With the Pacific Ocean in its backyard, you don't have to cast your net far to find the best seafood in San Francisco.
Woodhouse Fish Company takes top honors with its menu of seafood classics like fish and chips, Maine lobster rolls, and whole Dungeness crabs. Both locations (Castro and Fillmore St) offer $1 oysters on Tuesdays from 4-10pm. The laid-back vibe feels like you're in an East Coast clam shack, though it's ever-so-slightly more refined (and clean).
Nobody seems to know about the equally affordable happy hour at the classy Hyde Street Seafood and Raw Bar. Every day oysters are $1 from 5pm-7pm, brews are $2.50, and you also get free bread and butter. They specialize in "En Papillote" cooking, baking cuts of fish like snapper or swordfish in parchment paper.
If you feel like going on seafood bender, there's no better place than La Mar. As its only non-Latin America location, La Mar's Peruvian influence infuses every menu item. Definitely sample one of their innovative ceviche dishes, and also consider weekend brunch here, absolutely delish. The stylish open space complete with Bay Bridge views is stunning in itself.
Pesce is the place to go when you feel like sharing. They serve a long list of hot and cold Venetian-inspired small plates and all of their delectable seafood is sustainable, either caught or farmed in environmentally-friendly ways.
Bar Crudo's raw bar dishes out the freshest oysters, shellfish, and tasty options like butterfish, mackerel, and yellowfin tuna. Swell took over Bar Crudo's previous intimate space above the Stockton Tunnel and also offers creative raw dishes, but with a fused Japanese and French kick. Both have a small selection of hot plates.
For an iconic San Francisco experience, wait in line at the Swan Oyster Depot on Polk St. In the same spot since 1912, they're doing something right, and that something includes fresh-out-of-the-sea crab, shrimp, oysters, and some fine chowder.
1509 Hyde Street
(Between Jackson and Pacific Streets)
1517 Polk St
Between California and Sacramento sts
655 Divisadero Street
7000 Geary Boulevard
(at the corner of 34th Avenue)
579 Castro Street
(between 18th and 19th streets)
603 Bush St
Raw bar with Japanese cuts and a French touch...