The Old Clam House / San Francisco

299 Bay Shore Blvd at Oakdale Ave San Francisco 94124
Opening Hours
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 22:00

Uniquely San Francisco, The Old Clam House is the City’s oldest restaurant serving quality seafood and spirits in the same location since 1861. It has survived many city transformations, including the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906. In 1861 Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as President of The United States, the dust from the Gold Rush was just beginning to settle, and San Francisco was blossoming as a city. The approximate City population that year was sixty thousand. When it opened in this atmosphere of young America, The Old Clam House was constructed on what was then the waterfront to the south of Islais Creek, just below Bernal Heights. First named The Oakdale Bar & Clam House, the restaurant at one time was connected to downtown San Francisco by an estimated two miles of plank road. It quickly became a gathering place for the waterfront workers and neighbors settling in the area, during an era when the Bay Area contained a thriving fishing industry. In 1906, the Great Earthquake and Fire swept toward the Mission District from South Beach, but was contained at 20th Street, sparing The Old Clam House. In fact, much of the Islais Creek marshy estuary was filled by debris from this earthquake and fire. Although the area surrounding The Old Clam House has changed over time, the restaurant remains in its original location. Today, the bar area consists of the original structure making it San Francisco’s oldest restaurant in the same location since 1861. A fact we cherish.

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Tips from the Net @ The Old Clam House
Teresa Kong en
We watched The Check Please program on TV sometimes ago and your restaurant had a very good review. We had our late lunch today, We ordered Cioppino, not only the portion was small and also over cooked.... clams and mussels were falling apart we only found 2 clams and 2 mussels and all empty shells. 1/5 of a crab, 3 small shrimps, 2 very little pieces of fish and the rest were corn, potatoes, olives... it looks like a leftover Cioppino . We were very disappointed. However, we like the home make bread and the service was good. GooglePlace - July 2017
Jill Campbell en
The Old Clam House was definitely the best place we visited in our short stay in San Fran!! Food was awesome and so was our waiter Zack! He was professional, very helpful and enjoyed in our sense of humor! He also dished it right back out! Zack also gets a five star! GooglePlace - July 2017
Dem Juan en
Felt like a time machine jump blast from the past. Food was awesome. Italian seafood at its finest. GooglePlace - July 2017
Deborah Richardson en
We had a wonderful time. I had a cucumber martini that was delicious. The fish was very good the chowder was delis and seafood boil with the red sauce was delicious also. And the service was great. Thank you. GooglePlace - July 2017
Kevin McCluskey en
Very good old school eatery. Great seafood and throwback dishes. So much better than so many of the stupid "SF wannabe hip" restaurants that serve their tiny food on giant plates with smears of thick sauce and drops of color around it as if we're supposed to be impressed that they have squirt bottles. Unlike those posers, the Clam House serves high quality seafood in a simple manner without skimping on portion size. I had the crab sandwich served with Cesar salad . Very Good. My wife had crab enchiladas that were excellent. My father in law had calamari steak that was exceptional. Overall, a great experience that would garner five stars were it not for the continuous loud cacophony of plates being banged together. GooglePlace - June 2017