The Old Clam House

299 Bay Shore Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94124 Directions
+14158264880
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About this business

  • Cuisine
    Seafood, American, Cafe, Traditional, Organic
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Website
    theoldclamhousesf.com
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • Cuisine
    Seafood, American, Cafe, Traditional, Organic
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
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From Our Editors

The Old Clam House: A User’s Guide

Since 1861 | One of SF’s Oldest | Classic Seafood Dishes | Popular Cioppino

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: crispy Dungeness crab cakes
  • Entree: clambake cioppino with four kinds of shellfish, calamari, and fish
  • Dessert: chocolate-truffle mousse cake
  • Specialty cocktail: Fish Bait—peach whiskey, orange juice, and peach nectar

History: Legend has it that when the eatery originally opened, as The Oakdale Bar and Clam House, the structure stood completely on the water—until the earthquake in 1906 filled the Bay. Since then, the restaurant’s gone through many changes, yet still stands on the same ground, making it SF’s oldest restaurant still operating in its original location. When the current owners took over, they renovated the interior, yet kept the menu’s most-loved dishes, such as the cioppino and the cup of hot clam broth that greets each diner upon arrival.

While You’re Waiting

  • Have a seat at the bar, which stands in the restaurant’s original structure, and see if you can conjure up the ghost of someone who voted for Abe Lincoln.
  • Check out the old-timey photos; many are of the restaurant in its earliest days.

Inside Tip: Try the clam chowder; it’s made with a recipe from The Oakdale Bar and Clam, dating back to the late 1800s.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Find some new place settings at the Heritage House Tableware show room (2190 Palou Avenue), where more than 1,900 patterns are on display.

After: See what’s in season at the Bayshore Farmers Market (300 Bayshore Boulevard).

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Many people described the Cioppino as Good. Others thought:
+ 72%

  • Good
  • Delicious
  • Amazing
  • Love
  • Great
- 28%

  • Overcooked
  • Tangy
Many people described the Sourdough Bread as Good. Others thought:
+ 67%

  • Good
  • Real
  • Great
  • Fresh
- 33%

  • Hard
Many people described the Clam Chowder as Amazing. Others thought:
+ 76%

  • Amazing
  • Tasty
  • Good
  • Steamed
  • Delicious
- 24%

  • Not Good
Many people described the Escargot as Love.
+ 83%
- 17%


Many people described the Dungeness Crab as Good.
+ 75%
- 25%


Many people described the Sourdough as Fresh.
+ 75%
- 25%


Many people described the Crab Salad as Fresh.
+ 80%
- 20%


Many people described the Steamer as Amazing.
+ 75%
- 25%


Many people described the Steamed Clams as Tasty. Others thought:
+ 75%

  • Tasty
  • Fabulous
  • Big
  • Awesome
- 25%

  • Small
Many people described the Garlic Bread as Complimentary. Others thought:
+ 50%

  • Complimentary
  • Good
- 50%

  • Hard
  • Stale
  • Dry