5 places to slurp oysters in San Francisco

1) The Anchovy Bar

A new wine and seafood bar (and sister restaurant to State Bird Provisions and The Progress) that focuses on local and sustainable fish, shellfish, and oysters. The latter hail from different parts of the West Coast, from California to British Columbia. Be sure to order the Western Addition: two broiled oysters with smoked butter and bacon.

a plate of Anchovies at the Anchovy Bar

Leslie Santarina

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.

San Francisco - Anchor Oyster Bar

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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.

San Francisco - Hog Island Oyster Co.

1 Ferry Building, Shop 11-A

+1 415 391 7117


4) Swan Oyster Depot

An institution that has been around for nearly 120 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.

beautiful spread of seafood at the Swan Oyster Depot

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.

San Francisco - Hook Fish Co.

4542 Irving Street


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