Try to come in early to avoid the long lines. If you do have to queue up, don't worry, it's definitely worth the wait. Go check the window display featuring the fresh catch of the day. It's also conveniently located beside See's Candies. Perfect. (Sadly, I was told See's Candies already moved...)
Waiting in line isn't that bad, you can pass the time enjoying the window display and figuring out what to have. And dude, it's not easy to select which seafood treat to have at Swan Oyster Depot. Try the Combi Plates to have a little of everything. like the salads (crab, prawns, shrimp, and lobster) and the oyster and clam sets.
Daily fresh seafood selections include shrimp, crabs,salmon, lobsters and of course, different varieties of oysters and clams.
Inside, the briny smell of the ocean takes over. And you just know it's really fresh. Once you have a spot, get blown away by the selection on the menu board...and just go for it.
It's a family-run establishment, and the place has a great casual and homey feel. The place is small, and gets packed often. If you can, grab a seat on the center portion of the counter and watch family members prepare the seafood up close. Have a chat with them, better yet, let them recommend from their fresh seafood selections.
The place is also an excellent way to suck in the local vibe, as Swan Oyster Depot is frequented by loyal locals. Great food, great place, great people. You'll definitely leave your heart...at Swan Oyster Depot.
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