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The Old Clam House

4.2
573 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Daily: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(415) 826-4880
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
J. C. Becerra
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Cross street
Oakdale
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Special events & promotions
Season's Greetings! Let's spend the Holidays together! Please book your reservation early, as we fill up quickly!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 573 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We go here with hopes that we get Alexi as our server. He's the best! So polite and efficient.

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vipFogCityMom (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Always a favorite! Whether crab, mussels, cioppino, garlicky noodles, seafood linguini...it’s all yummy.

One of the oldest restaurants in the city, ambiance is funky & fun.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Took the Family there for Valentine’s Day. Despite having a reservation, it took about 45 minutes to be seated. The initial table was right in the entrance to the bar area and in a cold breeze, but to the hostess’s credit she moved us to a better table when it became available. The food was very good, and the service very attentive. Overall a good experience despite the wait on a busy night.

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vipSFer (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was Valentine’s Day dinner so crowded and hectic but a lot of fun. Hadn’t been there in a million years and was very pleasantly surprised. Food was good, ambience was fun, will go back on a non holiday night and try it again.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We ate at the Clam House for the first time this Valentine's Day and loved it. We usually eat in our neighborhood, where the restaurants are generally trendy. The Clam House was a breath of fresh air for us because it was traditional and authentic. The food was excellent. We will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was delicious at this historic spot which is clearly a favorite with the neighborhood locals. Reasonably priced for a seafood restaurant in San Francisco. Sorry to have missed the chorizo cheese bread which looked great. Service was great. A little noisy at the bar but it was fine once the locals finished their after work beers and left.

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vipValW (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Asked for a booth, got seated in the patio. Was told a large party would be coming in MUCH later, they began arriving immediately. Asked to move tables, was told the order could not be switched to another table. HUH???!?! Was finally moved w/ NO apologies and told the bar area would also be noisy, which it was but not as noisy as the patio.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was just okay. We ordered the clams escargot and it was tasty but the presentation was very messy. It actually looked like someone dropped it. Service was okay. Atmosphere is quaint. We have been here many times before. It appears things have changed, perhaps under new ownership. The food seemed to be better before.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Went for my birthday. Wanted a casual, neighborhood place and this was great for those reasons. A few bad points, clam broth came to the table and it used to come with bread which was nice for dipping. Now you have to buy the bread...weird. So by the time we got our order taken and bread arrived the broth was cold. Yuck. Also my best friend orders the garlic noodles with crab and it had to be returned because it was waaaay too much raw garlic. Other than that the rest of the food was great. We had skillet roasted mussels, cesar salad, seafood linguine, crabwich, crab enchilada. I have had the fish and chips on a previous visit and it was the best fried fish I have had.

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sfdiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

It's one our favorite restaurants. The food and service were excellent. We had no problem finding parking and we were seated right away.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Very nice!

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vipJorge (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We love this place. We come here very often on a regular basis. Everything on the menu is just delicious. This is a place that you can take your family, friends, and colleagues. This is a San Francisco staple.

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vipoldenoughtoknow (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

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MsBobbalina (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Overall this restaurant are good, up to stardard, we always go there for lunch, but never go for dinner yet!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was good, decent portion

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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Food4Thought (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We keep returning because we are never disappointed. If I recall, our super server's name is Jair. He was so accommodating and courteous. We lucked out having him for New Year's dinner. Best corkage fee at TOCH... $0.00! Thank you

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vipTimZ (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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!

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