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Mission Street Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant

165 reviews
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$30 and under
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After nearly two decades of cooking at local institution Anchor Oyster Bar in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood, veteran seafood chef Freddy Gamez left his post as head chef to open his very own restaurant: Mission Street Oyster Bar. Situated in the vibrant Mission district, the inviting restaurant serves several varieties of oysters and generous portions of the freshest fare from the sea. Classic dishes include cioppino, Dungeness crab cakes, caesar salad, prawn pastas and creamy Boston clam chowder. Local fish specials and oyster offerings change daily to ensure premium freshness and quality. Choose from a comprehensive selection of beer and wine for the perfect accompaniment to your favorite seafood dish.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Seafood, Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 621-6987
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Freddy Gamez
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Cross street
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentines Day

vipDina (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

Great Kusshi oysters and prosecco!

vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Everything was really good, except the server was taking really long with the bill, our Uber was waiting outside for five minutes. I had to stand up and ask for the bill twice.

vipReviewer75 (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on December 27, 2016

We didn't stay for our reservation, the restaurant smelled bad (dirty) and we couldn't get over that.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2016

Excellent !

vipPapayaSalad (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 25, 2016

No host to greet us. Many guests waited a long time after us to be greeted. Insufficient wait staff personnel, compounded by their poor service skills. The wait personnel were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. There were only 3 of us for dinner. I finished my dinner before our 3rd guest was served his entree!!! Inexcusable. They forgot his appetizer: a simple oyster shooter. Although the waiters were apologetic; they were completely forgetful. My entree came out in 25 minutes; the 2nd entree came out 15 minutes later; the third entree came out another 25 minutes later! This really happened!!!! The cooks were in such a hurry that they OVERSALTED all the entrees. If it hadn't taken so long for our food, we would have sent it back. What happened here???

vipCHTC (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2016

The oysters were fantastic. The other dishes were good, but a bit disappointing in comparison

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

I truly enjoy every visit to Mission Street Oyster Bar; their are several oysters options and they are fresh and shucked well. I generally come for the local Dungeness, which on my latest visit was huge and roared up all buttery and garlicky. The space is loud and a bit cold, but the service is friendly and attentive and that makes up gif it.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

Penelope (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

My hopes were high for this restaurant given that the owner was the chef at Anchor Oyster Bar. The crab and oysters were great, but the service was terrible and the place was not very clean. It was also very expensive, and small things like bread were not included. If I'm going to drop $150, I'd sure like free bread. Too bad, as there is a lot of potential for this restaurant.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

Fabulous raw selection. My trout was a little overdone - my guests meal was a thicker fillet and he thought it was better. The vegetables accompanying the dinner were excellent. In all - I'd return for the raw bar.

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on October 30, 2016

Sooooo disappointing!!!!

The oysters were good, the garlic bread was good.

The clam chowder tasted like Campbells. The crab cakes were overdone and didn't have enough crab. The house made tartar sauce - not pleasant.

The cioppino. For the love of god do not get it if you respect seafood. Absolutely tasteless. The clams and mussels were not cleaned well - read:gritty - AND they were over cooked, as were the prawns. The broth was so bland. It broke my heart, despite the twelve sprigs of thyme in our serving.

Totally overpriced. Would not recommend except for oysters.

VerMagnusson (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 2016

Great seafood and service! On the more expensive side, but the food is worth it.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 15, 2016

My teen and I were seeing a play in the area. We arrived early and of course were eager to dine in the Mission. I found this place on OpenTable. It was nearby so we made the reservation and walked over. It was an excellent decision. The two staffers were fun and energetic, the oysters and other seafood was wonderful and that garlic bread? WOWWWWW!!!! They were not lying about that! The seafood was fresh and well-cooked. The veggies were under-seasoned but it's the seafood we came for, and the seafood we will return for. It was such a wonderful meal that we couldn't finish it all and were ready for a nap at showtime!! Great experience and I will be heading back with friends very soon!

vipDebraR (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

Service fair. Food for what you got, was expensive. Garlic crab was just OK.

Frank (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

I go there for the clam dinner. Great broth and the garlic bread is fantastic. The dinner could have more clams as a dinner entre

Date10813 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 10, 2016

the food was good... a bit high for what we got but good. I did feel like we were being a bit rush after dinner to leave. the wait staff was friendly.

vipnativegal (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 31, 2016

Great find in the Mission!

I was looking for a spot in the Mission to take my daughter to after a show at the Victoria theater. This one came up in Open Door and we gave it a try. Everything from the Crab/Avocado salad through the seared Ahi tuna was great. Special thanks to attentive server Mel who saw to it that I got both sauces for the Ahi. I preferred the avocado one, but that's just me!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

First time here. Good selection of fresh oysters. We also had an open faced crab sandwich and a crap and shrimp sandwich. Both were good but my partner thought the open faced sandwich was on the rich side.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

This place is good for oysters and oysters only .Great fresh oysters -$1,50 each at the Happy hour before 6 pm. We had dozen of the oysters, 2 cups of clam chowder soup, mussels cooked in white wine and rainbow trout with veggies. Well, to tell you the truth the only good thing was the oysters. Everything else was very much mediocre quality with a high price tag. Mussels were absolutely dry and not tasty . Fish was overcooked & absolutelly dry . If they want to charge $25.00 for the fish it must be at least little bit better type of cooking and presentation.Otherwise it felt much more like cheap kind of street cooking . Be prepared to pay for a few slices of bread-$2,50 . Not worth the cost .

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

Awesome stuffed crab avocado, stuffed sole and cioppino. Along with a decent inexpensive Brut.

JBay (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

Great wait staff and food food. I pass this place all the time and it was friends visiting from out of town that motivated me to take them here....they loved it!

devi (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

Oysters were delicious and reasonably priced. The petrale sole was great, beautiful presentation, plenty of food. Friendly service.

vipSarahR (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

The Cioppino was delicious. Atmosphere was nothing fancy, pretty casual. Service was okay, nothing outstanding. Made a reservation but clearly didn't need one since they didn't even ask if we had one. When I tried to tell them we might as well have been talking to a wall.

rolanda (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

the food was very good but it was cold and dark service was terrible

afoodie (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2016

Probably the best cioppino we had in San Francisco!

BryAnteater (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 3, 2016

Was looking for a nice seafood restaurant close to home, and since the Mission St Oyster bar accepted reservations(unlike Anchor)we chose to try it for an anniversary. What a sweet discovery. The laid back vibe, somewhat shields the overall exceptional food preparation and service.
Having read the reviews, we decided on the cioppino, and a shrimp skewer entree-the clam chowder will have to wait for a return visit. The cioppino is a huge serving, and even so, I was so impressed with the variety of seafood(clams, crab, shrimp, sea bass, calamari)and an amazingly flavorful sauce(thin, yet rich), all balanced by the great garlic bread that accompanies.
The selection of oysters was a nice start, and the wine list varied, yet paired nicely with the menu.
Overall, in an area full of dining options, the Mission St Oyster Bar is a standout, and will garner many returns.

vipJohnD (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2016

Man, this place is great. I've eaten here 3 times recently. Really good spot for late-ish dinner before a show at the Chapel. Favorites include the crab stuffed avocado, steamers, tastiest ciabatta ever... dunked in steamers broth... And of course the bivalves. Old school love in the Mission.

Reelkev (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

The food was awful. The service worse. Mostly I think they were understaffed for service but that is about one of the worst meals we ever ate - both of us - and we were shocked as the reviews are all good. Also, there's no check-in point. We had a reservation but no host stand or even person at the door to ask us for help. That should have been a clue.

SFtraveler (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

Excellent food and service. It took about 20 minutes to be served our dinner, but it was worth it!