San Francisco: Swan Oyster Depot

AF got stuck at LAX two Fridays ago and the next available flight wasn't until the day after.  So instead of taking a ferry to Alameda and joining CL and her brother on a tour of St. George Spirits on Saturday, I whiled away the time until AF finally arrived back in SF in the afternoon.  Determined not to let the unforeseen blip bring down our spirits, we quickly rallied and came up with a food-filled itinerary for the rest of the day.

First stop was Swan Oyster Depot:

















Swan Oyster has some pretty strange hours.  It's only open from Mon-Sat between 8:00am and 5:30pm.  This means that if you work 9-5 on weekdays, your only chance of scoring some oysters is to show up on Saturday.  In retrospect, we shouldn't have been surprised by the super long line when we arrived around 4:00pm.

The spread of seafood in the window certainly didn't help to make the wait any less painful:























Given the limited number of seats, there was some worry about whether or not we would be able to get in before the 5:30 closing time:

















Luckily, we made it with time to spare.

The menu is pretty straightforward:

















As you can see, prices aren't exactly law student friendly.  Since we had other food places lined up, we decided to keep things simple.

We started off with a cup of clam chowder:























Not as thick as I usually like my chowders, but the rich flavor of the thin soup quickly won me over.

Limitless bread and butter for $1.00:

















And of course, the reason why we waited in line in the first place, the oysters:

















Half a dozen blue point oysters to be exact.  I don't know if they threw in the extra oyster by accident, as part of common practice, or out of pity, but I ain't complaining.  Super fresh and super delicious.

Absolutely loved my experience at Swan Oyster Depot, despite the long wait and the prices ($13 for half a dozen oysters?).  One day when I'm making the big bucks, I'll be back to really pig out.  Maybe even try one of their seafood salads...


Swan Oyster Depot
1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-1101

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