Swan Oyster Depot

Restaurants, Seafood Nob Hill
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Swan Oyster Depot
Photograph: Flickr/Rob Hyndman Spiced delta crayfish at Swan Oyster Depot

This family-run raw bar has been slinging fresh seafood for over 100 years. Despite its advanced age, its popularity hasn’t diminished—hour-long lines regularly form to snag one of the counter’s 18 seats. The cash-only spot is unfussy, but dedicated to its seafood craft. (Anthony Bourdain was a lifelong regular.) Peer into the window to survey your future meal: The cold case is piled with lobsters, shrimp, crabs, and squid. Swan’s sources oysters from the east and west coasts; smokes its own salmon, and makes its own addictive Louie dressing. Most of the seafood is served as cocktails, salads, or simply composed dishes, like raw scallops sliced and topped with olive oil, lemon, and salt. The specialty is the Dungeness crab, served cold with a generous dish of Louie sauce.

By: Lauren Sheber


Venue name: Swan Oyster Depot
Address: 1517 Polk St
San Francisco
Cross street: at California St
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 10:30am–5:30pm
Transport: Bus 1, 19/cable car California
Price: $$
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