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Best Oyster Bar 

Swan Oyster Depot

There was never any contest, not really. As much as we love Hog Island's Bay Bridge views, Anchor's garlic bread, and Zuni's rarified atmosphere, Swan Oyster Bar has held the hearts of San Franciscans since before most of its residents' grandparents were born. It's not just the seafood quality, which is impeccable, nor the endearing no-nonsense attitude of the Sancimino family that's been running the place since the '40s, but the idea that hundreds of thousands of humans have slurped oysters on the exact same stool and probably smiled in the same satisfied way when they were done. Settle into your spot at the worn lunch counter, add on a fresh steamed Dungeness crab with Louis sauce and a glass of Anchor Steam, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more San Francisco experience.

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