The Old Clam House

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$30 and under
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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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JorgeInSF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 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.

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Irish4
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 6, 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!

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vipHolostoi
Houston
57 reviews
Dined on March 4, 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.

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ElizabethP
San Francisco
1 review
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!

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MaryR
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service good food.

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MaryR
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good clam chowder, good service. Will return.

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DISAPPOINTED
San Francisco
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

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DeborahH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 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!!

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CyAN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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WalterJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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.

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gtrev
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased

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vipKatarina
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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!!!!

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WendyS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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rabbit
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipKath
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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vipMarthaS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 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.

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vipLindaF
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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viplala
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

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SYLVIAZ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend. Food and service excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

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just4etc
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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TerryK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
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.

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JulieF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 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.

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CraigL
1 review
Dined on December 25, 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.

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NancyD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 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!!

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Arianna
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSusan
Sacramento
102 reviews
Dined on December 25, 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.

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TheRegular
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 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.

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JessicaW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

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vipDennisM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Dennis for accommodating our table request.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
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.

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SweetCheeks
San Francisco
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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

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vipSusan
San Francisco
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.

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lookingforagoodone
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

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MarkG
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 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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MelodyG
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to the old clam house and we were more than satisfied with the food and service. The wait staff was pleasant and accommodating. Our food came out steaming hot and we didn't have to wait too long. Everything was delicious! Husband loved the look and feel of this historic eatery!

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