Boston clam chowder – Swan Oyster Depot

Boston clam chowder - Swan Oyster Depot
Cup $2.75
Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco CA

This chowder was very good, but it wasn’t amazing. I don’t know, I guess I was expecting it to blow my socks off since this place is generally great at everything. They keep it simple, but keep it quality at the same time. This chowder could have stepped it up a couple notches.

Sourdough bread and butter - Swan Oyster Depot
Sourdough bread and butter. Complimentary

Crab Louie salad – Swan Oyster Depot

Crab Louie salad - Swan Oyster Depot
Iceberg lettuce, dungeness crab meat and Louie dressing. $27
Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco CA

This was a pretty expensive lunch salad, but the crab meat was plentiful and delicious. It was probably one of the most simple salads I’ve ever had but it certainly was fabulous. Sometimes simple is perfect if the ingredients are quality.

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The Fairmont Hotel.

Oysters on the half shell – Swan Oyster Depot

Oysters on the half shell - Swan Oyster Depot
Blue point, miyagi, and kumamoto. Half dozen $15
Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco CA

This place is great! Perhaps a bit expensive, but the seafood is fresh, delicious, and worth it. I also like the super casual atmosphere and the friendly workers. It’s definitely a testosterone-filled environment. These oysters were small, briny, nicely cleaned, and very tasty!

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Anchor Steam draft beer - Swan Oyster Depot
Anchor Steam draft.

Cracked Dungeness crab – Swan Oyster Depot

Cracked 1/2 Dungeness crab Swan Oyster Depot

Large portion of half crab served with bread and butter and your choice of cocktail sauce, Louie sauce, or butter for dipping. $17.95
Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco

This place is crazy popular! I arrived before noon on a Thursday and there was already a line out the door! There’s limited seating inside, only stools at the singular counter so you must wait until a seat becomes available. I wouldn’t recommend going here with a large group because you might be waiting a long time! The wait is definitely worth the wait for the freshest seafood and great service. The guys behind the counter are super friendly and the place just has a very cool, old-school vibe.

The dungeness crab was delicious! They do a great job cracking the shells so it’s fairly easy to remove all the yummy flesh. I ordered mine with cocktail sauce but next time I’ll try the Louie sauce. That would complete the decadent meal, hehe!

Sourdough bread Swan Oyster Depot

Sourdough bread and butter. Complimentary.

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Dungeness crab mustard – Swan Oyster Depot

Dungeness crab mustard Swan Oyster Depot

This is the guts, innards and fat found inside of the crab shell. I’m not really sure what the proper term for this yellow soup-y thing is, but the best name I found on the internet is “mustard”. It was served cold and very tasty! Use the sourdough bread to mop up this delicious yellow, fatty soup!
Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco

Love this place! This was my first time here, but I’d definitely go back and even brave the long line again.

Anchor Steam beer Swan Oyster Depot

Anchor Steam beer. $4
So good!