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Tiny, no-nonsense, and bursting at the gills with the freshest seafood ever since 1912.
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.
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 →
The clam chowder is considered the best in the city by many, but all the seafood here is fresh.
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 →
Turning 98 years old in 2010, Swan Oyster Depot is a classic San Francisco dining experience you shouldn't miss. Full review →
The Swan Oyster Depot is a San Francisco landmark: the restaurant has been selling and serving fresh, frill-free seafood since 1912. Full review →
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 →
A tiny seafood and oyster institution. Seats 18 at the counter. Open 8-5:30, closed Sundays. Full review →
Expect no frills at this legendary seafood counter with its huge marble countertop and tiled walls.
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 →
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 →
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 →
"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 →