Best Oyster Happy Hours in San Francisco

March 21, 2017
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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.
Farallon
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."
Waterbar
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.
Maybeck's
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.