The Old Clam House
The Old Clam House

The Old Clam House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theoldclamhousesf.com/
  • Phone: 4158264880x
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
The Old Clam House reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)good for groups (30)great for lunch (23)kid-friendly (22)fit for foodies (15)special occasion (15)great for brunch (14)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)romantic (5)vibrant bar scene (5)great for outdoor dining (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • A Classic
    Brad
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Nothing pretentious here, but you will be served great seafood. Friendly service. Super fresh seafood, we shared the Cioppino and a whole roasted crab, i will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Revisiting an old favorite
    Yarnie70
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I haven't been here in many years and am pleasantly surprised at the new decor and delicious food. My kids don't eat seafood, and I was glad there were kid friendly selections available. Everyone ordered an entree, and I wanted to add a couple appetizers, but it would have been too much food. The cioppino was delectable, and the crab linguine had an impressive amount of crab. I was also surprised by the roasted veggies that came with the filet mignon- most places just give you some wilty carrots and broccoli. Definitely will come back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meowpurr
    meowpurrVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was very good, hot & presented nice. the service was excellent! Have Andrew wait on you. He handled the crowd with ease. Had a party of 10 from twenties to seventies. Seated at the enclosed patio, which was great! Loud and all taking at the same time. It was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charming atmospher
    inks
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    the food at the Old Clam House was good but not great, but the atmosphere and service made it a place to which I will return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food is good, the drinks are great and it's comfortable! You can leisurely dine!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old School Perfection
    YelpyVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Love everything about this place. Old school charm, great seafood dishes, terrific bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SallyK
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Delicious! So old school, I didn't even feel like we were in SF. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, flakey service.
    PH19VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The cioppino was great and the decor is fun. Our waitress was polite but flakey. Had to ask her 3x for crab crackers and fish forks after the food was served.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a party of 5, including one teenager and two picky eaters. We all found our dinners delicious and the service was perfect!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Crab
    DonJulio
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    For the last 10 years, twice a year we look for restaurants that offer whole crab and we had tried many; the Old Clam House, so far has been our favorite. We had been there several times and it makes it very dificult to go try another one that we find.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Crab Ever!
    Chaz
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This was the best restaurant that I have ever been to for crab, it was fixed with the best seasoning I have ever had on crab.I ordered the Angus beef burger with seasoned fries. I will be back real soon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Clam House
    mrTRAXVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Spotted this restaurant while driving to a friend's house and discovered that it had been there continuously since 1861! Had to try it and glad we did. Sat at the bar while waiting for our full party to arrive and bartender was great. Once seated for dinner, our order was taken promptly and the food was outstanding and served in a very reasonable amount of time after our orders were taken, After that, server could have been a little more attentive. Overall, definitely a place worth trying.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LocalPurpleLady
    LocalPurpleLady
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Enchi's, Ciop., Burgers, why "Gross" Burger, & Cheesecake (light, low n sugar). Food exceeded by fine service. Thx Janet & Marlon! One Strong Criticism, which is always mentioned to me by many fellow colleagues I've taken there and friends, who frequent the this establishment since recent menu changes -- PLEASE LOSE THE WORDS "Fishy", "Fish", "Fish Breath", "etc. You catch my "fishy" drift. People have actually asked me if they put "fishy oil" in their cocktails. All these "fishy" references are "Gross", like the Burger. MUST DROP "Fishy" references in cocktail menu -- patrons, like myself, just don't like it. It's NOT a great play on words. There's something "fishy" about those libations -- can't quite get my "fishing hooks" in it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Good food. Great cocktails. And no corkage! A real neighborhood find!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Time Ambience
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This is one of the last old time historical San Francisco restaurants. And great food ! Don't miss it. And say hello to Francis, the bartender.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Yumyum
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Went to a birthday dinner for my mother in law - there were 8 of us, two children. I had the beet salad and a cup of clam chowder - both were excellent. The kids had fried calamari and the crispy veggies and potatoes. They ate them all. For the table we ordered the shrimp and mussel skillet, which was delicious. Heard no complaints about the food from the rest of our party. The waitstaff was great and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • reliable for residents
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Every so often friends and I like to go some place for a few drinks and some good food, moderately priced. The restored Old Clam House is relaxed, clean, and fun. It's the only place I know of that puts "no corkage" on the menu. I like that!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissapointed
    mariposa
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I was expecting a great seafood dinner since this place has been around for a while. I ordered sand dabs, the taste was very bland, would have been ok if they served more sauce to mix it with, but the lemon caper sauce had very few capers and barely any sauce. it was served with a tasteless pasta. maybe the regular chef was on vacation when i went...
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  • Excellent for special occasions
    loavesnfishes333
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We were a group of seven people and we were seated before our 11:30am reservation. Bread, drinks, appetizers and individual main meals were served to us in a timely manner. I was concerned with the time factor since we needed to get back to work/school before 1:00pm, but the paced that our meals were served to us was very good. We still had some time for desserts but all of us were so full because the portions of each individual plate were so overwhelming. My coworkers/employees were new to this place, but they said they enjoyed and highly recommend coming back in their own time and special occasion. They are all going off to universities in the fall, so I would not doubt that they will come back here to celebrate their graduations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never had hot clam juice
    Alibaba
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I drank two servings of that hot clam juice. It was so good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old Clam House has gotten Old
    WSDine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My past experiences here has been positive. However my last experience on mother's day was dreadful. The management was not prepared for the volume and the wait staff was under staffed. I was being ignored and were seated only after I got their attention. After being seated, we waited a long time (20 min). Finally our order was taken. Then we waited a while longer for our appetizer. Both the popcorn shrimp and calamari was greasey. The popcorn shrimp came with more french fries then shrimp. The large calamari for $20 was not so large. Then we waited another 40min for the first entre. The entres came one at a time. Our mom got her entre 20 min later. Everyone else's food got cold. The service/food experience and value was a zero.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Would not come back on Mother's Day. The service and food was just ok. I've been here in the past and it was much better.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No seconds on bread?
    Eat2liveVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went on Mother's Day for late lunch. Food was excellent, and well prepared. Only negatives were: No complentary refills on soft drinks No seconds on bread. What's up with that?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    SFood
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The Old Claim House is great! They have sweet little booths that have curtains that close if you want intimacy. Perfect place for a small birthday dinner! The food was great and the bar looked like fun! I will def. go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PeteyVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The Clam chowder was the best I've had in a long time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brthday luncheon
    PoppyVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Very few people in the restaurant. It was my birthday luncheon - which was great. No oysters rockefeller unfortunately, but recommend the clams rockefeller. Sand dabs excellent would have liked more veggies (brussell sprouts) with this dish. Service was excellent and a very good experience. Parking was difficult but we managed. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 276 reviews are from the The Old Clam House reviews archive.
  • OpenTable's comments were wrong
    lpadua
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    First, Opentable had incorrect information on this restaurant. They didn't have an Easter Brunch as it was stated on my confirmation from Open Table! This disappointment was not a good way to start off the afternoon. The only pleasant person was the gentleman who greeted us at the door. Our server had attitude and the servers bringing out the food looked lost. We constantly had to ask for things.
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  • Amazing, historic spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    San Francisco's oldest restaurant, and you feel it (in a good way) as soon as you walk in. A real diamond in the rough.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I excepted the food to be
    Jorge
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place has become one
    SideOfNinjaVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our group meets every couple
    Bonvivant
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of history
    Mission13
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Old Fashioned Seafood House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best crabs I had so far in SF
    EnchanteVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it - when you walk in
    gris
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Loved it - when you walk in you go back in time! Will be going back for sure
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Old Ways are the Best Ways
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    A traditional gem. Wonderful atmosphere from San Francisco history.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great for big parties, delicious!
    excelsiormama
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you don't mind a bit of
    Chrispy
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Historic Venue, Great Food
    Rusty
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've been here in the past,
    MoMo
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.