Not all people have the luxury of eating great seafood. Some have allergies, others don’t live close enough to a harbor to know what fresh seafood tastes like. But those who know and love good seafood when you head to a coastal city or town you are in for a treat with fresh local fish, caught from not so very far away. Along with its charming charisma, San Francisco has some of the best seafood spots in California.
So if you love oysters, crab, lobster, fish, or octopus or if you have never tried any of these before check out these top seafood restaurants in San Francisco.
Swan Oyster Depot
Started in 1912 by four Danish brothers, Swan Oyster Depot serves freshly caught and cooked oysters, Dungeness crab, clam chowder, sea urchin, smoked fish and much more. Also, gotta love a place with a secret menu. Ask for the Sicilian sashimi (thinly sliced raw salmon, tuna, and scallops with olive oil) or check out the Crabsanthemum (crab legs with Louie sauce in the shape of a flower). This place is a casual dining experience and won’t break the bank on your visit to this coastal city.
Location: 1517 Polk St San Francisco
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30am–5:30pm
Phone: +1 415-673-1101
This waterfront restaurant located on the Embarcadero facing the bay area waters with a panoramic view. This restaurant serves some of the best selection of seafood in the city. Comes with a full bar, a large selection of seafood and non-seafood platters. Designed with two fish column aquariums that reach the ceiling and contain a variety of beautiful fish.
Location: 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Mon 11:30am–2pm, 5:30–9:30pm;
Tue-Sat 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–10pm;
Sun 11:30–2:30pm, 5:30–9:30pm
Phone: +1 415-284-9922
Price: Main courses: $$$
Anchor Oyster Bar
This sweet restaurant is a gem in the Castro district and has a well-known cioppino dish that will have you coming back for more. With limited space, this little restaurant fills up fast during lunch and dinner, so be sure to call or get there early.
Location: 579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Mon – Saturaday 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Sun 4:00pm – 9:30pm
Phone: +1 415-431-3990
Hog Island Oyster Co.
The Ferry Building in San Francisco is a must for fellow foodies who love great food and great atmosphere. The Hog Island Oyster Co. is one of the many amazing places to eat in the Ferry Building. Located on the Embarcadero running along the bay waters edge this is a great place to eat good seafood then take a lovely stroll along the piers. Heads up it is not cheap and there is often a crowd but it is well worth it for the ideal place to have dinner.
Location: One Ferry Building, #11, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Phone: +1 415-391-7117
This is where food becomes an art. It is one of those bucket-list types of places that will probably empty your wallet but with a great experience to be had. The high price point does bring you a refined experience and the best treatment from well-trained waiters and chefs.
Location: 373 Broadway, San Francisco, California 94133, United States
Thurs – 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Tues – Weds closed
Phone: +1 415-393-9000
There you have it! Check these five spots to get the best of a seafood experience in the city of San Francisco. Of course, if you are looking for some good old street food you can find some delicious options in Fishermans Wharf where the street vendors sell hot lobster sandwiches or whole crab for a great deal. Here you can venture the city streets as you munch on the catch of the day.
If you would like to learn more about the city of San Francisco, check out my Affordable Adventures post about things to do and see in this lovely city on a budget.