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 11:30 - 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
DD C en
I thought the food was tasty, that's the most important thing. The crab cakes only came with a little bit of melted butter in the bottom of the dish- I think it would be better suited with an aioli- or maybe just More of the sauce for there was barely enough for one cake. I had the pasta with crab and it was also very good but the pool of orange grease at the bottom of my bowl was disconcerting. The serving staff was friendly but could have been more attentive- I had to go to the bar to refill my water. Again- tasty food so I'll definitely come back. GooglePlace - February 2018
Mary Ann Velasco en
An old family favorite. Its nice to see some old thriving classic places that hold on to history of the city. They have good food, never disappointing. Love the clam broth they hand out. They charge 99 cents for bread now, which will probably be the wave of the future, but it was a good hunky loaf. GooglePlace - February 2018
Ronald Tacey en
Four of us ordered four different meals and we all raved about dinner. Quality and service was excellent. Servings are generous so bring your seafood appetite. Plan on taking home some leftovers. This is a quaint old restaurant that has lots of history. Parking on the street can be difficult so allow a few extra minutes. We would not hesitate to go to this restaurant again. GooglePlace - January 2018
Becca Carter en
Tasty seafood, dated but thematic interior, and fast service. A great place for out-of-town visitors out of the way from the crowded tourist areas. My favorite items are the clam chowder, salmon with butter/caper sauce and the beet salad. The sandwiches are enormous and the clam shot brought at the start is a surprisingly delicious starter. GooglePlace - January 2018
Kurt Garvey en
Delicious food and I rather enjoyed the old school vibe of the restaurant. I did not mind the awkward location. Service was very friendly, but could have been a bit more attentive as we had to follow up on a few minor items and refills. I would definitely go again for the whole crab and any of the dishes we tried! GooglePlace - December 2017