for lunch, Polk Street’s 100-year-old gem still churns out the best crab, oysters and sourdough in town. Get there early to snag one of the handful of seats. Read more

    Eater · September 5, 2014
  • Soraya

    Can't wait

    Soraya · August 30, 2014
  • Kevin C.

    First person online was 9:45

    Kevin Cahill · August 30, 2014
  • Noah

    Anchor steam + oysters + chowda = 🎉🎉🎉

    Noah · August 28, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Swan Oyster Depot as seen on The Layover , Rachael Ray - $40 a Day Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Ryan Farr, chef of 4505 Meats, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Combination salad. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • NorthBet

    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.

    NorthBet · August 19, 2014
  • Walter

    Combo plate

    Walter · August 15, 2014
  • Frank W.

    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.

    Frank Wang · August 15, 2014

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