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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
+1 415-552-7584
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“cioppino” (82 reviews)
“oysters” (105 reviews)
“chowder” (37 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
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1 - 10 of 377 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

This is absolutely the Best meal I have ever had. This small restaurant only has six tables and a counter that seats eight. We had to wait an hour outside in the cold and the wait was well worth it,. I had a cup of...More

Thank kcbeefy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Thanks for the recommendation TripAdvisor! We were looking for an authentic SF food experience and were not disappointed. Putting our group name on the whiteboard and only waited 10 minutes to be seated. We were fortunate to be the last table in for the night...More

Thank Anna L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

They don't take reservations and it's first come first served and/or waitlist. The place is small but the food is so consistently outstanding - you will be sure to revisit again several times. They usually close for a month - mid year

Thank globbiztravel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Put my name down on the board - was seated at the bar. I had the fish/seafood stew - when it arrived I thought they had given me the "large" but they gave me the small (delighted with the portion size). Asked to have it...More

Thank Heidi M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were warned to plan to wait in line. They don't take reservations. The first two visits would have taken an hour or more, sitting on a bench on the sidewalk. On the third day, we showed up before 6, and were rewarded with a...More

Thank usjetjock
Reviewed 10 August 2017

My husband and I arrived in San Francisco in the late evening, and we were starving! I had done some restaurant research and we decided to give Anchor Oyster Bar a try after seeing such great reviews. We arrived at the restaurant around 9 pm...More

1  Thank Kate M
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

What a treasure! Even though the line was out the door, it was fast moving and by the time I reached the counter I just had enough time to review the extensive menu. The food was across the board fresh snd perfectly prepared. The "lobster...More

Thank Sandy W
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Love sitting at the bar for some of the freshest seafood in San Francisco. Excellent wine menu to go with both cooked and raw but they also have a corkage fee if you want to bring a bottle fo your favorite bottle. Be prepared to...More

1  Thank John L
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Every time I visit San Fransisco I MUST eat here; over 40 years and still going strong. The dishes are well explained by the helpful and they always serve the freshest same day seafood. I dinned with a group of 7 guests and we all...More

2  Thank marksmail
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Terrific tiny seafood restaurant in Castro neighborhood. 6 tables + counter seating only. Hubby had Mexican prawn entree. Delicious, plump prawns served with thick potato wedges & roasted heirloom carrots. I had the fresh crabmeat salad which was chock full of crabmeat (from northern Washington)...More

3  Thank Sherry S
The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San
Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart,
the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As
one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in
the United States and currently its largest, it
remains one of the epicenters of activism in the
nation. Grand theatres and glitzy shops now compete
with bars and fashionable eateries for attention,
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9 August 2017|
Response from marksmail | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry to hear your glasses were lost. I can't speak for the restaurant...and those are expensive glasses...have you thought of all the ways to contact them? You probably have already thought to sent them a snail mail... More
6 January 2017|
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Response from ceramicsgrl | Reviewed this property |
Maybe because you are a jerk!
22 October 2015|
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Response from jakjabes | Reviewed this property |
You put your name on the list. If you wait less than an hour consider yourself lucky. I call this the San Francisco curse
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighbourhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: +1 415-552-7584
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