Best Raw Bars in San Francisco

Ice, Ice, Baby
December 9, 2014
by Zagat Staff

Slurp it up at the city's top-rated raw bars.

Zuni Café
French · Hayes Valley · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

"Emblematic" of San Francisco, this "always-true" Hayes Valley Mediterranean is "still at the top of its game" with an "incredibly well-executed" menu of "delectable" , locally, sustainably sourced seasonal dishes, "fab oysters" and "must-haves" like the "succulent" brick-oven chicken for two; with "expertly mixed cocktails" and "pro" service enhancing a "lively" late-night scene in "stylish" yet "comfortable" duplex digs, it's a "culinary legend" that's perennially "hip and unique."
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.
Anchor Oyster Bar
Seafood · The Castro · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.2

This "cute" long-running oyster bar with a "nautical motif" is a "pearl" in the Castro for Boston clam chowder and "simple" seafood "so fresh you'll swear it was made by the Little Mermaid" ; many dishes (such as the "best cioppino" ) are "not cheap but a good value" , and while "seating is tight" in the "tiny" space, the "helpful" staff and "limited" but "nice" list of local white wines ensure the "hungry hordes" leave "happy as clams."
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.