Swan Oyster Depot

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Swan Oyster Depot
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Spiced delta crayfish at Swan Oyster Depot

Opened more than a century ago as a fish market-cum-lunch counter, Swan's has been dishing up fresh, no frills seafood—filleted, cracked and shucked before your eyes—ever since. Belly up to the marble counter and start with a bowl of clam chowder, served with a hunk of fresh San Francisco sourdough. Move on to a plate of fresh-cracked Dungeness crab, thinly sliced smoked salmon, half a dozen Miyagi oysters, or mixed seafood cocktail/salad topped off with a dollop of cocktail sauce or house-made horseradish. Accompany everything with a pint of local Anchor Steam beer and you can scratch authentic SF seafood experience off your bucket list. Cash only.


Venue name: Swan Oyster Depot
Address: 1517 Polk St
San Francisco

Cross street: between California and Sacramento Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 10:30am–5:30pm
Transport: Bus 1, 19/cable car California
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