Swan Oyster Depot

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 16 publications
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Tiny, no-nonsense, and bursting at the gills with the freshest seafood ever since 1912.


Bon Appétit

Super-fresh seafood in Nob Hill, hold the attitude. Full review →



Opened in 1912, Swan Oyster Depot isn't a restaurant, it's a landmark.

The stools at the long, narrow counter fill up during the lunch hour, so try to get there before or after noon.

Condé Nast Traveler Tick Editor's Pick

Swan Oyster Depot isn't a restaurant, it's a landmark. Except for the rich, creamy clam chowder, everything here is served cold. Full review →


DK Eyewitness

The clam chowder is considered the best in the city by many, but all the seafood here is fresh.


Fodor's Tick Choice

Half fish market and half diner, this small, slim, family-run seafood operation, open since 1912, has no tables, just a narrow marble counter with about a dozen-and-a-half stools. Full review →


Frommer's 33

Turning 98 years old in 2010, Swan Oyster Depot is a classic San Francisco dining experience you shouldn't miss. Full review →


Gayot 13.0

The Swan Oyster Depot is a San Francisco landmark: the restaurant has been selling and serving fresh, frill-free seafood since 1912. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

Swan's downside is an inevitable wait for the few stools at the vintage lunch counter, but the upside of high turnover is incredibly fresh seafood. Full review →


Not For Tourists

A tiny seafood and oyster institution. Seats 18 at the counter. Open 8-5:30, closed Sundays. Full review →


Rough Guide Tick Star

Expect no frills at this legendary seafood counter with its huge marble countertop and tiled walls.


San Francisco Chronicle 2.0

For such a small place -- only 18 seats at the counter -- this oyster bar and retail shop has a mega reputation, being named an America's Classic by the James Beard Foundation. Full review →


Time Out 70

Belly up to the marble counter and start with a bowl of clam chowder, served with a hunk of fresh San Francisco sourdough. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

In business since 1912, this Nob Hill neighborhood joint is essentially a seafood diner. Full review →



Founded in 1912, this seafood market and oyster bar is a San Francisco institution Full review →


Zagat 4.5

"Nostalgics" insist the lively "banter with the owners behind the counter" is the extra sauce sealing its deal as “the Valhalla of seafood." Full review →

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