5 places to slurp oysters in San Francisco
1) Petit Marlowe
It’s charm galore at this Parisian-style wine and oyster bar. The menu includes a raw bar full of oysters and shellfish, caviar, crudos and other small bites of cheese, charcuterie and tartines. Other must-try plates are the tartare and deviled eggs, each served three unique ways. Its sister restaurant is Leo’s Oyster Bar.
2) Anchor Oyster Bar
A charming, locally owned seafood restaurant and market that has been serving city patrons for over 30 years. It’s tiny and not ideal for big groups. Put your name on the whiteboard and get ready to wait. The cioppino is a must.
3) Hog Island Oyster Co.
These delicious local oysters are sustainably grown and harvested up north in nearby Tomales Bay, and you can enjoy some here if you can’t make it out of the city. Pair a platter with local beer and wine in this stunning location inside the historic Ferry Building along the waterfront.
4) Swan Oyster Depot
An institution that has been around for 100 years now. It’s a fresh fish market, as well as a diner with limited counter seating. Don’t let the long line dissuade you though, as it moves quite fast. Most folks are picking up their seafood order or plopping down for a quick bite. Cash only.
5) Hook Fish Co.
Walk in and check out the signs above noting the fresh catches of the day (including oysters), where it originated from, how it was caught and who caught it. These guys are all about sustainable fishing practices and serving tasty snacks, like fish tacos, crab cakes and sandwiches. It’s a great spot for a bite by the beach.
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