Swan Oyster Depot

San Francisco
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Mon10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tues10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wed10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thu10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Fri10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St

San Francisco, CA 94109

Swan Oyster Depot, open since 1912 in Nob Hill, is a raw fish institution. The seafood is unbelievably fresh, and the menu includes everything from clams, oysters, and Dungeness crab to sashimi platters and sea urchin. The clam chowder, a buttery and briny both made with the day's clams, is awesome, as is the twice-cracked crab. Basically, everything here rocks. The narrow space has only 18 bar seats, and it's a great option for a solo lunch since parties of one can usually bypass the long wait.