Walked up and down the hills of San Francisco to reach the Swan and it was worth every step. Beat the crowd that day and got seated immediately next to two young ladies, each with a bowl of clam chowder followed by a three-tiered rack of freshly-shucked oysters and clams. A student sat down to my left and immediately struck up a conversation about coming to Swan whenever he could find the money. Makes no difference that this place is only about 10 feet wide and 30 long.
I ordered a cup of clam chowder, easily some of the best I have ever had, served with sourdough bread and a huge bowl of oyster crackers on the bar. That was followed by an incredibly simple crab salad: an oblong eight-inch plate with a layer of iceberg lettuce, a little of their secret sauce and a mound of fresh crabmeat. Not a single bite without lots of fantastic crabmeat in it! Chased it all down with a cold Anchor Steam - and walked next door to See's Candies for dessert!