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Swan Oyster Depot

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€€ - €€€
Nob Hill
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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
+1 415-673-1101
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:30
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Did not even plan to come here if it hadn't been for my friend from San Jose who insisted we should try. I was already not looking forward to queueing for 2 hours on a rainy morning. We arrived pretty late for first seating assumption at 9.50 (the place opens at 10.30 for dine in) but since it just rained... More 

Thank sarahpangkey
Catonsville, Maryland
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came to San Francisco to celebrate my birthday and was told this was a must to dine. However I arrived at 2:30pm, I thought well enough before they close at 5:30pm, and a couple in front of me had a hand written sign given to them by the establishment saying "Last One." The gentleman holding the sign encouraged me... More 

Thank Rosa B
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tonight, 11/17 we went at 10 before 5 and as we entered were told they stopped accepting new customers at 445, 5 minutes before we arrived. They would not budge and were rude. They claim to be open until 530 so we thought arriving 40 minutes before closing would be fine. If they stop accepting new customers at 445 they... More 

Thank john f
Hong Kong, China
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All my friends in SF reminded me to visit Swan Oyster Depot. I arrived slightly after the restaurant opened at 10:30 and there's already a long queue for 20+ people in the rainy day. After queuing up for 90 minutes, I managed to get a seat. I got a lot of seafood want to try but I can't order too... More 

Thank MokeyMokey
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The men that run this place are showman, been in the business for years even the son works there. I enjoyed the ols style of eating and keep it limited to it's own clients I don't think they care if people don't like the way they make you cue, if you like their food you will come back if not... More 

Thank Alfio G
Austin, Texas
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We waited 3.5 hours and I still give it 4 stars. 1. Culture: one of my favorite things about visiting an established city such as San Francisco is experiencing a family run place. The staff is friendly, efficient and playful with each other. The line while hard on the feet can be what you make it. We made friends with... More 

Thank G K
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Waited 2.5 hours for some very overpriced seafood!!! Oysters were the size of a quarter. Clam chowder was tasteless. Smoked salmon was good. The line moves sooooo slow partly because the staff are very social with everyone; part nice, but would move quicker. IMO......save urself time and money and go somewhere else

Thank Jeff W
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57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though we queued for more than 2 hours, it was worth it. The seafood was really fresh and delicious and the staff was more than friendly! They would tell you all stories you ask for.

Thank Kristina K
Salt Lake City, Utah
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife has been trying to get me to go for years, we were travelling with another couple so we decided to go. The girls were first to arrive and get seated, Jimmy took great care of them and welcomed us as well to cut the line and stand behind them. The Uni was the sweetest and best tasting I... More 

Thank Eric D
Dallas, Texas
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

GET IN LINE EARLY!!!! We had read this over and over. We went on a Monday and were the first in line. Can you believe it??? We waited about an hour but its fun to watch how they set up all the seafood in the window and allows you to read the menu. Once were were seated we immediately ordered... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
10:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-673-1101

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Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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