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The Old Clam House
The Old Clam House
  • Address:
    299 Bayshore Blvd.
    San Francisco, CA 94124
    Mission Bay / South Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

The Old Clam House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theoldclamhousesf.com
  • Email: comments@theoldclamhousesf.com
  • Phone: (415) 826-4880
  • Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: J. C. Becerra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oakdale
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Old Clam House
It's the oldest restaurant in San Francisco and the newly-completed historical renovation has brought new vitality to the area. The dining rooms are comfortable and the atmosphere is relaxing. Seafood specialties are skillets of mussels, shrimp and crab and clams prepared many different ways. Saturday, Sunday and Holiday brunch.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our group meets every couple of years for a reunion, and the Old Clam House was easily the best venue yet. The wait staff was attentive and pleasant and we never felt rushed. We were able to order individually from the menu and agreed that the dishes met our expectations. I especially liked the cioppino--the large portion easily feeds two--and the calamari steak was tender as always. We especially appreciated the free corkage, as one of us is a vintner and brought his own wine. This is definitely an accommodating place for groups and it delivers on the culinary front. Free and easy street parking in the evening is a bonus."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This place has become one of my new favorite places in the city. I've always passed by the place, but never took the time to come in, until I one Sunday afternoon -- and I've been addicted ever since! So glad to took the time to check the place out!Tq"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I excepted the food to be better based on what I'd heard about the new management but it really was very average and in the style of a fishermans wharf seafood restaurant. For a restaurant that's clung on in that location for over a century, I'd expect them to have more bravado in the food."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This spot is in one the oldest buildings in SF. The pictures and memorabilia are worth the trip if you are a history buff. The seafood was good and the prices reasonable"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I know some other reviews talk about the level gone down since change of mgmt, but having gone there for the first time, the crab was the freshest that we had so far in SF. They have the best crab we ever had;creamy, soft, and did not have that strong iodine smell which I hate; proof of freshness. There were 2 of us, but we ordered for 3, and the price was almost half of what we paid at other crab restaurants. And the food was soooo good! the clam escargot was fantastic! My mouth is watering just writing about it. The ambience was great; being in the oldest restaurant in SF, added to the ambience. Old building, but clean and lively without being too noisy. Our server was very nice and helpful. Will become a regular here!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The remodeled space has retained the soul of the place. The food has been updated just enough. The clam chowder is meaty and tasty and the crab is done Vietnamese style on an iron skillet and was delicious! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Loved it - when you walk in you go back in time! Will be going back for sure"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A traditional gem. Wonderful atmosphere from San Francisco history."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I just attended a second large group meal at the old clam house and am very happy with the price, service and food. its a great venue for big groups and also for 4 tops in a private booth!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "If you don't mind a bit of noise, and LOVE seafood, this is the place for you. Their menu is pretty limited to seafood, but if that's what you're up for, it's yummy. Not a good place for a diet though - or a vegetarian/vegan. Service was excellent and they made me one of the best lemon drops I've ever had (ask for Kettle One vodka)."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Going to The Old Clam House is a treat we give ourselves as often as we can. We sense the history around us as we sit before a three pound roasted crustacean. The menu has a wide range of great tasting favorites for everyone, We come especially for the crab. .Delizioso!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "You can't miss that The Old Clam House is historic, after all it survived the 1906 quake. That's part of its charm. Very casual atmosphere, some booths, but mostly tables. Food was basic but very well done and came out hot. Martini was perfect, clam soup (?) bread dipping accompaniment was also very good. Fried calamari, breading was light and cocktail sauce had a nice amount of heat to it. Salmon fried perfectly, completely cooked, yet moist. Sand Dabs delicate. Pasta side was fairly oily, but tasted great. Italian slaw was new to us, and had interesting flavor/texture, would get it again. Rum cake lived up to its name, Lemon Tart slightly too sweet for our taste, would have preferred more tartness."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I've been here in the past, but for my sister's 18th birthday. It's been 16 years and everything has changed! Nice settings, loud but energetic, kids friendly and I would defineltly do it again! Food was AWESOME!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My daughters birthday was on Feb. 7, 2014, the same day we had dinner there. It was awesome. We had a party of 6 (three adults and 3 children) and everyone was satisfied once we left from there. I recommend this restaurant for several different occasions. I will be back when my mom comes to visit. Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Good food, great service, no pressure - go and enjoy!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We've been twice with friends and perfect for more mello hang out and conversation as it's pretty quiet, great food, super friendly service, and great drinks!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "...and great food. Had kids' menu and made for a wonderful birthday celebration. Used to go here all the time and ready to go back more often!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I have eaten here about 40 times in my 20 years in San Francisco. They remodeled last year (I am guessing new ownership) and they got rid of the old "been there forever" feel and replaced it with a "Bennigan's-does-seafood" feeling. The old "fried-everything-cardiologist's-special" has been replaced by a cast iron platter of your choice - mussels, shrimp, crab - and it is FANTASTIC! Hint: the little glass they give you when you sit down is warm clam juice....YUM! Drink it, dip your sourdough bread in it, bathe in it, whatever. If you are a tourist and want to prove to your fellows - or your hosts - that you know something about "The City" (as we snobbishly refer to it), then EAT HERE. This is the THE PLACE in The City for seafood. Period."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Fun spot near Potrero Hill for some fresh crab and wonderful sand dabs. Great service too. Ambience is old San Francisco. Good value for price."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Everytime I come to The Old Clam House it never fails to impress. From the manager to the bartender, everyone is wonderful! The food is delicious (although I miss the old menu) and the drinks (cucumber martini) is superb. Thank you guys (Evette, Andrew, Moose and George) for always providing us with a wonderful night and making us feel welcomed!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The Old Clam House was somewhat of a disappointment. Of the four of us, three ordered crab louie, unfortunately what appeared was one crab louie and two crab benedict. The error was corrected after a little confusion. The crab louie was god but far from great. My point of comparison is Scoma's at Fisherman's Wharf which does a truly outstanding crab louie. By comparison, the crab louie at The Old Clam House was mediocre."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We are SF locals who met our relatives for brunch when the restaurant opened on a Saturday morning and enjoyed the place to ourselves in a roomy sunny booth at the window. You could not do this in SF without a long wait or crowds of hungry people, and parking frustrations. There was courteous service, great selection from breakfast or dining menu, and easy location for meeting people who are coming in from the airport. They were able to get on the freeway after our meal and head north for their day's event. We enjoyed our eggs benedict, shrimp salad, omelets and more. We have been visiting this historic restaurant over the years and have been happy every time."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Bills itself as traditional old-time SF. Serves deep fried frozen alaska crab at the peak of the crab season. Service is abominable. Great atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Sketchy neighborhood fears rapidly allayed after being seated promptly in private booth (with curtains!) in festive atmosphere xmas evening. Terrific crusty sourdough bread backs up the hot yummy clam broth shot offered on arrival. Our party of 5 ordered 3 cioppinos, a fish and chips (on reco from server) and bucket of clams. All 3 dishes were spot on, particularly the perfectly balanced cioppino and beautiful tub of steamed PEI clams rich with garlic and parsley infused juice. Delighted with the high quality of the food for a holiday supper. Will definitely return to try other items on the menu (skillet roasted mussels, crab roasts, seafood linguine). Service was OK although not equal to the high quality of the kitchen."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "There isn't much open on Christmas Day, but we wanted to celebrate a birthday, and the Old Clam House fit the bill perfectly. The food was excellent and plentiful, and while somewhat loud, the tables weren't too close together. As the place got busier, the service slowed, but our waiter couldn't have been nicer."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Nice place, very good service. Two recommendations: the menu selections were sparse, there isn't much variety. Don't order the crab enchiladas, very dry, not much crab meat, and crab was not Dungeness."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "As indicated above, the ambiance and service were terrific. The chowder, salad, and pasta were very good, along with the sizzling appetizer. The crab in the crab-melt was "light". We felt the overall value (no rating requested) was pricey."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We had a large Christmas dinner at the Clam House and everyone was impressed. The food was terrific - great cioppino, terrific steamed and sizzling crab and mussels, and even steak! We had 15 people from all over the country and all want to come back - they asked why we hadn't taken them there earlier. It is a great value for the quality of the seafood."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Really a great experience, sat at the bar and got some delicious clam chowder, followed by garlic bread and oysters($2 for kusshi is a fine deal!!!), and finished it off with crab enchiladas! Great, homey food!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I picked the restaurant for an special celebration with my out of town family and it was fabulous.The food is great, service was excellent. If you like seafood this is a great place. The value for the price is excellent. I will be visiting them soon again."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Service great until it got a bit crowded. Then we had to repeat requests for drinks and silverware. Great sand dabs. No flame grilled fish options."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We had the crab cakes, crab enchilada, and crab alfredo, all delicious, excellent sea food. We try to get there once a year when we are in town."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "The ambiance is great. There are wooden booths with tall backs and curtains that you can close. The place originally opened in the late1800's and there are pictures of it throughout the years on the walls. My mom always orders whiskey spurs at places like this because she knows that they will make them right. She did and she said it was great. The food was ok. Lots of butter on everything. The fish was soggy because of it but it tasted quite nice. The place wasn't too busy on a Monday night. I don't know how it is on other nights. We didn't need reservations. The service was great. Our waiter was there when you needed him and gone when you didn't -- just right. And he was nice! We had a great time."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Good if you just want a reasonable dinner. Sand dabs were good, mussels and shrimp were good. French fries were excellent. Fish and chips were bland and mushy inside a heavy reading. Crab melt sandwich was salty and spicy. Clam chowder was more like a potato chowder but with lots of clam meat. Not heavy and pasty which was good. Service was good. Wasn't too busy. Kind of a meh experience."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Nice old place with some recent updates. The clam juice brought with the bread was the best thing we had that night. Both of our dinners could have used a lot more flavor and was was over priced. The wine list was decent, but served way to cold. Still deciding if we would go there again."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We've driven past the Old Clam House and said to each other "let's go there" so many times - it's embarrassing - so when we saw that they were open on Thanksgiving - that was it and what a happy confluence of happenstance - it's a wonderful old SF restaurant serving delightful seafood dishes - this is the real thing."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "The holiday menu was great. Went there because they were also serving regular menu so I liked the choice. But, the Holiday menu was wonderful, very traditional. Seasonings were just right and the portions were huge so that we actually had leftovers to take home - one of the nice things about Thanksgiving. Didn't expect that bonus from eating out. Some folks had ordered from the seafood menu and it all looked terrific. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Clam Chowder was Excellent.. Crab Alfredo was suberb !!! Was disappointed how ever of the entrees that there wasn't lots of Steaks & Chicken items. Our waiter told us the menu was downsized from the week before & thought that he was kidding. I was really more into meat items especially something differnet from Turkey !!! I'll probably go back again to try something different."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We had another tasty dinner at the Old Clam House, however, we noticed both the regular and cocktail menus had changed. I miss several of the old cocktails, but the real disappointment was the food menu was cut back, with fewer choices. For those looking for a lot of variety, this may surprise you. It also made feeding my kids a little harder than I had planned when we decided to go. We will be back, but probably not as often since the variety has fallen. They still have the best clam chowder I've had since we left Boston."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We made reservations for a special occasion and had a fabulous time and the best service ever! Will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 11/17/2013