San Francisco, USA

Swan Oyster Depot

Arguably one of the best seafood places in town--if you can get a seat. Swan Oyster Depot is a local favorite that never lets the neighborhood down.

Swan Oyster Depot is an in-the-know place that everybody knows. A San Francisco institution, it serves up some of the freshest seafood around.

Neighborhood Joint

Locals have known about Swan Oyster Depot forever. Everything is fresh off the boat and cooked up with simple, yet amazing flavor. A little Asian flare on some dishes, a local dungeness crab special, or a raw platter of oysters or sashimi–you find bright flavors that let the seafood shine. Always ask for specials or ideas–they have lots of off-menu items and are ready to please.

Tips to Know

The 18-seat diner style seating makes for a long wait–well worth it, but, well, time. Call ahead for take-out and, while you’ll miss the stripped down atmosphere, you’ll still get a chance at what everyone is raving about. Lunch is a crunch, but sometimes singles can slip ahead of the line.