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Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St., San Francisco, CA - (415) 673-1101
Posted By Dan Murrell on 12/9/2007 1:18:00 PM
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!

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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3 kinds of oysters.
"3 kinds of oysters."
Nobu Isono





You should try this!
"You should try this!"
Nobu Isono


A half-size Salada.
"A half-size Salada."
Nobu Isono


Best chowder I ever ate in my life!
"Best chowder I ever ate in my life!"
Nobu Isono


Crab leg meat, cold Stella and wonderful San Francisco sourdough bread.  The guy next to me told me he liked the ends best so I gave mine to him.
"Crab leg meat, cold Stella and wonderful San Francisco sourdough bread. The guy next to me told me he liked the ends best so I gave mine to him."
curly


The Swan menu is posted on the wall.  You cannot make a bad choice. (Marc Bruno photo)
"The Swan menu is posted on the wall. You cannot make a bad choice. (Marc Bruno photo)"
Michael Stern


Consider yourself lucky if you walk in and actually find a place to sit without having to hover.  At lunch time, a place at this counter is priceless.  (Marc Bruno photo)
"Consider yourself lucky if you walk in and actually find a place to sit without having to hover. At lunch time, a place at this counter is priceless. (Marc Bruno photo)"
Michael Stern


Breakfast at Swan's counter.
"Breakfast at Swan's counter."
Jeremy Sheldon


History of Swan Oyster Depot.  Click on the photo for a readable view.
"History of Swan Oyster Depot. Click on the photo for a readable view."
Nobu Isono


A great place to eat, Swan Oyster Depot is a storefront market that also displays handsome pieces of raw fish to take home and cook.  (Marc Bruno photo)
"A great place to eat, Swan Oyster Depot is a storefront market that also displays handsome pieces of raw fish to take home and cook. (Marc Bruno photo)"
Michael Stern



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