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The Old Clam House

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4.2
807 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

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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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 826-4880

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    J. C. Becerra

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Bay / South Beach

  • Cross street

    Oakdale

  • Entertainment

    null

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 807 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

92% of people would recommend it to a friend

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  1. JI

    JorgeInSF

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have loved this place forever and will continue to love it. The service is always amazing and the food keeps me coming back.

  2. I

    Irish4

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    We were the first diners of the Friday evening (5pm) in the restaurant. No one greeted us at the door. Finally a young waiter came & sat us in the bar area...back in the corner...even though we had made a reservation! Served warm clam broth soon after we sat down along with water. Our Crab sandwiches were a bit dry. Clam chowder was very good. Garlic bread was delicious...served sizzling o a special platter! Parking was difficult as there is only street parking. We had to park 3 blocks away which would have been a bit scary in the dark! Will we return? Maybe for a late lunch!

  3. H

    Holostoi

    Houston

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place never fails to come through. The service was spot on, and food came out hot and tasty making yet another group of happy diners. I will be back.

  4. FF

    Food4Foodies

    San Francisco

    179 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    179 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Went for an early dinner at the city's oldest seafood restaurant. It's a historic and classic eatery. Plenty of street parking available right outside the restaurant. Casual welcoming vibe was felt in the dining room. Walls were covered by traditional memorabilia. This place is an institution! Waitress offered a complimentary cup of warm clam broth to start the evening and I had a glass of Bargetto chardonnay wine to go with my meal. We chose a couple of entrees that were served for two persons. House-made crispy baked kettle bread was dense and very good. House Caesar salad with coutons, shaved Spanish Manchego cheese was fresh and crunchy. Next came a sizable portion of an iron skillet of roasted mussels and unshelled shrimps. A kettle of baked crispy chicken, corn, potatoes, carrots, onions and olives was dried and over-cooked. Both of us shared a tiramisu dessert. Lovely place to visit for great value and big portions. Service was attentive and efficient. We had too much food...leftovers doggy bagged home!

  5. EP

    ElizabethP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday celebration and they treated the guest of honor to tiramisu dessert and lighted candles! Food and service was excellent. Great place to go for great San Francisco food!

  6. MR

    MaryR

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good service good food.

  7. MR

    MaryR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Very good clam chowder, good service. Will return.

  8. DI

    DISAPPOINTED

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    ATE AT THIS RESTAURANT 20 YEARS AGO. DISAPPOINTED WITH FOOD QUALITY ESPECIALLY THE CLAM CHOWDER - TOO LIQUIDY AND LACK OF FLAVOR! SERVICE WAS SLOW ESPECIALLY ONLY 2 OTHER TABLES OCCUPIED DURING LUNCH HOURS

  9. DH

    DeborahH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Love the “booth for 6 “ in this SF history rich restaurant. Generous portions, many dishes share worthy. Really good service. Not fancy, comfortable and cozy family dinner!!

  10. CA

    CyAN

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    This is a great little seafood restaurant. It is unfortunately off the beaten track, near the Ceasar Chavez exit off Hwy 101. Hard to imagine it’s location [original building from 1861] was once on the bay shore. Worth the schlep to get there!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food was delicious. I found the service inconsistent; however - it was a busy Saturday night. Would definitely come again!

  12. WJ

    WalterJ

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Nice people nice place. Three food was excellent and the music was good. We were late but they accommodated us anyway at closing on Valentine's day.

  13. g

    gtrev

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    We had a great experience. The food was fantastic, the service was very good, and the value was great. We definitely want to go back and would recommend it for anyone. Make sure you make your reservations though, it can get rather busy.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very pleased

  15. K

    Katarina

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We love The Old Clam House. The food is always excellent, and the service is great. We LOVE the garlic noodles with crab and the sand dabs, and the clam juice and kettle bread are the BEST. We were hugely disappointed this time because the spinach salad we ALWAYS use to get was removed from the menu. That was a big bummer and I hope it will be put be back ON the menu. It is a big draw for us. PLEASE put the spinach salad back on the menu! PLEASE!!!!

  16. WS

    WendyS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I've been trying to get here to try the roasted garlic bread for two years - it did not disappoint. We actually had two orders between three of us - shame! Upon taking our order we were offered water and given a shot glass of warm clam juice - while I was skeptical, it was delicious. Just what I needed on a cold Friday night. This lead me to try the shooter which consisted of vodka, clam juice and bloody Mary mix and again - very good. I ordered the fritto misto and my friend ordered the crab enchiladas - both meals were delicious! I finished the night off with the blood orange mimosa. I can't wait to go back.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place has amazing food and great service. Celebrated a birthday reservation was ready and it was a great time.

  18. r

    rabbit

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is very good. Service is excellent. Only problem is parking.

  19. K

    Kath

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good casual dining with a nostalgic fun atmosphere. Very helpful staff.

  20. MS

    MarthaS

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    I tried The Old Claim House after not having been there for several years. I like the old SF feeling but the food was a real disappointment. The clam juice was a good intro, but not nearly the tasty treat I remembered. My crab salad was doused with far too much soy sauce, which totally overpowered the crab and left me with a lingering taste of salt. I'm glad to know that the place has survived in this ever-changing market, but they really need to improve the crab salad. Surprisingly for a seafood restaurant, my husband's steak was a much better pick.

  21. LF

    LindaF

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Old SF! The Cioppino and garlic bread are the best!

  22. l

    lala

    San Francisco

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Cesar with chicken was horrible! pieces of chicken with skin and dry too!

  23. SY

    SYLVIAZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I would definitely recommend. Food and service excellent.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Not their best night food wise and our waiter and bartender kept forgetting things even though it was a slow night.

  25. j

    just4etc

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Over priced and over cooked seafood with little seafood favors, I.e. made from frozen seafood.

  26. TK

    TerryK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    New Year’s Eve. Made a reservation but was empty when we got there. The service was a little slow, had to ask for bread. The food was excellent. Crab salad, crab sandwich, Frito miso. Drinks were perfect. Definitely will be back soon with out of town guests.

  27. JF

    JulieF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The seafood was excellent. Parking was quite difficult, so plan ahead for a little extra time. Location is very convenient for pop off pop on the freeway if heading to bay bridge from Daly City.

  28. CL

    CraigL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    My partner and I have eaten here for years. Always a great experience. We ate here on Christmas night, and the only thing we would have done differently was the starter. We normally have the crab cakes, but we saw that on Christmas night they had Italian potstickers. We ordered those, and it was a big mistake. They were hard and chewy, and I got a bone in mine. I would not order those again. I must say, however, that of all the dozens of meals I have eaten here, this was our only bad experience. As usual, the other food and service was excellent.

  29. ND

    NancyD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Christmas evening dinner We love this place! It was the first time for all of us! No set menu on Christmas which we loved, the food was consistent, everyone enjoyed their meals! The service was excellent, Anna was our server! We would all come back again!!

  30. A

    Arianna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing, especially the crab. I’d recommend this restaurant to anyone that hasn’t experienced it yet!

  31. S

    Susan

    Sacramento

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Will Be Back Everything about the experience was very nice. It was Christmas day. The squid ink linguini with cioppino on top is fabulous and a huge portion.the crabcakes are quite diminutive but all crab and delicious. The caesar salad is unusual - built on a bed of pesto. Winelist is small but impressive with brands like Hoenig and Meiomi and very reasonably priced. This place retains a historic flavor and the fish is super fresh.

  32. TR

    TheRegular

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best things we ever did was deciding to go to the Old Clam House for the holidays! Food is delicious, servers are friendly and helpful, everything was perfect! We'll be back soon.

  33. JW

    JessicaW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Delicious meal for the family. Lots of nautical tchotchkes. We’ll be back!

  34. DM

    DennisM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thanks to Dennis for accommodating our table request.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Didn’t intend on spending Christmas Day eating at the clam house... but I was memorable. Great food and great service. Might make this a tradition.

  36. SC

    SweetCheeks

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Another tasty meal at the San Francisco legend. The kettle of clams and crab sandwich are always excellent!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Great food - crab was delicious. Only one small problem, the waiter seemed rushed.

  38. S

    Susan

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall3food1service3ambience3

    Crabwich had about a quarter size piece of crab on it. Very disappointing especially for the price.

  39. l

    lookingforagoodone

    New England

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Great sized portions and good food at a good price. The only challenge is finding parking in a sketchy neighborhood

  40. MG

    MaGg

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Old school restaurant for crab, other seafood, and steak. Simple fair but done well for a great value. Our table had the crab feast which was super good and satisfying. For those looking for elegant fancy avant garde cuisine head to one of the posh places on Embarcadero. This is a San Francisco original which happens to be located in a non-trendy part of town. Love it.

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The Old Clam House is rated 4.2 stars by 807 OpenTable diners

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Google Map for The Old Clam House

299 Bayshore Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94124

  • Cross street

    Oakdale

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Bay / South Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    J. C. Becerra

  • Entertainment

    null

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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