Best Oyster Happy Hours in San Francisco

March 21, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Prefer slurping and shucking shellfish over slugging back cold pints? These spots offer the best oyster happy hours in San Francisco.

Bar Crudo
Seafood · NoPa · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

"Irresistible" fish dishes – including the namesake crudo sampler – and a bacon-infused clam chowder "guaranteed to blow your mind" lure locals to this "hip" , "raw bar–focused" NoPa seafooder; it’s a bit of a "splurge" and there’s "always a wait" in the "super-small" digs, but "lovely" service, a "well-thought-out" wine and beer list and "happy-hour specials" ( "$1 oysters!" ) enhance the "oceanic goodness" ; P.S. it has a wine country offshoot, Seaside Metal Oyster Bar, in Guerneville.
Hog Island Oyster Co.
Oyster Bar · Embarcadero · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

This "sensational" Ferry Building seafooder is a "dream come true for oyster lovers" , now boasting even "more beautiful views of the bay" courtesy of a heated patio; ok, it’s "not cheap" and there’s always a "crowd" , but somehow the staff holds it together with "wit and charm" ; P.S. there’s also a wine-country satellite in Napa’s Oxbow Market.
Seafood · Nob Hill · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.5

"Fantastical" "undersea decor" sets a "one-of-a-kind" scene for seafood that’s "masterfully prepared" at this "high-end" Downtown "mainstay" that remains "in a class of its own" "after all these years" ; the "top-notch" staff ensures "you’ll feel pampered" , but be sure to "bring a fat wallet" and "expect to splurge."
Seafood · Embarcadero · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

"Seafood magnificence" and "spectacular" water views lure diners to this upscale Embarcadero bar and restaurant situated "practically under the Bay Bridge" , known for its "fresh" , "well-prepared" sea fare (the oyster happy hour is "hard to beat" ) and "smart" aquarium decor; sure, it can get "a bit noisy" at times, but "knowledgeable" servers keep things moving and there's also patio seating.
Hog & Rocks
Oyster Bar · The Mission · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

Ham and oysters are the specialty (arriving in a "seemingly endless supply" ) at this "laid-back" Mission gastropub that also provides "delicious" American comfort food and "artisanal cocktails" ; happy-hour deals lure frugal folks, and night owls like its "late-night" "hipster" scene on the weekends.
Anchor & Hope
Seafood · SoMa · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

"Tucked away" in a "converted auto-body shop" , this SoMa seafooder hooks fans with "delicious" takes on "well-prepared" favorites ( "fab" lobster rolls, "anything-but-ordinary" fish ’n’ chips); the big, "lively" room may be too "noisy" for some, but "friendly" service and "fun" vibrations make it an overall "solid" option.
ATWater Tavern
Californian · Mission Bay · $$$

Pier 50 is the site of this huge, upscale California bistro and bar serving locally sourced vegetables, fish and grilled meats, along with beer, wine and classic cocktails. There’s a large outdoor patio with AT&T Park views in the bi-level Mission Bay destination, along with a breezy, industrial-style interior featuring high ceilings, bar and table seating, exposed beams and red leather accents.
New American · Marina District · $$

A pair of BIX and Fog City vets team up on this midpriced Californian bringing elevated comfort-food entrees and large-group shared plates plus classic cocktails and plenty of wine, beer and spirits to the Marina. The decor in distinctive seating areas ranges from upscale diner-inspired banquettes to a posh lounge with vintage accents, and there’s a buzzy, bustling vibe throughout.