Anchor Oyster Bar

(415) 431-3990 | View Website

579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94114

37.759637 -122.434864

Open Hours

Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

 
Restaurants, Traditional American, Seafood  more

Price: $$

Tags: Dine At The Bar, Family-Friendly Dining

Payment Methods: Discover, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: Central, Castro

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Anchor Oyster Bar
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Menu
Oyster Shooter, Soju Oyster Shooter, Crabmeat, Shrimp, Prawn, Combination, Cup, Bowl, Bread and Butter, Garlic Bread... more

Reviews for Anchor Oyster Bar

Anchor Oyster Bar
Recommends

This place is reminiscent of the seafood places in New England -- simple, clean, no nonsense. It can be pricey, but the food is always top notch.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Ignored – Stopped in around 5PM - the place was not crowded at all. Completely ignored for 20 minutes so I left. Who needs this kind of nonsense at these prices?

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

The place for seafood in SF – After arriving in San Francisco for the first time I took the subway to 16th and Mission and went straight to this place for dinner. Very nice atmosphere and friendly staff made me feel welcome immediately. I chose the Cioppino which was one of the nights specials and couldn't have been happier with the food or the price (worth every penny). The cioppino was perfect and possibly the best I ever had (don't tell my wife). I highly recommend this place to anyone who appreciates good (sea)food in an honest welcoming atmosphere.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Best little seafood joint – One of the best little seafood places in San Francisco. Sit at the counter or sit at the tables, the food will not disappoint. Clam chowder, fresh fish, etc, all is excellent and reasonably priced.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

good not great – I liked the place and the neighborhood. The good service and great oysters rock. The price is not right, though, and I think is a little bit overrated, but overall I WOULD recommend.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best fresh seafood around here. The restaurant is kind of small, and you probably have to wait, but the food is always excellent. It is an oyster bar, and frankly oysters aren't my cup of tea. But the rest of the menu never disappoints me.

Recommends
3.5
over a year ago

This seafood shack serves up fresh New England-inspired fare in the middle of the Castro. – The Scene
Occupying a small storefront space, this tiny no-frills oyster joint has just a handful of stainless-steel tables. Diners who sit at the long marble counter will often be engaged in conversation with low-key neighbors. Unlike similar restaurants in its price range, the prompt, cheery servers are well-versed about oysters and other fresh seafood.

The Food
The short menu focuses on straightforward, simply prepared seafood dishes made with fresh ingredients. With at least three varieties of freshly shucked oysters available daily, regulars slip in to slurp down a half-dozen bivalves on the half shell. Most diners follow up with a bowl of Boston clam chowder or a combination Louis salad, which veers off the traditional path with peculiar additions like a bed of radicchio and a few olives strewn on top. Daily specials like seafood pasta and a hearty fisherman's stew round out the menu.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

succulent fried oysters – Peaking into this small, unassuming storefront restaurant, we saw a clean, whitewashed interior reminiscent of the simple seafood eateries dotting the eastern shoreline. We immediately went inside and ordered up a double batch of the daily special, fried oysters. What a treat! Succulent oysters bursting through a light, crunchy and oh-so-tasty breadcrumb crust. For fried oyster lovers, it was a case of gastronomic perfection.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Some of the best crab anywhere. Outstanding oysters, chowder, crab melts, crab cakes, pastas, prepared and served by the same local staff for 26 years. A delight, like having dinner with friends, homemade salad dressings, fresh crab, fresh fish, fresh oysters, all in a neighborhood setting. Delicious!

Recommends
4.5
over a year ago

comfy – I've only had the chowder, as everything else was overpriced. But I must say the chowder was delicious. A great lunch spot when you want a warm up!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Average place – The oysters here are about average. On the other hand, the chowder is below average and overpriced. I went twice to try it out. The best thing about it is that it is small and the staff is friendly. The service can be slow.

 

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Anchor Oyster Bar

San Francisco\'s Best Oysters Some of the best spots to get your favorite bivalve, raw or cooked, including a few happy hour…
Best Restaurants San Francisco\'s Castro Good food in the Gayborhood? Shocking, but true. The \'Stro\'s foodie scene is on the rise.
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Won for:
Clam Chowder (2005)
Nominations Nominated for:
Seafood (2011)
Clam Chowder (2009)
Seafood (2009)
Raw Oysters (2007)
Raw Oysters (2006)
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