We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
+1 415-673-1101
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fresh seafood” (74 reviews)
“oysters” (215 reviews)
“crab salad” (40 reviews)
10:30 AM - 5:30 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
All Details
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (623)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 559 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Poor respect to it's customers. Be prepared for waiting standing up on the street at least for an hour, they close at 4:45 (not 5:30pm), so if you were in line they will just let you know they are closing and don't serve you anymore....More

1  Thank Itzamna88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place for fresh fresh sea food! Excellent oysters, trout, shrimp salad and the list goes on! Probably one of the best sea food places in SF! Love this place and will be going for many years to come. Great service, nice overall environment and...More

Thank Hassan B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on a recommendation and were told to go at an off hour. There was still a line out the door! The staff asked if we wanted a beer while we waited which was super nice. Once you sit the menu is on...More

Thank Jill3030
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The wait can be long, as the space is so limited, but the people in line seem to make the time go pretty quickly. The food is fresh and simple, and the staff amazing. Definitely a must stop for any raw bar lover.

Thank mudfoot
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Service is first of all SUPER at the Swan Oyster Depot. The people working in the restaurant is welcoming and so pleasant to talk to. In my oppinion the salads could use some extra fixings. But all the fish and shell fish is of top...More

1  Thank Daniel H
Reviewed 8 September 2017

This is a fantastic oyster bar frequented by locals where the service is fantastic and the food even better. We had a long wait in the queue to get in as the bar only takes about 20 people. But it was well worth it. The...More

Thank tapoa
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Whats not to love. Family run and amazing seafood. Worth the wait. Whenever we are back in San Fran, Swan's is the first place we head to.

Thank carrieporter399
Reviewed 4 September 2017

There will be a line waiting even before the place opens, that's how good the seafood is here. Everything is fresh and you will taste seafood the way it suppose to be eaten. The place is just one long counter.....no tables. Order what you want,...More

Thank kcchin
Reviewed 30 August 2017

This place is quite popular we waited about 40 minutes on a weekday at lunch time, apparently it gets much longer on the weekend. The restaurant is bar seating and is quite small. We ordered the clam chowder, a dozen oysters and half a dozen...More

Thank RockieHazel
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Had not been there in over 3 years. Happy to wait with saliavery glands waiting. Fresh, tasty, also happy to wait for the incredible fresh fish and seafood. Staff is family, make you feel welcome and glad to see you.Told type of oysters, what coast....More

Thank joyceGilbert
Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the
city and is home to amazing architecture and views.
The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for
those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be
rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful
architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated
with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all
were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that
Nearby Restaurants
355 reviews
.08 km away
Bob's Donuts & Pastry Shop
170 reviews
.10 km away
294 reviews
.08 km away
Nearby Attractions
Haas - Lilienthal House
69 reviews
.44 km away
City Clues Adventures
20 reviews
.22 km away
High Trails Cyclery
10 reviews
.32 km away
11 reviews
.40 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
3 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from RafaelAlberti | Reviewed this property |
Your going to wait no matter what.. the only questions to answer is do you want to wait with people a head of you eating or wait with no people eating in front of you. I prefer the later. We got there at 10:00 am
7 September 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from 881MikeA | Reviewed this property |
Just spoke with them at this number: 415-673-1101 and a very nice gentleman said that they will be closed Christmas, but Christmas Eve is their busiest day of the year. However, they are only open for pick up orders only... More
9 January 2015|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
Response from Golfer15544 | Reviewed this property |
We got in line at 1pm and got in around 2. It was worth the wait and we had a nice conversation with the couples in front and behind is in line. That added to the fun as they sat next to us inside. Don't worry about the... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-673-1101
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing