The Old Clam House

The Old Clam House

In San Francisco since 1861, these guys know the city and good seafood. I meant to ask about their current owner status when we dined there last week. Coincidentally,  Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle answered that question and more.  Jerry and Jennifer Dal Bazzo bought The Old Clam House last summer, and they’ve spent a lot of time and money updating the place.  The Dal Bazzo’s have a stable of 8 restaurants in San Francisco, including Stinking Rose and Calzone in North Beach and Franciscan in Fisherman’s Wharf.

We love going to The Old Clam House.  It’s just a mile from our house, and early in the evening, parking and tables are plentiful.

It's cozy in The Old Clam House

The Old Clam House Interior

We started with cocktails and oysters on the half shell.  I love the way they serve cocktails, in an old-fashioned small glass with the shaker left at the table to pour your own.

Cocktails at The Old Clam House

Manhattans at The Old Clam House

After our oysters, we enjoyed a delicious blue cheese iceberg salad and hot garlic crab.  Prices are reasonable, and the food is great.  Go there!!

Iceberg Salad at The Old Clam House

Blue Cheese Iceberg Salad

The Old Clam House Wrap-Up

Price: $$

Above Average

Good Things

  • Easy to get in
  • Convenient for those of us in the south side of the city
  • Lots of history and nostalgia

Bad Things

  • Food could be better
  • Out of the way for people in other parts of town

The Breakdown


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