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

The Old Clam House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    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!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Good food. Great cocktails. And no corkage! A real neighborhood find!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The Clam chowder was the best I've had in a long time."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I drank two servings of that hot clam juice. It was so good. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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?"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    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