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Swan Oyster Depot San Francisco's Finest


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#1 weinoo

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:43 AM

It's been here forever; well, a long time, anyway...

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They're gruff and friendly at the same time; you'll sit at a counter with about 15 seats. Open until 5:30 only. Plan on waiting.

We wanted to eat crab as soon as we arrived in San Francisco, so without hesitation, 2 crab Louis salads appeared...

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There's about 1/2 lb. crab on that salad, so at $24 a decent deal. They were selling whole body steamed Dungeness at $10 a pound, and picked crab at $40.

There's a bunch of other seafood to eat...we also indulged in a Calamari salad. Plenty to choose from...

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Perfect way to start an SF trip.
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#2 chezcherie

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:06 AM

that is one of my must-do stops every visit to sf. the family of sons who runs the place is friendly and the seafood is so freshly sweet--love swan oyster depot! thanks for the post/reminder.
usually a line out the door, but it moves acceptably fast.
used to be cash only--not sure that's still the case. i struck up a nice friendship with a french couple who didn't know it was cash only, and were a few dollars short. (including a tip, which i liked, because i think a fair number of europeans, in the same situation, would have just skipped the tip, as it's not customary there.) i fronted them a few bucks and we kept in contact for a few years after that.

Edited by chezcherie, 09 February 2013 - 09:10 AM.

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#3 patrickamory

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:51 AM

Love that place. They didn't get rid of the amazing old neon sign did they??

#4 weinoo

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

They might've, Patrick. I'll swing by again and do a double take.
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#5 lancastermike

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:18 PM

Was watching Food Network this morning(gasp), and Ina Garten(double gasp) was at this place. She said it had been recommended to her by Tyler Florence(triple gasp).

#6 HungryC

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:25 PM

Love the place....but $40/lb for picked crab? Whew. And I thought our wintertime price for blue crab was high at $25/lb.

#7 weinoo

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:27 PM

Was watching Food Network this morning(gasp), and Ina Garten(double gasp) was at this place. She said it had been recommended to her by Tyler Florence(triple gasp).

I was definitely going here before TFN was even a glimmer in someone's eyes.
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