1 Ferry Plz, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411137.813010 -122.315437
Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Neighborhoods: Army Base
Impeccable oysters! – One of my favotite places in SF, Hog Island Oyster Company delivers some of the best oysters anywhere. Even when living in Seattle, which has many more oyster farms, Hog Island oysters were popular. I really like the Atlantic variety, but the happy hour special on Sweetwaters on Mondays and Thursdays are great deals. The small wine list is carefully chosen, but excellent. But they change very frequently, so don't get too attached to a wine! The manila clams are also very good, and judging from the number of people who order the grilled cheese, it must be pretty tasty as well.
Great Oysters, too bad they don't take reservations. – I had an enjoyable birthday lunch at Hog Island oyster bar with my girlfriends (it's hard not to like somewhere when you're being treated!). The oysters I had (half dozen quilcene from Humboldt) were delicious, and fresh, and I enjoyed their spicy take on court-bouillon to go with it.
My friend and I enjoyed a glass of wine each, and another had the Oysters Rockefeller. Another friend highly recommended the clam chowder (although I think it's hard to mess up when you have a cup of cream in each bowl), and the cheese sandwich is absolutely to die for. The pickled vegetables they had with it were delicious.
Good service when it came to sharing plates - they plated everything up separately for us. However, one of my friends brought in a birthday cake. Our waiter had gone home ill unexpectedly, and there was a mix-up, so she had to track down the maitre d'. He then provided great service, cutting up the cake for us, but they threw away the box, and we then struggled to take the remainder home. I don't hold that against them at all, but since they charged for bringing in a cake, I might have expected slightly smoother service in this area. I'd happily go again (although probably without the cake).
let the world be your oyster – i got there after work at approx. 5:30 on a monday (happy hour), and waited only 25 min for a table of 4 (most their tables are for 2). we ordered 48 oysters and 2 clam chowders. In the middle of eating, my sister looks over at my boyfriend's oysters and sees something moving!! it was a tiny WORM moving around in the oyster. We've eaten already half of the oysters already, so feeling pretty grossed out. We told the waitress and she seemed pretty nonchalant (does that mean it happens often???) She brought it back and came back w/ another one, plus one more extra. A comp of 1 oyster? which are 1$ at the time - 1$ comp?? They're lucky we're not the high maintenance type. *sigh*
Me and my boyfriend have been to Hog Island a few times before, and we think they have the best oysters. Despite the worm, I'll still go back, and recommend it to my peers. The clam chowder is great as well as the view. Go during happy hour if you don't mind the wait.
48 oysters - 48 dollars
1 pint of beer - 5 dollars
2 clam chowders - 24 dollars
3 lemonades - 9 dollars
finding a worm in your oyster - priceless
Oysters AND a View – Hog Island is part of the draw of the Ferry Building . . . it's the perfect spot for a happy hour beer or wine and to snack on oysters or other items from their small menu. I have brought many out-of-town business travelers here for a little bit of San Francisco! One warning: if you want to take advantage of Hog Island's great happy hour deals on Monday and Thursday, get there before or as close to five as you can . . . a line forms quickly (though the staff is adept at getting folks in and out).
Save yourself some time – Unless you like waiting in line like cattle and being "helped" by snotty waiters who rush and don't look like they want to be there then skip this place during Happy Hour.
Possibly the rudis host I have ever encountered.
Great Oysters – $1 oysters on Monday can't be beat. Service is friendly and knowledgable.
The well-respected oyster purveyor brings its pristine Tomales Bay gems to the Ferry Building. – The Scene
Oyster fanatics snag a seat at the U-shaped bar, where they watch in awe as staff expertly shuck glistening bivalves over mounds of crushed ice. Commuters and tourists sit at one of the handful of tables overlooking the bay, while convivial T-shirt-clad servers suggest menu choices along with wine pairings.
The short menu showcases the local oyster farms' pristine bivalves and manila clams in mostly classic preparations. Fresh oysters shimmer with freshness, tasting like they've just been plucked from the sea moments before. A mixed dozen features Hog Island's signature plump Sweetwaters, briny Atlantics and sweet kumamotos, giving purists the chance to compare the flavor profiles of several raw varieties. The Hog Wash, a classic mignonette updated with fresh cilantro and rice vinegar, is a match made in heaven with freshly shucked oysters. Cooked dishes include Sweetwaters baked in creamy beurre blanc and the traditional oysters casino, studded with smoky bacon.
Delicious, but service is poor and getting worse – I have been frequenting the HIOB for the past two years. The clams, oysters and wine list are excellent. I believe the food and the ambience are a huge validation that the Ferry Building was the right thing to invest in years ago. HOWEVER, the service is continuing to decline. I am writing this in hopes that they'll get the message. The host is generally disorganized, rude and never remembers repeat clientele. They are not flexible and their staff ranges from outright rude to pleasant - getting the good servers is something I keep my fingers crossed before sitting down. Their chairs wobble too. They need to fix this stuff if they really want to be around competing with Joe's!
Great place for a bite – The oysters are fantastic especially during happy hour prices. The place is small, but fun and lively. It closes at 8 and doesn't have a full menu, so go for the oysters and the clam chowder. Everything is fresh and tastes fantastic. Prices are reasonable especially for the location and it is a fun place to go with several people to sit out on the water and look over the bay.
Discriminated because I was a paying customer. – It was not clear on where the line started if you wanted to wait for a table either inside or outside. After 10 mins of confusion, we finally got instructions on where the line started. We then waited 20 mins in line patiently as the line grew longer. After half an hour of waiting and being the second in line to almost getting seated, I noticed a man getting the attention of supposingly one of the "Owner" and was seated right away with his 3 other guests at an outside table. This man did not wait in line and had no consideration to those who were waiting. I brought this up to the Owner's attention and he replied that the man was a share holder who has priority over those who were waiting. Funny how WE, THE PAYING CUSTOMERS ARE DISCRIMINATED, WHEN WE ARE THE ONES KEEPING THEM IN BUSINESS.
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