Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco, California

22 Mentions on Trippy

1517 Polk Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

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(415) 673-2757

  • 8 mentions in Best seafood restaurant in S.F.?

    • Crystal S.

      Crystal S. said, "... Swan Oyster Depot is fantastic and affordable. It's a San Francisco institution. Get there early to line up at the counter for a breakfast of oysters, shrimp cocktail and chowder...." See More

    • Shauna A.

      Shauna A. said, "...The locals favorite is Swan Oyster Depot- it's a small place so you'll have to be patient (or grab a snack before), but well worth the wait. Enjoy!..." See More

    • Guy C.

      Guy C. said, "...go to a real original San Francisco seafood place, and you're up for a little adventure, then you have to try Swan Oyster Depot on Polk Street. It's only open for lunch, accepts cash only, you'll need to wait in line, but it's..." See More

    • Chris K.

      Chris K. said, "...I agree with Swan Oyster Depot mentioned above. But, man, the line is long. Tadich Grill in the Financial District is old school SF and fantastic but it's pricey. Woodhouse Fish Company in the Castro and Pac Heights is good as well but..." See More

    • Violette V.

      Violette V. said, "... Swan Oyster Depot: 1517 Polk St. I love that place so much ! You eat at the counter. This place must have almost 100years old ! It is not expensive. Beware : you have to go very early or it will be..." See More

    • Adam W.

      Adam W. said, "... Swan Oyster Depot 1517 Polk Street, San Francisco..." See More

    • Peter Z.

      Peter Z. said, "...Woodhouse Fish Company is likely the best bang for your buck. Swan Oyster Depot is fantastic & tasty however you'll need to wait in line, pay a handful and its CASH ONLY...." See More

    • Laney S.

      Laney S. said, "... Swan Oyster Depot is a wonderful experience. It's small, counter seating only, and you will most likely wait to get seated, but it's worth it. I haven't been to this one but heard it's good - The Old Clam House - 299 Bayshore..." See More

  • 3 mentions in Best food in the city while eating solo at the bar?

    • Anthony B.

      Anthony B. said, "... Swan Oyster Depot..." See More

    • Matthew A.

      Matthew A. said, "...They have happy hour specials that start at 5 and it's pretty busy by 6 so try and get there early. Swan Oyster Depot is great too but it's only open until around 4:30 so it's not really a dinner spot. Lastly, Tadich..." See More

    • Christina J.

      Christina J. said, "... Swan Oyster Depot for lunch!..." See More

  • 2 mentions in How early is early at Swan Oyster Depot? Wanting to avoid a long wait!

    • Krista G.

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      Krista G. said, "...a TaskRabbit (taskrabbit.com) to wait in line for you - this is a trick I've used at well known restaurants like Swan Oyster Depot and State Bird Provisions, and it will buy you and your husband more comfortable time, waiting to get in...." See More

    • John S.

      John S. said, "...Early Happy Birthday! Swan Oyster Depot opens at 10:30 a.m. daily except Sunday. It's cash only. The line can start an hour ahead of opening, especially on weekends, but you can meet interesting people waiting in line. You can avoid the line by..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Foodies in SF

    • Debbie L.

      Debbie L. said, "...you'll see a lot of stands selling them. Of course, there are many other really fantastic seafood spots in the city. Swan Oyster Depot in Nob Hill is a very famous one and they don't take reservations, so be prepared to wait in..." See More

    • Avery Z.

      Avery Z. said, "...My husband and I LOVE Swan Oyster Depot. We pretty much only go there at breakfast/brunch time because it's the only time when there isn't an insane line. They open at 10:30 AM every day (except Sundays, when they're closed), so we..." See More

  • 1 mention in Best locations for a solo round the world trip?

    • Kelly D.

      Kelly D. said, "...city, come hungry. When you're here, see what happens while feasting at Off the Grid, make pals in line at the Swan Oyster Depot or share a table at the The Buena Vista Cafe. Be sure to stop by the Palace of Fine..." See More

  • 1 mention in Specialty food stores and farmer's markets

    • Tim F.

      Tim F. said, "...I actually wrote about top specialty market and suppliers in SF, too, in my book The 4-Hour Chef. Check it: Seafood Swan Oyster Depot: An SF institution for almost 100 years, offering fresh local fish and oysters. It’s also a restaurant if..." See More

  • 1 mention in Where is the best place to eat lobster in San Francisco?

    • Susan H.

      Susan H. said, "...Skip the lobster and get crab from Swan Oyster Depot..." See More

  • 1 mention in Must-try restaurants

    • Anthony B.

      Anthony B. said, "...A great greasy spoon on the waterfrontIncanto: Awesome restaurant from chef Chris CosentinoMission Chinese Food: Great restaurantLa Folie: Another Great restaurant Swan Oyster Depot: for the oysters (of course), for the crab back fat with sourdough bread), the sea urchin. Hell--whatever they..." See More

  • 1 mention in Best way to spend a month in San Francisco

    • Janet C.

      Janet C. said, "...up-and-coming new restaurants; discover fantastic murals everywhere: the women's building, Balmy Alley, just to name a couple. 3) take out a Swan Oyster Depot, then jump on the cable car at the west end of California (near Polk), eat your lunch at..." See More

  • 1 mention in Best restaurant for lunch to celebrate a 30th birthday in SF?

    • Patrick R.

      Patrick R. said, "...seafood. If it's a weekday and more early afternoon than lunch primetime, try to grab a spot at the counter at Swan Oyster Depot. No frills (not even any tables, just counter seats). Amazing oysters on the half-shell, house-smoked salmon, great wines...." See More

  • 1 mention in This is on my bucket list. Fill my brain with info on what to do!

    • Rachel C.

      Rachel C. said, "...I'm trying to think of things you probably couldn't get or do in Cleveland here... Swan Oyster Depot is a step back in time: http://www.sfswanoysterdepot.com/ also House of Nanking: http://houseofnanking.net/ - both places are best if you just let the servers bring you..." See More