Anchor Oyster Bar
When you come to this tiny pearl of an oyster bar in the Castro, the line will likely be long, but the nautical nook's fresh seafood dishes like a fan-favorite clam chowder, crab cakes with house-made tartar, and cracked Dungeness crab are more than worth the wait. Once you're settled with a draft beer or white wine, the real move is to order the cioppino, which isn't always listed on the menu (fear not -- it's available) and is quite literally overflowing with flavor from the shellfish, tomato sauce, and red chili flakes that turn the heat up. One spoonful and you'll be Anchor's loyal follower.
This seafood restaurant and fish market has been delighting Castro diners with fresh, sustainably caught seafood since 1977. Always check the specials board—that’s where you’ll find the best dishes, like an open-faced crab and shrimp melt, crab-stuffed mushrooms, and, when available, the cracked Dungeness crab. The crab cake entree with housemade tartar sauce and roasted potatoes that’s served with a cup of chowder (or a green salad, but just ignore that option) never ceases to be exactly what you want: delicious, comforting, and satisfying.
How to book: Walk-ins only.