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Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

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Neighbourhood:
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579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
+1 415-552-7584
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Today
11:30 - 22:30
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Hours:
Sun 16:30 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in SF 4 nights...2 were spent here at the Anchor. The cioppino was amazing with huge chunks of fish, ample crab and jumbo shrimp that deserve the name jumbo. The crab either way is fantastic and they have one of the best clam chowders I've ever had. So light and creamy, it just dances along the tongue. The... More 

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Thank jamasiangal
San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pro order: dozen oysters, large ceasar salad, large cioppino. Optional: extra order of garlic bread (very large) but be prepared to wait in line!

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Thank Jackson H
Reading
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In the last 3 weeks I've travelled around Thailand experimenting all different types of Thai food and this place is easily in my top 5 places to eat! Great Staff Great service Great atmosphere with some live music Amazing Food!!!

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Thank Derman23
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186 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is extremely small and if you don't get there early, you will be on the waiting list. It only has 5 tables which only seats 4 per table and of course you can sit at the bar. We started off with a bowl of clam chowder which was delicious. Then I had a 1/2 dozen oysters some were... More 

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Thank Mauro1990
Coppell, Texas
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for "Italian-San Francisco style" seafood. Call for reservations. Start with the Cioppino and get plenty of bread to soak up all the juice. Good wind selection and all the specials are really fresh! NOTE: It is popular and busy. A bit chaotic but the food and atmosphere make up for it. We settled for eating at the long... More 

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Thank RickinRussia
Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Touring the historical Castro district, we stumbled with this restaurants. There were people waiting outside, good indication for an eatery. After writing down our names on the slate, we waited half hour to get inside. To our surprise, there are only a few tables. We ordered one of the specialty of the house, mussels. They were very fresh and tasty.... More 

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Thank Amsetus
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

So the food overall was decent, but I wasn't blown away by any stretch. I had the crab cakes which I didn't care for. They were bland (and overpriced I might add) The server automatically removed them from the check, which was appreciated. The prawns were delicious. Cooked perfectly, large and meaty. The clam chowder was good, probably the third... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Anchor has been in the Castro for as long as I can remember. The sea food is always fresh, the service is always attentive and the cook is a genius.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We found this restaurant while just walking around in SF. It quickly became one of the highlights of our get-away day. Everything was fresh and delicious. We did wait for about an hour to get in but it was worth it! We had crab cakes, anchor special and steamed shellfish combination. We loved it.

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Thank Serra E
Hayama-machi, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Small, but with nice atmosphere, but most importantly great food. We were not able to finish all. The bread they serve as an appetizer is wonderful. WE had Anchor special with oysters, prawns and clams.Obviously try Cioppino, we took small one for 2 and was more than enough. Worth the wait.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
16:30 - 21:30
Monday
11:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:30
Thursday
11:30 - 22:30
Friday
11:30 - 22:30
Saturday
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighbourhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: +1 415-552-7584

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in The Castro

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The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theatres and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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