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  3. Distance: 0.77mi
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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.

299 Bayshore Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94124
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Daily: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Cross Street:
Oakdale

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(415) 826-4880

Website:
http://www.theoldclamhousesf.com/

Executive Chef:
J. C. Becerra

Additional:
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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for Groups (8)
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Cozy (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Authentic (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Fun (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Had a group of 10 for a surprise dinner for my boyfriends burthday. It was perfectly festive and intimate. Super fun for a group and he food was great.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is always very good and the people are very attentive and nice! We always stop for dinner on our way home from the airport!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food has really gone from a 'classic good meal' to mediocre at best. It's unfortunate as it used to be so yummy.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Neat old place in San Francisco - enjoyed the food and service was good...parking is a little tough and neighborhood was a little rough, but would go back!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We met friends and had a great meal and cocktails!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The crab enchiladas were very tasty and good to share. It's big portion if you are ordering like kettle bread which is a must order. It's great with butter spread or to dip in the red sauce with the enchiladas. Happy eating.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food but a bit pricey. Friendly service. Street parking only.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The decor is very traditional. It was easy to make a reservation.

We ordered the large paella and the Cioppino. Both were very tasty

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Its been 10 years since my last visit and i must just say the food is just as good or better than ever. The house bread (kettle bread) is a must!

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Second time dining there and everything was excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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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·Dined on September 9, 2017

I give them 5 Stars hands down. Everything was great. Server was just a tad bit nasty (rude).

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Excellent seafood but pricy. The decor is authentic working mans seafood bar/restaurant. .we loved it.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Been enjoying The Old Clam House for at least 35 years. Always fun. Good food. Great ambiance and always a great place to celebrate with a group.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Staff & food are always guaranteed pleasure without a doubt.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This meal was...ok. Not bad, but not great. The food was pretty good but the kitchen and wait staff were incredibly overwhelmed, sending wrong plates to tables and disappearing for large stretches of time. This was more of a tourist trap than what I was expecting. However, we enjoyed the meal and the freshness of the seafood.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was good. Paella was different then expected coz it wasn't with rice coz it paella Italiano. Service was ok. I think she was the only one in that dining room so service fell short coz had to ask several times for like water and stuff. I would go back for the food but maybe not when they're so busy.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Wow, just wow! The food was incredible! Clam chowder, crab cakes, clam juice, mussels and shrimp! Would love to come back here again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Exceeded expectations

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This place has been around since the 1800's and the food is fantastic. Moderately price and the service was good. Very old traditional San Francisco restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

A wonderful rediscovery of a neighborhood gem. At last the food is great again (skillets are a must try), service is excellent, and atmosphere is friendly and comfortable. The Old Calm House is back; hallelujah!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

This is such a great restaurant. The food is delicious and it's great to have fish like sand dabs on the menu. The servers are very friendly and attentive and very welcoming. The décor is funky fun, with the old time memorabilia and I love sitting in a curtained booth in the dining room. They have a good cocktail menu and wine list, but you can't beat free corkage!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always love The Old Clam House. Had the crabwich with calamari and a Bloody Mary to start. Kids had fish and chips and clam chowder. Grandpas had the crab omelet. Everything was delicious.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great seafood. Our group (4) had various combinations of clams, mussels, shrimp and crab and all of it was delicious. Looking forward to another dinner the next time I'm in the San Francisco area. Well worth the drive from downtown (not sure if there is good public transportation).

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The Ciobbino was very tasty, unlike others and their cast iron bread very crusty and inside is soft, always hot, so good with butter or with the Ciobbino.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We loved the food and wait staff and the San Francisco ambiance!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We had a very nice lunch -- great service.
It's a fun place.
Everyone enjoyed their food -- but I have eaten here before and my seafood cioppino was not nearly as good as it usually is -- not much fish.
We'll return though -- I'll just order something else.
No corkage fee is great.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (東京)·Dined on July 4, 2017

One the day oyster were a bit thin, fish and chip over fried. Crab cake and garlic noodle were very good. Service excellent.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food here. Pretty much everything we ordered tasted great and the portions were a good size. LOVED the garlic bread and crab enchilada. These were my favorite out of everything we ordered.

The calamari was a lot better than I've had at other restaurants... well-breaded & crispy.

The clams escargot was interesting.... but real escargot (snails) are so much better. I probably wouldn't order this again.

The crab fettuccine was also delicious. It was loaded with crab meat and the noodles were perfectly cooked.

Other than the fact that we had to seat ourselves when we arrived and that they started clearing our table before we were even asked if we had finished our food, everything else was great.

This restaurant definitely is a city gem. I wouldn't hesitate to go back if I were ever to crave seafood.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Excellent service, my highest compliments; all the staffers were so accommodating! My family can be difficult especially around "ordering" time, I always feel sorry for the Server! The Crab Feast was super tasty, we'd plan to order other Entree's but the Crab Feast with the bread and Clam Chowder was plenty.

Here's my dinning, and common sense tip: With any restaurant - more than 4 make a reservation! Don't expect any restaurant to accommodate large parties without reservations.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Have been to this gem of a restaurant many times over the years to celebrate Birthdays and holidays and have always been impressed by the delicious seafood and impeccable service! This is an historic restaurant in San Francisco and you will be transported back in time with all of the old memorabilia and photos inside! I highly recommend this spot!!! ♥️♥️♥️

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Always a great place for seafood. Fried chicken is great too!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 29, 2017

We were back in SFO to celebrate a milestone birthday and decided to take the occasion to also dine at as many of the old time restaurants as possible, like Tadich Grill, among others. Since The Old Clam House claims to be the oldest, we had to try it (again).

Sadly, Very Disappointed. Food was good but the service was unfocused. Our server was Marlon, who tried hard but had to deal with too many tables...and his runners were not too helpful.

6 of our party of 8 arrived and were offered the hot clam juice. Started out pretty good. Then the two others arrived...they had to ask for the same juice 3 times...even after Marlon said he would take care of it personally the second time around. No silverware for any of us nor bread plate (table not even set with advanced reservation?).

We believe the management tried to cut the staffing too thinly (might it have something to do with the SF mandates costs - which we were charged over $17 on our tab for that one item)... besides the whole team did not know how to support each other...a sure sign of lacking in proper training.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

This place was fantastic. I got the sand dabs. So tasty and you did not have to remove the bones as it was already done. The blood orange Margarita was so tasty we had another. Service was excellent. Waitress kept checking on us every few minutes. They say that this place is the oldest restaurant in SF. Great history here wit lots of pictures of the City in the old days. Can't wait to go back

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

We had a lovely time, the food was amazing and the service outstanding!

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2017

I had a 7:30pm dinner reservation on a Monday night. I know it may be a slow day but I was surprised to find the place empty and there is a big sign that says to seat ourselves.

The clam juice was still awesome but the food was off the mark. The dozen oysters were sloppily presented (and of poor quality); salad was OK; garlic noodle was too salty. I ordered crab meat to the noodle but it tasted frozen and in small bits.

The overall dining experience was disappointing. However, I will give it another try because I really like this place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Ribs dinner was terrible, overcooked and dry, potatoes and vegs over cooked.
Clam chowder good. Bread good. Drinks ok.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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