The Definitive Guide to Enjoying Oysters on the Cheap in San Francisco


B Restaurant & Bar

San Francisco is the nerve center for seafood on the West Coast. Say what you will about Seattle or Southern California (lol) but no other hub is on the same level as The City by the Bay when it comes to fresh seafood and flippin’ it every which way, which is why we are at the forefront of the West Coast culinary scene. I’ll give New York the East Coast nod, but that’s a whole different debate. 

The best part about being in a seafood mecca? Oysters, and lots of them. Big & small, sweet & salty, plain & fancy, expensive & cheap,  cooked & raw, good & great. With so many restaurants to enjoy these little bivalves, choosing the right place can be downright stressful. In some rare instances, it can even cause severe hemoraging of the brain. Lucky for you I have searched far and wide, high and low, to bring you my list of the best places to enjoy oysters ON THE CHEAP. I don’t care how much disposable income you have, if you like eating oysters as much as I do, spending $36 on a dozen is a waste, unless you like squandering your hard earned (or easily inherited) money. Hit the jump for the list!










B Restaurant & Bar, SoMa
Yerba Buena Gardens – Upper Terrace
720 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 495-9800
Hoodscope Review 

$1 oysters during Happy Hour from 4:30-7:30pm Tuesday-Friday. Great views of downtown and outdoor seating, perfect for those rare sunny days.









Bacar, SoMa
448 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 904-4100  

$1 oysters from 4:30-6:00pm on Fridays. Cool wine bar and restaurant with a hip vibe.









Circolo, Mission 
500 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 553-8560  

$1 oysters during Happy Hour from 5:00-7:00pm Tuesday-Friday. Very good restaurant & lounge, stay to party after dinner!










District, SoMa
216 Townsend St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 896-2120  

$1 oysters during Happy Hour from 4:00-6:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 5:00-7:00pm on Fridays. I wanted to leave this place off the list for it’s annoyingly pretentious clientele and staff, but you can’t ignore the prime location considering it’s proximity to the ballpark and other watering holes.










El Rio, Mission
3158 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-3325 

With it’s “Is this a gay bar or not?” atmosphere, you’ll find a fun diverse group of people here on Fridays starting at 5:30pm enjoying FREE oysters and BBQ. Throw in killer happy hour drink deals, and you have yourself a nice evening.










Hog Island Oyster Company, Embarcadero
1 Ferry Building Shop #111
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 391-7117
Hoodscope Review 

$1 oysters during Happy Hour from 5:00-7:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays. Arrive early because the wait can be long, as the place gets pretty packed on these days.













Cafe Maritime, Marina
2417 Lombard St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 885-2530 

$1 oysters all night every Monday from 5:30pm-1:00am. They also have a “Blue Plate Special” every night from 11:00pm-1:00am which is $3.50 beer and a dozen oysters for $13.










Sotto Mare, North Beach
552 Green St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 398-3181 

$1 oysters from 3:00-6:00pm Monday-Saturday. I usually don’t like Italian food, but I hear their risotto is to die for.










Waterbar, Embarcadero
399 The Embarcadero S
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 284-9922  

$1 oysters from 11:30am-6:00pm Monday-Friday. This is one of my favorite places on the list simply because of the beautiful view you have of the water and the Bay Bridge. Bring a date here on a nice day and start it off right 😉

So there you have it. Now, there are many places to have oysters without putting a major dent in your wallet, but those listed here represent my personal no-fail picks. Feel free to let me know of any places you like to frequent to satiate your mollusk addiction in the comments.


10 Responses to “The Definitive Guide to Enjoying Oysters on the Cheap in San Francisco”

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    We gotta try Angels on Horseback @ Anchor and Hope

  2. Yes, definitely. That’s on my shortlist of things to try! Let’s go one day after work? Er, after you get off work.

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