Swan Oyster Depot

Top choice


in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Superior flavor without the superior attitude of typical seafood restaurants. Justifiably famous since 1912 for signature oysters and crab salads, there's almost always a wait for the few stools at its vintage lunch counter – but the upside of high turnover is incredibly fresh seafood. Arrive before noon to avoid hour-long waits, or order takeout to enjoy in George Sterling Park.

On sunny days, place your order to go, browse Polk St boutiques, then breeze past the line to pick up crab salad with Louie dressing and the obligatory top-grade oysters with mignonette sauce.