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Posted by Joe on 06/05/2013
It had been too long between visits to the bay area. My first stop after checking into my hotel was Swan Oyster for lunch. arrived around 11:15, waited 10 minutes and then ate fresh seafood...as good as it gets, anywhere. The only issue and it does need to be mentioned is I was seated between to very large men and literally had to keep my arms locked in at my sides while trying to eat. Was never comfortable. also, they never answer the phone and it rings continually. other than that....its worth the visit!
Posted by Galen on 02/03/2013
My wife and I visited Swan last year when we were in San Fran. We went early for lunch one day, so we got seats right away. The food was great, and the service was even better. My wife had numerous questions about fish choices, and the guy serving us took the time to answer those questions fully. We must go back to San Fran this April and we fully intend to go back to Swan.
Posted by peach on 01/06/2013
Yes, the line is long. Yes, it is worth it. Some of the best seafood I've had. Clean and simple flavors, unpretentious.
Posted by good food sf on 01/02/2013
its vary affordible and great tasting love the envoirment
Posted by ron shapley on 10/24/2012
A greater superlative I do not know............Swan is simply GRAND !!
Posted by Stellar Jay on 08/03/2012
My opinion of Swans is ambiguous, for whilst I thoroughly enjoy the freshly shucked oysters and the clam chowder, and the fact that it is a slice of a bygone SF in its style and in its courteous yet matter-of-fact staff, I nevertheless don't bother with going anymore, for it cannot cope with the capacity of its patrons, so, anymore, one must wait endlessly for a meal, which, therefore, renders the pleasure of the meal diminished, and makes one feel (also) gouged by their prices after waiting so long. Suppose if one is prone to alcoholic pleasures then getting juiced while waiting minimises the prolonged delay, but that is not for me; I like my senses to be fully aware of a meal that I am enjoying. Wish they would relocate as it is (unfortunately) a necessity given the overpopulation of the times and the word-of-mouth accolades that has incresed their customer volume beyond that which their establishment can now adequately contend with.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/27/2010
Everything about Swan is awesome! I love how nothing has changed in all the years it's been open! I never mind standing in line, as long as I have a beer in hand! Ask for the sashimi! It's amazing, and you can get it with soy sauce or olive oil. Get the olive oil with fresh ground pepper and onion! The oil sounds strange, but you'll never want soy sauce again! Its not on the menu, but it's definitely their best menu item!