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About 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.
San Francisco, CA 94124
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
J. C. Becerra
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Season's Greetings! Let's spend the Holidays together! Please book your reservation early, as we fill up quickly!
The Old Clam House Ratings and Reviews
Nobody was at the hostess stand and/or wise enough to check at the bar and my Open Table reservation was cancelled because I was a "no show". This was a very stupid oversight.
Food was disappointing. The Clams "Paella" was a cauldron full of slop - a nondescript acini pasta, overcooked vegetables, and five clams. Spicy sauce on Crab Enchiladas overpowers the delicate taste of the crab and the entrée doesn't work for that reason. Will stick to my favorites in the future - the Fisherman's Fry and Calamari Steak Dore.
Been going to the Clam House for 40 years. Last visit was OK last year. This visit... waiter brought food from the kitchen that was wrong (missing cheese on salad and cheeseburger). Calamari came from frozen? Beet salad had 'canned' taste to it. Fave dish -- seafood saute which included scallops -- no longer on the menu. Cool night and there was a chilly breeze wrapping around us all throughout the meal. Didn't enjoy the night, sad to say, and won't be back.
Celebrated NYE. Our table arrangement was pieced together with a small circular table in the middle. This arrangement made it very hard for us to converse as a group. A disappointment right off the bat. Then literally 40 minutes to get our drink order! We had an 8:15 reservation, so the bartender should have been present and it was not that crowded. However, a couple of us did get water quickly. The food was good, but leans more toward quantity versus quality. Veggies were overcooked across the board. A couple of items that we look forward to (garlic bread and calamari appetizer) missed the mark this time. The crab cakes were very good and I would recommend that as an appetizer. We've spent many NYE at the Clam House, but I think this will be the last.
It had been a while since eating at The Old Clam House and I wanted to go back for New Year's Eve as I thought the food and ambience would be just as I remembered. Well, unfortunately it wasn't quite as I had remembered. Maybe because it was New Year's Eve and they were trying to turn the tables, but it seemed a bit rushed and it wasn't even packed. I guess my first clue was when I checked in with the Hostess (and that was after my son and my had gone ahead of me). I told her who I was and that the rest of my party was already there and she said "they're are in that room". Wow! Didn't even attempt to show me. Luckily I could see them right up front. Aside from that, the food was good. I shared the Ciappino and it was a bit spicy -- it had a Cajun 'kick' to it. While our server was really pleasant and friendly, you could tell she was really busy. But again, it was New Year's Eve.
Well, Happy New Year and maybe (a big maybe), I'll return (but not on New Year's Eve!
Calamari batter was like Popeyes. Crabwich was over powered by red onion. Crab enchilada was decent.
Our server had zero knowledge about some of the food item. I asked what Clams Escargo was and she said they were clam strips with garlic drizzle, she thinks . Bus boys should be the servers!
Waited 30 mins for the server to come to greet us. Another 15 mins for drinks to arrive. Restaurant was emptying out, no reason for so much lag time. Food arrived burned and inedible. Also sloppy and poor quality.
Skip it. It’s not worth your time let alone your money.
We have eaten here many times. Unfortunately this was a very busy night and I’ve never experienced such poor service. Drinks never arrived (wine finally mid-way through dinner) , repeated attempts to just get water, bread arrived late, finally had to ask other wait staff for things. Our server would apologize but then still forget to bring wine or condiments, etc for our food. We will come back (maybe week night only - maybe earlier time) but would be to embarrassed to recommend to our friends as I’ve never experienced service like this. We just sat back and laughed among ourselves because we truly could not believe what happened the entire night. We tipped 15% because no matter how bad it was did not feel right about leaving zero as a statement. We just tried to make light of an unbelievable dining experience and not let it ruin our evening. I feel bad about this review but felt it was necessary to be honest and cannot recommend this place to people we know.
We had been a regular to the original Old Clam House for years. Have only dined there twice since the new ownership. This was our second visit and was even more disappointing than the first visit. My husband had an excellent Fish and Chips. This is not the conventional preperation, but the fish was perfectly done and the “chips” good. We split a Cesar salad, very nice and ordered the special Garlic Skillet bread, which was good, but overly greasy for my taste. I had the combination shrimp and mussels, which was so bad that it was actually unateable. . The shrimp were so over cooked that they were like chewing rubber and the mussels had been cooked for someone else, sat on a counter somewhere, then pawned off on me. They were cold, not cool or somewhat warm, but absolutely cold. The server did remove that dish from our bill, but as a restaurant specializing in seafood, It was just plain awful. Will not return.
Great place always good. Last time we had a server and it was her second day, on christmas. She was a little flustered but got better as the night went on. All and all I'm impressed she did as good as she did for her second day especially for such a busy day!
The food was great but the wait service was poor. We were not acknowledged by wait staff for several minutes and had to ask for their attention to get started on ordering. The people who brought the food out were fine. Just the person taking out orders seemed to not care about her performance
I had a chance to dine here on Thanksgiving night, when most places are closed. From the services, to the food, this place is superb. Our meals arrived very quick, our entries were delicious and our waiter had a great sense of humor. I highly suggest coming here if you want a break from the tourist traps at the pier or in North Beach.
Finding parking in the area is very challenging. Service is mediocre (very under staffed) and we had to request several times for more butter, which finally arrived at the end of our meal. I felt that the menu items we ordered were over-priced for what we got.
The ambiance is wonderful and the history and charm of the place undeniable. But the service was spotty (several servers involved in bringing water, drinks, food makes for a disjointed approach and some "overlooked" requests) and the food good, but not sensational.
The food was too pricey. The chicken, baby back ribs, and short ribs were baked too much so that the food was too dry. The vegetables were baked also with the meats and were too oily. The clam chowder had tiny clams and the soup was too thin. We will not go back to this place.
One of the oldest if not the oldest restaurant in the City. Food here is great and not too pricy. Bad part, it was a hot day and the outer room was soo hot and yucky. No airconditioning for the outer room. Food portions are large and great tasting. Parking is rather difficult.
I recommend trying this place if you have time. I enjoyed it
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