Swan Oyster Depot

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Swan Oyster Depot
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Spiced delta crayfish at Swan Oyster Depot

You might not notice this hole-in-the-wall Nob Hill seafood joint if it weren’t for the long line outside. Part market, part restaurant, Swan Oyster Depot has been hocking fresh seafood since four Danish brothers started the business in 1912. Belly up to the bar to indulge in local oysters, Dungeness crab, chowder and smoked fish. If you’re looking for something a little different try one of their secret menu offerings like Sicilian sashimi (thinly sliced raw salmon, tuna and scallops drizzled in olive oil) or Crabsanthemum (crab legs in a flower arrangement with Louie sauce).

By: Shoshi Parks


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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