Restaurant Review: Hog Island Oyster Bar


Well, it’s true what they say about oysters and white wine... Hey! Get your mind out of the gutter, the jury’s out if they’re an aphrodisiac. I was going to say that the two are objectively delicious together. Hog Island oysters and a boozy counterpart are guaranteed to high­five in your mouth. Not because the oysters are semi­-alive when you slurp them down, but because the flavors are undeniably on the same team. And they are winning.

Hog Island makes it clear they are seafood specialists with a knack for sauces. The chowder is clams down, the most delightful soup this side of New England. The Chipotle Bourbon oysters will have you bucking like a bronco at first bite. And the manila clams in tomatillo sauce with white wine and butter are legendary. But the menu goes beyond saucy shellfish.


They offer refreshing, seasonal salads and an assortment of small plates that are great for sharing. The Old Bay Fries and Acme Bread are ideal for a starchy interlude to soak up leftover juices. You can also double down on the Acme Bread and get a Cowgirl Creamery grilled cheese, the ultimate sauce sponge.

The restaurant sits on the water at the Ferry Building, boasting gorgeous views of the bay. With such close proximity to the ocean, you can easily throw your oysters back into the water if you start to feel guilty that they are still alive. Although this is not recommended. Just have another glass of Anchor Steam and don’t think about it.

The best part about eating at Hog Island is that they truly give a shuck about sustainable aquaculture. They grow and harvest oysters, mussels, and clams on their own farm in Tomales Bay. The team of over 200 people, including farmers, marine biologists, servers, shuckers, and chefs are committed to producing sustainable and delicious shellfish. If you love oysters and hearty sauces, don’t miss Hog Island.

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The Hog Island Sweetwater oysters from Tomales Bay are required eating. The staff are experts, so ask them for advice on your second and third round of shellfish du jour.


 Chipotle Bourbon Oysters

If you only order one thing at Hog Island, it must be the Chipotle Bourbon Oysters. I’m here for you when you return from the journey.


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The salads are crispy and refreshing. If salad dressing is the cousin of sauce, Hog Island hits the mark here too.


Clam Chowder

This clam chowder is shockingly delicious. The broth is creamy, rustic, and flavorful. It pairs well with fries or Acme bread and a bottle of wine.



Manila clams. Chorizo. Baby kale. Leek top. Tomatillo sauce. White wine. Butter. By the powers vested in me, by the state of California, I now pronounce you wedded for life. Weddings always make me cry. So do the Hog Island Steamers! So beautiful.