Living the San Francisco Dream


The Old Clam House, San Francisco

Friday evening I had an appointment to show property in Belmont, CA. Since it was a Friday evening, I invited my husband to be my driver, so we could enjoy a "date night" afterward at a Peninsula restaurant that he especially enjoys, The Fish Market in San Mateo.

Sometimes plans change due to circumstances, and change ours did. The traffic mid-Peninsula was so outrageous at 7:00 PM, we couldn't drive to our restaurant of choice, did a U-turn and headed back up the hill to Interstate-280 to return us to San Francisco.

Instead of bemoaning our fate, we stopped at the Old Clam House in San Francisco, located in the industrial area of the city just north of Candlestick Point, and had our second dinner there.

What a fun, down-to-earth place, full of character! The walls are packed with old-San Francisco photos and posters, wall art of sailing ships, an anchor, etc. It has been in operation since 1861 and still packs people in for dinners.

The Old Clam House interior


Upon being seated the staff brings one a jigger of hot clam juice (think clam broth) along with the menu. Both times I have eaten here I've ordered their clam chowder, one of the very best Boston-style I've had, full of chunks of clams in every spoonful, with a few potatoes in the mix and seasoned just right; delicious! And do try their "kettle bread" - some of the best sour dough ever.

You can read their story below:

History of The Old Clam House, San Francisco

When you're ready for a visit:

The Old Clam House, 299 Bayshore Boulevard, San Francisco. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days of the week. Reservations for larger parties recommended, as well as checking for holiday hours.


--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547






Comment balloon 20 commentsLottie Kendall • August 27 2017 02:08AM



We have been there, and that was a few years back.  Coincidentally we had spaghetti a la vongole (clams) last night! Have a wonderful Sunday. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 3 years ago

Fun place, wouldn't you say, Ron and Alexandra Seigel ? Definitely not the usual neighborhood restaurant we typically walk to.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Hi Lottie

I haven't been there but it sounds like a place I would love. Some times having the best laid plans fall apart can work out well! Sure sounds like it did here!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Wow - It's been open since 1861.  What a history that is, Lottie.  If only those walls could talk.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

Oh my gosh, Lottie... did this bring back memories for me! And don't you love places that have been around forever?

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 3 years ago

Good morning Lottie. Things happen and plans do change. What a lucky find this was. Looks great to me.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

The atmosphere at that restaurant looks great and I am sure they have good food!  I am glad you and your husband enjoyed such a nice meal together, even though you didn't end up at your original restaurant of choice.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) over 3 years ago

Lottie-What a quaint little place. I love clam chowder too.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 3 years ago

So much good fish to eat in San Francisco. I love La Mar at Pier 1.5 and The Oyster Bar in the Mission District.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 3 years ago

Wow, that place looks interesting. hope I can get to San Francisco one day and check it out.

Posted by Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta (Solid Source Realty, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Hi Jeff Dowler - I first learned about The Old Clam House from comments on, a great neighborhood site. Happy Sunday!

One can almost hear and feel the stories at The Old Clam house, Myrl Jeffcoat 


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Hi Nina Hollander - you know your San Francisco!  Wishing you a great Sunday!

Hello Sheila Anderson and Brian England - sometimes the unexpected can be a lot of fun -- Friday night was for us.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Hello Sharon Lee - when you are craving clam chowder, nothing else will do!

Joe Pryor - thanks for the heads up about La Mar - I should check it out.

Hi Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta -- There's a lot to see, do, and experience in San Francisco. I hope you get the chance some day. And maybe I'll get to explore Atlanta!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Now, that's a restaurant I would enjoy, Lottie, and I wish my husband and I had time on our next trip into The City to go there. I finally got tired to trying to choose a Friday night restaurant so settled on Saison. I guess there are worst choices, LOL.

I will have to google this to see exactly where it is in The City. I think specialty restaurants, even if they cater to tourists with all the kitsch, are generally pretty good. Take the Spaghetti Factory, for example. They don't do a bad pasta but they get a bad rep because they're not "cool."

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 3 years ago

Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents  - I suspect you'll enjoy Saison-it has a good reputation. The Old Clam House probably hasn't seen a tourist unless accompanied by a local; the location isn't on tourist maps!

When I lived in SF in 1970-71 I enjoyed the Spaghetti Factory in North Beach - no longer there

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago


Thanks for the heads up on the Old Clam House in San Francisco. . . . it's on my to do list next time I'm in San Francisco.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

That looks like a fun place and the kind of adventure I like. Have a fine week ahead, Lottie.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) over 3 years ago

I think you'll enjoy the down-home atmosphere at The Old Clam House, Lou Ludwig - the location is not your cental tourist area. 

Are you a clam chowder fan, Debbie Reynolds? It's good here.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Hi Lottie,

How serendipitous.

I have not been to San Fransico yet but this place sounds exactly the type of place I love. One with history, and delicious food.

Sounds like a fun night.

Posted by Lauren Laski, Peace, Love and Real Estate (Skye Louis Realty) about 3 years ago

Hello lauren laski - we've enjoyed a couple of meals here. It's off the beaten track, but worth a visit. (I haven't visited Florida yet)

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 3 years ago