San Francisco is famous for a number of iconic dishes, and clam chowder is one of our favorites. Whether you need something to warm up when the fog hits or you want a hearty meal before exploring the city, you can’t go wrong with clam chowder. Especially clam soup in a bread bowl. Here are some places to enjoy it in different parts of San Francisco. Keep these handy when planning your next visit.


This popular, bustling area is always a must for visitors. Of course, some of the best places to find clam chowder in San Francisco are closest to where the fresh catch arrives each day.

Boudin Bakery & Cafe (160 Jefferson St.)

If you’d like to serve your chowder in one of San Francisco’s signature sourdough bread bowls, head to the famous Boudin Bakery and Cafe. You can’t go wrong with the town’s original sourdough suppliers! Thick like the New England variety, Boudins Chowder is sure to stick to your ribs.

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Even Bostonians have been caught online raving about the clam chowder here. Chowders are known for their excellent value for money – a generous serving for a reasonable price! It’s such good business that you’re going to try and find more room in your belly.

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The hearty, tangy clam soup at Fog Harbor Fish House attracts visitors and honors experts. You can even try to duplicate the dish yourself with their recipe that they freely share. Having a bowl of chowder at home, however, is not the same as enjoying it with the breathtaking views of Fog Harbor Bay.

Scomas (1965 Al Scoma Way)

Tucked away on its own private pier, Scoma’s serves its clam soup piping hot. A generous serving of sourdough bread as a side dish ensures that you won’t miss a single drop. On a menu full of delicious dishes, Scoma’s clam soup remains popular with returning visitors.


Not far from Fisherman’s Wharf are the family-run restaurants, bakeries, and cafes of North Beach, San Francisco’s Little Italy.

Gigi’s Sotto mare (552 Green St.)

They say the best clam soup in the neighborhood is at Gigi’s. How could it not be? The name of the restaurant literally means “under the sea” in Italian! Thick and hearty, their chowder is well worth the wait (and there’s almost always a wait).


The neighborhood where the cable cars rise halfway to the stars has luxury hotels, breathtaking views, and at least one must-see for chowder lovers.

Swan Oyster Depot (1517 Polk St.)

On the west side of this neighborhood you will find the famous Swan Oyster Depot. Fast service, low prices, and great quality are part of their recipe for delicious chowders that dutifully keep guests waiting in line.


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The Mission is home to almost every cuisine imaginable, so why not make great clam chowder here too? Pause for some chowder between your visits to the local murals and Dolores Park.

Mission Street Oyster Bar (2282 Mission St.)

Mission Street Oyster Bar doesn’t skimp on flavor in its chowder – or on its happy hour deals. Their stew is served with garlic bread, which sets them apart from other sourdough loyalists. Be sure to add it to your list as you eat your way around the neighborhood.


Bet you didn’t think you’d find great seafood here in the geographic center of the city, did you? San Francisco’s gay district is full of fun shops and great bars, but mostly it’s full of hills. Fill your tank before venturing out to explore the ups and downs of the Castro at these chowder hotspots.

Woodhouse Fish Co. (2073 Market St.)

You’ve heard of Manhattan Clam Chowder and New England Clam Chowder – but also Hartford Clam Chowder? You can find it at Woodhouse Fish Co. on the eastern edge of the Castro.


North of the Castro and not far from Golden Gate Park, the Western Addition of San Francisco claims Divisadero Street as the main thoroughfare. Lined with trendy shops, unique bars and a wide range of restaurants, it is a perfect street for a stroll.

Bar Crudo (655 Divisadero Str.)

Bar Crudo’s chowder has so many ingredients that it is practically Cioppino! If you’re craving an all-but-kitchen sink soup, Bar Crudo is the place to go.

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